Stephenson County IL history & Genealogy

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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)
Contributed by Karen Fyock - A Gazetteer of Illinois by J. M. Peck, A. M. Second Edition 1837 pp. 195-196

STEPHENSON COUNTY INTERESTS
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

LOOKUP VOLUNTEERS

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

SURNAMES

JACK WARHOP
New York Yankee Pitcher

WEBSITES & LINKS

ROSA M. WEBSTER
In Same Home 84 Years

WILLS & PROBATES

WRITINGS OF
H. B. Gorham


   

CITIES/TOWNS/TOWNSHIPS
BLUMENTHAL
History of Blumendahll
(Harlem Twp)

BUCKEYE
History of Buckeye 1880
History of Buckeye 1910
Red Oak Poem

CEDARVILLE
History of Cedarville
Cedarville Bridge
John Bollman & Son
DAKOTA
History of Dakota Twp.
Town of Dakota
Quiet Country Village
Memories of Dakota

DAVIS
History of Davis

ELEROY
History of Eleroy
Town of Eleroy

ERIN
History of Erin Twp.
Town of Dublin Settlement

FLORENCE
Florence Gallery
Town of Florence
Van Brocklin Methodist Church



FREEPORT
Aviation in Freeport
Business & Mfg. in Freeport
Freeport Courthouse Clock
Fire Department
Freeport Gallery
Christmas 1913
Globe Hospital
Housing 1938
Interurban Trolley
Freeport Post Office
GERMAN VALLEY
Bank Robbery
HARLEM
History of Harlem Twp
History of Blumenthal
Harlem Twp. Picnic
JEFFERSON
History of Jefferson Twp.
KENT
History of Kent 1880.
History of Kent 1910
Battle of Kellogg's Grove
KILGRUBBIN
Interesting Story
LAKE SUMMERSET
LANCASTER
Lancaster Twp. Hall
LENA
History of Lena
Lena Business & Mfg.
The Lena Star Newspaper
Lena Memories
Poem of Lena
LORAN
History of Loran Twp.
History of Mill Grove
McCONNELL
McConnell Memories

MILL GROVE
History of Mill Grove
(In Logan Township)

ONECO
History of Oneco Twp.
Corn Grows Taller
Oneco Homecomings
ORANGEVILLE
Orangeville History
Orangeville Memories
The Cooky Lady

PEARL CITY
Down Memory Lane
History of Pearl
Pearl City Memories
Post Office
Woker's Lunch & Tavern
RED OAK
Red Oak Poem
RIDOTT
History of Ridott Twp.
History of Ridott 1910
Village of Ridott
ROCK CITY
History of Rock City Twp.
ROCK GROVE
History of Rock Grove Twp.
History-Rock Grove Village
ROCK RUN
History of Rock Run 1880
History of Rock Run 1910
SCIOTOS
Town of Scioto Mills
SILVER CREEK
History-Silver Creek Twp.
VAN BROCKLIN
History of Van Brocklin
WADDAMS
Waddams Grove
WEST POINT
History of West Point 1880
History of West Point 1910
WINSLOW
History of 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

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

Stephens Motor Company
Freeport Home to Stephens Car

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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.

USEFUL STEPHENSON COUNTY INFO

Stephenson Co Offices

Genealogical Society

Freeport Library

Historical Society

Pearl City Library

Lena Historical Society

SURROUNDING COUNTIES

Carroll Co IL

Jo Daviess Co IL

Ogle County IL

Winnebago Co IL

Greene Co WI

Lafayette Co WI

Rock Co WI

 

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