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


Yates Township lies in the extreme northeast part of the county. The T. P. & W. Railroad crosses the township. Chenoa and Lexington are the nearest trading towns in McLean County for the Yates Township people. Owing to the lack of timber, Yates was not settled early, the first entries of lands being in 1855-6. It was part of Chenoa Township from its organization in 1858 until 1862. This was first called Union Township owing to the sentiments of its people, but there were others of the same name in the state, and the name was changed to Yates in honor of the Civil War govern& of Illinois. Yates Township had a great influx of population just after the Civil War, and after the prairie land was properly drained it became some of the most fertile in the county. Yates Township is one of the two townships in the county which still owns school lands, there being 240 acres unsold of the original assignment, while West Township has 720 acres. The township school fund is $50,000, being next to West. David Ogle, an early settler, donated to the township school fund $5,800, and later a further sum of $2,000, subject only to a small life annuity.

The village of Weston, on the T. P. & W. railroad, is the only station in the township. It was laid out in 1868 by Nelson Buck, county surveyor of Livingston County. Two elevators handle great quantities of grain. Weston has never been incorporated as a village, though several attempts were made. There are Methodist and Christian churches in the township, and also one called the Zion church.


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