History of Allin Township, McLean County, Illinois
From: History of McLean County Illinois
By: Jacob L. Hasbrouck
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianoplis 1924

Allin Township. - Originally this township was called Mosquito Grove, in honor of one of the three groves which were located there. On May 3, 1867, the name was changed to Allin, in honor of James Allin, the pioneer. The groves were Mosquito, Brown's and Brooks' groves. With the exception of these, totaling 1,400 acres, the township was prairie land. The first settler was Miles Brooks, in whose honor the grove was named. William Brown was the man after whom the other grove was named. Mosquito Grove was early inhabited by a family by the name of Reddon, a notorious band of outlaws and horse thieves who were supposed to be one link in the chain of such characters which stretched across Iowa and Illinois. Robert Stubblefield at one time caught one of the Reddons red handed with stolen horses and he was indicted and convicted. At another time Isaac Funk, Robert Stubblefield, John Stubblefield, Ebenezer Mitchell and others made a midnight call at the Reddon home looking for stolen horses, but found none. It was after a famous murder of one Col. George Davenport at Rock Island, with which the Reddon gang was supposed to have had some hand, that the decent people of the neighborhood decided to rid the community of them, which was effectively done by a "ring hunt" which had the desired effect and scared the men away, never to return.

Stanford, the town located in Allin township, was laid out by John Armstrong in 1867 on the Jacksonville branch of the Alton road, and was incorporated as a village. It was first called Allin, but the name was changed to Stanford. The town is among the richest in the county, having two general stores, a fine school house, one bank, two implement and hardware stores, three elevators, and many other places of business. For many years Stanford has maintained a fair which attracts many people every autumn. The population is about 700.


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