Towanda Area History






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Click for more detail History of the William R. Duncan family and descendents, 1818 to 2008
  1818 - 2008
Duncan Mansion
This document provides information about William R. Duncan, original owner of the Duncan Manor, also known as Duncan Mansion, Towanda Meadows, and ‘The Castle in the Cornfield’, located near Towanda, I .....

Click for more detail Book of Towanda History titled "Towanda, McLean County, Illinois 1826 - 1976"
  1826 - 1976
General History
Book of Towanda History titled "Towanda, McLean County, Illinois 1826 - 1976" as compiled by Mildred Hirst Roberts (Mrs. Ralph) and Elizabeth Jones Winter (Mrs. Bill B.). Thanks are given to Sherry Me .....

Click for more detail Written history of the Indian Creek Subdivision
  1830 - 2005
Subdivisions
This written history of the Indian Creek Subdivision covers the years 1830 to 2005. Indian Creek is located two miles north of Towanda on the east side of County Road 29, and as of 2005 contained abou .....

Click for more detail Letter From Deborah Tipton to Sarah and Benjamin Ogden
  1844-06-05
Correspondence
This letter was from Deborah Tipton, mother of Judge Thomas Tipton, to her brother and sister, Benjamin and Sarah Ogden of Money Creek Township. Deborah Tipton asked Benjamin Ogden to come to get her .....

Click for more detail Newspaper article on "What we're famous for ... Towanda'
  1853 - 2000
Area Events
A Bloomington, Illinois Pantagraph newspaper article dated April 17, 2000, featured Towanda in its 'What we're famous for' series. The article tells of the two ways that Towanda sought to stay dry. .....

Click for more detail Photograph of the Jacob and Sarah Moats log-cabin home, built ca 1856, with oral description
  1856
Homes
This photograph is of the Jacob and Sarah Moats log-cabin home, one of the first homes build in the Towanda area, sometime before 1856. The home was located about two and one-half miles north of the p .....

Click for more detail Written history of the Smith Grove Cemetery beginning in 1861
  1861 - 2005
Cemeteries
This written history of the Smith Grove Cemetery covers from April 8, 1861 to 2005. The only cemetery in Towanda Township, is located on a high bank overlooking Money Creek in the Southwest quarter of .....

Click for more detail Letter from Civil War Soldier James H. Peterson in 1861
  1861-12-27
Correspondence
This letter was written December 27, 1861 by Civil War soldier James H. Peterson, to his father, Elisha A. Peterson, Towanda resident. The letter was written from Camp Kennell in Jeffersonville, India .....

Click for more detail Letter from Civil War Soldier James H. Peterson in 1862
  1862-01-20
Correspondence
This letter was written January 20, 1862 by James H. Peterson to his father, Elisha A. Peterson, Towanda resident. The letter was written in Camp Jefferson during the Civil War. A transcription of the .....

Click for more detail Letter from Civil War Soldier Joseph B. Alter in 1862
  1862-05-13
Correspondence
This letter dated May 13, 1862 was from Joseph A. Alter to his father-in-law, Elisha A. Peterson, Towanda resident. The letter was sent from Franflin during the Civil War. Joseph B. Alter was the fa .....

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