Carroll County township histories by John C. Odell 1916
Flora, an incorporated town, has a population of one thousand six hundred, (in 1916) and is located on the Vandalia railroad, in this township, Bringhurst is a town of about six hundred inhabitants, situated in this township and on the Vandalia railroad. Flora and Bringhurst each have fine high school buildings. These two rival towns are only one mile apart. Among the early settlers were Thomas Ross, Samuel Ross, Joseph Beckner, Amos Ball, John Flora, Jacob Zook, George Cline, Jonathan Barnard and others.