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6430 W Wheeler Rd
Mapleton, IL 61547
(309) 697-6252
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Written by Chris Lofgren with Larry Stranz   
Friday, 07 September 2007 00:26
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Hollis Township History
Township Beginnings
Before White Settlers
The Coal Mining Business
Township Communities
Some Peeks Into The Past
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Some Peeks Into The Past

Some details from the earlier days of the township can give us a glimpse of those who preceded us:

  • Moses Perdue had the first vineyard in the area (1832) and the first cook stove (1848)
  • The LaMarsh Baptist Church traces its history to Oct. 27, 1838 when it was organized. The first meetings were held in homes before a house of worship was constructed in 1849 at a cost of $1,000.
  • Moses Dusenbury was the first to have a hand grist mill. He died when he fell off a cliff on the west branch of the LaMarsh Creek while riding his blind horse.
  • At a town meeting in 1856, a resolution to prohibit the running at large of swine and sheep failed to pass - too expensive to build fencing.
  • In 1863, a new post office at Harkers Corners was established.
  • In the 1830s, land was selling for $3 an acre.
  • In 1935, a teacher in Maple Ridge School signed a contract for $65/month for an 8-month school year. (Dismissal by May 1 was common among rural schools, allowing the students to help with summer farm work.)

Hollis Township today is a reflection of this intriguing past from shaft coal mines to farming to raising and educating children. And finally, to laying to rest those who gave us roads and names and a history.

Thanks to Larry Stranz and his family for providing much of the historical material for this brief history of Hollis Township.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 February 2013 21:48

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