History of Stratton, Edgar County, Il
From: Encyclopedia of Illinois and the History of Edgar County
Edited by: H. Van Sellar.
Munsell Publishing Company
Chicago 1905

Next north of Elbridge is the Town of Stratton, with an area of 16,640 acres (26 sections) mostly prairie land, and as good as any. It is traversed by the Big Four Railroad, which furnishes a convenient market place at Vermilion, a village having a population of several hundred, with several large stores dealing in every variety of goods, wares and merchandise needed in the rich surrounding country. Stratton was named for John Stratton, one of its early settlers. The area comprising this town was first settled by Blackburn, Bledsoe, Parsons, Sandford, the Van Houtins, Morrison, Duck, Stratton, Gillespy, Boland, Hodgins. Boynworth Kohoe and Allen.

There are three churches in Vermilion, two United Brethren in Christ and a Methodist Episcopal church- There is also a Lodge of Free Masons and a Lodge of Odd Fellows. There are three physicians and three resident ministers. There was a large stave and heading manufactory in Vermilion until the oak timber, with which a part of Stratton, and Elbridge was heavily wooded, was exhausted.

This factory was first located at a place called Kentucky, a mile west of Vermilion in the town of Stratton. This village disappeared when the factory went to Vermilion.

TOWN OFFICERS. The town officers of Stratton Township are: A. J. Fulby, Supervisor; W. J. Dinkins, Ton Clerk; C. B. Raines, Assessor; G. M. Duck, Collector; T. R. Crawford, Justice of the Peace; C. B. Northrop, Constable; W. N. Duck, Ezra Van Houtin, Commissioners of Highways.


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