Bureau County Illinois  
Neponset Illinois History


Neponset Village was built after the railroad had made a depot here and a post office established. M. E. Lee, the first station agent, and eighteen years in the position, built the first house in the place. The depot was erected in June, 1855. June 16, 1855, Caleb J. and Henry G. Little and Clark M. Carr filed the town plat for record. The railroad company wanted to compliment Mr. Lee in naming the place, and suggested "Leeponset;" but Mr. Lee named it Neponset, after a Massachusetts town. Benjamin Drew built a hotel; Joseph Howard and Joseph Lyford erected stores. The farmers here are mostly Englishmen, and they have succeeded most admirably in raising fine stock, especially French and English draft horses.
[History of Bureau County Illinois, H. C. Bradsby, Editor, Chicago Publishing Company 1885, Page 436]
A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE EARLY SETTLEMENT OF NEPONSET  - Donated by Tom Pratt:  Taken From the "Ladies of Neponset" Neponset Historical Society, December 1988.  Tom writes "The publicaton is about 92 pages long and covers many of the early settlers of Neponset, in addition to the brief history of the town included on page 1.If you haven't seen this publication, I am sure a copy, or copies, have been retained at the Neponset Historical Library in Neponset, IL"

1885 Neponset, Bureau Co IL Graduation Program - Contributed by Darlene Martin

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