Local History Archives from the Huntley Area Public Library.

Early Development of Huntley to 1870

People, places and important dates in the early development of the Village of Huntley, IL.   Grafton Township The terms at the conclusion of the Black Hawk War of 1834 required Native Americans to vacate their land and to move west of the Mississippi River. White settlers began moving into northern Illinois following the war. The first local government, McHenry County, was formed in 1834.  The Illinois constitution of 1848 gave voters in each county the opportunity to adopt Township…

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Founding Fathers – Thomas S. Huntley

The best known name in the village is, of course, that of the Huntleys. Village namesake Thomas S. Huntley, as well as his oldest son, Charles, led notable and interesting lives. Thomas Huntley (1807-1894) was not the first settler to arrive in this area, but he was the first to envision a thriving community here. Thomas Stillwell Huntley was born March 27, 1807, in Cortland County, New York and lived most of his young adult life there. Much is known…

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Founding Families

Although the town is named in honor of Thomas Stillwell Huntley, he was not the first to settle in this area. The Whittemore and Cummings families were generally regarded as among the first settlers to make a mark on the area. Prescott Whittemore and his wife, Lucy Geer Whittemore, came to this area in 1838 from New Hampshire.  They loaded all their personal belongings and their 10 children onto two wagons and spent nearly seven weeks making the journey over land to Illinois. For years the family lived in…

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Local History Collection Shelf List

(Right Fireplace Book Cabinet) Bottom Shelf Recipes Remembered, Huntley Sesquicentennial, 1851-2001, (2 copies) Huntley Library History, Blue Loose-leaf Binder Huntley Centennial (3 copies) 1851-1951 At Home in Huntley (2 copies) 1851-2001 Trinity Lutheran Church 125 Years of Ministry, 1871-1996 (2 copies) Huntley House-walk, Sesquicentennial (2 copies), August 18, 2001 A Cavalcade of Memories Calendar, Sesquicentennial, 2001-2002 Images of America, Mc Henry County, Illinois, Pelland, Maryan and Dan Sophia’s Stories, as told to Charlotte Kosartes Dehning, by Sophia Papoulis Kosartes Origin…

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