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Manteno’s name derives from Mawteno, a Potawatomi maiden whose people lived in the area before the arrival of Europeans. Illinois Central Railroad’s Manteno Depot led to formation of the township in 1855 and the village in 1869. Farming has been a mainstay in Manteno, and its importance continues today. Once known as a “brickyard town,” Manteno’s boundaries widened as a mental hospital opened on its eastern border in 1930 and a major interstate sprang up on its western edge decades later. Part of the French-Canadian Heritage Corridor, French was spoken in Manteno well into the 20th century by many residents as well as by an order of nuns from Paris who chose Manteno for a Catholic boarding school—a school they operated for more than six decades. Among former Mantenoans is a man who won the “Grand Prize of the World” in 1900, a woman who canvassed for women’s rights legislation that swept the nation in the 19th century, and a family who left its mark on the history of American aviation.
ISBN: 9781467104487
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Illinois
Series: Images of America
Images: 254
Pages: 160
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Melanie Holmes’s paternal grandparents came to the area in the early 20th century; her maternal great-grandmother was a LeVasseur and linked to the founder of Bourbonnais—the village whose namesake was grandfather to Mawteno. Holmes collected images from top historians as well as from the Manteno Historical Society. Other images came from leading universities and institutions.