the Vermilion Coal Company have sunk shafts from which
immense quantities of coal were taken. This is simply a settlement made by the
miners about the Vermilion Coal Companyís works, on the Chicago,
Pekin & Southwestern Railroad, at the crossing of
the Vermilion River,
a mile southwest of Streator.
A plat of the
place was made by A. C. Huetson, for J. M. Walker,
President and A. T. Hall, Secretary, of the Chicago, Wilmington & Vermilion
Coal Company. The plat consists of fifty-one acres, from Section 2, Township
30, Range 3. In
the record of the plat, the right of mining all coal beneath the land is
reserved. The town consists of forty or fifty miners and other employees of the
Company, a few of whom have families.
Note from 2004: I believe this settlement
is the area of South Streator, west of Rt. 23, south of 12th
Street the Vermilion
River, where the old route 23 went
through years ago, now a bridge goes above that property and crosses the river
into South Streator. There was an old tavern sitting
right on the river, on the right side of the road as you went into South
Streator (which is in Livingston County), which Iím sure will help jog a lot of
peopleís memory on this location. Let me
know if Iím wrong, Annette.