History of Richland 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 was erected in 1865, prior to which year it had been a part of Eagle Township. Richland was among the last in the county to become settled, and it is altogether probable that the original development enterprise here instituted was initiated and successfully carried forward by William Linder, who here settled in the year 1849 and who became the founder of the prosperous German settlement in the northeastern part of the township. Peter Eschbach, Sr., came here with his family, in 1852, but his death occurred before the close of that year. His son Peter became one of the substantial citizens of the. township. Conrad Freeman came in 1854, and erected the first permanent house on the site of the present Village of Tonica. Other early settlers were Asa and J. L. Dunham, Elwood Grist, Reuben Hall, Cutting and Dana B. Clark, Robert Clark, E. A. Clark, W. Keller, Isaac Vale, Israel Jones, Andrew Foss, William Copeland and Alfred Lathrop.

The census of 1920 gives the population of Richland Township, including the Village of Lenore, as 750, the record by the 1910 census having been 835.

Following is a list of the first officials of the township (1865): Supervisor, Isaac Vale; clerk, G. W. Keller; assessor, Samuel White; collector, William Lauf; highway commissioners, William Linden, H. Spellmyer, Dennis Sullivan; justice of the peace, William White; constable, Timothy Weld.


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