Location: Cropsy Illinois

History of Cropsy, Illinois

Cropsey Township embraces the south half of Town 25, Range 6 east of the Third Principal Meridian, is three miles by six, and is territorially the smallest in the county, being only one-third the size of Gridley. which is the largest. During most of its political history. it has been attached to the present town of Anchor (24, 6) and in school affairs is attached to, and forms a school township with Belle Prairie, in Livingston County. The township is entirely prairie; and, as a consequence, had no early settlements. Probably the first to settle here was Col. A. J. Cropsey, from whom and by whom the town was named, in 185S. Col. Cropsey came here from Will County, Ill., where his parents had long resided in Plainfield, and commenced farming operations in 1854. He had entered two sections of land, and built a house in or near the center of Section 22. He was a man of enlarged views, having enjoyed the excellent advantages which the son of an intelligent and prosperous farmer in Will County would even at that day receive. He was at once looked up to as a leader among men. He was ardently attached to the M. E. Church, of which he was a member, and a local preacher of considerable note. He did not remain here long, however. He became interested in the...

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Railroad History of Cropsy, Illinois

The center of the old town of Cropsey was, and is yet, about fourteen miles from the nearest railroad station, being about equidistant from Saybrook, on the south, and Fairbury, on the north. This of itself was enough. during the era of railroad-building and bond-voting, to make it of interest to railroad-builders and popular with voters to go into the bonding business. Several propositions were made and votes taken in this direction. None of these propositions were received favorably until the Decatur State-Line Railroad took form. This road was to run from Decatur, where it well connect with the Decatur & East St. Louis road, of which it was to be an extension. direct to Chicago, passing through Chatsworth. The road would have been, had it been built, an almost air-line route from St. Louis to Chicago-several miles shorter than the shortest line between those two cities. The Boodys, of the Toledo, Wabash & Western Railroad, which controlled the Decatur & East St. Louis line, were very anxious to build it, for it would give them a Chicago connection which they had been, and still have been, unable to get. The proposition really seemed the most feasible of the many railroad propositions then in existence. They were in business relations with the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific railroad, and were really dependent on that company for the money to...

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Township Officers of Cropsy, Illinois

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....

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