History of Dayton Township, LaSalle County, Il
From: History of LaSalle County, Illinois
By: Michael Cyprian O'Byron
The Lewis Pullishing Company
Chicago and New York 1924

With an area of about twenty one square miles, Dayton Township lies northeast of Ottawa, on the west bank of Fox River. It is drained by Indian, Buck and Crooked Log creeks. John Green settled in this township in 1830, on the site of the present Village of Dayton, and among the other early settlers were George M. Dunavan, William Stadden, James McFadden, Thomas Parr, Nathan Proctor, Jacob Kite, David Hite and the Rhodes family. John Green and his family became specially prominent in the early development and progress of the township. In this township the State of Illionis erected a dam across the Fox River, and this afforded a valuable water power to mills and factories in Ottawa and Dayton.

The Village of Dayton was founded before the township was organized, and here John Green erected a small grist mill, which was then the only one in a radius of many miles. A modern mill now occupies the same site. Dayton became a manufacturing point of no inconsiderable importance. Charles Miller was the first postmaster of the village. In this township is also situated the little Village of Wedron, which was founded soon after the line of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad was constructed through the township in 1871.


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