History of Forest City, Mason County, Illinois.
From: Centennial History of Mason County
BY: Joseph Cochrane
Rokker's Steam Printing House.
Springfield, Ill., 1876
Forest City is situated on the Peoria, Pekin and Jacksonville Railroad, and laid out at the time of its first
construction, and is seventeen miles from Pekin and thirteen from Havana. It was in what was originally Mason Plains
precinct, but by an act of the Board of Supervisors, in 1873, it was changed to Forest City township. The original
town plat was purchased by Walker, Kemp, Waggenseller and Wright, in Havana, and surveyed in 1859. D. S. Broderic
purchased forty acres of W. R. Nikirk, and in 1866 had the same surveyed as Broderic's addition to Forest City.
The town is favorably situated, geographically, for a fine commercial centre of as rich an agricultural region
as the county affords, and has a fine trade in all departments usual in country towns. The growth of Mason City
deducted from its trade on the east, and points on the I., B. and W. R. R. did the same on the south, but this
was more than compensated for by the very rapid improvement of its immediate vicinity. The present population is
about two hundred.
Among the first settlers of this locality were Mr. Nikirk and John Bowser, both of Seneca county, Ohio, who
located here twenty three or four years ago. Mr. Nikirk purchased the entire landed estate of W. G. Green, now
of Menard county, Illinois. The purchase was made in 1852, and in 1855 Mr. Nikirk died, leaving nearly two thousand
acres of land to his family. Twenty years afterwards Elizabeth, his widow, died, leaving her children pleasant
and comfortable homes, nearly all in sight of the old. homestead.