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Calhoun County, IL, Established January 10, 1825
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"History of Calhoun County and its people up to the year 1910"
by: Carpenter, George Wilbur


The first settler on the present site of Brussels was John Mettz who came in 1822.
Joshua Twichell moved from Coles Grove in the same year and started a blacksmith's shop.

Several German families, from the province of Hanover, came to the Brussels vicinity in 1843.

By 1850 a number of Irish had arrived and settled to the south andeast of the town. In the 50's and the 60's many German people came to the neighborhood; those belonging to the Lutheran faith settled to the west and so'uthwest of the present village of Brussels, while most of the Germans belonging to the Catholic faith settled with the limits of the village and to the east and south.

The Frelich and Irish that had settled near Brussels had moved away to a considerable extent, and by 1910 less than a dozen families of them could be found in a ten miles radius of Brussels.
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