Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois
Edited by Newton Bateman, LL.D. and Paul Selby, A.M.
and History of Lake County
Edited by Hon. Charles A. Partridge
Chicago: Munsell Publishing Company, Publishers. 1902
This book was published in 1902.
We do not have a copy at our museum.
A reproduction copy of this text is at the Lake Villa District Library,
1001 E. Grand Ave., Lake Villa, IL 60046 (847) 356-7711
It is in the reference section under 977.321 Bateman. It does not circulate.
An orignal copy of this text is at the Lakes Region Historical Society
in Antioch, 817 Main Street, Antioch, Illinois 60002 (847) 395-7337.
We have used their copy to create these entries.
We have placed the following portions of this large text online for
you to browse:
- A lengthy description about the The Underground Railroad
- A description of the Ninety-Sixth Infantry
during the War of the Rebellion (Civil War). Many of our young
men of the Millburn area were in this unit.
- A biography of Rev. Flavel Bascom, who
organized the first church in Millburn.
- Biographical sketches of several prominent men
of the Millburn area.
- Lake County Township Federal Census for 1840
- Several complete chapters of the History of Lake County:
- Chapter I.
- Pre-historic Race---Mounds and Burial Places-Marquette's Visit---Trading
Posts Established---the Short Portage---Little Fort as a Trading Post---Rude
Agriculture of Aborigines---What a Bullet May Signify---Location of Indian
Villages---the Northern State Boundary---Good Conduct of the Race---Indian
- Chapter II.
- Lake County---Its Boundaries and Area---Rivers and Lakes---Pre-Natal
History---Various Counties of Which it Formed a Part---Passed By for a
Time---Indians Cede the Lands to the United States---Character off the
Land---The Pioneer---His Character and Purpose.
- Chapter III.
- First Permanent Settlement---Begins in 1834---Captain Wright's
Experiences---Misfortunes Befall Him—--New Neighbors in 1834-5---Hiram
Kennicott as a Merchant and Miller---First White Child---a Few of the First
- Chapter IV.
- Settlers Increase---River Claims Preferred---First Census Taken---Partial
List of Pioneers---Trappers Who Departed When Permanent Settlers Came---Stories
of the Early Residents---How They Came and Where They Located---Wynkoop's
- Chapter V.
- Early Politics---Part of Cook County---First Public Highway---the Compact
of 1836---Part of McHenry County---Work of the County Commissioners'
Court---Precincts Established---Early Officials---First Circuit Court---McHenry
County Divided---Lake County Created.
- Chapter VI.
- Burlington as a County Seat---Economy of Commissioners---Election Districts
Formed---Funds Expected Not Forthcoming---Licenses for Sale of Ardent
Spirits---Warnings to Law Breakers---County Seat Controversy---A Postoffice at
Little Fort---A Memorable Winter.
- Chapter VII.
- Work at Little Fort Begins---Inducements to Builders---Growth of the City
and Its Commerce---Grain Shipments---Jail and Court House Erected---First
Newspaper---Its Characteristics---Early Advertisers---The County Farm---The
Old Plank Road---California Gold Fever.
- Chapter VIII.
- Township Organization Adopted---Early Town Meetings---The School House as a
Neighborhood Center---Harbor and Lighthouse Appropriations---The Gazette
Established---Agricultural and Horticultural Societies Formed---County and
Local Fairs---The Coming of the Locomotive Celebrated---Stephen A. Douglas
Visits the County---Lincoln's Interrupted Speech---A Mammoth Mass
Meeting---The Military Spirit Roused.