The St. Louis branch of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy railroad, which was built as the Rockford, Rock Island & St. Louis railroad, in 1871, passes through this township ; entering on the S. E. 4 of Sec. 24, it runs in a southwesterly direction, leaving near the southwest corner of section 31. The village of North Henderson, which is the only village in the township, is located on this railroad and was laid out in 1871, on. the W. of the N. W. of Sec. 26, by Wm. H. and John T. Brown, sons of Allen S. Brown, one of the pioneers of this township.
This is now quite a flourishing village, having two stores doing a general mercantile business, two drug stores, two hardware store: two agricultural implement dealers, two grain merchants, one lumber yard, one restaurant, one harness shop, one shoe shop, one furniture store, one millinery store, one blacksmith and repair shop, one livery stable, one hotel, one barber shop, and four doctors.
There is a good two-story school-house in the village and one church, the Methodist Episcopal. The I.O.O.F. also have a fine two-story building here, 28x48 feet, twenty feet posts, built two years ago at a cost of $1,600. The lower story is fitted up for a public hall and the second floor for the exclusive use of the order, which is very strong here.
History of Henderson and Mercer Counties
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