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

Dry Grove Township. - This is one of the few townships of the county which has no town or village. Its name is taken from the grove of timber which is located in the southwestern part. William McCullough and his son, Peter, first came to the neighborhood in 1826. The son of Peter McCullough, William McCullough, became circuit clerk and sheriff. He served in the Black Hawk war in his youth, and at the time of the Civil War was lieutenant colonel of the Fourth Illinois cavalry, being killed in battle at Coffeeville, Miss., on Dec. 5, 1862. Henry Van Syckle came in 1828 and was afterward one of the county commissioners. James Garton and Wilton Williams were among the first teachers who conducted schools in this township. Matthew Harbord built the first mill, which ran with horse power, and known as the "corn cracker" variety. A Mr. King built another mill which ground flour for years, and which was later abandoned and used for a barn, which is still standing. Stephen Webb, one of the earliest settlers of this vicinity, came from Tennessee in 1827 with William McCord, George and Jacob Hinshaw. Stephen Webb was one of the characters of the settlement, tall and straight, being over six feet in height. In later years his hair and beard were white. He was full of cheerfulness and optimism.


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