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Aaron H. Rountree, reminiscences of early days and old settlers in Montgomery County, Illinois

 Collection — Box: 74
Identifier: MS-SC1304

Scope and Contents

Typed transcripts of the articles with an introduction re: the 52nd birthday of Montgomery County. The articles discuss the first settlers who came to the area, describes the first dwellings they built, their dress, the food they ate, the first school, the first government and those elected, the first blacksmith, the first store, the first Lutheran church, the first store and the first mill. Anecdotes re: life on the prairie and some of its hardships. Biographical sketches of many of the first citizens, of those who served in the Black Hawk War and genealogical information on many of the families. A few of the articles were written by Henry Piatt.


  • Created: 1873


Biographical / Historical

Son of Hiram Rountree, one of the first settlers in Montgomery County, Illinois and one of the petitioners to the state for formation of the county, was the first county clerk and later served as state senator from the county. In 1873 Aaron wrote a series of articles for the Hillsboro Democrat based on interviews with old settlers and their reminiscences.


1 folder : 131 pages

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