History of Ophir Township, LaSalle County, Illinois

Ophir Township

The town of Ophir is identical with Township 35, Range 2, and is a prairie region, with the exception of about one section of timber on Sections 18 and 19, being a part of Troy Grove, which was originally as fine a tract of timber land as there was in the county. It lies mostly in the town of Troy Grove, and at an early day was surrounded by pioneer settlers.

The first one here was Joseph Reynolds, and with Elias Carey and Hiram Thornton, were the only families at this point at the breaking out of the Black Hawk war. They all left, and Reynolds did not return. After the war, settlers came in quite rapidly and were about equally divided between the towns of Ophir and Troy Grove, the grove of heavy timber being the centre of the settlements.

[Source: History of LaSalle County, Illinois by Elmer Baldwin, Chicago, Rand, McNally & Co., Printers, 1877, SKETCH OF THE PIONEER SETTLERS OF EACH TOWN IN THE COUNTY, Ophir, Page 410 - Transcribed by Nancy Piper]