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Originally known as Henpeck, the village of Hampshire began when Zenas Allen of Vermont became its first settler in 1836. From 1837 to 1845, Henpeck existed along the Chicago-Galena Stagecoach Trail at Old State (Route 20), Big Timber, and Brier Hill Roads. Hampshire Township was organized in 1845, and the village's name was changed to Hampshire. In 1876, the village relocated so that it could be along the Chicago-Pacific Railroad line. Hampshire was officially incorporated that same year with Samuel Rowell as its first village president. In 1893, the farming community grew to become the second largest milk-producing and shipping station in Illinois. Residents have served in the US military since the Civil War. During World War II, Hampshire was chosen as the site for a prisoner of war camp for 250 German soldiers who worked at the Inderrieden Canning Company. In 1994, the village annexed north to the I-90/US 20 interchange, which included the community's original Henpeck area.
ISBN: 9781467110136
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Illinois
Series: Images of America
Images: 226
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
The authors, freelance writers Jeanie Mayer, a lifelong resident of the village, and Denise Moran, who came to the village to raise her family, are pleased to share the story of their town.
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