History & Genealogy of
Niles Township
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©Kim Torp

Cities & Towns within Niles Township:

Village of Golf
Village of Lincolnwood
Village of Morton Grove
Village of Niles
Village of Skokie

History .....

Niles Township was incorporated in 1850.

Lincolnwood (formerly Tessville): Founded by Johann Tess and George Proesel. Incorporated 1911.

Morton Grove: Settled in the 1830's; Incorporated 1895.

Niles: Potawatomi Indians were in this area in the 1700's. The first log cabin was built in 1832 by John Schadegar and Jules Perren and the second house not being built until 1834. The village of Niles was incorporated August 24, 1899.

Skokie (formerly "Niles Center"): Was founded in December of 1854 by Prussian immigrant Henry Harms,who was also Skokie's first merchant, postmaster and founder of three Niles Township school districts. Read more about Skokie's history on the Village's website. Incorporated in 1888.

1850 Census
Productions of Agriculture in Niles, Cook County, 17 Oct 1850

A. Clayborn, 200 improved acres of land, Cash value of farm: $500, value of farming implements: $200
A. Gregory
Sylvester Marsh
Thomas Dyer
John Clapp
Eri Reynolds
C.H. Curtice
W. Mackway
Rudolph White
J. Surnt
Henry Haspel
Tunk Alby
[no other info is noted for the names above]

Important Addresses.....

Skokie Public Library
5215 Oakton Street
Skokie, IL 60077
Website: http://www.skokie.lib.il.us

Skokie Historical Society
8031 Floral Avenue
Skokie, Illinois 60077
Website: http://www.skokiehistory.info/

Niles Historical Society
8970 Milwaukee Ave.
Niles, IL USA 60714-1737

Morton Grove Public Library
6140 Lincoln Ave.,
Morton Grove, Illinois, 60053

Morton Grove Historical Society
P.O. Box 542
Morton Grove, IL 60053

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