The first person arrived in Danielson Township in 1857, but it wasn't until 1861 when others arrived, and the area began to develop. Danielson Township was formally organized as a Meeker County township in March 1872. It was named for Daniel Danielson and Nils Danielson. Daniel was the first township clerk and assessor; Nils had been a homesteader since 1861. The settlement of Rosendale was started in this township. The Danielson Creamery was built there in 1890, and it was the second creamery built in Minnesota. A “buttermaker” was brought from Denmark to run the creamery and teach the technique to local citizens.