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A HISTORY OF THE County-Its Cities, Towns, ETC.
A BIOGRAPHICAL DIRECTORY OF ITS CITIZENS, WAR RECORD OF ITS
AND LOCAL STATISTICS,
PORTRAITS OF EARLY SETTLERS AND PROMINENT MEN,
HISTORY OF THE NORTH WEST, HISTORY OF Illinois,
MISCELLANEOUS MATTERS, ETC.
While the contents of this HISTORY OF CARROLL COUNTY were being prepared for the press, the writer had occasion to visit one of the public schools, and during that visit one of the teachers remarked that a few days before one of the scholars had asked the following questions:
“When and at what point was Carroll County firët settled :"
Who was the first settler ?"
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 she 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 States, with all the incidents of the late war, and familiar with the physical geography of the old world, humilia.ingly confessed her ignorance of the history of the county in which she was born and raised and educated-a subject that bears the 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 cası. 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 volume.
That this volume will be perfect in all its details, the publishers do not expect, for perfection is yet to be attained by the most experienced book-makers. But it has been the purpose to render it not only rearlable, but to make it a standard book of reference-to preserve to those who will come to succeed the present population in the not very distant by and-by the annals and incidents pertinent to pioneer lite
In the absence of writ'en records recourse has becn had to the memories of the - Old Set:lers as have survived the years that have died since 1828. Volumes of history have been made in these forty nine years, and strong, indeed, would be the mind that could retain it all and remit it intact to printed pages. The tooth of time leaves its impression upon every thing-upon the minds of men, as well as upon the prairies, the hillsides, the rocky blutts, and the majestic forests. So names, dates, incidents, and happenings will pass from the minds of men as their physical vigor wastes beneath accumulating years. But without the aid of these patriarchal pioneers this offering would not be so complete. Among the many citizens to whom the publishers would tender their obligations are Dr. Elias. Woop. RUFF and DANIEL HI. BOWEN, of Savanna; NORMAN D. FRENCH, of York; SAMUEL PRES. TON, NATHANIEL HALDERMAN, Hon. J. F. CHAPMAN, MAJOR R. M. A. HAWK, VOLNES ARMOUR, JAMES HALLETT and Hox. JAMES Shaw, of Mount Carroll; LEVI WARNER, of Elkhorn Grove; Hox. D. W. Dime, of Lanark; and many others whose names are none the less worthy of mention. To make personal mention of all these would be to make a preface of many pages. In the progress of the work proper credit is given to all themand all of whom are an honor to the community in which they are honored and respected citizens.
To them must be ascribed a part of the merit that may be accorded to this grouping together the history of that County of the great State of the Illini,* which was named in honor of one of the boldest fathers of American Independence -- CHARLES CARROLL, of Carrollton,
Fully app:eciating and acknowledging the uniform kindness and courtesy extended to
H. F. KETT & CO.,