Do you have a Tidbit that can fill this space?
I found the following paragraph in a book titled "Women and Men on the Overland Trail" by John Mack Faragher (Yale University Press, New Haven & London, 1979.)
"A quarter of the parties were voluntary associations, sometimes composed of acquaintances of the road or spring camps, but more commonly friends and neighbors from back home. In 1846, for example, Charles Imus, an early settler along the Apple River in northwestern Illinois, organized a party of neighbors to emigrate to California. Included in the company were Imus's nephew, the families of Joseph Aram, Adna Hecox, Charles Isbell, his brother James Isbell, the Savage family, and several single men. All twenty-two members had lived within a few miles of each other and knew each other before the trip....." (pp. 32-3)
So, if your family just disappeared in the mid-1840s, you may have to look farther west.
GALENA...THEN and NOW
by LEE HILL AND WALT SHURTLEFF
Published by Kendall Publishing, P.O. Box 181, Yorkville, IL 60560
A book full of vintage photographs. There are no dates on the pictures. The company names and names of people, from some of the pictures, are as follows:
Fawcett & Hatherall Law and Insurance office
Chris Heron Boot and Shoe Manufacture
Interior of blacksmith shop (Readel, Louis) (Kloth, Fred) (Wandell,
Adolph) (Strickland, William)
(Martinson, John) (Fisher, Sara)
St. Mary's Catholic Church
Lemper's Buttertub factory
Smith and Wagon Shop (Paar, Ed) (Childs, Tom) (Elliott, Elmer)
(Schleicher, Ernest (owner)
(Kuchemann, John) (Hill, Micky)
Deutsche Apotheke of Siniger's Drug Store
Obermiller Bros. Clothing
Casserly Bros. Store
Bader's Grocery (Bader, Al) (his daughter) (Bader, Emil) circa 1895
Homes of (Capt. Schneider) (Leekley) (Stephan Ray) (Hezekiah H. Gear)
L.M. LeBron & Sons Jewelers
Birgers and Galena Drygoods Co.
History of Henry County, Illinois
Established seven years after Illinois became a State.
Formed from unorganized territory attached to Fulton County, Illinois
on 13 Jan 1825. The original Henry County ran north to the border
of Illinois and Wisconsin and included parts of present-day Carroll,
Jo Daviess, Knox, Rock Island, and Whiteside counties.
In 1827, the formation of Jo Daviess County drastically reduced the
size of Henry County to about half its present day area. The present
borders of Henry county were not established until 1836, and until about
1837, Henry County was attached to Knox County.
Did you know that there were 18 states that have a City/Town with the name "Galena?"
Galena, South Dakota
Galena, New York
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