City of Bode, Iowa



There were 130 households, of which 29.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.3% were married couples living together, 14.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 36.2% were non-families. 31.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.84. The median age in the city was 41.3 years. 25.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 5.9% were betwen the ages of 18 and 24; 22.2% were from 25 to 44; 25.1% were from 45 to 64; and 20.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 50.0% male and 50.0% female.

Humboldt County Town Histories

Bode, Delana Township, Iowa

The village of Bode was laid out in November, 1881, by the Cedar Rapids, Iowa Falls and Northwestern Town Lot Company.  The plat of the town was filed for record on the 23rd of February, 1882.  This place, which lies upon the Burlington, Cedar Rapids and Northern Railroad, about five and one- miles west of Livermore.  The depot was built here in March, 1882, and of the sixty acres owned by the Town Lot Company on section eighteen, they platted about thirty south of the tracks and sold twenty of the balance to M. Buhler, of the firm of Ough and Buhler.

The first business house erected was by T. A. Rossing in April, 1882.  Opheim and Gangestad opened a general merchandise store in the town on June 3, 1883. 

More information regarding the early businesses is available Bode Businesses and a biography of the founder, T. A. Rossing are available at these links.