History of Deer Park Township, LaSalle County, Il
From: History of LaSalle County, Illinois
By: Michael Cyprian O'Byron
The Lewis Pullishing Company
Chicago and New York 1924
Lying between the Illinois and Vermilion rivers and containing the grotto which bears the same name, Deer Park
Township constitutes one of the most picturesque districts in this section Of Illinois, and it is specially favored
in the wealth of its mineral deposits. In this township is also found the historic Starved Rock, concerning which
adequate description is given on other pages of this publication. "On account of the timber and the advantages
offered by the river, for transportation, Deer Park was one of the first townships in the county to be settled."
The first settler, in 1829, was Martin Reynolds, who later removed to Ogle County, but in 1844 he returned to Deer
Park Township, where he remained until his death, in 1870. His brother Joseph here settled in 1830, and of the
names of other early settlers the following list may be noted: John Wallace, Mrs. Elsa Strawn Armstrong, Judge
Isaac Dimmick (who came in 1833 and who platted the Village of Vermilionville), James T. Bullock, M. D., John Hollinger,
Jason Wiswall, Enos Thatcher, Jedediah Beckwith, Bradish Cummings, Camp Hatch, Jabez Whiting, Matthew R. Coon,
Ephraim Diminick, Rev. Thomas Powell (the pioneer Baptist clergyman of the county), Livingston Jenks, Ira L. Peck,
David Clark, Andrew Kirkpatrick, James M. Leonard, Seth Eaton '(these two having erected a sawmill and gristmill
at Vermilionville), John Beeson, William Wheatland, Edward R. and Robert B.. Williams, William Clayton, Alexander
Eaton, John Wood (first postmaster at Vermilionville), George Bronson, William Gray, Job G. Lincoln, Robert Brown,
John Clark, Ebenezer Little, Luther Woodward, Sheldon Cadwell, Michael O'Connor, Obadiah Brown, and William Turner.
All of the pioneers mentioned in the foregoing roster settled in the township prior to 1840.