Stark County Illinois  History and Genealogy


Illinois State Gazetteer and Business Directory for 1858 and 1859 - Stark County

 Henry Ford's History of Stark County
(Taken from the "Earliest Historical Facts of Marshall-Putnam Counties Also Bureau and Stark Counties", Embracing an Account of the Settlement and Early Progress, compiled and published by Mr. Henry A. Ford, 1860 )

Stark County and Its Pioneers by Mrs. E. H. Shallenberger, 1876
Chapter 2 Now Complete: June 1834 Settlers, The Sturms Family, Settlers to the West and Southwest, Improvement Prior to 1836
, McClure Wedding in 1834, First Birth and First Death, Obtaining a Marriage License Before 1840, Purchasing Land and Selling Goods, Robert Hall and Companyís Journey to Galena, The Hardships of 1838, The First Mill, Sickness and Death, The First Homesteads and Cabins, The First Frame Buildings, Cabin Constuction, The Southerners Cabin, Larger Cabins Built, The Settler's Character

History of  Stark County By G. A. Clifford  (published in the Stark County News May 30, 1862) - Contributed by Karen Seeman

Documents & Biography pertaining to the Settlement & Progress of Stark County, Illinois by M. A. Leeson Contributed by Karen Seeman

Early Physicians of Stark County

Railroad News Items From the Stark County News - 1869
The building of the Dixon, Peoria and Hannibal Railroad

History of Stark County Settlements,Towns and Villages


Businesses on Main Street in 1869

Owners of Property in the original town of Bradford, as of September 22nd, 1869

Bradford in 1877 (short sketch in the Henry Republican, 1877)

Out in the County - A visit to Bradford (Taken From the Henry News Republican October 21, 1869)

Ye Olden Times (News From the Past - Taken From the Bradford Republican

The Bradford Republican 75th Anniversary Issue, August, 1964 - Containing The History of Bradford, Its People and Surrounding Area (This online transcription by Nancy J. Piper with permission from the Bradford Republican)

Page One (Dorgan Girl's Visit with Henry Ford in 1938, Elmiria School Dates Back 1838, 109-Year Landmark Stands As First School Building, Area Farmers Organize Stark Farm Bureau - 1919)

Page Two (Jim Dandy Horse Collar Factory "Collars" The Nation's Business, Amaquonsippi Trail Asset To Community, Motion Pictures Big Hit Here, Early School Life)

Bradford Community News and Local Gossip

Camp Grove: (See Marshall County Also)

History of Camp Grove




West Jersey


The History of Elmira Township School (Taken From the Bradford Republican 75th Anniversary Issue, August 1964)

History of Speer (1916 Stark County History)


Toulon - A Pen & Ink Sketch of the Town and Surrounding" (The Stark County News) - Contributed by Karen Seeman

Area Farmers Organize Stark Farm Bureau in 1919 (Taken From the Bradford Republican 75th Anniversary Issue, August 1964)


1859 Sketch of Wyoming

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