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The newly pubished book by Dean Karau is now available for purchase! 

The History of Wethersfield 2.0 is an updated story of the 1836 founding of the village of Wethersfield and Wethersfield Township in Henry County, Illinois. It traces the dreams and the hardships of those early settlers until their aspirations were shattered a little more than a decade and a half later by the building of a railroad and the 1854 founding of the village of Kewanee a mile or so to the north.

Researcher and author Dean Karau pulls together disparate elements of previous histories of Wethersfields founding, resolves conflicts among them, while adding newly-discovered information, in order to make the story come alive in todays world. Dean tells the history from the point of view of a friend of Henry Gilman Little, one of the pioneer Wethersfield colonists, breathing realism and excitement into the story of the beauty, the privations, and disappointments faced by those intrepid men and women. In the words of Henry,

The people were poor in those years, we were very poor if lack of money and luxuries constitutes poverty. But I do not think we felt poor, certainly we were not unhappy. It seems to me that we were rich, rich in love and neighborly kindness, rich in our equality of condition and the warm sympathy which resulted rich in appreciation for the best things and rich in our high hopes, which never failed us for the future of the great west and of our own community, rich in the common joy of overcoming difficulties, of subduing the wilderness and bending the forces of nature to our will.

Wethersfield History by Dean Karau

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Click Here 1860 Census Index ONLY

Click Here 1877 Taxpayers Index ONLY

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        January 28 2023-  Bill Good- Scotish Bag Pipe History and Playing   Mr Good

        February 27- Dan Dauw of Colona WW 1 - Causes, leaders, life Dauw

                            in the trenches, aircraft and various military equipment    

        March 27-  Craig Hawkins "On to Prefection" A Story of Nels O. Webstergreen

                            and the Swedish Methodist Church   2002 Mar Hawkins Craig
        April 24 -  Honor Flight Recipient
        May 22-  Dairy Maids of Bishop Hill
        June 26-  Beth Carvey and the Civilian Conservation Campts
        July 24-
        August 28
        September 25-
        October 23-
        November 27-
        December NO MEETING