Wallace embraces the west part of Township 34, Range 3, being four and one-half miles in width from east to west. Until a few years since it was a part of Dayton, and being nearly all prairie it remained unoccupied excepting a few settlers on its southern border until the impetus given by the completion of the canal and railroads sent the population over all the prairie. Its proximity to Ottawa and Dayton made its settlement a mild experience compared with the more secluded sections.
Thomas Robinson came in 1838; Mr. Cavanaugh and E. W. Curtis, in 1847 or 48 ; A. P. Hosford, Seth Sage, R. O. Black and a few others, were the earliest residents.
[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, Wallace, 483 - Transcribed by Nancy Piper]