Before The Recording of Time....
....Mound builders lived in the Sangamon
valley. Anthropologists claim the three burial and
village sites found are of the Hopwell era-that of
early Indian tribes.
One of the sites is west of the Edward Boehm
residence at the mouth of Latimore Creek. Another
called Yellow Banks. Is north of Oakford along the
Crane Creek bluff.
The largest is on the west bank of Clary's Creek
on the Max Gebhard farm.
Many years later, the Pottawattomie, Kickapoo
and Illinois Indians lived here for some time.
Although the first settlers had many problems
Indians were not one of them. According to the 1819
Treaty of Edwardsville, most of the Kickapoo left.
However, the Hash family which settled near here
in 1822. became acquainted with a peace loving
Winnabago. Chief Shick Shack (Rising Sun)
It Ws thought Shick Shack came to the Sangamon
Valley shortly after the War of 1812. He used the high
barren hilltop above his tribe's camp as a lookout and
to send signals to hunting parties.
Shick Shack married Lo-Lo a Winnebago maiden
before leaving his warmongering tribe. Lo-Lo bore
him a son who played with the Hash boy.
Possibly for diplomatic reasons. Shick Shack also
wed Mah-qua-la. a Kickapoo squaw, after settling in
Kickapoo territory. She was the mother of his three
In the late 1820's contrary to the treaty, hostile
bands reappeared in northern Illinois. Shick Shack
foresaw troubles and decided to move from his
treasured Sangamon hunting grounds.
One day in 1827, Shick Shack appeared at the Hash
homestead to say he was leaving. He shook hands with
every member of the family. The next
Shack burned his camp and left.
According to some historians, some member of
Lincoln's company met Shick Shack briefly in
Northern Illinois during the 1832 Black Hawk War.
This is the last known reference of Shick Shack friend
of the Hashes.
At the west end of the Oakford community, a
quarter mile east of Middle Creek on the William
Lynn Farm. Shick Shack Hill towers, a memorial to
another who loved Sangamon Valley.
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