Livingston County, Illinois
Founded more than eighty years ago, the village of Rowe, northwest of Pontiac city, is today the only community in Eamen Township. It is located on the Wabash Railroad in the south portion of the township.
Rowe was platted in 1871 and named after James Rowe, owner of the site. In that same year the Chicago & Paducah Railroad — now the Wabash — was built through this part of the county.
The township in which the village is located, Esmen, today has a total population of 514.
First settler of the township was John Chews, who came from Ohio in 1835. A later settler here was B. P. Babcock, who afterwards was elected a county judge. Another early settler was Apollos Camp, son-in-law of the famous American clockmaker, Seth Thomas.
[This is Livingston County, Illinois by: John Drury, The Loree Co., Chicago, Illinois (1955)]