History of Meriden 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 township, entirely of prairie land, was organized in 1850, and in its area included the present Mendota Township until the erection of the latter, in 1856. Near Four Miles Grove, representing the only timbered tract in the township, a few families settled in 1836, including those of John Haight, David Heck and Lyman Alger, Benjamin Furman and George Wilkinson having come in the following year, and Benjamin Birdsall had here established a home in 1839. Other pioneers were E. R. Wicks, Ira Bailey, David Holden, John Rose, James Cunningham, Hiram Cristler, John Wisner and Thomas Eager. The official.s elected in 1850 were as follows: Supervisor, Obed W. Bfyant; clerk, John Rose; assessor, James Wisner; collector, Lyman Cook, who declined to qualify, whereupon Corran Doane was selected for the office; justices of the peace, Nathaniel Cook, Edward Cook, John L. Farrer; constables, Lyman Cook, Adoniram Smith, both of whom declined office and gave place to Thaddeus S. George and Corran Doane;. overseer of the poor, Frederick M. Baldwin; road commissioners, Joseph F. Worsley, Sylvester Cook, James Barton.

In this township the Village of Meriden is a station on the line of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad.

The census of 1910 records for Meriden Township a. population of 602, and that of 1920 shows an. increase to 647.


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