The town of Bruce embraces that part of T. 31, R. 3, which lies northeast of the Vermillion river. More than one-half of the town is timber land, bordering the Vermillion, and Otter, Wolf and Prairie creeks. Much of the timber was of superior quality, and the attraction which made this locality one of the early settlements. The prairie is level, and the whole town is underlaid by a rich deposit of coal. The settlement commenced in 1831.
[Source: History of LaSalle County, Illinois by Elmer Baldwin, Chicago, Rand, McNally & Co., Printers, 1877, SKETCH OF THE PIONEER SETTLERS OF EACH TOWN IN THE COUNTY, Bruce, Page 341-342 - Transcribed by Nancy Piper]