This village, of one thousand people, is situated about fourteen miles west
of Freeport, and shows evidence of thrift and enterprise. It was commenced in
the Spring of 1860, by William Shannon, whose name it bears. It has five
churches, a union graded school house, one hotel, five dry goods stores, three
hardware stores, two drug stores, three meat markets, four restaurants, one
bakery, two boot and shoe stores, one steam flouring mill, two agricultural
implement houses, one cooper shop, two wagon and blacksmith shops, one bank, one
barber shop, one millinery shop, three physicians, two lumber and coal dealers,
three saloons, one furniture store, one jewelry store, two harness shops, etc.
The first house at Shannon was a farm house, built by -- Mastin before the
village was projected. When the village plat was mapped out by the surveyor the
site occupied by this house came within the limits. The growth of Shannon was
slow until the railroad was established, after which its prosperity was very
marked until the hard times came on. The country around in every direction is an
excellent agricultural district, and highly improved. The business houses are
well managed and well sustained.
The Presbyterian Church of Shannon was first organized at Loran, in Stephenson
County, in 1851; removed to Spring Valley, Carroll County, then to Badger
Spring, in the same county, and was finally established at Shannon, in 1866.
Present membership, 45. Have a Union Sunday-school of an average attendance of
167. Superintendent, R. M. Cook; pastor, M. F. Paisley. Their house of worship
was originally built by the Methodist people, of whom it was purchased, at a
cost of $2,500.
United Presbyterian - This church was first organized in Cherry Grove Township,
in 1856, and was established in Shannon in 1862, and built a house of worship
the same year, at a cost of $1,500. Present membership, 18. Rev. T. E. Turner,
pastor. Have no Sabbath-school.
St. John's Evangelical Church was organized in 1863, and a church edifice
erected the same season, at a cost of $1,500. Present membership, 40. Pastor,
Rev. G. C. Knobel. Sabbath-school membership, 70. Jacob Kehm, superintendent.
Methodist - The Methodist Church was organized in 1864. For several years they
worshipped in the St. John's Evangelical Church building, but in 1867 erected
their present house of worship, at a cost of $2,500. Present membership, 15.
Rev. Mr. Trenortha, pastor. No Sabbath-school.
Church of God - In the Fall of 1875, Rev. Mr. Soule, of Mount Carroll, commenced
preaching for the people of this faith, and under his ministration a powerful
revival work was commenced, there being over two hundred professed conversions.
These converts, together with quite a number of old professors, formed
themselves into a society, known as the Christian Association of Shannon,
Illinois. The officers of the society are a president, vice president, secretary
and treasurer. The association holds weekly prayer meetings, and has preaching
every two weeks by Rev. Mr. Soule. The week day meetings are well attended, as
is also their preaching services. All Christian workers are invited into the
Catholic - The St. Vandelin Catholic Church was organized in 1870, and bought
the church edifice of the Presbyterian Society. This church organization has a
membership of about forty persons. Rev. Father Stinberg is pastor of the
congregation, and has charge of the Sabbath-school.
Temperance - The Red Ribbon Movement, organized under the auspices of Dr.
Mcolster, is doing a good work. The society numbers something over two hundred,
many of whom are from those who frequented the cup. The officers are: Peter
Speenburg, president; J. Johnson, vice president; Wm. Biles, Jr., corresponding
secretary; H. Colvin, financial secretary; F. M. Hicks, treasurer; Chas. B.
Sherwood, steward. The festival held by the ladies of the society on New Year's
day and evening netted the society over $60.
A.F. and A. M. - Shannon Lodge, No. 490. The following are officers of this
Lodge for the ensuing year: Christian Hines, W. M.; S. H. Butterbaugh, S. W.;
Henry Flury, J. W.; James A. Shout, S. D.; Daniel B. Shore, J. D.; William Dodd,
secretary; Jethro Mastin, treasurer. Regular meeting first and third Monday in
I.O.O.F. - Badger Spring Lodge, No, 573, was instituted April 28, 1875. A. W.
Deal, N. G.; H. Barns, V. G.; W. Corrie, P. G.; P. Hyzor, treasurer; A. H. Hyzor,
P.S.; W. K. Shannon, Rec. Secy.; B.F. Shiley, W.; W. F. Kramer, C.; R. Cheasman,
R. S. S.; H. Kersey, L. S. S.; J. Barnes, O. S. G.; W. G. Stroup, J. S. G.; W.
Biles, R. S. P. N. G.; J. Curtis, L. S. P. N. G.; P. Forney, R. S. V. G.; V.
Whisler, L. S. V. G.; Jefferson Barrs, W. G. Stroup, W. S. Cowen, H. Kersey, A.
W. Deal, trustees; W. Corrie, deputy; John Leonard, chaplain. Lodge meets every
I.O.G.T. - Crystal Fount Lodge of Good Templars, No. 10, was organized in March,
1871. R. M. Cook, W. C.; Mrs. S. Sherwood, W. V.; John Barnes, W. S.; Robert
Willey, W. F. S.; T. P. Newcomer, W. T.; A. Culver, C.; H. F. Brockmeier, M.;
Miss Ellie Florey, I. G.; John Houghey, O. G. Membership, 50. Lodge meets every
Thursday evening. Lodge deputy, John D. White; P. W. C. T., James A. Shout.
Educational - The people of Shannon have never been neglectful of the
educational interests of their children. A good brick school house, costing
$7,000, was erected as early as 1867, in which school has been maintained nine
months of each year, employing four teachers. Principal, S. B. Hursh; Gustie
Newcomer, first assistant; Kittie Moran, second assistant; Mrs. E. R. Buckley,
third assistant. The school is well managed, and the best of discipline
enforced. As compared with the other schools of the county, the Shannon School
School Board - R. M. Cook, president; A. W. Deal, director; William Biles,
director; Daniel Echhattz, treasurer.
Village Officers - Peter Speenburgh, president; R. M. Cook, A. S. Lashell, C.
Hines, Amos Yager, trustees; Dr. J. Maston, clerk; S. H. Butterbaugh, treasurer;
police magistrate, J. Sweigard; police constable, Wm. Black; street
commissioner, Geo. Whitmore; postmaster, T. P. Newcomer.