LaSalle County Illinois City and Village History

Altmar

Bailey's Point

Baker

Bruceville

Catharine

Cedar Point  

Culton

Dana

Danway 

Dayton

Deer Park Village 

Dimmick

Earlville

Farm Ridge

Fitchmoor

Freedom Centre

Kangley  

Garfield

Grand Ridge

Harding

Hitt

Jonesville

Kernan

La Salle

Leeds

Leland
(Waverly Station)

Leonore

Little Rock

Lostant

Lowell

Marseilles

Mendota

Meriden

Millington

Munson

Naplate

Northville
(and Asberry)

Norway

Oglesby 

Ottawa

Otter

Otter Creek

Peru

Prairie Center

Ransom

Reed Crossing

Richards

Rockwell

Rutland

Seneca  
(Crotty Town)
 

Serena

Sheridan

South Ottawa

Stavanger

Stoneyville

Streator

Sulphur Springs

Ticona

Tomahawk Bluff

Tonica

Triumph

Troy Grove  (Homer)

Utica

Vermilionville

Waltham

Wedron  

Wilsman

Bailey's Point 

The History of Bailey's Point  (Taken From the Histoy of LaSalle County -1886) 

Cedar Point

The history of Cedar Point   (short description in 1924 history.

Culton

Culton was established as a railroad station on Illinois Central Railroad in the late 1800's.  It no longer exists.

 William Hockstatter, the founder of Culton

Dana

The History of Dana (1877 Past and Present of LaSalle County and 1886 History of LaSalle Co) 

Danway

The History of Danway (short description in 1886 and 1924 histories)

Dayton

Deer Park Village

The History of Deer Park Village (short description in 1924 history)

Dimmick

History of Dimmick Station  (Taken From the Histoy of LaSalle County -1877 and 1886) 

Earlville

Farm Ridge

The History of Farm Ridge  (Taken From the Histoy of LaSalle County -1886) 

Garfield

History of Garfield (Taken from the Past and present of La Salle County, Illinois, 1877 and 1886 History of Lasalle County)

News from the Past  
Local Gossip from Jan 13, 1876
- transcribed by Nancy Piper, Donated by Steph McGrath

Grand Ridge

  • The History of Grand Ridge (1877 Past and Present)   1886 History Added

  • Grandridge Photos
    These photos were taken during the early 1900's and generously donated by Valerie Jackson.  These pictures belonged to her Aunt Nellie, who was born in 1903.

Harding

The History of Harding (1886  and 1924 History)

Kangley

  • Miscellaneous News:  

    •  Miners Arrested for Blowing Up Mine

    •  John Urich Fatally Shoots City Marshal Donaldson

    • Star Coal Mine Air Shaft Burned

    • Kangley Gives Up Corporation as Village

La Salle

Lowell

  • William Seeley, Founder of Lowell (Taken From the Histoy of LaSalle County -1886) 

  • The History of Lowell (Taken From the Histoy of LaSalle County -1886) 

  • Benjamin Lundy's Paper at Lowell (Taken from the Past and present of La Salle County, Illinois, 1877)

  • News Items From the Past  - Miscellaneous information gathered from Local Newspapers.

    •   Oct 2, 1875 Local News Items (Taken from the Tonica News, Tonica, IL)

    • October 16, 1875 Local News Items (Taken from the Tonica News, Tonica, IL)

    • January 8, 1875 Local News Items (Taken from the Tonica News, Tonica, IL)

    • Oil is Discovered Near Lowell (Taken From the Henry Republican, April 22, 1915)

Lostant

History

News From the Past

Leland

Leanore

Marseilles

HISTORY

NEWS

  • New Items from the Past -Miscellaneous information gathered from Local Newspapers

    • New Coal Shaft Floods (1882)

    • Man of Mystery Held For Robbery

    • Unable to reach agreement for price of lock and dam

      NAMES OF CIVIL WAR VETS OF ORIGINAL POST FORMED IN 1883 (1935 News Article)

  • Man Shot at Marseilles  (Shooting Death of Wm. Cruise - Taken from theThe Tonica News, November 16, 1874)

  • Mysterious Death of James Haslam by shotgun (Ottawa Free Trader 1919 - courtesy Leo Ingmanson)

DISASTERS

Mendota

Meriden

History of Meriden (Taken from the Past and present of La Salle County, Illinois, 1877)

Meriden

History of Meriden (Taken from the Past and present of La Salle County, Illinois, 1877)

Millington 

Naplate

  • Miscellaneous News  

    •  Local Firms Sue To Oust New Town s Officers

    •  Naplate, Near Ottawa, Illegal Village

Northville

Norway

The History of Norway (1886 and 1924 History)

Oglesby

Ottawa


Photo of Ottawa Police Department - Early 1900's - Donated by Phil and Karn Pursley


New Items from the Past  

The History of the 1st Presbyterian Church, Ottawa, Illinois From 1833 To 1897 - Donated by a Friend of Genealogy


Biography of THOMAS DEAN CATLIN  

Otter, Otter Creek and Bruceville

The History of Otter, Otter Creek and Bruceville (1886 and 1924 History of Lasalle County)  

Peru

Prairie Center

  The History of Prairie Center (1886 History of LaSalle Co) 

Ransom

Rockwell

The History of Rockwell (1886 and 1924 History of Lasalle County)  

Rutland

Seneca  (Crotty Town)

Serena

The History of Serena (1886 and 1924 History)

Sheridan

The History of Sheridan (1877 Past and Present of LaSalle, 1886 History and 1924 History)

Streator

HISTORY

  • Biography of John C. Ames - Second Mayor of Streator, U.S. Marshall  of the Northern District and Customs Collector for Chicago


NEWS

New Items from the Past -Miscellaneous information gathered from Local Newspapers

  • Streator formed as a weigh station (March 31, 1870, Henry Republican)

  • Fire in Streator (July 16, 1874, Henry Republican)

  •  New York Assylum children to be used as indentured servants (Tonica News, June 5, 1875)

  • Streator population at 6,000 (January 6, 1876, Henry Republican)

  • 40 Acre lot sold for $100 an acre (June 2, 1881, Henry Republican)

  • Streator and Kankakee Connected by Railroad (1882)

  • Wabash RR Runs Trips to Momence (1882) 

  • Widow of John Kangley Sells Railroad Shares for Profit (1901 Decatur Daily Review)

  • Six oil tankers per day from Streator (Toluca Star, Nov. 15, 1901)

  • New factory in Streator (Toluca Star, March 14, 1901)

Crimes In the News:

Tonica

History

The History of Tonica (1877 Past and Present)  

The 1875 Business Report for Tonica, Illinois (Short sketches of some of the local businesses in 1875.  Taken from the Tonica News, January 9, 1875)

NEWS

New Items from the Past -Miscellaneous information gathered from Local Newspapers

  • Fire at Tonica (December 5, 1867 - Marshall County Republican)

  •  The First Issue of the "Tonica News" Newspaper - Letter from the Editor (April 25, 1874, Tonica News)

  • Rattle Snakes (4 & 5 ft. snakes killed - May 21, 1874 - Tonica News)

  • Local News (May 21, 1874 - Tonica News)

  • Severe Storms (June 4, 1874 - Tonica News)

  • Tonica High School Honor Roll (October 22, 1874 - Tonica News)

  • Local News (October 8, 1874 - Tonica News)

  • Baptist Church is Renovated (October 15, 1874 - Tonica News)

  • Water is scarce. (January 23, 1875 -  Tonica News)

  • 1876 Local News  (March 9, 1876 - Tonica News)

  • Horrom's Hall in Ashes (March 16, 1878)

  • Local Items (March 23, 1878 - Tonica News

  • Local News (April 27, 1878 - Tonica News)

  • Local News (July 13 and July 20, 1878 - Tonica News)

  • Local News (September 1878 - Tonica News)

  • New Principal (July 1881)

  • W. H. H. Holdridge Sells Farm (1882)  

  • W. A. McGrew Injured in Sleighing Accident (1883) NEW!!
  • Tonica bankers, indicted for alleged irregularities (April 8, 1915 - Henry News Republican)

  • Rev. Ayling Gives Up ME Pastorate

Triumph

History of Triumph (Taken from the Past and present of La Salle County, Illinois, 1877 and 1886 History of LaSalle)

Troy Grove (Homer)

Utica

History

Photos

Vermillionville

History of Vermillionville ( Taken From the Past and Present of LaSalle County -1877) 

Wedron

The History of Wedron (Taken From the Histoy of LaSalle County -1886) 

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