Marshall County History

Miscellaneous history and information

Doctors

Old Settlers Association

Pioneers

Government

Disasters

Schools

Newspapers

News Items

Railroads

Military Information

Photos

  Roads and Highways

 Postal Routes and Post Offices

County History

The Early History of Marshall County and its Settlers  


"Earliest Historical Facts of Marshall-Putnam Counties" (Also Bureau and Stark Counties Embracing an Account of the Settlement and Early Progress - Compiled and Published by Mr. Henry A. Ford in 1860 ) 


History of Ft. Darnell - Transcribed by James A. Cavanaugh 

Marshall County History by Virgil E. Tipton - Donated by Jean Davis

Reeves The Outlaw  (Taken From the Henry Republican, March 27, 1873: Exciting Account of His Near Murder and His Expulsion from Marshall County  in the early 1840's (From the Lacon Home Journal) Written by Dr. Robert Boal)

 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))

Sketches of Marshall County Illinois from Dr. Samuel S. Wood (Marshall County Republican 1868)

Marshall County Incorporated Towns  (Taken from the Toluca Star, April 4, 1902)

Chronology of Events

The Completion of the Lock and Dam at Henry, Illinois (Taken from the Henry Republican, January 18, 1872.)

Second Report of the Soldiers Orphan Home - Marshall and Putnam County Children  (Taken from the Henry Republican 1874: lists the children's names, their parents,  what village they were from, and what company and where their father was killed.)

1898 Photo of Marshall County - Donated by Tamie (she would like to find the family to give the photo to)

Sketches of Marshall County Residences From the 1873 Marshall County Atlas

Old Settlers Association of Marshall County, Illinois
These articles are full of history.  Most include speeches given by the early pioneers describing the early days of Marshall county.

  • Old Settlers Meeting (Article suggesting Marshall County have an old settlers reunion - Jan. 1868)

  • First Meeting, Oct. 6, 1869 (Taken From the Henry Republican)

  • The 1871 Old Settlers Picnic and Reunion  - Oration by Silas Ramsey and brief speeches by Robert Barnes, William Atwood, Ed S. Jones, Mrs. Ann Bullman (Taken From the Henry Republican)

  • The 1872 Old Settlers Picnic and Reunion - Oration by Mr. Henry A. Ford,  and brief speeches by Col. G. L. Fort, Livingston Roberts, Robert Barnes, Richard Hunt, Silas Ramsey, George O. Barnes, Esq., Mrs. Ann Bullman (Taken From the Henry Republican)

  • The 1875 Old Settlers Picnics and Reunions - Oration by Hon. Mark Bangs, and brief Speeches by Dr. Boal, Wm. Maxwell, Wm. Atwood, Samuel Henthorn, F. S. Potter , Rev. H. G. Pendleton and others (There were two picnics this year because of the weather - Taken From the Henry Republican)

  • The 1876 Old Settlers Picnic and Reunion - Oration by Robert Boal, and brief Speeches by Samuel Lewis, A. M. Pool, John Williams, Jeriah Bonham, E. L. Monser, Joshua Myers and a letter from Eli Strawn, who could not attend (Taken From the Henry Republican)

  • The 1878 Old Settlers Picnic and Reunion - Oration by Dr. Robert Boal and brief speeches by Rev. Lemuel Russell, John O. Dent, Judge Burns, William Gallaher, Mrs. Ann Bullman, and Col. Fort (Taken From the Henry Republican)

  • The 1879 Old Settlers Picnic and Reunion - Oration by Perry Armstrong (Mr. Perry gives a wonderful history of early life in Marshall county) and speeches by Eli Strawn, C. W. Barnes, William Strawn, John S. Armstrong, Senator S. R. Lewis, Mrs. Anne Bullman and Hon. G. L. Fort.  Includes a mortality list of all old settlers who had died since the last reunion.

  • The 1880 Old Settlers Picnic and Reunion - Oration by Rev. J. G. Evans and speeches by Livingston Roberts, C. W. Barnes, John Williams, James Martin, E. S. Jones and Squire Laughlin.

  • The 1881 Old Settlers Picnic and Reunion - President's Address by Chauncey W. Barnes / Oration by Hon. G. O. Barnes / A Mammoth Chicken Pot Pie and Fish Chowder served for Dinner / Speeches by J. Newton Reeder, Wm. Barnes, Judge W. E. Parrett, Dr. Boal and other speaker mentioned / The Spinning Wheel, Flax Wheel and Reel of Ye Olden Time on Exhibition and Yarn and Linen thread spun by some of the Pioneer Women / List of all settlers who died from Aug. 1880 to Aug. 1881

  • The 1882 Old Settlers Picnic and Reunion

Marshall County Government

Marshall County Disasters 

Marshall County Schools

Country Schools

In the early part of Marshall County history, rural schools provided the education for most of its settlers' families.  By the mid 1950's, most rural school districts had consolidated with the larger urban schools and the children were bused into town to receive their education.  Many people still have fond memories of their little county school.  In this section we'll try to share those memories with pictures, history and stories of "how it was".  We'll also have photos of the school buildings now - if they still exist.  If you have a photo, a little school history or just a school memory to share, please email me and share your memories.


Henry


Lacon


LaRose


Sparland


Toluca


Varna


Wenona



Township Schools


Miscellaneous School News and Other Information

Marshall County Teachers and Superintendents

  • John Peck

  • Our 1876 Teachers (List of Teachers for Marshall County who had received certificates as school teachers from County Superintendent Edwards, dating from Jan. 1st to May 15th, 1876

  • Teachers for Red School and Sugar Grove for 1877 (Henry Republican)

  • Our 1879 Teachers (List of Teachers for Marshall County who had received certificates as school teachers from County Superintendent Edwards, dating from Oct. 1, 1878 to Sept. 1, 1879.  Also includes New School Law for teachers.)

Marshall County Newspapers

The First Marshall County Newspaper (Great article about the first newspaper in the county.  Taken from the Henry Republican, July 4, 1872 and written by Henry A. Ford.)

 The Marshall County Democrat of 1876 (Taken From the Henry Republican)

The Oldest Newspapers in the 8th Congressional District (Taken From the Henry Republican 1877)

Online Editions of Local Marshall County Newspapers

  • Toluca Star Herald, March 22, 1929 edition, Toluca, Illinois

    • Page 1 (High School News, County News, Marriages and Obits)
    • Page 2 (Varna news items, News Items from the Toluca Star files from the past, advertisements)
    • Page 3 - (Toluca Election Notification and lots of advertisement)
    • Page 4  (Bond notice, Local Gossip, Sheriff's Sale, Church News)
    • Page 5 (Advertisement, Local Gossip)
  • Henry Times, April 17, 1890 edition , Henry Illinois

    • Page 2   (Local an state news items, gossip columns, and advertisements)

    • Page 3   (Local news items, businesses and advertisements.)

Marshall County News Items

Marshall County Doctors

Marshall County Roads and Highways

Marshall County Photos

The Marshall-Putnam County Fair - Contributed by Norman Horack

Marshall County Postal Routes and Post Offices


Marshall County Railroads


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