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1878 History of McDonough County, Illinois,
by S. J. Clarke

Its Cities, Towns and Villages,
with Early Reminiscences, Personal Incidents and Anecdotes
and a Complete Business Directory of the County

Dated: 1878

Chapter I: Early Settlements
First Settlement - Home of the Red Men - Beautiful Country - A Prairie Fire - A Changed Scene - Boundaries of County Defined by Act of the Legislature - Timber and Prairie - First Settlers - Sketch of the Life of John Baker - Macomb Settlement - Flogging Indians - A Great Hunt - Death by a Deer - Organization of County - Meeting of County Commissioners - Various Orders - Election of Magistrates - Names of Jurors for First Term of Circuit Court - First Treasurer - Eight Hundred Dollars Bond - First Term of Circuit Court - Taxes - Big Snow - Description of same by James Clarke, Esq. - John Rogers - Hominy as a Daily Food - Dreary Winter - Settlers Generally Cheerful - Only One Marriage

Chapter II: 1831
James M. Campbell - Appointment to Various Offices - Taken for a Yankee - Prejudice Against this Class - Economy in County Affairs - Survey of Macomb - Would Not Work for the Two Best Lots in Town - Court House - Tavern License - Rates Allowed Landlords - First Applicant a Preacher - Sale of Town Lots in Macomb - Resignation of John Baker - Appointment of J. M. Campbell - Oath of Office - Mercantile License Required - Appointment of Commissioner of School Lands - Second Term of Court - Trial of David Morgan for Murder - Convicted - Verdict Set Aside by the Judge, and Prisoner Discharged - Indictment Against Thomas Morgan for Murder - Continuance Granted - Escape from Schuyler County Jail - J. W. Brattle - County Treasurer - Twelve Marriages Carrying Postoffice in His Hat - First Postmaster

Chapter III: 1832 - 34
Hard Life and Poverty of Early Settlers - "Millions In It" - Erection of a Jail - A Hard Kick - Strange Order - Tax on Slaves - Is McDonough County in a Free State? - New Court House - Awarding the Contracts - Completion and Occupancy - Years of Service - An Incident - Expenses of County - Strange Accounts - Black Hawk War - Company Formed at Macomb - Eighty - six days in Service - Partial List of Volunteers - Cold Weather - Frozen to Death

Chapter IV: The Lost Child
Where is Willie? - Anxiety of the Mother - Search for the Wanderer - First Night - Not Yet Found - Help Arriving - Second Day's Search - Discouragement of the Searchers - Another Night of Suspense - The Mother's Agony - Dangerous Condition - Third Night - No Nearer a Solution of the Question - Fourth Day of the Search - Searchers Going Home - Determination of Others to Solve the Mystery - Hope - Disappointment - Foot Prints Again Discovered - Trail Lost - Again Discovered - Found - Capture - Nearly Wild - Father Notified - The Joyful News Broken to the Mother - Restoration of the Lost Child to His Mother's Arms - Reflections

Chapter V: Murder of John Wilson
The McFaddens' - John Wilson - Threats made by McFadden's against Wilson - Shooting of Wilson - Coolness of the Murderers - Their Arrest - Excitement of the People - Preliminary Examination - Committed to Jail without Bail - Trial and Execution at Rushville

Chapter VI: Personal Incidents and Anecdotes
Hospitality of Early Settlers - Even Book Agents Welcomed - Prejudice Against Yankees - Charles R. Hume - Visit from a Neighbor - Ordered to Leave - Didn't Go - Invitation to Dine - Accepted at the Point of a Pistol - Talk Over Matters - Uncle Billy McKamy - How He Treated a Yankee - Neighborly Act - Grimm and the Lewistown Lawyers - Possession Nine Points in the Law - Neighbors that were not Neighborly - Determination of a Young Couple to Marry - Objection by Parents - The Runaways - First Night in the Woods - Arrival at Nauvoo - Embarassment of the Bridegroom - "Have You Got Any Nails?" - The Knot Tied - A Marriage That Didn't Occur - Couldn't Marry an Abolitionist - The Supper Eaten and Guests Dismissed - "Not Guilty" - "But I Admonish You Never to do it Again" - Guilty, Yet Not Guilty - Swearing in Court - Killing a Witch - Conviction and Death Sentence by a Justice of the Peace - "Bring on Your Rails" - "The whole d - d thing's busted up."

Chapter VII: 1834 - 38
Little Required For Actual Necessities - Fashionable Society Not Introduced - Opening New Roads - Why Timber Land Was First Settled - Aid Asked of State to Pay Expenses of the McFaddens' Trial - Not Granted - Thomas Hayden Allowed $1.50 for Hanging McFaddens - Paupers - Freeing a Slave - Hard Times Following Panic of 1837 - Not Felt Until 1838 - Continued For Several Years - Substitutes For Money - Sample of Prices - Richard Pennington's Story - Nearest Market - Selection From Ford's History - Laws of Trade - How a modern farmer lost his money

Chapter VIII: Early Settlements
Carter's - Job's - Pennington's Point - Camp Creek - Macomb - Hillsgrove - Middletown

Chapter IX: The Mormons
Population of County - Mormons - Sympathy Enlisted - Description of the Mormons - Their Religion - Conversion of George Miller - A Wonderful Cure by "Laying on of Hands" - Baptism of Miller - Removal of Nauvoo - Election of 1843 - Cyrus Walker - Mormons Hold the Balance of Power - Peculiar Ordinances of Nauvoo - Mormon Justice - Determination of the People to Effect a Change - The Militia Assemble at Carthage - Arrival of Gov. Ford - A Conference - Committee sent to Nauvoo - Surrender of Joe Smith and Others - Joe Smith shown to the Troops - Discharge of the Volunteers - McDonough Troops Return - The Governor Goes to Nauvoo - Killing of the Prophet - Graphic Description - End of the Murderers not Gained - Horse Stealing - Mormons Charged with All Kinds of Theft - Flogging Mormons - Volunteers for Nauvoo - A Battle - One Killed, Several Wounded - The Mormons Are Sent Over the River - List of Volunteers From McDonough in 1844

Chapter X: A Newspaper and a Railroad
Re - organization of the County - Last Meeting of the County Commissioners - County Court - Railroad Agitation - A Newspaper in Macomb - George W. Smith - His Melancholy End - The "Independent" on Railroads - Railroad Meetings - County Court Petitioned to Order a Vote on the County Taking Stock in the Proposed Road - Order Granted - Canvass of the County - Opposition to Railroads - "What a Terrible Thing it would be" - Statement that One Train of Cars would Carry all the Surplus Grain and Stock Raised in the County in One Year - How is it Now - Railroads and Yankee Thrift - Postponement of the Vote - Further Efforts - Vote Taken - Carried - Prediction of the Independent More than Fulfilled - Another Election Called - Additional Stock Subscribed - First Appearance of the Iron horse - Effect on Values

Chapter XI: Home Life and Amusements
Dwellings of Our Fathers - Exterior Description - People Industrious - Children Compelled to Labor - Clothing Worn - Home Manufacture - Drudgery of Women - Influence of the Bible - Cultivation of Flax, Cotton and Wool - The Big and Little Spinning Wheels - Seasons of Fun - Quilting Bees - Corn Huskings - Apple Parings - The Little Brown Jug - Drinking Universal - Hunting - House Raising - Election Days - Kind Hearts - Neighborly Acts and Universal Love

Chapter XII: Various Matters
Murder of Jams Dye - Coroner's Inquest - Verdict of Jury - Arrest of Mrs. Dye, David Burress, and S. P. Ray - Commitment to Jail - Indictment by the Grand Jury - Ray Discharged by the Court - Change of Venue Taken by the Other Parties - Trial of Mrs. Dye at Lewiston - Able Counsel Employed - Convicted - Four Years in the Penitentiary - Pardoned Before Expiration of Term - Belief in her Innocence - Death - Other Railroads Projected - - $50,000 Subscribed in Aid of R. I. & A. Railroad - Order Made by Court to Take the Vote on the Adoption or Rejection of Township Organization Law - Proposition Carried - Commissioners Appointed to Divide the County Into Townships - New Jail - Poorly Constructed - An Expense to the County - Sale of the Old Jail to the City of Macomb - Last Meeting of the Court - Escape of Burress - Never Secured

Chapter XIII: Division of the County
County Divided Into Sixteen Townships - Names - First Election - Changes Since Made - Historical Sketches of the Townships - Eldorado - Industry - New Salem - Mound - Scotland - Macomb - Walnut Grove - Blandinsville - Chalmers - Prairie City and Bushnell - Hire - Tennessee - Lamoine - Emmet - Bethel

Chapter XIV: Geological
Geological Information - Statistics - St. Louis Limestone - Keokuk Limestone - Coal - Fire Clay - Iron Ore - Building Stone - Limestone for Lime - Sand and Clay for Brick - Soil and Agriculture

Chapter XV: Temperance
Views of Early Settlers on the Temperance Question - Pure Whisky Would Make the Drunk Come - Washingtonian Tidal Wave - First Temperance Lecture in the County - Difficulty in Securing a Chairman - Effect of the Addresses - Sons of Temperance - Good Templars - Temple of Honor - Daughters of Temperance - Cadets of Temperance - Cold Water Templars - Election of a Temperance Candidate for the Legislature - Decrease of Intemperance - Remarks

Chapter XVI: 1857 - 1860
First Meeting of the Board of Supervisors - Names of Members - Resume of the Preceding Ten Years - Speculative Fever - High Prices of Real Estate - 1856 - Nemaha Valley Bank - Crash of 1857 - Failure of William H Randolph & Co. - Public and Private Improvements Suspended - Depreciation of Values - The License Question - Saloon Keepers Imitate Example of the Importunate Women in the Scriptures - Reduction of License - Poor Farm Ordered Sold - Trouble between City of Macomb and County on the Pauper Question - N. C. R. R. Bonds - Refusal by the Board to pay the Coupons in According to Contract - Resolutions Asking Relief to Taxpayers - Low Prices - Scarcity of Gold - Various Resolutions Looking to Relief

Chapter XVII: The War - At Home
"Days that Tried Men's Souls." - McDonough County Politically - Natural Sympathy of many with the South - Patriotism Prevails - Love for the Old Flag - Bombardment of Fort Sumpter - How the News was Received in McDonough - The County Aroused - Quick Response to the Call of the President - Meeting held Throughout the County - Specimen Resolutions - Organization of Three Companies for the Sixteenth Regiment - Their Departure - "May Gold Bless You." - Old and Young Desire to Enlist - Battle Fields - Many Vacant Chairs now to be Seen - Sleeveless Coats now Among Us - Aid Societies Formed - The Women Determined to do their Duty - The Twenty - eighth Regiment at Shiloh - Flag Presented by the County to Company"D". - One Hundred Dollars Appropriated by the Board of Supervisors for Sanitary Purposes - Bad News from the Field - Organization of the Sons of Liberty - Party Strife Again Running High - Recruiting almost Suspended - Hampton's Resolutions - Voted Down - Reid's Resolutions Adopted - Resolutions to Encourage and Aid Enlistments - Board Refused to Adopt - Call from the Government for More Volunteers - Draft Ordered - Appointment of Wm. H. Randolph, Deputy United States Marshal - Resolutions Favorable to a Bounty Adopted - Three Hundred Dollars Bounty - L. H. Waters and others Oppose It - Amount Expended - Killing of Wm. H. Randolph, Deputy United States Marshall - Escape of the Murderers - Capture of Miles Bond by Frank E. Fowler, United States Detective - Trial at Rushville - Acquittal - Arrest of James and John Bond - Trial at Macomb - Verdict Rendered "Not Guilty." - Great Excitement - Fall of Richmond - Joy of the People - Joy Turned into Sorrow - Assassination of President Lincoln - Close of the Rebellion - Return of the Boys in Blue - Thanks be to the Father of All

Chapter XVIII: The War - In The Field
Soldiers Brave and Modest - Sixteenth Regiment - Irish Lovers - Ancestry - "Architect of the Natural Bridge" - Dutch Solomon and General Pope - Stealing their Ammunition - "Close Up" - "Is That High Enough Massa" - Model Business Letter - More Companies Raised - Company H, Second Illinois Cavalry - Twenty - Eighth Regiment - Company L, Seventh Illinois Cavalry - Swearing Soldier - Fifty - fifth Regiment - Company C, Fifty - Ninth Regiment - Sixty - Fourth Regiment - John Jacobs, a Prisoner - Claims to be a Confederate Spy - Borrows a Mule and Gun from Rebels - Captured by Union Soldiers - About to be Hung as a Rebel Spy - Taken to Headquarters - Identified - Recovery of Mule and Gun - Discipline - Give the Countersign - "I'm General Gordon Granger" - "You Cannot Pass Here" - Capture of a Rebel Flag - Seventy - Eighth Regiment - One Hundred and Nineteenth Regiment - One Hundred and Twenty - Fourth Regiment - One Hundred and Thirty - Seventh Regiment - One Hundred and Fifty - First Regiment - Company H, Second Artillery - Company B, Tenth Missouri - General Summary - List of McDonough Soldiers - Residence - Date of Enlistment - Final Disposition - Miscellaneous List

Chapter XIX: First Impressions - Marking Stock
What Various Individuals Thought of McDonough County - Stock Marks

Chapter XX: New Court House and Jail
1868 - Resolutions in Favor of Building - Condemnation of the Old Structure - Committee Appointed to Confer with the City Council of Macomb - Legislature Petitioned - Taylor's Resolution - White's Resolution - Refusal to Build Unless Macomb Should Donate $20,000 Additional to Their Tax - City Council Refuses to Comply - N. P. Tinsley Steps in the Breach - Agreement Between Macomb and the County - Plans Adopted - Contract Awarded - Cost - Description - List of All County Officers

Chapter XXI: Other Railroads
Rock Island and Alton Railroad - Aid Granted - Southern Outlet - Sale of the Franchises of the Road - Tricks of the New Company - New Lines Adopted - Large Subscriptions Obtained - Demand for County's Subscription - Sold Under Mortgage - New Company Formed - Again Sold - Petition to the County Board to Vote Subscription to H., M. C., L. & E. Railroad

Chapter XXII: Newspaper Enterprises
"McDonough Independent." - "Macomb Journal." - "Prairie City Chronicle." - "Prairie Chief." - "Prairie Chicken." - "Macomb Ledger." - "Prairie City Herald." - "Bushnell Record." - "Western Light." - "The Macomb Independent." - "The Gleaner."

Chapter XXIII: Underground Railroad
Question of Slavery - Organization of the U. G. Railroad - It's Mode of Operation - Route Through the County - Incidents - "What am I?" - Charley's Thoughts - His Escape - Arrival at Blazer's Station - Leaving - His Return - In Search of Wife and Children - Failure - Second and Third Trip - Escape with Wife - Recapture of his Wife - Charley's Escape - At last Successful in Getting his Wife and Children - A Lively Load and Lively Time - Six Negroes - Start for Macomb - On the Wrong Road - Charley Recognized - Old Fashioned Plantation "Hoe Down." - Betrayal of the Negro Preacher - Virginia Home - Death of his Master - Removal - Promise of Freedom - Sending Caesar South - Warned by a Stranger - His Escape - Given a Horse - On the Line of the U. G. R. R. - Failure to Find his Wife - Train Captured - David Chrisman - Agent's House Watched - Feint - Attack - One Captured - A White Negro - "G"wine to Jine de Yankee Church" - Negro Tom - Escape - Fight with Bloodhounds - Arrival at Blazer's - Views on Religion - Presence of Mind - Dobbins' Son - Negro Saved by a Small Boy - Going to Market - Lost - Directions Given - Negroes taken from the Train of the C., B. and Q. R. R. - Taken to the hotel by City Marshal - Remain until Made Free by Proclamation of Abraham Lincoln

Chapter XXIV: Stone Coal - - Clay Coal - Extent - Average Yield - Quality - Stone - Quality and Extent - McLean's Statement Rowley's Bank - Grindstones

Chapter XXV: M'Donough County Agricultural Society
Organization - First Fair - A Success - Second Exhibition - Lease of Grounds - Contrast Between First and Present Exhibition - Chandler's White Bull - Blooded Stock - Time Required for Fair - Fortunate in Officers - Purchase of New Grounds - First and only Failure, which was no Failure - Present Officers - Stock Association - Appeal

Chapter XXVI: Black Laws
Early Prejudice - Specimen of the Black Laws - Negroes in McDonough - Negro Barber and J. M. Campbell - Not so Bad After All - What he would do with Bob - Indictment against Geo. W. Reid for Violation of the Black Laws

Chapter XXVII: Resources of the County
Extent of Territory - Improved Lands - Unimproved Lands - Real and Personal Property - Wheat - Corn - Oats - Other Products - Rye and Barley - Buckwheat - Potatoes - Meadow Land - Pasture - Wood Land - Horses - Cattle - Mules and Asses - Sheep - Swine - Orchards - Apples - Peaches - Pears and Plums - Cherries - Grapes - Small Fruit - Carriages and Wagons - Tables

Chapter XXVIII: The Bar of M'Donough County
Judges of the Circuit Court - Richard M. Young, James H. Ralston, Peter Lott, Stephen A. Douglas, Jesse B. Thomas, Norman H. Purple, Wm. A. Minshall, Pinkney H. Walker, John S. Bailey, C. L. Higbee, S. P. Shope - State's Attorneys - Thomas Ford, Wm. Richardson, Henry L. Bryant, Wm. Elliot, Robert S. Blackwell, Calvin A. Warren, John S. Bailey, Louis H. Waters, Thomas E. Morgan, L. W. James, Crosby F. Wheat - Other Members of the Bar - Cyrus Walker - The Present Bar…..301 - 312

Chapter XXIX: Railroad Business
The C., B. & Q. R. R. - What it Has Done for the County - T., P. & W. - Its Business - Tables of Shipments and Receipts

Chapter XXX: Biographical
Larkin C. Bacon - Major Thomas A. Brooking - A. V. Brooking - Edgar Bolles - Alonzo Barnes - James M. Campbell - Hon. Thompson Chandler - James Clarke - David Clarke - Charles Chandler - John. M. Crabb - Daniel M. Crabb - J. B. Cummings - B. A. Duncan, M. D. - Captain S. A. Epperson - John L. Epperson - Thomas Fulkerson - John D. Hainline - W. H. Hainline - William Hamilton - Hon. B. R. Hampton - Richard D. Hammond, M. D. - Dr. John Hardesty - William C. Hainline - Wesley Harlan - George Taylor Harlan - Hon. Humphrey Horrabin - Hon. John Huston - Charles R. Hume - James Irwin - Rev. Joseph L. Kirkpatrick

Chapter XXXI: Political
A Doubtful County - Party Lines were not Drawn During First Ten Years - No Caucuses in That Time - 1840 - Democratic and Whig Parties Held Nominating Conventions - Party Lines Closely Drawn - Hard Cider - Whig Celebration at Macomb on the Fourth of July - What Democrats Said of It - Whigs Victorious - 1841 - 42 - Democrats Triumphant First Year and Whigs the Second - 1843 - Cyrus Walker and James P. Hoge - Endeavor to Se - the Mormon Vote - Trickery of Smith, the Mormon Prophet - Walker Defeated - 1844 - Whigs Again Triumphant in August, but Beaten in November - 1845 - 51 - Various Changes Occurred - 1852 - Last Campaign of the Whigs as a National Party - Triumphant in this County - 1853 - Democracy Victorious - 1854 - Waters Carried the County by One Vote - Democrats Carrying the Rest of the Ticket - Waters' Election Contested - His Resignation - Another Election Held, and Waters Again Triumphant - 1855 - No Opposition to the Democracy - Republicans, Americans and Democrats in Campaign of 1856 - Democracy Ahead - The American Party Gives up the Ghost - Gains in the Republican Party in 1858 - Light Vote in 1859 - Campaign of 1860 - Republicans Victorious - 1861 - 64 - Democracy Victorious - 1865 - Republicans to the Front - Ditto in 1866 - Democrats Elect County Ticket in 1867 - U. S. Grant carries the County in 1868 - Democracy Ahead the Following Year - Ditto in 1870 - Considerable Scratching - Grant Ahead in 1872 - New Party Ahead in 1873 - 1874 - 76, Republicans Ahead - General Remarks - Official Vote from 1830 to 1876 inclusive

Chapter XXXII: Educational
Progressive Education - Early Teaching - The Three R's - Few Schools in the Early Time - The Great Number at Present - The Old Log School House - Its Furniture - Woodside's Agreement - School Lands - Items From School Statistics - M'Donough College - Prairie City Acadamy - M'Donough Normal and Scientific College - Macomb Female Seminary - Sketches of the Various District Schools of Each Township - School Statistics

Chapter XXXIII: Biographical Sketches Continued
Elder John Logan - William F. McCandles - Captain J. C. McClellan - Hon. Alexander McLean - William C. McLeod - John Mustain - William D. Mustain - A. H. McGahan - Rev. Josiah Moore - Richard Musson - Thomas A. Mustain - Hon. William H. Neece - Abraham Newland, Jr. - Asa K. Owen - Isaac N. Pearson - Joseph E. Porter - Hon. William H. Randolph - James Roberts

Chapter XXXIV: Biographical Sketches Continued
Captain James W. Fee - Harvey L. Ross - Joseph Shannon - John William Siders - Benjamin F. Thompson - Elder J. L. Towner - Roswell Tyrrell - Captain J. B. Venard - Captain D. P. Wells - John G. Woodside - John Wiley - Isaac Weaver - Dr. Beverly R. Westfall - Hon. E. K. Westfall - Charles Wilson - Hon. C. F. Wheat - Major Stephen Yocum

Chapter XXXV: Religious
Influence of Christianity - The Improvements That Follow the Teachings of the Bible - First Preaching in the County - Elder Logan - His Labors as a Preacher - Sketches. - Regular Baptists - Antioch. - Christian - Blandinsville - Macomb - Bedford - New Salem - Bushnell - Colchester - Sciota - New Bedford. - Methodist Episcopal - Macomb - Tennessee - Friendship - Penuington's Point - Bardolph - Stickles - Blandinsville - Rock Creek - Maple Grove - Mound Chapel - Pleasant Grove - Liberty - Prairie City - Industry - Colchester - Mound - Linn Grove - Willow Grove - New Hope - Centennial - Greenwood - Adair - Second Church, Macomb

Chapter XXXVI: Religious Continued
Presbyterian - Macomb - Camp Creek - Shiloh - Prairie City - Doddsville - Bushnell - Good Hope - Ebenezer - Cumberland Presbyterian - Bersheba - Sugar Creek - Good Hope - Industry - West Prairie - Congregational - Prairie City - Macomb - Baptist - Hillsborough - Macomb - Prairie City - Independent - Cedar Creek - Tennessee - Bushnell - Sciota - Blandinsville - Second Church, Macomb - Universalist - Macomb - Reformed - Bushnell - Free Will Baptist - Prairie City - Maple Hill - Catholic - Tennessee - Macomb - Christian - Industry - German Baptist - Bushnell Arm of the Church - United Brethren in Christ - Elm Grove - Willow Grove - New Philadelphia - Jerusalem Chapel - Blandinsville - Pleasant Gale - Center Chapel - Evangelical Lutheran - Macomb - Salem - Statistics

Chapter XXXVII: Reminiscences
Recollections of John Wilson - Salem Woods' Reminiscences - Silas J. Creel's - Robert Dark's - Martha Russell's - James Jarvis' - J. W. Brattle's - Martitia F. Harris' - Sailing on the Prairie

Chapter XXXVIII: Pioneers
Old Settlers' Association - Constitution - List of Pioneers

Chapter XXXIX: Miscellaneous
Streams of the County - Crooked Creek - Camp Creek - Grindstone Creek - Troublesome Creek - Spring Creek - Other Streams - Matrimonial Statistics - Remarks - Table of Distances - Pauperism - Number Admitted to the Alms House - Nativity - Other Facts

Chapter XL: Macomb
Retrospective - Organization of the County - Selection of Site for County Seat - Washington - Act Locating County Seat - McComb vs. Macomb - County Seat to be Permanent - Sale of Lots - Increase in Population - First Store - The Tavern - First Plat of the Town - Unsatisfactory - New One - Keaton's Survey - Brattle's Survey - Court week - Effect of the Ardent - Circus Shows - Town Organization - First School House - First Brick Store - First Church - Cholera Epidemic - Incorporated as a City - First Board of Aldermen - City's Credit - City's Indebtedness - Improvements - Few Fires - No Tramps Allowed - Improvements Needed - Sanitary Condition - Thirty Miles of Streets - Expenses of the City - Assessments - Railroad - Public Buildings - Opera House - School Houses - Mercantile Trade - Manufactures - Public Schools - Graded System - Churches - Value - Membership - Description of School Buildings - List of Town Officers - List of City Officers - "A Side Glance at Macomb" - City Made a Supervisor's District - List of Supervisors - Items from City Directory - Business Notices - Classified Business Directory

Chapter XLI: Blandinsville
Location - Name - "Job's Settlement" - Additions - First Dwelling - First Store Building - Mercantile Trade - Merchants - Schools - Growth - Securing the T., P. & W. R. R. - Its Effects - Amount of Trade - Churches - Summary of Business Firms - Business Directory

Chapter XLII: Industry - Doddsville - Middletown
Proposition to J. M. Price - Shop Erected - First Post Office - Price's Recollection - First Store - First Physician - First Survey - Name and Nickname - Growth - Organization as a Town - First Town Board - Organization as a Village - Its Character - Schools - Churches - Manufactories - Distance from Railroad - Trustees - Summary of Business Firms - Business Directory - Doddsville - Town Laid Out - Location - Directory - Middletown

Chapter XLIII: Prairie City
Situation - When Laid Out - First Store - First Building - First Preacher - Size of the Original Town - Distance from Macomb and Chicago - First School Building - Barne's and Parker's Addition - Incorporated as a Town - Officers Elected - Newspaper - Growth of the Town - Prairie City Academy - Schools - Churches - Petition to the Town Board - Cemeteries - Village Organization - First Board - First Resolution - List of Town Officers - Prairie City Chronicle - Amount of Business Transacted - Business Directory

Chapter XLIV: Bushnell
Location - Survey - First Sale of Lots - Town Named - Wolf Pole - Trackless Prairie - Hendrickson Lost - Found - First Store Building - First Stock of Goods - First Dwellings - First Hotel - Prosperity of the Town - Liberality of the Original Proprietors - Failures - New Railroad - Manufactories - Improvement - New School Building - Summary of Business Firms - Amount of Business - Public Library - Organization as a City - Election, Officers Elected - List of Officers - Classified Business Directory

Chapter XLV: Bardolph
Town Laid Out - Location - Name - First Dwelling - First Store - Growth of the Place - Price of Lots - First School House - Incorporated as a Town - Trustees - Incorporated as a Village - Cause for the Change - Trustees - Temperance Town - School - Cemetery - Shipments to and from the Town-Business Notices-Business Directory

Chapter XLVI: Colchester - Tennessee - Hill's Grove and Colmar
Colchester - Land Surveyed - Name - First House - First Stock of Groceries - Hotel - First Stock of Dry Goods - Additions - Prosperity of the Place - Incorporated as a Town - The Natural Advantages of Colchester - Coal Interests - Roberts' Mines - Quincy Coal Company - Colchester Coal Company - Their Immense Business - Shipments and Receipts - Schools - Churches - License Question - List of Town Officers - Mercantile Trade - Business Notices - Business Directory - Tennessee - Town Laid Out - Location - Size of Lots - Value - Incorporated as a Town - Names of Members of the Various Boards of Trustees - Clerks - Churches - Schools - Calaboose - Shipments and Receipts by Rail - Business Directory - Hill's Grove - Laid Out - Location - Surrounding Country - Business Directory - Colmar - Location - Size of Plat - Growth of the Place - Shipment and Receipts by Railroad - Business Directory

Chapter XLVII: Sciota - Good Hope - Adair - New Philadelphia - Walnut Grove and Scottsburg
Sciota - First name - Location - Surrounding Country - Additions - First Stone Building - First Store - Incorporated - Trustees - First Sermon - First School - Churches - Prosperity of the Town - Great Grain Market - Mercantile Trade - Business Notices - Shipments by Railroad - Business Directory - Good Hope - Rivalry Between Towns - Town of Sheridan - Town of Milan - Post Offices of Good Hope - Town named Good Hope - First Store - First Dwelling - Old Post Office - Incorporated as a Town - Incorporated as a Village - Trustees - Prosperity - General Character of the Town - First Sermon - Schools - Churches - Amount Shipped by Railroad - Business Notices - Business Directory - Adair - Laid Out - Location - Amount of Stock and Grain Shipped - First Business House - Population - Business Directory - New Philadelphia - Location - Old Plat - New Survey - Name - Directory - Walnut Grove - Location - Business Directory - Scottsburg - Location - Shipment of Fire Clay


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