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

Like most of the other townships in the county, Ophir Township was created in the spring of 1850. The 1920 official census gives it a population of 694, while the census of 1910 records 768. The first white settler was John Reynolds, who came, with his family, in 1830, and established his residence not far distant from the present Village of Triumph. The family was compelled to depart when the Black Hawk war threatened this section, in 1832, and the Reynolds family never returned to the township, the land claim having been sold to Asa Baldwin, who here established his home in the latter part of 1832, and who later, in 1834, sold the property to Rev. Stephen R. Biggs, a Methodist circuit-rider who here attempted to start a town. Other pioneers of the first decade in the history of this township were: John Johnson, Joseph Worsley, Frederick Worsley, Charles C. Webster, Abner Westgate.

The little Village of Triumph, with a population of about 300, figures as a station on the line of the Chicago & North Western Railroad.

The first township officers of whom there is official record were those elected in 1852, and they were as here noted: Supervisor, Jairus Lawrence; clerk, Clement P. Eastman; assessor, William D. Stewart; collector,. Benjamin Austin; justice of the peace, John Worsley; highway commissioners, Jairus Lawrence, Joseph Billings, Simeon Austin; constables, Benjamin Austin, H. H. Worsley.


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