History of Brown Township, Il.
From: J. S. Lothrop's Champaign County Directory
With History of the same, and Each Township Therein
Published by: Rand, McNally & Co., Printers & Binders, Chicago 1871



This Township is situate in the extreme north-west corner of the county, occupying Town 22, Range 7 east It is bounded on the east by East Bend, on the north by Ford county, on the west by McLean county, and on the south by Newcomb township. It is a high., beautiful tract of land, well adapted to mixed husbandry, as well as being a most excellent stockraising locality. The Sangamon, which rises just north in the county above, passes through this territory, and it is further watered by a tributary of the same, which traverses the town its entire length from west to east. The prairies are gently undulating, possessing all those rare qualities of soil for which the county generally is so remarkable, yielding rich reward to the farmer for his care and labor.

Unfortunately for the rapid development of the resources of this part of the county, its location in relation to railroads, or other carrying routes, has not, hitherto, been the most advantageous, the nearest point being some ten miles from markets. This drawback will soon be removed by the construction of a railroad, now under contract, from Springfield, Ill., to Gilman, on the Illinois Central R. R. in Iroquois Co., which passes just outside the west line of the township, and which, when completed, will render every facility for the transportation of farm products, desired.

The first entry of land in this township was made by Henry B. King, in 1835, being the south-east quarter of the south-east quarter of Section 4, Town 22, Range 7 east. Mr. King was also the first settler in this township. He came here about the year 1834, and for many years was the only man living there. One Mr. Pitts came shortly afterwards and built a log cabin farther down the stream, hut left soon and returned whence he came. Mr. King sold his place about the year 1839, to one Wm. Brown, from whom the town derived its name, it being supposed that he was the first settler. We have not been able to learn with certainty how long he lived there. For a long time the only means of crossing the Sangamon river in that vicinity, was by a floating bridge, which was constructed and kept in repair by Mr. King, near the confluence of the Sangamon and its western tributary in that township.

The town was organized in 1870, and Mr. Frederick Shenberger elected supervisor. This man has a small farm of some 4,000 acres of land, in an advanced state of improvement, with stock thereon, to the value about $16,000. He is a wide-awake farmer, thorough and practical; one of those who study well their business, ready to investigate any new questions that may be presented in relation to the same, applying thereto the tests of intelligence and common sense; he came to the county in the year 1863, from Pennsylvania.

The inhabitants of this township are of the true grit, improving their lands with wonderful rapidity, evincing in their operations a knowledge of the science of agriculture, and an improvement upon the method of pursuing it, that is at once marked and creditable to those engaged. In fact, the whole county of Champaign will compare favorably with any in the State, in regard to the intelligence and practical education of its agriculturists.

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