History of Osage 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 fine prairie township is situated in the so-called panhandle section of the county, and settlement here did not begin as early as in various other parts of the county. The first land entry in the township was, however, made in November, 1829, by John O. Dent. Daniel Grimes made settlement in the township in 1850, and the following year recorded the settlement of John O. Dent and R. E. Dent. James M. Collen and James Honor came in 1852. Thus it was not until the 50s that the development of the township was definitely initiated.

Osage Township was organized April 7, 1857, and the following named officials were elected in that year: Supervisor, John O. Dent; clerk, J. B. Work; assessor, P. York; collector, R. E. Dent; highway commissioners, G. W. Goodale, A. Sedore, John York; constables, J. H. Sedore, L. Shipley. The census of 1880 gave the township a population of 1,104; that of 1910 designated the number as 1,088, including the Village of East Wenona; the census of 1920 records the population of the township as 1,054. The Village of East Wenona, by the 1920 census, had 367 inhabitants, the postoffice address being Wenona, which vital little city is over the line in Marshall County.


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