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^ Astor, Lenox and Tilden
JS^ ^ ISTOK^ OF THE (^OUNTY
J TS (^ITIES, 'PoWNS, ^TC.
A BIOGRAPHICAL DIRECTORY OF ITS CITIZENS^ WAR RECORD OF ITS
VOLUNTEERS IN THE LA TE REBELLION, GENERAL
AND LOCAL STA TISTICS,
PUKTIIAITS OF EARLY SETTLERS 'AND PROMmENT MEN,
History of the Northwest, History op Illinois,
>lAr of Carroll County, Constitution of the United States,
Miscellaneous" Matters, Etc.
F. KETT & CO., TIMES BUILDING.
While tlie couteuts of this History of Caiikoll County were beins; prepared for the
press, the writer had occasion to visit one of the public schools, and dur.ug that visit one
of the teachers remarked that a few days before one of the scholars had asked the follow-
" When and at what point was Carroll County lir.-t settled V
" Who was the first settler? "
" When was the county organized V
The teacher in question, a very thorough and competent one in all the branches usually
taught in the common and graded schools of the country, and a lady of more than ordinary
intelligence, admitted to the scholar, as she admitted to the writer, that she could not
answer these questions until slie had consulted her parents, and that even they could not
answer all of them. This teacher, while conversant with the general history of the United
.all the incidents of the late war, and familiar with the physical geography of
the old world, humilia.ingly confessed her ignorance of the histoiy of the county in which
she was born and raised and educated—a subject that bears ihc same relation to the history
of the state that the alphabet does to orthography and the higher branches of ordinary edu-
cation. And this is not an isolated casi
. More than twenty men were asked, "When was
Carroll County organized':"' and not one could tell. To supply such deficiencies in the
historical literature of the county is the object of this vol