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

Fertile agricultural land marks this township, within the present borders of which the first settler was James Galloway, who was born in Pennsylvania but who came to Illinois from the State of Ohio, where he had resided about three years. He came in the fall of 1824, and in 1826 he established his residence in Fall River Township. Here he died in the year 1863. In 1830 came Abraham Trumbo, who later was elected the first supervisor of the township. Other prominent early settlers were John Brown, John Powers, Samuel R. Lewis (later treasurer of the county), William Gentleman, Patrick Harrigan, Joseph Ebersol, Reeder Galloway, William Harris, Aaron Ford, John Galloway, James Brown, and William C. Moore.

The township derives its name from the rapids of the Illinois River, along its northern boundary. It was a part of Grand Rapids Township until 1862, when it was erected as an independent township, with the following named officials: Supervisor, William H. Price; clerk, A. M. Ebersol; assessor, William F. Jewett; collector, George W. Harris; overseer of the poor, Joseph Rice; highway commissioners, J. T. Howland, A. K. Dean, William Titzell; justices of the peace, John Powers, Otis O. Wakefield, Josiah Scott; constables, Harvey Snook, George Galloway.

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