The History of Bureau County (Taken From the Earliest Historical Facts of Marshall-Putnam Counties, Also Bureau and Stark Counties,Compiled
and Published by Mr. Henry A. Ford, 1860)
Hampshire Colony Congregational Church Book Its First Hundred Years, 1831-1931 (A RECORD ASSEMBLED BY THE HISTORICAL COMMITTEE: PUBLISHED MARCH, 1931, PRINCETON, ILLINOIS ) - Transcribed by Alice Horner
Short Biographies Of Selected Members Of The Hampshire Colony Congregational Church - Written by Alice Horner
Alice Horner s note: Ella Warren Harrison s 1931 book, The Hampshire Colony
Congregational Church Its First Hundred Years, 1831-1931, has a chapter listing its members and the years they
joined. Genealogical information is available for many of these people, either online or in books which I
ve collected. I have selected these people either because they were on my family tree, they were people who
were significant in the history of Bureau County, or just because their names sounded interesting. In many
cases I ve been unable to confirm whether the information I found is correct. Please submit all corrections
to Alice Horner. I encourage everyone to write bios of other people on the book s membership list,
to be added to this section. Submit your bios to Nancy
Past and Present of Bureau County, Illinois by George B. Past, Chicago: Pioneer Publishing, 1906.
Reminiscences of Bureau County : in two parts. (Matson, N.. Princeton, Ill.. Republican Book and Job Office. 1872. )
Old Putnam In Ye Olden Time (An article written about the a meeting in February 1868 of the settlers of Old Putnam county which included Putnam, Bureau, Marshall and La Salle counties. Lists the names of those present at the meeting and when/where they settled.
Sketches of Bureau County by N. Matson (Short sketches of Bureau County printed in the Marshall County Republican in 1867 and 1868)
Bureau County Settlement Names
1924 Events of Bureau County, Illinois (Printed in the Henry Republican, Henry, IL)
Do you have memories of growing up and attending "country schools" in Bureau County? If so, I'd like to hear from you. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Kenneth Phillips writes "I started school in Sheffield in 1941 but moved to NW of Wyanet where I started school at Pleasant Valley, a one room country school. I had to walk to and from school every day which was four miles round trip. I graduated from eighth grade in spring of 1949 and then started high school in Wyanet graduating in 1953. Some of my teachers that I remember at Pleasant Valley were Ethyl Serie, Mrs George Springer, Edith Swanson, and Berniece West who was a substitute teacher. If there were any others I don't recall them. Hope this information is useful."
Growing up in Bureau County - Contributed by Kathy Alshouse Kvalheim
I started first grade in 1953 in LaMoille and the building is now historic and still being used. For the first couple of years there was no lunchroom but soon after an area in the lower level was converted to a lunchroom. After lunch we would be sent outside to play. There was a girl in my class that went home every day for lunch and her father ran the drug store. We would all send our pennies with her to bring back button candy for us.
On Halloween we all dressed up and at the end of the day there would be a parade with prizes for the best costumes. My mother always came to watch and would then go over to the bus that I rode to and from school to ask the bus driver if I behaved on the bus. Even though I knew I behaved I was always a little frightened that he would say I didn't behave.
During fire drills we always rushed outside to watch the older kids come down the enclosed slide that came down from the upper level. I couldn't wait until I was old enough to be on the upper level and come down the slide. When I was in the fourth grade, my family moved to Wisconsin so I never had the opportunity to try out that slide.
Teachers that I remember were Mrs. Hill and Mrs. Ryan. Best friends were Renee Piper, Nancy Barger and Ann Ulch.
--Kathy Alshouse Kvalheim