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Paris in 1880—looking south.
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IIIST 0 R Y
Edgar County was first settled in the spring of 1817 in the section known as North Arm. Seven families, the Blackburns, Strattons, Mayos, Lanes, Beckwiths, Browns, and Bledsoes entered land and hegan farming. In 1818 eight additional families arrived. Edgar County was created in 1828 at a meeting of the General Assembly. Mrs. Edgar, wife of General Edgar, who was one of the wealthiest men in Illinois and a Major-General in the Illinois Militia, was then at the capital. After being granted permission to name the new county she said, "’My husband gave this name to me; it is mine, and I give it to this new county—I name it Edgar!”
The act creating the county appointed a committee of three to locate the county seat. A report that Samuel ance had offered to convey to the county a square block of twenty-six acres on condition that the county seat be located thereon was recorded and adopted. An order was made locating the county seat on the twenty-six acres named in said section; the same to he in a square block, the center thereof to he a certain jack-oak tree blazed and marked “Paris”; the deed to he made by April 15, 1828. and the land surveyed and plotted by June 14. 1828; said lots to he sold at public vendue on the third Monday in June and the town to he named Paris. Soon after the town site was selected, a court house was built.
Schools date hack to August. 1824. when Amos Williams organized a subscription
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class for thirteen families. The tuition was five dollars a pupil for six months; (ire wood was furnished hy the subscribers. In 1825 the legislature of Illinois passed a law providing for the district system which created the first public schools supported by taxation. The first school district in this county was organized by the county commissioners’ court on March 7. 1826. embracing the village of Paris and the adjacent farms.
In 1828 Isaac Alexander taught a school here, and later another was taught hy Milton Vance, who held his school in a log cabin south of the
present public square, surrounded hy
a stockade of broad puncheons split Mrs
from oak trees.
H.S. Faculty, 1887-1891. Maria Nelson, principal. M iss Mayine Boyd.
M iss Nelle McCarty.
THE CLASS OF 1883
Adam Mann Frank Stalnaker
Second How Dora Wyatt Mollie Smith Maine Sellar May Me Beth Julia Brown Mollie Bovell Lola Marrs Gertie McCarty Bessie Boyd
Will V. Holley John Logan W. S. Lamon Fred Cretors
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