History of Iroquois County, Illinois
The Iroquois County Board of Supervisors presents this History of Iroquois County to the citizens of Iroquois County as part of our observance of the Illinois Sesquicentennial. Each township supervisor was responsible for the history of his township. For the most part the individual township histories are the result of these articles written by different individuals. The responsibility of this writer was to edit these histories to bring about some uniformity among them. Deletions were necessary in some cases, and, where additional information was felt necessary, Beckwith's History of Iroquois County was the primary source used to provide this material. We have tried to be as factual as possible and hope we have made the minimum number of errors possible in a publication of this nature. Much of the material in the general history of Iroquois County was taken from The History and Geography of Iroquois County, a booklet prepared by Mr. Ralph Moore of Watseka in 1956.
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Iroquois County is the only county in the United States having the name "Iroquois," a name originally applied to a confederation of tribes of North American Indians. "According to tradition, a band of Iroquois Indians was once surprised and defeated upon the banks of the river now known as the Iroquois, by a war party of Illinois Indians, hence the name of the county and the river."