The Fremont Clerk recently initiated a project to digitally preserve hundreds of pages of deteriorating township documents which are now available to view by clicking the links below. Documents currently uploaded to the site include hand written Annual Town Meeting minutes from 1850 to 1961, and Fremont Highway Commissioner records dating from 1883 to 1906. More documents will be added as they are processed.
These historical records reveal remarkable details about the relationship between early settlers and the township government they formed to represent the community. The duties and actions of our early elected officials were varied, and in many ways quite different than what we experience today. For example, official motions at the first Annual Town Meeting, held in 1850 at a private residence shortly after the inception of township government in the State of Illinois, include limiting the free roaming of stud horses during specific times of the year, and orders to post signage at a local residence to warn others about a case of Scarlet Fever at the home. Reading through the documents is not only a lesson in history, but also an opportunity to learn about the people who helped to shape our community.
By digitally preserving the documents, the Clerk will ensure that future generations will have access to Fremont Township’s early recorded history.