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1850's
We learn that a Rail Road meeting will be held at Monticello, Piatt county Illinois, on Saturday the 28th ints., for the purpose of consulting about the construction fo a road from Peoria via Monticello to Paris, for which a charter was granted by the last legislature. The citizens of Piatt county will no doubt turn out enmasse and by word and subscription of Stock do more than their share towards securing the Road. They have heretofore evinced their liberality in attempting to get a road through their county seat, and now that, the whole matter is left in a measure with them, we expect to hear of a rousing subscription list in Piatt county. [Illinois State Chronicle (Decatur, Illinois) March 19 1857 - Submitted by Nancy Piper]


Old Settlers and Pioneers of Piatt County Hold a Reunion
Monticello, Ill., Aug 29, - Special Telegram. The old settlers and pioneers of Piatt County and Central Illinois held their tenth annual reunion at the Piatt County fair grounds today. The address of welcome was by Major Charles F. Mansfield, eldest son of General John L. Mansfield, after whom the city of Mansfield, Piatt County, was named. The response was by Philip Dobson, of Cerro Gordo. W. E. Lodge delivered the annual memorial address, and Judge William E. Nelson of Macon County, was a orator of the day. His address was full of interesting reminiscences of the early settlers of Illinois. Nathan Haneline told of his trips to Chicago in 1830, when the Indians were there. He helped haul the brick that built the first church erected in Chicago. Among the speakers was Allan Sadorus, of Champaign County, whose father built the first house in Champaign County in 1824. His father also helped Commodore Perry prepare his fleet when he gained the famous victory of Lake Erie.

The reunion was held at the old log cabin which has been preserved and moved on the fair grounds. This was the first residence for white men ever erected in Piatt County. It was built by a Mr. Haworth seventy-three years ago. The Pottawattomie and Kickapoo Indians were here then , and they assisted Mr. Haworth in putting up his residence. Among the oldest settlers present were Mrs. Nancy Ingram and Uncle Nathan Maneline, who came here in 1822, William and John Piatt, and Mrs. Ann Stickle, who came in 1829, and Joseph Howell, who came in 1828. They are divided into three classes, the snowbirds, who came  to Illinois before the great snow in 1830, the pioneers, who have lived here forty years, and the old settlers, who have lived in Illinois twenty-five years. Source: Daily Inter Ocean (Chicago, Ill.), Friday, August 30, 1895  Transcribed by: Debbie Oberst


Robert Allerton,
Piatt county is rich indeed. Robert Allerton has dedicated 1,200 acres of land in that county to be used for a tuberculosis sanitorium and as a home for cripped children. It will not only be a haven of refuge for the afflicted, but a place for the development of the highest type of scientific agriculture. Source: Rock Island Argus, (Rock Island, ILL.) 1893-1920 October 17,1919  Transcribed by: Debbie Oberst




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