Vermilion County, Illinois

HISTORY OF HOOPESTON TOWNSHIP
Contributed by Mary Paulius


 


     Hoopeston is on a ridge between the waters of the Wabash and the Illinois Rivers.  It is forty two miles from Lafayette, and twenty-seven from Danville.  When the railroads were built through this area, for miles around everything was prairie except the Hoopes farm.  With no trading area around or any railroad the companies that were building, Snell, Taylor & Co. And Young & Co. looked this area very important.
     Young & Co., made terms with many land owners and was thought that a contract was made with Mr. Hoopes.  But Col. Snell closed a bargain with Mr. Hoopes for one thousand acres of his land lying west of the junction.
     Mr. Hoopes was able to manage a farm but not city lots therefore he would have nothing to do with the business.
     There was a vast speculation about having three separate towns.  One was set up by Davis and Satterthwait consisting of eighteen acres and on the 28th July, where main street is, and called it Hoopeston, Snell, Taylor & Co., (consisting of Col. Thomas Snell, of Clinton, Abner Taylor, Esq., of Chicago and James Aiken, and Mr. Mix of Kankakee, as a special partner laid out in November one hundred and sixty acres where the Hibbard House stands and called it Leeds.  Thompson Brothers laid out east and north of the railroads, and called it North Hoopeston and Davis and Satterthwait an addition to Hoopeston.

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