Hanover Township

Jo Daviess County, Illinois

The Township of Hanover was among the earliest settled townships in the county.  Among its early settlers were James Craig, Nathan B. Craig, John Armstrong, Charles Ames, Daniel Fowler, Samuel Jamieson and Archer and Thomas Drummond. James Craig was probably the first man who handled mail in that township. Running through the town is a stream called Apple River, and upon this river in said township was located what was called Craig's Mill, and it was here that James Craig handled the mail, although I have not been able to find that he was a regularly appointed post master at that place. There is a record at James W. White was Postmaster in 1847. Located within the Township of Hanover is the village of Hanover. It was formerly called Wapello, after an Indian chief of the Sacs and Foxes, and by this name it was incorporated February 12, 1849. The name was afterwards changed to Hanover, and this was the second incorporated city or village within the county. It is now an active, energetic, thriving business place, and its people are among the most cultured and intelligent in the county.

(This section is taken from the book "History of Jo Daviess County  1904)

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