Onarga, Illinois (Images of America Series)

Overview

How Onarga received its name remains a mystery. Realists believe Illinois Central Railroad land commissioner John Calhoun combined two or three consonants and added the necessary vowels to invent a nice-sounding town name. Many prairie towns in the 1850s, with the arrival of the railroads, received their names by this method. Romantics believe Onarga was named for a young Native American girl, Princess Onarga, daughter of an Iroquois Indian chief. Prior to the construction of the Illinois Central Railroad, Native...

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Overview

How Onarga received its name remains a mystery. Realists believe Illinois Central Railroad land commissioner John Calhoun combined two or three consonants and added the necessary vowels to invent a nice-sounding town name. Many prairie towns in the 1850s, with the arrival of the railroads, received their names by this method. Romantics believe Onarga was named for a young Native American girl, Princess Onarga, daughter of an Iroquois Indian chief. Prior to the construction of the Illinois Central Railroad, Native Americans controlled this part of Illinois, and among the roving tribes that crisscrossed the grand prairie were the powerful Iroquois. Legend says that when a name was proposed for the new town on the railroad, none better than Onarga was given. This mystery may never be solved, but the realists and romantics agree to disagree-agreeing foremost on celebrating and preserving the rich history of Onarga.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738560601
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
  • Publication date: 3/28/2009
  • Series: Images of America Series
  • Pages: 127
  • Sales rank: 1,393,670
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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The Onarga Historical Society and friends of the society have selected the best images from Onarga's archives and as a concerted effort have put together a most interesting narrative of Onarga's history. This pictorial is in celebration of Onarga's 155th birthday.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Introduction 7

1 Early Settlers 9

2 Grand Prairie Seminary and Onarga Military School 17

3 Pinkerton's Larch Farm and Timothy Webster 39

4 School Days 45

5 Religion and Repose 55

6 Disasters, Natural and Otherwise 65

7 All in a Day's Work 73

8 East Side, West Side 85

9 Pride, Honor, and Freedom 109

10 Yankee Doodle Came to Town 117

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