History of Sadorus 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

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SADORUS TOWNSHIP

Is located in the extreme south-western corner of the county, and is bounded on the east by Crittenden, on the north by Colfax, on the west; by Piatt county, and on the south by Douglas county; and occupies Town 17, Range 7 east. The first land entered here, was by Henry Sadorus, Dec., 1834, south-east quarter or Section 1, Town. 17, Range 7 east. Mr. Sadorus was also the first settler, and, for a ing time, the only settler, as has been seen in the former pages of this book, where we have given this worthy gentleman some little notice; we fail, however, in doing him justice. Long and alone, he lived and labored the life of the pioneer, and through his persevering influence, gradually, but surely, neighbors came to him, and now in his ripe old age, he rests from weary labor, eating the bread of honest industry, and enjoying the comforts that years of care have secured.

The next; settler in the town of Sadorus, outside of the Sadorus family, was one Marcus, who located south of the farm of Mr. Sadorus, about the year 1833; he did not stop long, but left for some point farther west.

It will be seen by the map, that the Kaskaskia river flows through the entire length of this town. This, with the heavy body of timber which borders the stream, occupies the eastern portion, and here the settlements of the town were confined, until as late as 1855, when the new corners began to push out upon the prairie.

The surface of the prairie, west of the grove, is gently undulating, and towards the southern line, inclines to the level order. This part also is the lowest point of land in the county, and is known as" Lake Fork." For many years it was believed to be impossible to cultivate those lands, so low they seemed, so wet in the spring time, and appeared so utterly incapable of drainage. Yet the few who ventured there, found this all a mistake.

John Quick, who owns a farm in the extreme south-western corner of the county, says: "I have never failed to raise good corn. Sometimes, owing to a very wet spring, I have been late in planting, but the exceeding strength and fertility of the soil has always brought it forward to maturity ; and, repeatedly, when my corn and that of my neighbors has stood rank and green, I have seen corn on the high and sharp rolling lands, dwarfed, spindling and yellow."

Mr. Quick is one of the oldest settlers in the town and he lived on that farm about thirty years. He is a hale, healthy, and hospitable man, and with his estimable lady, can give to friend or stranger a true old genuine welcome.

William Rock is also an old settler, and his large, well improved farm, on the Kaskaskia, shows a life of earnest, well directed labor. His buildings are all constructed for use and not for display, and all the surroundings give evidence of thrift and home-like comfort. D. Rice, B. Gunnery, H. and William O'Brian, each have extensive farms in an advanced state of cultivation. They are stock growers, and none better in that branch of husbandry can be found; their superiority being evinced in their farms, and the arrangement of the same. William Rosenstiel, also, has an extensive farm, well improved, for the purpose of broom corn raising, wherein he is making a decided success. D. Campbell's farm of 600 acres, though new, shows through its rough exterior the plans of a superior workman, and will one day stand high among model farms.

William Ellers has a farm of 1,500 acres on the west side of the Kaskaskia, which in character of improvements, fertility of the soil, and adaptability to the purpose for which it is designed, has no superior and but few equals. All of the improvements, in buildings and large orchard of rare fruits, have been placed here by Mr. Ellers. The farm is devoted to stock growing.

The village of Sadorus was laid off by William Sadorus in the fall of 1855, the same year that the Toledo, Wabash and Western Railway was completed through the town, and is located upon that rOad. The first house built in the village was by Mr. James, in 1855, and the same year Mr. J. Rogerson built a warehouse. Mr. Rogerson is a driving business man; is a Canadian by birth, and an American by adoption. In the grain buying and forwarding business he exhibits rare judgment, doing a large and rapidly increasing business of nearly $75,000 per year.

A. Catron was the first physician, and came to Sadorus in 1856. They have now three large grain elevators, three dry goods stOres, one grocery store, two wagon and blacksmith shops, furniture store, one church, and a most excellent graded schooL The whole village, now numbering over 300, presents a neat appearance, and is bound, through the industry and perseverance of its citizens, to become a place which any county might well be proud to have within its borders. Besides this village there is the beautiful village of Ives Dale at the western extremity of the county, on the T., W. & W. R W. It is located on the prairie in the heart of one of the richest sections of country in the State, and must some day become important, as it is now an ornament to the county. Soonover, (now, we learn, called Parkville), near the southern line of the county, is a flourishing little place. Mr. Snyder has there a fine grist and saw mill; and other branches of industry are represented by active men.

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