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Stephenson County Illinois
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History
 Stephenson county was formed from Jo Daviess and Winnebago counties, in February, 1837, and is bounded north by Wisconsin Territory, east by Winnebago county, south by Ogle and Jo Daviess, and west by Jo Daviess county, It is 27 miles long, and 21 miles wide, containing about 560 square miles. It is watered by the Peekatonokee and its tributaries on the north, and the heads of Plum river and smaller streams in the southwestern part. The timber is mostly in groves; the prairies generally undulating and rich, with tracts of hilly barrens and oak openings. The population is not large, but rapidly settling, as are all the northern counties. For judicial and representative purposes it is attached to Jo Daviess county. (no county seat established)
[Source:  A Gazetteer of Illinois by J. M. Peck, A. M. Second Edition 1837 pp. 195-196]

The county was named for Colonel Benjamin Stephenson, an official of the Illinois Territory.
Its county seat is Freeport


Township Map

 

BIBLES

BIOGRAPHIES

BIRTHS

BUSINESS & MFG.

CEMETERIES

CENSUS

CENTENARIANS

CHURCHES

CIRCUS 1915

DEATHS

DIARIES

DIVORCE

DOWN MEMORY LANE
By Nate Collier

(Proper)
ETIQUETTE

FARMING

FIRES
Pennsylvania Oil

Rawleigh Medical

FIRST SETTLER
William Wadams

FIVE
GENERATIONS

FLOODS

GALLERY

GERMANIA

THE GLORY BARN
By Dick Shouer

GOLD HEADED CANE

GOSSIP COLUMNS

KRAPE PARK
Zoological Society

LINCOLN-DOUGLAS
DEBATE

MARRIAGES

WEDDING NOTICES
ENGAGEMENTS
ANNIVERSARIES
TRUE VOW KEEPERS

MEDICAL
Of long ago

MEMORIES
Of The Old Days

MILITARY

NATURALIZATIONS

NEWS ARTICLES
NEWS PAPERS

OBITUARIES

OLD HOMES
OLD HOTELS

OLD LETTERS

OLD PICTURES

OLD SETTLERS ASSOC.

ORGANIZATIONS

PECATONICA RIVER

PHOTOGRAPHERS

PIONEER FAMILIES

POSTMASTERS

Selected
PROBATES

READ PARK

RED CROSS DISPLAY

REUNIONS

ROYAL NEIGHBORS
of AMERICA

History of the
SAENGERBUND

SCHOOLS & ORPHANAGES

SOUVENIR
Views of Freeport

SPORTS EVENTS

Auto Racing
Baseball Grounds

JACK WARHOP
New York Yankee Pitcher

ROSA M. WEBSTER
In Same Home 84 Years

WILLS & PROBATES

WRITINGS OF
H. B. Gorham

SURNAMES

WEBSITES & LINKS

LOOKUP VOLUNTEERS


BAILEYVILLE

Baileyville

BLUMENTHAL

History of Blumendahll
(Harlem Twp)

BOLTON

Bolton Village

BUCKEYE

Buckeye 1880
Buckeye 1910
Red Oak Poem

CEDARVILLE

Cedarville History
Cedarville Bridge
John Bollman & Son

DAKOTA

Dakota Twp History
Town of Dakota
Quiet Village
Memories of Dakota

DAMASCUS

Damascus History

DAVIS

Davis Hist. 1910

DUBLIN

Dublin Settlement

DUNBAR

Village of Dunbar

ELEROY

History of Eleroy
Town of Eleroy

EPLEYANNA

Epleyanna Settlement

ERIN

History of Erin Twp.

EVERTS

Everts Station


FLORENCE

Florence Twp. History
Florence Gallery
Town of Florence
Van Brocklin Methodist Church



FREEPORT

Aviation in Freeport
Business & Mfg.
Courthouse Clock
Fire Department
Freeport Gallery
Christmas 1913
Globe Hospital
Housing 1938
Interurban Trolley
Post Office

GERMAN VALLEY

German Valley Twp.
Bank Robbery

HARLEM

Harlem Twp. 1910
Harlem Twp History
History of Blumenthal
Harlem Twp. Picnic

IRISH GROVE

Irish Grove

JEFFERSON

Jefferson Twp. 1910

KENT

Kent 1880 History
History of Kent 1910
Battle Kellogg's Grove

KILGRUBBIN

Interesting Story

KRAPE PARK

Krape Park

LAKE SUMMERSET

LANCASTER

Lancaster Twp. Hall

LEGAL

Village of Legal

LENA

History of Lena
Lena Business & Mfg.
Lena Star News
Lena Memories
Poem of Lena

LORAN

History-Loran Twp.
Loran Township
Town of Loran
History-Mill Grove

McCONNELL

McConnell Memories
History of McConnell

MILL GROVE

History of Mill Grove
(In Logan Township)

NEVADA

Village of Nevada


ONECO

History of Oneco Twp.
Town of Coneco

Coneco Twp. 1910
Corn Grows Taller
Oneco Homecomings

ORANGEVILLE

Orangeville 1910
Orangeville History
Orangeville Memories
The Cooky Lady

PEARL CITY

Down Memory Lane
History of Pearl
Town of Pearl
Pearl City Memories
Post Office
Woker's Lunch & Tavern

RED OAK

Red Oak Poem

RIDOTT

History-Ridott Twp.
History-Ridott 1910
Village of Ridott

ROCK CITY

History-Rock City Twp.
Rock City Twp 1910

ROCK GROVE

History-Rock Grove Twp.

ROCK RUN

History-Rock Run 1880
History-Rock Run 1910

SCIOTO MILLS

Scioto Mills
Town of Scioto Mills

SILVER CREEK

Silver Creek Twp. 1910
Silver Creek History

SOUTH FREEPORT

South Freeport

VAN BROCKLIN

History of Van Brocklin

WADDAMS

Waddams Grove
Waddams Twp. History

WEST POINT

West Point 1880
West Point 1910

WINNESHIEK

Winneshiek 1910

WINSLOW

Winslow Twp 1910
Winslow Flood
Winslow Gallery
Winslow Post Office
Winslow Postcards

YELLOW CREEK

History of Yellow Creek

HISTORY of STEPHENSON COUNTY
1880 Western Historical Co.
History of Buckeye Twp.
History of Rock Run Twp.

HISTORY OF STEPHENSON COUNTY
S.J. Clarke Pub. Co. 1910

HISTORY OF STEPHENSON COUNTY
Transcribed by Alice Horner
S.J. Clarke Pub. Co. 1910

Stephens Motor Company
Freeport Home to Stephens Car

Henney Motor Company
1939/40 Commemorative Booklets
(Start here for complete index of available information)
History of the Henney Motor Company
Henney Secretaries 1932
Early Henney Photos
Henney Company Employee Biographies
Henney Picnic 1928
Henney Picnic 1938
Henney Employee Photos 1930's
Henney Employee Pictures (includes birth/death dates & obits)

 

 

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Freeport is a flourishing city and capital of Stephenson County. It is situated in the midst of a rich agricultural region, and enjoys a lucrative trade. Its Railroad facilities for communication with all points of the compass are superior. It is the Western terminus of the Galena Division of the Chicago and North Western Railroad, distant from Chicago, 121 miles. By the Illinois Central, it is 67 miles east of Dubuque and 380 miles north of Cairo. By the Western Union Railroad, it is 118 miles south west of Milwaukee, and 94 from Rock Island.

The first settlement was made in 1835. Stephenson County was organized and Freeport was made the County seat. In 1850, the town received a village charter, and in 1855 it was organized under a city charted Freeport, now contains about 10,000 inhabitants, and enjoys a large wholesale and retail trade.

The manufactures, although in their infancy are numerous and important, among them may be enumerated one large reaper manufactory; several founderies (sic), 2 flouring mills, 5 wind mill manufactories, one woolen mill, one carpet factory, several breweries, 4 brick yards, 4 or 6 large carriage works, a cultivator manufactory and 2 earthern (sic) ware establishments. There is also here about 300 business establishments, which supply the wants of a large district of wealthy farmers. Freeport boasts a large number of fine public buildings, among which are the new Court House, erected at an expense of upwards of 100,000, and a Soldiers' Monument. The Wilcoxon Opera House, also large number of costly business blocks, and several fine school buildings.
Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne - from Bailey's Freeport Directory, 1873-74, p16.

 

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