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Wayne County was established on March 26, 1819

In the southeast quarter of the State; has an area of 720 square miles; was organized in 1819, and named for General Anthony Wayne. The county is watered and drained by the Little Wabash and its branches, notably the Skillet Fork. At the first election held in the county, only 15 votes were cast. Early life was exceedingly primitive, the first settlers pounding corn into meal with a wooden pestle, a hollowed stump being used as a mortar. The first mill erected (of the antique South Carolina pattern) charged 25 cents per bushel for grinding. Prairie and woodland make up the surface, and the soil is fertile. Railroad facilities are furnished by the Louisville, Evansville & St. Louis and the Baltimore & Ohio (Southwestern) Railroads. Corn, oats, tobacco, wheat, hay and wool are the chief agricultural products. Sawmills are numerous and there are also carriage and wagon factories. Fairfield is the county-seat.

WAYNE COUNTY
TOWNSHIPS

Arrington
Barnhill
Name changed from Fairfield to Douglas on June 9, 1860; name changed from Douglas to Barnhill on September 3, 1860.
Bedford
Berry
Formed from Arrington on December 12, 1905.
Big Mound
Elm River
Name changed from Newton to Elm on June 9, 1860; name changed from Elm to Elm River (date unknown, before 1921).
Four Mile
Garden Hill
Formed from Orchard (date unknown, before 1921).
Grover
Formed as Fairfield from Barnhill on December 14, 1888.
Hickory Hill
Indian Prairie
Name changed from Johnson to Franklin on June 9, 1860; name changed from Franklin to Indian Prairie on September 3, 1860.
Jasper
Keith
Formed from Bedford and Indian Prairie in June, 1906.
LaMard
Name changed from Jefferson on June 9, 1860.
Leech
Name changed from Wabash on June 9, 1860.
Massillon
Mt. Erie
Orchard
Name changed from Brush Creek on September 8, 1891.
Orel
Formed as Wayne from Four Mile and Arrington in March, 1886; name changed from Wayne to Orel in June, 1886.
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Wayne County Courthouse
301 E. Main Street
P.O. Box 187
Fairfield, IL 62837
County Clerk (618) 842-5182
Circuit Clerk (618) 842-7684
Recorder (618) 842-5182

IRAD Depository
Booth Library
600 Lincoln Avenue
Eastern Illinois University
Charleston, IL 61920
Telephone: (217) 581-6093



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