History & Genealogy of
Leyden Township
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Cities & Towns within Leyden Township:

Elmwood Park
Village of Bensenville - incorporated in 1884 (Mainly within Dupage county)
Franklin Park
City of Northlake - incorporated 1949 - Government
River Grove
Schiller Park

History .....

Located 10 miles West of the Loop. In the 1840s farmers came to the area, which was then known as Orison. The Chicago & Pacific Railroad laid tracks in Leyden Township in 1870. The tracks ran diagonally across the township along Old Army Trail or Grand Avenue, with a train station at 75th Avenue. Local speculators bought many of the smaller farms and subdivided the land for residential development. As farming gave way to home construction, Orison became known as Elmwood Park. ...Elmwood Park experienced its greatest boom in population between 1920 and 1928, and then again after World War 2 [Source: Encylopedia of Chicago at http://www.encyclopedia.chicagohistory.org/pages/423.html]


All Saints Polish National Catholic, Eden Memorial Park, Elmwood, Irving Park Blvd., Memorial Estates, Saint Joseph

Biographies .....

An early resident was Jesse Walker, who was born June 9, 1766, in Buckingham County, VA and who died Oct. 4, 1835, in Leyden Township, IL. He was a Missionary and preacher who founded the Methodist Episcopal Church in Illinois. He held the first Methodist services in Chicago.

Data Online.....

1880 Mortality Index

Important Addresses.....

Northlake Public Library District
[serves Northlake, Stone Park, and unincorporated Leyden Township]
231 N Wolf Rd
Northlake, Illinois 60164
(708) 562-2301

Bensenville Community Public Library
200 S. Church Road
Bensenville, IL 60106
phone: (630) 766-4642

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