Aurora, Eola, North Aurora
Kane County, Illinois
The Early Settlers found
Forests, Grassy Plains & the beautiful Fox River
Historical Time Line
First settlement in McCarty's Mill, an area that would later be known as Aurora. Named for Joseph and Samuel McCarty, brothers from New York state, who built a sawmill. They claimed government land and bought other land from squatters, indicating other folks had settled here prior to their arrival.
McCarty's Mill renamed Aurora
Town of West Aurora incorporated (however another source indicates it was incorporated in 1843)
City of (E). Aurora which was once known as McCarty's Mill, incorporated & joined with West Aurora
First City Election March 4th
William Tanner House (established 1857) 305 Cedar, Aurora, IL call for info (630) 897-9029
WILLIAM DEXTER - first City Marshall
Aurora City Hospital opened
St.Charles' Hospital (Catholic Hospital) opened in large brick home on North Fourth Street.
Tour Aurora via My Vintage Postcards
House addresses were renumbered
Source: History of Kane County by Joslyn & Joslyn 1908
Magazines & Misc. (Genetic Diseases, Other Resources & Anything Else)
Aurora Area Organizations
Wagner House (Blackberry Village)
Stolp Island Historic District
THURM HOOVEN, Marilyn Katherine aka THORNE, Marilyn - entertainer
Aurora History Links
History of Palace Street - great site
Early Aurora Settlers
Joseph, Samuel and Daniel McCarty (brothers)
Daniel Eastman MD - first doctor arrived in 1835
Ralph C. Horr - arrived in 1834, first Justice of the Peace in 1835.
Joseph Huntoon & family - arrived about 1835 (look for info on Huntoon House)
Theodore Lake - lived on West Downer Place
Zaphna Lake, brother to Theodore, was a merchant until he sold to John Livingston.
Seth Reed was in the area as early as 1832 but left due to the Black Hawk war and went to Fort Dearborn (Chicago) for several years, but returned.
Chester Parmalee Trask - arrived about 1839, worked at McCarty's Saw Mill.
Burr Winton - first postmaster, in 1837
Floods - Fires - Earthquakes
Misc. Aurora Links
City Directory 1893 page 321 McCollum to McDonald
Aurora College > Aurora University
Misc Info and Facts
Seneca Street is now Lincoln Avenue
West Claim Street is now West Park Avenue
Lake Street is named for Theodore Lake
It's frustrating when you know all the answers, but nobody bothers to ask
you the questions.
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