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

Cropsey Township. - Col. A. J. Cropsey came to this county in 1854 from Joliet and settled in the northeasternmost part, which was named Cropsey Township in his honor. It was nine miles by six, in 1877, the six miles to the south was cut off and named Anchor township, leaving Cropsey only half a township in extent. After a short residence in Cropsey, Col. Cropsey moved to Fairbury, where he became an influential citizen and was elected to the Legislature. In the Civil War he became major of the 129 Illinois regiment, which was made up in Livingston County. However, many of the enlisted boys were from McLean County. Being far remoed from the county seat, the people of Cropsey in 1858 sought connection with Ford County, but the project was voted down by the voters of other sections of McLean County. In the year 1877 the Illinois Central railroad projected a branch from Kankakee to Bloomington which should pass through Cropsey township. For this road the people gave liberally, Daniel B. Stewart donating $10,000 for the ten miles in McLean County. The first extension of them Kankakee line in McLean County was to Colfax, giving both Cropsey and Anchor a road; then the line was later extended to Bloomington. This was the first connection by railroad between the county seat and the neighborhoods to the extreme northeast of the county. At one time a village named Potosi was started on the line between McLean and Livingston counties, but twenty years afterward, when the railroad passed some miles away, it dwindled and died. The village of Cropsey is almost on the county line, and draws as mulch trade from Livingston and Ford as from McLean.

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