Early Post Office Locations and their Postmasters in Kane County, IL

This is a list of the early post office locations and their postmasters in Kane County. This information was found in the Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois (Edited by Newton Bateman, LL.D. and Paul Selby, A.M.) and History of Kane County Edited by Gen. John S. Wilcox. Chicago; Munsell Publishing Company, 1904, pp. 679-681

©Transcribed by Kim Torp

"The free delivery of mail began about 1887, and Aurora, Batavia and Elgin now have frequent deliveries each day. The first rural delivery route in the county was authorized in 1902, and this great convenience now reaches nearly every township." . . . "As accurately as can be ascertained, the dates of establishment, discontinuance and changes in the post offices of the county, with the names of the first postmasters, have been as follows:"

Town

Date established

First Postmaster

Changes

La Fox

Dec. 31, 1836

Henry A. Miller

Changed to Geneva

Aurora

March 2, 1837

Burr Winton

 

Elgin

July 19, 1837

James T. Gifford

 

Waterville

Nov. 23, 1838

Horace Bancroft

Changed to St. Charles

Deerfield

(in Rutland)

Dec. 3, 1838

Alfred Standish

discontinued Aug. 18, 1841

Acasto

(in Big Rock)

Feb. 9, 1839

Orson Brooks

disc. Nov. 12, 1849

St. Charles

(from Waterville)

Feb. 28, 1839

Horace Bancroft

 

Lily Lake

Nov. 5, 1839

John Scott

Changed to Avon

Udina

Dec. 30, 1839

Asa Merrill

disc. Nov. 9, 1868; reestablished Jan. 29, 1869 & again discontinued

Blackberry

April 8, 1840

David Wheeler

Changed to Elburn

Avon

(in Campton)

April 20, 1840

Milton S. Cline

late Lily Lake

Berkshire

(in Plato)

June 13, 1840

John Griggs

disc. July 6, 1857

Batavia

Feb. 6, 1841

Isaac Wilson

 

Hampshire

Feb. 27, 1841

Enoch O. Garland

 

Dundee

Sept. 3, 1841

George W. Hoit

 

Little Woods

(in St. Charles)

May 28, 1842

E.W. Brewster

changed July 7, 1853 to Wayne, DuPage County

Rees

(in Kaneville)

Sept. 27, 1845

Alfred W. Churchill

disc. August 16, 1849

King's Mill

(in Campton)

Dec. 22, 1845

Thomas E. Dodge

changed to Gray Willow

Canning

May 26, 1846

Samuel Worcester

disc. October 5, 1848

Burlington

May 28, 1846

John W. Ellithorp

 

Schneider's Mill

Dec. 28, 1846

John Peter Schneider

disc. November 7, 1848

Grouse (Sugar Grove)

Sept.13, 1847

Marcus White

William Thompson

disc. Sept. 27, 1858; reestablished Jan. 10, 1859, again discontinued

Jericho (Sugar Grove)

Dec. 8, 1847

Isaac S. Fitch

disc. Nov. 12, 1849; re-established Jan. 8, 1850; disc. May 11, 1886

Montgomery

Jan. 20, 1848

Ralph Gray

 

Pingree Grove

March 6, 1848

Andrew Pingree

 

Banner

(in Rutland)

July 28, 1848

John McKay

discontinued

Kaneville

Aug. 10, 1848

Nicanor N. Ravlin

 

Fayville

(St. Charles township)

Jan. 18, 1848

Rice Fay

disc. September 25, 1851

Swinton

(in Campton)

July 24, 1849

Henry Warne

disc. August 1, 1854

Collamer

(in Virgil)

Aug. 16, 1849

Milton Thorne

changed to New Virgil

Geneva

(from LaFox)

April 9, 1850

Albert W. Glass

 

Big Rock

May 23, 1850

Robert Summers

Joshua Rhodes

disc. January 23, 1855; reestablished March 23, 1855

Winthrop

(Sugar Grove township)

August 12, 1850

Samuel S. Ingham

disc. May 16, 1865

Clintonville

Sept. 26, 1851

G.M. Woodbury

changed to South Elgin

Campton

Oct. 27, 1851

Elbridge Walker

William A. Lindsay

disc. Dec. 27, 1860; reestablished Dec. 11, 1865; changed to Lily Lake

Hibernian

(in Rutland)

June 21, 1852

Dennis Ryan

disc. July 6, 1853

Lodi Station

March 31, 1854

Zachariah Hathorne

changed to Maple Park

New Plato

Jan. 7, 1854

Stephen Archer

disc. November 7, 1870

New Virgil

(from Collamer)

Jan. 7, 1854

William H. Robinson

disc. August 2, 1864

Rutland

Jan. 7, 1854

John B. Eakin

changed to Gilbert's

West Burlington

Jan. 27, 1854

Amos A. Brown

disc. November 14, 1854

North Plato

April 6, 1855

Freeman Temple

John Eastman

disc. May 6, 1867; reestablished April 26, 1869

East Campton

April 28, 1862

Edward W. Miller

disc. January 21, 1865

Carpentersville

Feb. 4, 1863

Julius A. Carpenter

 

East Burlington

April 1, 1865

John Green

discontinued

Gray Willow

(from King's Mill)

Sept. 20, 1869

Philo Plummer

discontinued 1887

North Aurora (Schneider's Mill)

Jan. 18, 1869

Alex H. Stone

 

Riverside

(late Fayville)

July 27, 1870

Thomas Alexander

changed to Silver Glen

Gilbert's

(from Rutland)

Aug. 26, 1870

John Martin

 

Plato Corners

Sept. 30, 1870

George H. Thompson

disc. December 5, 1871

Silver Glen

(from Riverside)

Nov. 7, 1870

Thomas Alexander

disc. July 9, 1873

Holstein

(in Hampshire)

July 6, 1876

Lucy J. Whiting

disc. July 7, 1884

South Elgin

(from Clintonville)

Dec. 22, 1876

Mary O. Farrell

 

Plato Center

May 18, 1877

Louisa J. Hanson

 

Maple Park

(from Lodi Station)

Feb. 18, 1880

Norton Snow

 

Padel

(In Elgin Township)

Sept. 28, 1881

Albert Gilbert

changed to Spring Valley

Spring Valley

(from Padel)

 

Albert Gilbert

changed to Almora

Almora

(from Spring Valley)

Dec. 16, 1885

Albert Gilbert

 

Sunset

(in Rutland)

April 30, 1883

Philip Hemrick

 

McQueen

March 9, 1885

John A. McQueen

 

Elburn

(from Blackberry)

Feb. 26, 1886

Milton S. Cline

 

Lily Lake

(from Campton)

June 6, 1887

Morton J. Springer

 

Wasco

Sept. 1, 1887

George Bergland

 

Richardson

Feb. 11, 1888

E.C. Connor

 

East Plato

1889

A.H. Fairchild

 

Youngsdale

1889

Smith Young

 

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