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

In the southwest corner of the county lies this township, which is exactly six miles square. Like most of the other townships in the county, it was organized in the year 1850, and though the official records for several years in the history of the township have been lost, it is possible to give the personnel of the first official body of the township, as follows: Supervisor, William Lancaster; clerk, William H. Clark; assessor, George M. Dillman; collector, Charles Lundey; highway commissioners, Thomas Fower, C. Hunt; justices of the peace, Gilbert Barton; Charles Reynolds.

Hope Township, whose area is laregly represented in gently rolling prairie land of utmost fertifity, was of rather lagging process in the earlier period of its settlement, but after 1846 settlement advanced rapidly. N. Dugan built the first house in the township, in 1838, for George Scott. The second house was built by and for Charles Reynolds. Philip Phillips, Thomas Patterson, William Lancaster, Albert McCaleb, Rev. A. Osgood, Christopher Hartenbower, E. Fell, Horace and Wffliam H. Graves, and the Hiltabrand family were others who gained pioneer honors in this township.

Here the Village of Lostant was laid out in 1861, by John M. Richey, who had entered claim to section 24, in the year 1849. The village was incorporated in 1867, and it has consistently maintained prestige during the long intervening years.


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