Most likely, before a person has finished reading this article, one will wonder why I chose this particular subject not knowing any more about it than I do. In fact, the only thing I am absolutely sure about is that at one time in what is now Worth County there was a little town called MARIETTA.
In the Gentry and Worth County History 1882 the little town rated only about a dozen lines and the writer of the history ended his short historical sketch with this sentence, "Marietta lives only in the memory of the old settlers." One would have to assume tat it had disappeared some years before that time.
The picture is from a collection of pictures of Union Township which Johnny Bainum has assembled. On the back of the picture someone a long time ago, had written that the picture 'supposedly' was of the town of Marietta. If the picture is indeed of Marietta, and I have no reason to think that it is not, it would have to be one of the oldest pictures of a particular place in the county.
I first heard about Marietta some eight or ten years ago. I inquired about the origin of the name and was told that it was named after one of the daughters of Rinaldo Brown who was an early day settler of nearby Isadora. That seemed to be as good a story as any except that Rinaldo Brown did not appear on the scene in Worth County until the year 1862 and a post office called Marietta had been established a few years before that so it seems logical that the name Marietta did not originate with Rinaldo Brown.
The exact location of the town of Marietta is also in question. Nina Runyon and Marie Allee Roberts place the location as on the corner which in 1&1/4 miles west of Dale Knight's home. Ben Zollman places the location somewhat east and a little south of the corner. Bill Owens, citing Gordon Goff as his source, places the location even east of the Zollman location. There seems to be a general agreement that the town was somewhere in that vicinity.
The June 30, 1976 issue of the TT carried the reprint of a letter first printed on Aug. 3, 1921 from J.M. Simons telling some of the early day history of Worth County. He stated that Marietta was the first county seat of Worth County which was later moved to Smithton.
Neither the official county records nor the Gentry and Worth County History 1882 make any reference to Marietta ever having been associated with early day Worth County government.
The Worth and Gentry County History 1882 relates that one Caleb Canaday operated the store and post office and a Robert Dryden was the blacksmith. Dr. Froman was the physician. Caleb Canaday left Worth County sometime in the 1860's because he shows up in the Gentry County census of 1870 as being a resident of Huggins Township.
One can only speculate on why some little places soon become ghost towns. There isn't any doubt that the railroad caused the demise of both Defiance and Friend. There is most likely a connection between the fact that Marietta disappeared about the same time Isadora blossomed.