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

This was the last township of the county to be settled, and it is in the extreme southern part of the county. In 1855 the land of the township was unbroken prairie, and there was not a settler within the township. The first house was built by Abner Shinn, and by becoming the occupant thereof, in March, 1855, Oscar Jacobsen became the first resident of the township, where he remained until 1862. The second to make settlement here was Elias Frink, the third was Lewis W. Martin. Other early settlers were William Martin, Nelson Cooper, John Jacobson, W. B. Burns. Mr. Burns was the leading spirit in the local Vermont colony, which included also Willard Proctor, Rufus Weston, John and Daniel Wadleigh, Daniel Arnold, S. L. Bangs, John F. Gove, Charles Lamb, Andrew Moffatt, and John Grove, with his son, John M.

The first township election occurred in 1857, and resulted in the election of the following officials: Supervisor, W. B. Burns; clerk, John Wadleigh; assessor, George W. Gray; collector, S. M. Scott; highway commissioners, S. M. Scott, Abraham Mullin, John M. Grove; justices of the peace, Daniel Arnold, A. Moffatt; constables, T. A. West and L. W. Cooley.

Within the borders of Groveland are the villages of Dana and Rutland, the former of which was laid out in 1873, and the latter of which was surveyed in November, 1855, the village having been incorporated in 1867. Rutland is a business and industrial center of no little relative importance.

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