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CRAWFORD COUNTY,
ILLINOIS

 

History of Crawford & Clark Cos., Illinois
Illustrated
Publ. Chicago: O. L. Baskin & Co., Historical Publishers
Lakeside Building
1883
PART I. - CRAWFORD CO., ILL.

CONTENTS:
(for Clark County Contents - CLICK HERE)

CHAPTER DESCRIPTION PAGE
CHAPTER I. Introductory - Descriptive - Boundaries and Topography - The Science of Geology - Its Influence on Agriculture and Civilization - Geology of Crawford County - Coal Measures - Outerops of Coal - Building Stone - Its Quality and Durability - Iron Ore - Soils, Timber, etc. etc. 11
CHAPTER II. Pre-historic Occupation of the Country - The Mound Builders - Relics and Works of the Lost Race - The Merom mounds - Earthworks and Mounds at Hutsonville - Other Relics, etc. - The Indians - Delawares and Kickapoos - Their Position of Southern Illinois - Historical Sketches of their Tribes, etc. - Local Facts and Traditions. 18
CHAPTER III. Settlements of the County by White People - The Early French Explorers - Their Claim to Illinois - Gen. Clark's Expedition to Kaskaskia - Emigrants from the States - Fort Lamotte and the Rangers - The Colloms and Other Pioneers - The Hutson Family - Their Murder by Indians - Pioneer Life - Hardships and Dangers of the Wilderness, etc. 29
CHAPTER IV. Organization of the County - Illinois as a Part of Virginia - Divided Into Counties - Act of the Legislature Forming Crawford - Name of the County - The Courts, etc. - Locating the Seat of Justice - An Indian Trial - Other Court Proceedings - List of Officers and Representatives - Court Houses and Jails - Civil Divisions of the County - 'Removal of the County Seat - Township Organizations, etc., etc. 37
CHAPTER V. The Bench and Bar - Justice and Her Scales - First Courts and What They Did - Some of the Early Judges - Different Judicial Districts - The First Resident Lawyers - Kitchell, Janney, French, etc. - Their Legal Ability and Social Traits - Other Lawyers of the County - The Present Bar, etc., etc. 54
CHAPTER VI. Internal Improvements - The First Roads and Bridges - Railroads - Coming of the Iron Horse - The Old Wabash Valley Route - Paris and Danville - Its Competition, Changes and Condition - East and West Railroad Projects - The Narrow Gauge - Value and Economy of the System - Other Roads That Were Never Built, and Never Will Be, etc., etc. 66
CHAPTER VII. The "Raglog" Wabash - Improvement of its Navigation - Boating in the Early Tmies - Overflows, Levees, etc. - Damage Done to the Farmers - Agriculture - Early Mode of Opening and Cultivating Farms - Pioneer Plows and Hoes - Crawford County Agricultural Society - Incorporation and List of Officers - Horticulture - The County Poor, etc., etc. 73
CHAPTER VIII. The County Press - Its Influence in the Community - Newspaper Enterprises of Crawford County - The Constitution and Argus - Educational - Pioneer Schoolhouses and Teachers - Advantages of Education - School Statistics - Religious History - Early Preachers - Churches Organized, etc., etc. 79
CHAPTER IX. War History - The Struggle for Independence - Our Second "Round" with John Bull - Black Hawk and his Braves, and How We Thrashed Them - The Mexican War - Illinois' Participation In it - War of the Rebellion - Different Regiments in which Crawford County was Represented - Facts and Incidents of the War, etc. etc. 91
CHAPTER X. ROBINSON TOWNSHIP - Description and Topography - General Character of the Country - Land Entries - Advent of the Whites - Time and Place of Settlement - Early Society - The Beginning of Agriculture - Pioneer Industries and Improvements - Early Markets, etc. etc. 107
CHAPTER XI. ROBINSON VILLAGE - The Star of Empire - A New Town Laid Out - First Plat and Subsequent Additions - Early Development - Growth of Business Interests - The Railroad Impetus - Schools, Churches and Benevolent Societies - Cemeteries, etc. etc. 119
CHAPTER XII. LaMOTTE TOWNSHIP - General Description and Topography - Early Settlement - Joseph La Motte - The Eatons - Other Pioneers - The Seven Jesses - Extract from Ficklin's Address - Schools and Churches - Palestine - Its Growth, Development and Incorporation - The Land Office - Registers and Receivers - Educational, Religious, etc., etc. 127
CHAPTER XIII. HUTSONVILLE TOWNSHIP - Topography - Early Settlements - Hutson Family - The Barlows, Newlins and Hills - Other Pioneers - Early Trials and Troubles - Schools and Churches - Village of Hutsonville - Its Situation as a Trading Point - Some of hte Merchants and Business Men - Fire, Water, etc., etc. 146
CHAPTER XIV. LICKING TOWNSHIP - Description, Boundaries and Topography - Early Settlement - Pioneer Improvements and Industries - Villages - Early Schools, etc. - Churches and Church Buildings. 160
CHAPTER XV. OBLONG TOWNSHIP - Physical Features - Soil and Productions - The Coming of the Pioneers - Development of the Country - Early Industries - Roads and Mills - Village of Oblong - Church History - Early Schools - Patrons of Husbandry. 173
CHAPTER XVI. MONTGOMERY TOWNSHIP - Physical Features, Boundaries, etc. - Early Settlers and Where They Came From - The Hurricane - Frontier Industries - A Race for the Bottle and its Results - The Poisoning of Reed - Villages - Religious and Educational. 183
CHAPTER XVII. MARTIN AND SOUTHWEST TOWNSHIP - Position and Boundaries - Formation of Southwest - Water Courses - Soil - Productions - Timber - Pioneer Settlement - Early Incidents and Industries - Life in the Wilderness - Early Roads - Church and School History - Villages, etc. etc. 193
CHAPTER VIII. HONEY CREEK TOWNSHIP - Description and Topography - Advent of the Pale Faces, and their Early Struggles - Pioneer Improvements - Religious History - An Incident - Schools and Schoolhouses - Villages - Parting Words, etc. etc. 202

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES

ROBINSON TOWNSHIP - 225
HUTSONVILLE TOWNSHIP - 260
LAMOTTE TOWNSHIP - 295
MONTGOMERY TOWNSHIP - 326
OBLONG TOWNSHIP - 339
MARTIN AND SOUTHWEST TOWNSHIP - 357
HONEY CREEK TOWNSHIP - 368
LICKING TOWNSHIP - 372

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