Woodford County

El Paso

A History in Pictures

Researched, written and donated by Steve Slaughter

 

 

1860's

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Old Baptist Church

Cherry and 2nd Street

1865

General George B. McClellan

General in Chief of the Union Army (Civil War) from November 1, 1861, to March 11, 1862. He was a frequent visitor to El Paso.

 

Civil War Survivors

Photo was taken on May 30, 1930, and is the last two resident survivors of the Civil War

From left: S.H. Worthington, A.B. Turner
 

 

The Campbell Hotel and Depot

1863

George H. Campbell was born in Monroe County, New York, on November 6, 1837. When he was 18 yrs old he left home and went to Chicago where he found employment with the new Illinois Central Railroad Company. He worked for them, in turn, at Chicago, Mendota, and Lena, Illinois and in 1858 they made him their agent in the new prairie crossroads town of EL PASO. The Peoria & Oquawka Railroad Company, having reached this town's junction in 1856, soon made him their agent as well. The depot was then on the township road which is currently Main Street, exactly 1 block south of where he later built his home.

In 1862, Campbell noted that hotels were being combined with depots along the new railroads and he decided that El Paso would be a logical place for one. Although only 24 yrs of age, he secured a railroad lease to the ground in the northwest quadrant where the railroads crossed and began construction of his building with only a 20 foot platform between it and the two railroads. He sent to Indiana for heavy timbers for sills and frame, and in 1863 he completed his 3 story hotel & depot.

Additions were added to the structure in 1895.

(This photo was taken in 1893)

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These Residents of El Paso Served in the Civil War
NAME Regiment

KA = killed in action
DD = died of disease
DW = died from wounds

Death date place
ARNETT, Elijah 4th IL Cav., Co. G DD Sept 8, 1864 Knoxville, TN
BETTS, Andrew 108th IL INF, Co. D DD Jan. 31, 1863 Young's Point, LA
BETTS, Simeon P. 108th IL INF, Co. D DD Feb. 4, 1863 Young's Point, LA
BOWMAN, John 108th IL INF, Co. D DD Oct. 12, 1864 Andersonville grave #10791
BROOKS, James P. 77th IL INF, Co. H DD Feb. 16, 1864 New Orleans, LA
BURGER, James K. 88th IL INF, Co. F DW March 22, 1863 Murfreesboro, TN
CABEL, Jacob R. 14th US CAV., Co. C DD Feb. 16, 1863 Peoria, IL
CHENOWETH, Caleb A. 86th IL INF, Co. A KA June 27, 1864 Kenesaw Mt., GA
COOPER, William H. 108th IL INF, Co D DD June 18, 1863 St Louis, MO
DIXON, Elisha H 4th IL CAV, Co. G DD March 25, 1862 Savannah, TN
DOUGHERTY, Thomas 86th IL INF, Co. A KA June 27, 1864 Kenesaw Mt., GA
DRAKE, James  77th IL INF, Co. C DW June 6, 1863 Vicksburg, MS
FULTZ, Henry 124th IL INF, Co. D KA May 16, 1863 Champion's Hill, MS
HANNA, Lewis 108th IL INF, Co. D DD March 28, 1863 St. Louis, MO
HANNA, Lot T. 108th IL INF, Co. D DD Feb. 22, 1863 Young's Point, LA
HARVEY, David C. 4th IL CAV, Co. H DD Dec. 12, 1862 Oxford, MS
HOOVER, George 108th IL INF, Co. D DD July 31, 1863 Memphis, TN
HORN, Frank 86th IL INF, Co. A DD Nov. 18, 1864 Andersonville grave #12090
HOTCHKIN, Eber 86th IL INF, Co. A DD Feb 20, 1865 Florence, S.C
HOWELL, William H. 86th IL INF, Co. A KA June 27, 1864 Kenesaw Mt., GA
KINGDON, Charles 108th IL INF, Co. D DD April 8, 1863 Millikin's Bend, LA
LEABO, Isaac J. 108th IL INF, Co. D DD Jan. 17, 1863 Arkansas Post, AR
McCORD, Francis J. 108th IL INF, Co. D DD March 4, 1863 Young's Point, LA
MAXWELL, John M. 108th IL INF, Co. D DD Feb 28, 1863 Young's Point, LA
MOSS, Thomas 108th IL INF, Co. D DD Jan. 24, 1863 Young's Point, LA
PAINTER, John 4th IL CAV, Co. G DD June 6, 1862 Monterey, TN
RAMSEY, Samuel V. 4th IL CAV, Co. G DD Jan. 29, 1863 LaGrange, TN
REED, James T. 17th IL INF, Co. G DW April 28, 1862 Shiloh, TN
SILLER, John 108th IL INF, Co. D DD March 24, 1863 Milliken's Bend, LA
STRASBAUGH, George 108th IL INF, Co. D DD Sept. 11, 1863 LaGrange, TN
SUTTON, Fenton 86th IL INF, Co. A KA June 27, 1864 Kenesaw Mt., GA
TAYLOR, John W. 4th IL CAV., Co. G DD  March 26, 1862 Mound City, IL
TROTTER, John 94th IL INF, Co. E KA April 9, 1864 Pleasant Hill, LA
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1870's

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James H. Wathen's Home

1870

George L. Gibson's Home

1874

James H. Wathen was born in Bardstown, Kentucky in 1816 and came to Illinois when he was but 19 yrs of age. He was usually addressed as "Major" and never married. He died in 1902, one of El Paso's wealthiest citizens and is buried in Evergreen Cemetery. George L. Gibson, co-founder of El Paso with James H. Wathen, became the 2nd Mayor of this Woodford County town. Wathen served as Mayor of the town from 1869-1870.

For four decades, these 2 gentlemen lived and worked in the town that was once only a figment of their imagination. Waving prairie grass was transformed into paved streets lined with shade trees and nice homes. As time marched forward, Wathen's home better became known as The Elms.

Information from: El Paso Journal's Souvenir Edition, 1896, by George R. Curtiss

Old West Side School

1875

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1880's

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The El Paso Municipal Band

1882

This photo shows the members of the El Paso Municipal Band in 1882. Band members are, from the left:

Howard Brown, John Hall, Dr. J.M.Fishburn, George R. Curtiss, Jacob Lallman, W.W.Dunmire, George Toussieng, J.S.Tucker, and Frank Dunmire
 

The German Lutheran Church

1882

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