History of Chestnut, Il.
By: Lawrence B. Stringer
Published by: Pioneer Publishing Company, Chicago 1911


The town of Chestnut was laid out in 1872 by David \V. Clark. administrator for the heirs of Isaac Clark. deceased, in conjunction with the directors of the then newly completed Gilman. Clinton & Springfield. now the Springfield branch of the Illinois Central railroad. The land was surveyed April 24th of that year by Thomas G. Gardner, county surveyor. Two years prior thereto a town had been laid out, platted and surveyed on the same section by William M. Allen and S. Linn Beidler. and a post office had been established there under the name of Allenville. in honor of Mr. Allen. On the laying out of Chestnut. the town of Allenville was abandoned. Chestnut was named in honor of one of the directors of the Gilman, Clinton & Springfield railroad. The Britton Brothers erected the first store, having moved the building from "Yankeetown," a few miles distant; Dement & Clark erected the second store. William H. Daniels soon after started a blacksmith shop, George Lakin a drug store and I. J. Michener erected an elevaor in 1873. Mr. Lakin was postmaster and Mr. Michener was the railroad agent. In 1876, fire consumed the store and stock of Britton Brothers, at a loss of $3,000. In 1877, Dement & Clark's store and stock burned at a loss of $5,000. On Jan. 24, 1905, the general store of Gobleman & Bapst was destroyed by fire at a loss of $10,000. A Methodist church was erected in the town in 1873. An effort to incorporate Chestnut as a village was defeated at a special election in 1898. The town is located in Aetna township and has a population of about 150.

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