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Table of Contents

The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of McDonough County by Dr. Newton Bateman, and Paul Shelby, was published in 1907. Extractions are offered below. The entire two-volume compliation is available online (links to each volume are on our Resources page).

History of McDonough County begins in Volume 1 on Page 617 (portrait of Alex McLean)

Chapter 1 - The Beginning - Development (portrait of J. T. Adcock)

Chapter 2 - McDonough County Organized (portrait of Samuel J. Alexander)

Chapter 3 - Animal and Bird Life (portrait of Thomas & Sarah Andrews)

Chapter 4 - Topography and Flora

Chapter 5 - Geology - Mineral Deposits (portrait of James Arvin)

Volume 2 continues with Chapter 5, Page 633

Chapter 6 - Early Settlers - Their Hardships (portrait of Wm. B. Atherton, Amelia Atherton)

Chapter 7 - Political (portrait of Joseph B. Bacon, J. A. Beeley)

Chapter 8 - Court and Bar of McDonough County (portrait of Maria Lewis Bennett, Matilda Brown Bennett & George Bennett, John R. Bennett, Mrs. John R. Bennett)

Chapter 9 - Township History (portrait of Andrew Bi___, Edgar Bolles, I. N. Boyd, Mr. & Mrs. Edward D. Brinton, W. T. Brooking, Mrs. W. T. Brooking)

Chapter 10 - Cities, Towns and Villages (portrait of Thomas A. Brooking, photo of log cabin, Macomb public square, Bushnell bank, James Cole Flats building in Bushnell)

Chapter 11 - Railroads (portrait of George W. Burpee)

Chapter 12 - Banking Institutions (bank photos)

Chapter 13 - Education - Schools and Libraries (portrait of Earl M. Byers, Bessie Byers, C. V. Chandler)

Chapter 14 - McDonough County Press (portrait of James C___, J. J. Campbell, Martha Cline, Isaac Cline, Thomas Cline, Andrew J. Cline)

Chapter 15 - Mormonism - The Mormon War (portrait of E___ Cole, Geo. M. Cole)

Chapter 16 - Military History (Portrait of Geo. __. Cole, James Cole, W. A. Compton, Mr. & Mrs. Charles Conwell, Mr. & Mrs. Samuel L. Crain, J. ________, Albert Eads, J Etting)

Chapter 17 - Municipal Affairs - Public Utilities (portrait of P. H. Etting, Philip E. Elting, photos of court houses)

Chapter 18 - Public Buildings (photos)

Chapter 19 - Early Churches (photos)

Chapter 20 - Hospitals

Chapter 21 - Medical Profession

Chapter 22 - Industrical - Manufactures (portrait of C. W. Flack)

Chapter 23 - Hotel History (photos)

Chapter 24 - Political Campaigns and Poetry (portrait of W. J. Franklin, George Gamage)

Chapter 25 - Slavery Days - Underground Railroad (portrait of Mrs. George Gamage, Mr. & Mrs. Jacob George)

Chapter 26 - Old Settlers - Old Time Tales

Chapter 27 - Noted Visitors and Residents

Chapter 28 - Fraternal Organizations - Clubs

Chapter 29 - Criminal History - Noted Murders - Jails & Escapes

Chapter 30 - Biographical

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