The township was organized in April, 1858, at a meeting held at the house of Levi Straight. A. A. Straight was chosen Moderator, and A. J. Cropsey, Clerk. The town was divided into two road districts on the half-section line running through the town north and south, which now has the iron bridge on it. Below is given, in table, the officers who have been elected to the principal offices during the official life of the town.

Cropsy Illinois Town Officers

Date Votes Cast Supervisor Clerk Assessor Collector
1858 A.A. Straight B.A. Wiggins J. Harkness J. Darr
1859 J.H. Van Eman E.W. Mahoney E. Merrill N.M. Stoddard
1860 J.H. Van Eman E.W. Mahoney E. Merrill H. Crabb
1861 N.M. Stoddard E.W. Mahoney G.W. Freshcorn S.P. Alford
1862 19 Charles Crabb G.W. Freshcorn H. Crabb
1863 17 Charles Crabb A.B. Carr N.M. Stoddard
1864 14 N.M. Stoddard Charles Crabb B.M. Stoddard Robert Rand
1865 14 J. Ward Charles Crabb H. Crabb J.W. McCullough
1866 19 Henderson Crabb Charles Crabb J.P.W. Eson J.W. McCullough
1867 39 H.L. Terpenning Charles Crabb J.P.W. Eson J.W. McCullough
1868 36 M.H. Knight Charles Crabb J.I. Robinson J.W. McCullough
1869 64 H.L. Terpenning J.C. Swatsley J. McCullough Anson Dart
1870 105 H.L. Terpenning J.C. Swatsley H. Crabb A.W. Green
1871 76 H.L. Terpenning J.C. Swatsley Z.C. Worley J.C. Swatsley
1872 76 H.L. Terpenning J.C. Swatsley Z.C. Worley J.C. Swatsley
1873 101 H.L. Terpenning J.C. Swatsley Z.C. Worley E.H. Worley
1874 136 H.L. Terpenning J.C. Swatsley C.B. Worley O.D. Rutter
1875 78 G.R. Buck J.C. Swatsley J.C. Swatsley C.D. Morris
1876 85 G.R. Buck J.C. Swatsley D.B. Spencer J.T. Tanner
1877 56 H.L. Terpenning H.A. Thomas J.W. McCullough A.W. Green
1878 32 H.L. Terpenning H.A. Thomas J.W. McCullough A.W. Green

Those who have served as Justices of the Peace are, L. F. Straight, G. W. Freshcorn, J. H. Van Eman, Ellis Elmer, H. L. Terpenning, J. T. Tanner, A. Beale, A. R. Jones, I. C. Lefler, J. P. Worley, J. E. Whiting and J. Hinshaw.

The Commissioners of Highways have been, A. A. Straight, G. W. Freshcorn, N. M. Stoddard, S. A. Stoddard, D. Thompson, N. Brigham, Joseph Elmer, E. H. Ward, J. W. McCullough, G. Haller, M. H. Knight, John Sharpless, J. B. T. Mann, Z. C. Worley, A. S. Dart, J. C. Arnold, P. J. Decker and E. B. Meeker.

The township, in 1868, adopted at its town meeting a long cattle “ordinance.” It contained eleven sections, and was carefully drawn, providing that cattle should not run at large, and providing for empounding and fixing penalties; providing how they should be released, and giving the proper officers power to act in all cases. This was a new way of dealing with a very troublesome subject, and it proved a very effective way. The Legislature had passed a law allowing townships to vote for or against permitting cattle to run at large. One of the provisions of this law was that in case a majority of the legal voters of any township should vote against letting cattle run at large,, the law should then be in effect in that township, whether the voters in an adjoining township adopted or not. This complicated matters very much, and there were constant depredations upon the part of those who did not choose to live up to the law. Custom bad grown into a kind of law, and citizens were unwilling to take the law into their own hands and make a pound of their own inclosures. Tins ordinance was the subject of a legal decision, and soon became very effective.