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Brown County, Illinois
County Description and Demographics

1901
BROWN COUNTY
, situated in the western part of the State, with an area of 300 square miles, and a population (1890) of 11,951; was cut off from Schuyler and made a separate county in May, 1839, being named in honor of Gen. Jacob Brown. Among the pioneer settlers were the Vandeventers and Hambaughs, John and David Six, William McDaniel, Jeremiah Walker, Willis O'Neil, Harry Lester, John Ausmus and Robert H. Curry. The county-seat is Mount Sterling, a town of no little attractiveness. Other prosperous villages are Mound Station and Ripley. The chief occupation of the people is farming, although there is some manufacturing of lumber and a few potteries along the Illinois River. Population (1900), 11,557. ("Historical Encylopedia of Illinois", 1901)

MOUNT STERLING, a city, the county-seat of Brown County, midway between Quincy and Jacksonville, on the Wabash Railway. It is surrounded by a rich farming country, and has extensive deposits of clay and coal. It contains six churches and four schools (two large public, and two parochial). The town is lighted by electricity and has public, water-works. Wagons, brick, tile and earthenware are manufactured here, and three weekly newspapers are published. Population (1880), 1,445; (1890), 1,655; (1900), 1,960. ("Historical Encylopedia of Illinois", 1901)


Towns

Buckhorn is a populated place located in Brown County at latitude 39.937 and longitude -90.836. The elevation is 718 feet. Buckhorn appears on the Mount Sterling U.S. Geological Survey Map.

Benville is a populated place located in Brown County at latitude 39.864 and longitude -90.865. The elevation is 735 feet. Benville appears on the Perry West U.S. Geological Survey Map.

Cooperstown is a populated place located in Brown County at latitude 39.964 and longitude -90.607. The elevation is 633 feet.
Cooperstown appears on the Cooperstown U.S. Geological Survey Map.  Demographics Site http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/genInfo.php?locIndex=263005

Damon is a populated place located in Brown County at latitude 40.083 and longitude -90.83. The elevation is 686 feet. Damon appears on the Lake Mount Sterling U.S. Geological Survey Map.

Fargo is a populated place located in Brown County at latitude 39.974 and longitude -90.855. The elevation is 745 feet. Fargo appears on the Mount Sterling U.S. Geological Survey Map.

Gilbirds is a populated place located in Brown County at latitude 39.923 and longitude -90.702. The elevation is 659 feet. Gilbirds appears on the Versailles U.S. Geological Survey Map.

Hersman is a populated place located in Brown County at latitude 39.95 and longitude -90.741. The elevation is 699 feet. Hersman appears on the Versailles U.S. Geological Survey Map.

Jaques is a populated place located in Brown County at latitude 39.884 and longitude -90.743. The elevation is 515 feet. Jaques appears on the Versailles U.S. Geological Survey Map.

La Grange is a populated place located in Brown County at latitude 39.947 and longitude -90.537. The elevation is 463 feet. La Grange appears on the Cooperstown U.S. Geological Survey Map.

Morrelville is a populated place located in Brown County at latitude 39.85 and longitude -90.8. The elevation is 686 feet. Morrelville appears on the Perry West U.S. Geological Survey Map.

Mount Sterling is an incorporated place located in Brown County at latitude 39.987 and longitude -90.763. The elevation is 725 feet. Mount Sterling appears on the Mount Sterling U.S. Geological Survey Map. Brown County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). As of 2007, Mount Sterling population was 5,074 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of -2.08 percent. The median home cost in Mount Sterling is $91,400. Home appreciation the last year has been 0.75 percent. Compared to the rest of the country, Mount Sterling's cost of living is 28.79% Lower than the U.S. average. Mount Sterling public schools spend $4,205 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $6,058. There are about 13 students per teacher in Mount Sterling. The unemployment rate in Mount Sterling is 2.70 percent(U.S. avg. is 4.60%). Recent job growth is Negative. Mount Sterling jobs have decreased by 1.83 percent.

Ripley is an incorporated place located in Brown County at latitude 40.023 and longitude -90.639. The elevation is 548 feet. Ripley appears on the Ripley U.S. Geological Survey Map. Brown County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). Ripley had a population of 103 with 50 housing units; a land area land area of 0.38 sq. miles; a water area of 0 sq. miles; and a population density of 274.02 people per sq. mile for Census 2000.

Siloam is a populated place located in Brown County at latitude 39.888 and longitude -90.916. The elevation is 610 feet. Siloam appears on the Kellerville U.S. Geological Survey Map.

Timewell is an incorporated place located in Brown County at latitude 40.008 and longitude -90.874. The elevation is 755 feet. Timewell appears on the Lake Mount Sterling U.S. Geological Survey Map.
From The Quincy Herald Whig, 2008 (submitted by Debbie Lee):
Timewell, ILL.
Population:147
Area: 0.83 square miles, all land
Established around 1858 by the Wabash Railroad as Mound Station, the Brown County community was incorporated as a village Dec. 23, 1901. Businesspeople had problems receiving freight because there was a town in southern Illinois names Mounds, so the name was changed to Timewell, with the post office taking the new name in 1903. The legal village name was never changed, however, so Census Bureau documents and many maps still refer to Mound Station.

Timewell is home of Timewell Tile, Yoder Lawn Furniture , Jensen Woods Youth Camp and Wolf Ridge Pumpkin Patch.

The Unofficial motto is "Time Spent in Timewell is Time Well Spent."



Versailles is an incorporated place located in Brown County at latitude 39.885 and longitude -90.656. The elevation is 633 feet. Versailles appears on the Versailles U.S. Geological Survey Map. Brown County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). Versailles had a population of 567 with 259 housing units; a land area land area of 0.92 sq. miles; a water area of 0.01 sq. miles; and a population density of 614.67 people per sq. mile for Census 2000.


Brown County, IL Demographics

Brown County is a county located in the U.S. state of Illinois. As of the 2000 census, the population is 6,950. Its county seat is Mount Sterling, Illinois. It was formed from Schuyler County on Feb 1, 1839, it was named after Jacob Brown [1775-1828] who defeated the British at the Battle of Sackett's Harbor in 1813. He was a Brigadier General of NY volunteers during the early years of the War of 1812. By 1815, he was Commander-in-chief of the Army. He received a gold medal for his action at Chippewa, Erie, and Niagra. The County is part of the Military Tract, The Military Tract is land granted to veterans of the War of 1812.

Mount Sterling is the county-seat of Brown County, midway between Quincy and Jacksonville, on the Wabash Railway. As of the census of 2000, there were 6,950 people, 2,108 households, and 1,380 families residing in the county. The population density was 9/km? (23/mi?). There were 2,456 housing units at an average density of 3/km? (8/mi?). The racial makeup of the county was 80% White, 18% Black or African American, 1% Native American, and 1% from other races.

There were 2,108 households out of which 29% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55% were married couples living together, 7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38% were non-families. 31% of all households were made up of individuals and 14% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.4 and the average family size was 2.9.

In the county the population was spread out with 18% under the age of 18, 13% from 18 to 24, 38% from 25 to 44, 19% from 45 to 64, and 12% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 174 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 194 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $35,445, and the median income for a family was $43,207. Males had a median income of $24,888 versus $20,558 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,629. About 5% of families and 9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10% of those under age 18 and 10% of those age 65 or over.
[Source: wikipedia.org]


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