La Salle County IL History



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La Salle County General History

Illinois State Gazetteer and Business Directory for 1858 and 1859 - LaSalle County

History of La Salle County Illinois, Volume I, Chicago, Interstate Publishing Co. 1886 (Have pages 202-210 online - early history)  

Organization of LaSalle County

Historic Starved Rock  (A trip to Starved Rock in 1875 by the people in Lacon and Henry, Illinois - includes the history of Starved Rock and the first settlement there.)

The Building of Starved Rock Dam - Photo Donated by Tracey Ristau-MacLeod - News Article from the Henry Republican, Henry, IL

 The List of Old Settlers of LaSalle County, Illinois  (Taken From: THE PAST AND PRESENT   OF  LASALLE COUNTY, ILLINOIS, CHICAGO H. F. Kett & CO., Cor. 5th Ave. and Washington St., 1877, Pages 263 to 268 - Donated by Joan)

Edward Dorking - Survivor of the Titanic

Diary of Conrad Bender - Contributed by Bill Bender 


Rachel (Hall) Munson's Account of the Indian Creek Massacre (The Ottawa Free Trader; Ottawa, Illinois Friday June 5, 1846 Vol VI-No. 50. - Transcribed by: Sharon Witt)

John Hope Henderson and The Account of the Massacre at Indian Creek by Thomas J. Henderson (As told by his uncle John H. Henderson) - Donated By Marilyn Goodman

La Salle County Disasters

The 1857 Flood of the Illinois River  (Taken from "The Courier" newspaper, Henry, IL, Feb. 13, 1857)

La Salle County Old Settlers

 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.  

Old Settlers Meeting (The second meeting of the settlers of Old Putnam county (November 24, 1868))

Pioneers and Heros
Biographies, stories and articles about  individuals important to the history of LaSalle County

Charles Edwin Youmans and the Underground Railroad (The Escape of Nigger Jim) - compiled by Louis Irwin Youmans, Oakland, Chicago Illinois 1936 and Donated by Leo Ingmanson

Personal Stories of Pioneers  Taken From the History of La Salle County, Illinois, Baldwin, Elmer.. Chicago. Rand McNally & Co., printers. 1877.

Pioneer Tidbits- Short articles about La Salle County Pioneers  

  • Adam Holcroft of Peru township
  • Mr. Osgood of Lostant
  • 1875 Old Settler's Reunion
  • Moses Gunn, Oldest Resident of La Salle, To Be 96 Tomorrow (3/29/1935) - Contributed by Alice Horner

 Stories of Pioneer Days In La Salle County, Illinois Commemorating the Washington Bi-Centennial 1932 By Grammar Grade Pupils of Village and Rural Schools La Salle County, Illinois Compiled for the School Libraries by W. R. Foster, County Superintendent  (INDEX  AND FOREWORD ONLY)

 The Poetry of Elsie The Poetry of Elsie Strawn Armstrong   "SKETCHES OF MY LIFE"  1789-1871  - Transcribed and Donated by Leslie Howard Strawn  
These poems were written by Elsie during her lifetime and her older years.  They tell her life's story from her childhood in Pennsylvania to her move with a new husband to Ohio and then the move and life in Illinois.  


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