Preemption Township, lying north of Green, is known as Town 15 North, Range 2 West. No finer tract of land exists than is found within its boundaries, and it would be hard to conceive of a place which presents a scene of greater beauty. Beautiful homes, indicative of thrift, appear on every quarter section. The majority of its inhabitants are of the Scotch-Irish class, whose record for honesty, religious zeal and a tendency to up­ build the community makes it attractive to those desiring a home where morality and good government predominate. The surface of the township is diversified, the northern portion being prairie covered with fine farms and the gorgeous hues of native flowers, comfortable homes surrounded by ornamental trees and shrubbery, and orchards laden with fruit of all kinds, protected by well trimmed hedges— all in harmony with the fine fields of corn, oats, and wheat, which furnish the back-ground of the picture. In the southern portion the surface is broken, covered with timber and underlaid with coal. The township is drained by Edwards river on the south, on which, at times in early days, mills were erected,' all of which have passed away.

Early Settlers

To this part of our county came " John Farlow and Hopkins Boons in 1835, soon followed by Benjamin Clark, David Little, John Beubean, Charles Mimick and E. J. Farwell. Next came William Willmerton, John Whitsett, David A. Clark, S. F. Everett, Jesse Carver, H. E. Wright, J. C. Wright, Joseph Conway, William Connelly and William Briggs. Rock Island and New Boston were their markets and over the trackless prairie they hauled their grain and drove their hogs for many years. These articles were low in price, scarcely paying for the cost of taking to market. Wheat sold for 25 cents, paid in goods; hogs for $1.50 per hundred, and corn— when It could be sold at all—for 10 cents per bushel.

Postofftce and Railway Facilities

The first postoffice, called "Farlow's Grove," was located at. the residence of Hopkins Boone. The mail was then carried on horseback, but since the location of the village of Preemption, all mail is received and sent daily through that office. The Rock Island & Mercer County Railroad, which passes through this' village, has been a great convenience to the farmers, giving them opportunities to market their products at no greater cost than from any other railroad station in the county.







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