Iroquois County Genealogical Society Marks 50th Birthday

On Sunday, June 26, the Iroquois County Genealogical Society got to – finally! - celebrate its 50th birthday. The organization actually turned 50 years old in 2020, but due to the pandemic, the celebration was postponed until now.

Several took the time to research and present a program on many of the townships in Iroquois County. Their presentations proved not only informational and insightful, but some provided a bit of humor, too.

Deb LaFine-Rhoads welcomed everyone to the program, which took place in the courtroom of the Old Courthouse Museum. She announced the ICGS hours have been temporarily changed to 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. As the museum is currently closed, those who want to visit the ICGS should call ahead, if possible, and since no one will be at the door, at least call once you have arrived so someone can let you in. The number to call is 815-432-3730.

LaFine-Rhoads, current president of the ICGS, read a list of previous presidents and those were: Dr. AJ Day, Pauline Eastburn, Norma Butzow, Clara Pratt, Verna Drake, Louise Clifton, Mary Noel Thibaut, Cheryl Gocken, Denise Corke and Mary Buhr.

Sue Ritzma of Crescent City talked about the townships of Crescent and Iroquois, which make up Crescent City. The village's original name wasn't Crescent City but Village of Crescent. Crescent Township was mostly swamp land but when the Germans came to Village of Crescent they knew how to drain the land. The dividing line of the two townships is Route 24.