1879 History of Menard & Mason Counties
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All Mason Co. History chapters were transcribed by Pam Ross

Mason County Index

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Introductory by Gen. James M. Ruggles 391
Picture of J. M. Ruggles, Havana 391
Mason County 392
Early History 393
Organization of the Territory of Illinois 395
Population and Representation 396
Governors of Illinois 397
United States Senators 398
Boundaries and Topography of Illinois 400
The Illinois and Michigan Canal 402
Material Wealth of Illinois 407
Organization of Mason County 408
Early Settlements 408
County Commissioners' Court 419
Picture of Lyman Lacey 421
County Seat Controversy 425
Precinct History 428
Township History 430
County Officers 433
County Commissioners 433
County Court Judges and Associates 434
County Judges 434
Probate Justices of the Peace 434
County Clerks 434
Circuit Clerk 435
County Recorders 435
Sheriffs 435
Assessors and Treasurers 436
County Treasurers 436
School Commissioners 436
County Superintendents of Schools 436
County Surveyors 436
Coroners 437
Circuit Judges 437
State Attorneys 437
County Attorneys 438
Masters in Chancery 438
Delegates to Constitutional Conventions 438
Members of the State Legislature 438
Agricultural and Implemental 441
Mason County Agricultural Society 443
Farming in Mason County 444
Corn Crop of 1877 and 1878 in Mason County 445
Crops in the State 445
Principal Crops in the State 445
No. of Acres, Bushels and Value of Corn Crop 
    for Eighteen Years 446
State Crops for 1879 446
Live Stock and Dairy 446
Dairy 447
Climatology 447
Geological 448
Railroads 450
Election of Directors 451
The Railroad 452
Chicago & Alton Railroad-Jacksonville Branch452
Springfield & North-Western Railroad 452
Indianapolis, Bloomington & Western Extension453
Havana, Rantoul & Eastern Narrow-Gauge Railroad453
Fulton County Narrow-Gauge Railroad 454
Vermont & Havana Narrow-Gauge Road 454
Newspapers in Mason County 454
War Abbreviations 456
War Record 456
Mason County 456
Picture of Adolph Krebaum, Havana 457
First Cavalry Regiment 459
Second Cavalry Regiment 459
Third Cavalry 462
Fourth Cavalry 463
Sixth Cavalry 463
Tenth Cavalry 463
Eleventh Cavalry 463
First Artillery 464
Eighth Infantry 464
Eleventh Infantry 464
Fourteenth Infantry 464
Seventeenth Infantry 464
Nineteenth Infantry 466
Twenty-Seventh Regiment 466
Twenty-Eighth Infantry 468
Twenty-Eighth Infantry (Consolidated) 470
Thirty-Third Infantry 470
Thirty-Eight Infantry 470
Forty-Seventh Infantry 471
Fifty-First Infantry 471
Fifty-Third Infantry 473
Fifty-Fifth Infantry 473
Fifty-Seventh Infantry 473
Fifty-Ninth Infantry 473
Sixty-Fifth Infantry 473
Sixty-Sixth Infantry 473
Sixty-Eighth Infantry 473
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Seventy-First Infantry 473
Seventy-Third Infantry 473
Eighty-Fifth Infantry 473
One Hundred and Eighth Infantry 482
One Hundred and Fourteenth Infantry 485
One Hundred and Thirty-Third Infantry 485
One Hundred and Thirty-Ninth Infantry 485
One Hundred and Forty-Fifth Infantry 485
One Hundred and Forty-Eighth Infantry 485
One Hundred and Fifty-First Infantry 486
One Hundred and Fifty-Second Infantry 486
Illinois National Guards 486
Cities and Villages in Mason County 487
Politics of Mason County 487
Votes for President 487
Capital Punishment in Mason County 487
Benevolent Societies in Mason County 488
Post Offices and Postmasters 490
Educational 490
Picture of Daniel Dieffenbacher, Havana 493
Sunday Schools 496
Religious History 496
The Lotus Club 498
Gen. Grant 499
Apologetical 500
Havana Township 501
Early Settlement 503
Other Events and Incidents 517
The City of Havana 520
Mills, Manufactories, etc. 522
Religious, Benevolent, Educational 524
Picture of David Powell, Mason City 529
Schools 532
Village and City Incorporation 533
Mason City Township 536
Early Settlement 538
Incidents of Pioneer Days 541
Religious History 544
The City of Mason City 545
Township Officers 554
City Public Schools 555
Tragedies 557
Religious Societies 559
Business and Professions 562
Bath Township 564
Picture of J. B. Abbott, Natrona 565
Settlement of the Township 567
Early Scenes and Privations 576
The Railroads 577
The Village of Bath 579
Church and School Edifices 581
The County Seat Question 585
Village Organization 585
Non Est Inventus 587
Manito Township 587
Early Settlement 589
General Features, Etc. 592
Early Post Offices, Preachers, Doctors, etc. 595
Manito Village 598
Churches, Lodges, Etc. 599
Picture of Jackson Houchin, Allen's Grove 601
Allen's Grove Township 603
Early Settlements 605
Trading and Milling Points 607
Village of San Jose 609
Churches, Lodges, etc. 610
Village Incorporated 612
Natrona Village 613
Kilbourne Township 614
The Early Pioneers 615
Scraps of History 618
Village of Kilbourne 623
Salt Creek Township 625
Quiver Township 634
Early Settlement 635
Picture of M. A. Smith, Sincarte 637
Early Preaching, Marriages, etc. 641
Topeka Village 643
Village Incorporated 644
Forest City Township 645
Early Settlement 645
Some of the Early Inconveniences 647
Early Preaching, Schools, etc. 648
Village of Forest City 649
Lynchburg Township 652
Early Settlers 653
Religious and Educational 658
Crane Creek Township 660
Early Settlement 661
Walker's Grove 667
Early Post Office, Stores, Schools, etc. 668
First Death, Birth and Marriage 669
Sherman Township 670
Early Settlement 671
Trading-Points, Milling, etc. 676
First Births, Death and Marriage 677
The Village of Easton 678
Pennsylvania Township 680
First Settlement 680
Schools, Churches, etc. 684
Village of Teheran 685

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