Irish Grove in Rock Run and "Dublin" in Erin townships were settled in 1837. Both were progressive settlements and were among the first in the county to establish churches.

In 1837, Nelson Martin opened a school in Freeport. William Waddams, Thomas Crain, James Timmsand others had hired private teachers, a school was begun in Ransomberg in 1836 and thus by 1837, education was making a beginning in the county.

June 6, 1837. the county commissioners granted Hiram Eads a license to keep a tavern, charging him a fee of $12.00.

June 5, 1837, the county commissioners established the following tolls for ferrying across the Pecatonica:


Four horse wagon and horses................................................

$ .75

Two horse wagon and horses.................................................

.50

One hone wagon and home...................................................

.25

Three or more yoke of cattle..................................................

I .00

Wagon with one yoke of cattle or more....................................

.75

Footman ............................................................................

.06 1/4

Man and hone.....................................................................

.12 1/2

Head of cattle.......................................................................

.06 1/2

Hog or sheep........................................................................

.02

June 11, 1838, 0. H. Wright was granted a license to sell merchandise for one year, he paying $12.00 into the county treasury.

August 16, 1838, on sworn complaint of William Kirkpatrick, Richard Hunt and William Baker, against the county clerk, Wm. H. Hallenbeck, for want of qualifications and neglect of official duties, the commissioners removed him from office and appointed Richard Hunt as clerk.

The commissioners qualified in 1838 were L. W. Streator, Robert M. McConnell and John Moore.

October 25, 1838, L. W. Guiteau was granted a permit to retail merchandise in Freeport, paying $5.00 to the county treasury.

December 4, 1838, 0. H. Wright gave and took the oath of office of probate justice of the peace.

D. A. Knowlton was granted a permit to vend a retail merchandise March 16, 1839.

In June, 1839, grocer's license fee was raised to $200.00.

In October, 1853, the Freeport Journal made a strenuous complaint because the town bell ceased to ring. The Journal editor said he understood it had ceased because the sexton felt that his pay was too small. "Who will take hold of the matter," asks the Journal.

The Journal of December 3, 1852, expresses great joy because the Manny Reaper won a gold medal at the annual fair of the Chicago Mechanics Institute, over the McCormick Reaper.

In 1853, September, the following were elected town trustees : Peter B. Foster, William D. Oyler, Jacob Mayor, Frederick Baker, and William D. Smith.

April 15, 1853, the Freeport Journal says the following lawyers attended the meeting of the circuit court: Turner, Betts, Clark, Goodhue, Bright, Mea­cham, Burke and Kean of Freeport and Marsh, Loop, Brown and Burnap of Rockford and Dutcher of Ogle.