Scottville History and Charter - Macoupin County Illinois
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Scottville History and Charter

contributed by Robert Fletcher

Extracted from HISTORY OF MACOUPIN COUNTY, Illinois. 1879. Page 236.

The Village of Scottville "Was laid out by Benjamin Stephenson in 1835. It is on sections sixteen and twenty-one. The proprietors were Jefferson Weatherford and Tristram P. Hoxsey. The first house was built by James McFarlan. Its present population is about 350.

The first post-office was kept by Sargeant Gobble. Dr. John Candle kept the first hotel. The first blacksmith, Alfred Ruyle. The present blacksmiths, are Alvy Auston and son, R. T. Patterson and R. H. Dowell.

Rev. Samuel B. Culp of the Baptist denomination was the first regular preacher.

The first doctor in the village was Wesley Goode, who came in the year 1835.

The first school was taught by James Howard. In 1854 the first mill was built by Wm. M. Evans and John and Isaac Mansfield.

The first child in the village was Robert McFarlan."

"Masonic Lodge-- Scottville Lodge No. 426, A. F. & A. M., was organized October 4th, 1865. The following were the charter members: P. L. Bostick, L. J. Thompson, J. W. Ballinger, W. C. Thompson, J. H. Hale, G. W. Hill, John Tucker, Isaac Hill, S. . McCurley, S. B. Woolfolk, W. L. Wilson, W. Carling, S. L. Boyd, J. A. Boyd, Benj. Fanning, W. A. Westrope, Wm. Fletcher, Jos. B. Liston, H. B. Hanshaw, Gideon Hoskins, Jas. F. Hedges, James Walker, J. F. Woodman, Joseph Liston. First officers- P. L. Bostick, W. M., J. B Liston, S. W., J. H. Hale, J. W. Present officers.-- James Walker, W. M. , J. H. Rohrer, S. W., W. R. Williams, J. W. David Elder, treasurer; A. J. Drum, secretary; W. L. Powell, Tyler. Number of members 46."

"The records of the Post Office Department in the National Archives show that James A. Fletcher was appointed postmaster at Scottville, Macoupin County, Illinois, on May 13, 1885. His successor was appointed on July 29, 1889." Source: National Archives and Records Service, Washington, D. C. 20408. In letter of April 29, 1975.


LAWS OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS passed by THE ELEVENTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY at The Special Session, began and held at Springfield, on the ninth of December, one thousand eight hundred and thirty-nine.

AN ACT to incorporate the towns therein named. Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly, That the inhabitants of the town of McLeansboro' in Hamilton county, the inhabitants of the town of Fairfield, in Wayne county, the inhabitants of the town of Scottville, in Macoupin county, and the inhabitants of the town of Mackinaw, in Tazewell county, be, and they are hereby authorized to become incorporated, under the general incorporation law, notwithstanding said towns may not contain one hundred and fifty inhabitants: Provided, said corporators are not compelled to work the public highways more than one half mile from centre of said corporation. Sec. 2. This act to be in force from and after its passage. APPROVED, January 31, 1840.


AN ACT to incorporate the town of Scottville, in Macoupin county, Illinois.

Section 1. Be it enacted by the people of the state of Illinois, represented in the General Assembly, That the inhabitants and residents of the town of Scottville, in the county of Macoupin, are hereby constituted and declared a body corporate and politic, by the name and style of "The President and Trustees of the Town of Scottville:" and by the name shall have perpetual succession; and may have and use a common seal; have power to sue and be sued, plead and be impleaded, in all courts and places where justice is administered, in all action whatever; to purchase, receive and hold property, both real and personal, in said town; to purchase, receive and hold property, both real and personal, beyond the limits of said town, for burial grounds and other public purposes; to sell, lease and convey property, real and personal, for the use of said town; to protect and improve any such property as the public good may require. -------------- Section 24. This act is declared a public act. to take effect from and after its passage.

APPROVED Feb. 18, 1857.


"Scottville, Illinois, May 11, 1885. Board in regulaar session. Election returns of May, 8th, 1885, canvassed by the Board and found regular, and they show that at said election, held in said Town of Scottville, on the 8th day of May, 1885, nineteen (19) votes were cast for organizing the said Town of Scottville under the general law of the Sate of Illinois, and one (1) vote was cast against so organizing said town.

B. P. Vawter, Village Clerk." State of Illinois Macoupin County Village of Scottville To Henry D. Dement, Secretary of State of Illinois. I hereby certify that the above is a true and correct copy of the original thereof now on record in my office. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand this 23 day of June, 1885. B. P. Vawter Village Clerk

SOURCE: Office of The Secretary of State, Index Department. Springfield, Illinois. 62756. Pages 36, 1255-1262, and copy of letter.

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