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


Hartsburg was laid out by David H. Harts, of Lincoln, for whom the town was named in 1871. It was surveyed on June 22 of that year by Thomas G. Gardner, the Peoria. Lincoln and Decatur, now the Peoria and Evansville branch of the Ilinois Central railroad, having been completed to that locality about that time. The first store in the village was erected by E. R. Woland, who rented the same for business purposes to Henry Ruhaak, of Pekin, who also bought grain for Smith, Hippen & Company, of Pekin. J. E. Miller built the second store, which was conducted by Miller & Applegate. J. D. Hoyne built the third store and L. Nail the fourth. In 1874, A. W. Ray, of Delavan, erected an elevator on the site of a small one he had used a year or two previously. P. P. Brady built the first residence in the village and J. A. Musick the second. In 1876, a commodious school house was erected. A fire in 1874 consumed the store and residence of A. L. Kellogg. A Lutheran church was erected in 1886 and a German Methodist church in 1889.

The school house was destroyed by fire in 1873 and a new one soon after erected on the old site. Fire, in May of 1896, consumed the Harts block and Nail's hotel. On April 25, 1900, the Miller elevator was also burned to the ground. In 1904, a new Methodist church was erected. The village was organized under the general law Dec. 20, 1886, with the following officers: President, John A. Houge; clerk, John R. Barnett; treasurer, C. Van Gerpen: trustees, Cornelius De Fries, Samuel Mangas, J. O. Brady, R. P. Nail, David Stewart. The village officials for 1910 were: President, H. Bruns; clerk, Frank Behrends; trustees, J. H. Butler, G. C. Laughran, H. O. Ahrens, H. Leesman, Wm. Chenoweth, H. Kromminga. The village is located in Orvil township and has a population of about 300.

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