1877 History of La Salle County Illinois
Sketch of the Pioneer Settlers - Ottawa, Addenda
John Manley, from Clinton County, N. Y., settled in Ottawa in 1837; has kept
a hardware store either alone or with a partner, for nearly forty years,
probably the oldest house in town. A daughter, who had just completed her
education, was drowned in the Hudson river. A younger daughter is the wife of
Richard C. Jordan, cashier of the City National Bank of Ottawa. Carrie is at
Peter Russel, from Ireland, came to Ottawa in 1838; a cabinet-maker; his has been the leading house in that branch in Ottawa for many years. His son is now a partner in the firm of P. Russell & Son.
"William Palmer came from New York in 1836; a wagon maker by trade; he has followed the business since he came till 1875; he has left the county.
John Palmer, brother to William, came at the same time; settled on a farm; afterwards moved to Ottawa; was County Assessor, and the first that assessed the land sold by the Government, being five years after the sale; he died in Ottawa, John and George Armour from Ayreshire, Scotland, came to Ottawa in 1834. After a few years residence in Ottawa, George went to Chicago, where he still resides. John was a prominent warehouse owner and grain dealer till his death, several years since; he never married. James and Archie, brothers of the above, came later. James died in La Salle; Archie is still living in Ottawa.
Martin Murray, from Ireland, came about 1838 or 9; he was familiarly known as Janitor of the courthouse for many years. His son John is well known in Ottawa.
Dick Daily came from Cork County, Ireland, to La Salle County in 1839; married Sarah Ann McCormick; has served as Constable many years.
Jacob C. Van Doren, from Montgomery County, N. Y., came in 1838; settled on S. 28, T. 32, R. 3; about 1855 he removed to Ottawa, where he and his wife died some years after. His eldest son, C. M., came before the family; he also removed to Ottawa and is now in Washington Territory. Jam es married Olive Dimmick, and died in Ottawa about 18Y4. The only daughter is the wife of Jesse Dickey in Ottawa; Lansing and Lucas have left the county.
Albert H. Ebersol came from Dauphin County, Pa., to Grand Rapids, with his father, Joseph Ebersol; married Miss Celia Pearre; has one son, Joseph P.; he is now the oldest settler in Grand Rapids.