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Grundy County

Situated in the northeastern quarter of the State, having an area of 440 square miles and a population in 1900 of 24,136. The surface is mainly rolling prairie, beneath which is a continuous coal seam, three feet thick. Building stone is abundant (particularly near Morris), and there are considerable beds of potter's clay. The county is crossed by the Illinois River and the Illinois & Michigan Canal, also by the Rock Island and the Chicago & Alton Railways. The chief occupation of the people is agriculture, although there are several manufacturing establishments. The first white settler of whom any record has been preserved, was William Marquis, who arrived at the mouth of the Mazon in a "prairie schooner" in 1828. Other pioneers were Colonel Sayers, W.A. Holloway, Alexander K. Owen, John Taylor, James McCartney and Joab Chappell. The first public land sale was made in 1835, and, in 1841, the county was organized out of a part of La Salle, and named after Felix Grundy, the eminent Tennesseean. The first pollbook showed 148 voters. Morris was chosen the county-seat and has so remained. Its present population 3,653 (1901). Another prosperous town is Gardner, with 1,100 inhabitants. ["Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois", 1901]

Cities, Towns, and Villages
Braceville * Carbon Hill * Channahon * Coal City * Diamond * Dwight * East Brooklyn *
Gardner * Godley * Kinsman * Mazon * Minooka * Morris * Seneca * South Wilmington * Verona

Townships Within Grundy County 
Aux Sable * Braceville * Erienna * Felix * Garfield * Goodfarm * Goose Lake *
Greenfield * Highland * Maine * Mazon * Morris * Nettle Creek * Norman * Saratoga * Vienna * Wauponsee
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June 2015: bio for KINGSLEY, obit for ANDERSON, MALEY, ARMSTRONG;  Marriage announcement for MCBETH-RICKEY;  Crime news for BRENNEMAN, FLASH

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