History of Coral, Il.
From: The History of McHenry County, Illinois
Published by: Munsell Publishing Company, 1922
BOUNDARIES — EARLY SETTLEMENTS — INDIAN VILLAGE — PIONEER EVENTS— VILLAGE OF CORAL — VILLAGE OF UNION — INCORPORATION — POST OFFICE — DEFUNCT HARMONY — POPULATION — TOWNSHIP OFFICIALS.
In the southwestern part of the county is found the civil township of Coral, which comprises all of congressional township 43, range 6, east, hence is six miles square. It is south of Seneca Township, west of Grafton Township, north of Kane County, and east of Riley Township. Its soil is fertile and especially well adapted for dairy purposes. The territory is well watered by Kiswaukee Creek and its small tributaries.
The records show that Coral was among the first townships in the county to be settled. Its first settler was William Hamilton, who located near the present site of Coral Village, in November, 1835, but he did not long survive his migration here from Ohio, as he died in the following spring from injuries sustained assisting Calvin Spencer of Marengo, to raise a log cabin. The next to locate were Benjamin Van Vleet and his father, and they built a cabin near the old Indian camping ground, but they were not permanent settlers, for in 1836 they sold to William Jackson and moved to Pecatonica, where both later passed away. O. P. Rogers settled here March, 1836, upon a claim entered for him by J. Rogers in 1835, and his wife was the first white woman in the township. At that time the Rogers’ home was the only one between Dundee and a residence three miles west of Elgin. For many years Mr. Rogers lived in Coral Township, but finally removed to Marengo. Frank Diggins and Enos A. Pease came to this township in 1836, to settle on a claim made for them the preceding year. Other settlers of 1836 were: L. Thompson, Clark P. Thompson, Joseph Bullard and Proctor Smith. A. Thompson came in 1837, as did John Jab, Robert Eddy, A. F. Randall, Sebas Frisbie, John Denison and Ira Nichols.
Prior to the white settlement in Coral Township, there stood near the present site of the village of Coral,
a scattering village of Indian wigwams. From one of the earliest publications on McHenry County, the following,
bearing on this Indian village, is quoted:
The first marriage in Coral Township was that uniting Samuel H. Bullard and Samantha Dunham, by Beman Crandall,
a justice of the peace, on August 25, 1839.
John Hamilton, who died within this township in the spring of 1836, was the first white person to die in the township. The first cemetery was not laid out till 1838, hence he was buried in private grounds. A little later a cemetery was provided in Harmony; also another one at Union, after the latter became a fair sized village.
VILLAGE OF CORAL
Coral was the first village in Coral Township. It was laid out or rather settled on in the northwest quarter
of section 8, by Fillmore & Anderson who opened a store there, which was burned and never rebuilt. The post
office, which was the first established between Chicago and Galena, was given to the township in 1837, and kept
at first at the house of William Jackson, who was its first postmaster. He was succeeded by a Mr. Smith, and he
was followed by Harriet Dunham. W. J. Fillmore then secured the appointment and moved the office to Coral village.
Other postmasters at Coral were William Ross, Mr. Cleaver, Mr. Valentine Aistine, Mr. Morris and Henry Stoddard.
A large nursery was started at Coral, but it was later removed to Marengo. J. H. Ocock, William Boice, T. Ross
and W. L. Morse were among the first dealers at Coral. With the coming of the railroad, other towns were laid out
and Coral never grew much more.
VILLAGE OF UNION
Union village is located on the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad, in section 4, township 43, range 6, east. It was platted in 1851 by William Jackson, with the idea of having it made a station point on the proposed railway when it should be constructed through the county. He really hit it nearer than men seldom do, for he secured a. station. The first house was erected in 1851 by F. M. Mead, and it was later occupied by the station agent. The first store in Union was opened in 1852 by one Hathaway who acted as agent for Mr. Kimble of Elgin. Hungerford & Smith had the first drug store in Union, opening it in 1857. Cutler & Van Pelt and J. A. Crandall were among early merchants there.
Union has been an incorporated village since August, 1897, and the following is a list of names of those who have served as presidents: C. L. Kremer, H. W. Kittenger, I. N. Muzzy, P. A. Ranie, H. W. Kittenger, E. H. Eggert, William D. Mallett, J. H. Calbow, P. A. Ranie, E. H. Eggert, P. A. Ranie, John Buchte.
The following are the present officials of the village of Union: President, John Buchte; clerk, H. J. Miller;
treasurer, H. F. Luhring; magistrate, P. A. Renie; marshal, L. F. Nulle; attorney, C. B. Whittemore; trustees,
C. E. Guse, Fred Miller, August Kunke, Frank Trebes, Herman Trebes and William Clasen.
The post office at Union dates back to the autumn of 1852 when its postmaster was a Mr. Cannon, who was succeeded in a year by S. A. Randall. Other postmasters have been: F. M. Read, Mr. Sheldon, S. A. Randall, William H. Alden, William M. Baldwin, J. D. Bliss, N. C. Gardner, Homer Darling, L. D. Fillmore, Mrs. E. E. Fillmore, and present postmaster, W. C. Null, who was appointed in February, 1915. This is a fourth-class office; has one rural route of thirty miles in length, with John Schneider as carrier.
Harmony was the name given a little community in this township. It was never dignified by being platted, but it was an early community center where church and school privileges might be had by the pioneers. Here was built the first church within the township. In 1885 a store, a cheese factory, a school and church constituted the hamlet. It now exists in memory largely, for its commercial days are forever gone.
The population of Coral Township for four United States census periods have been as follows: In 1890 it had 1,432; in 1900 it reached 1,451; in 1910 its population was 1,354; and in 1920 it was 1,296.
The following are the township officials of Coral Township: Supervisor, Charles Ackman, Jr.; assessor, Herman Trebes; clerk, C. M. Siems; highway commissioner, Chris Fritz; justices of the peace, A. S. Peak and William Wertz; constables, L. F. Wilde and C. T. Can.