Situated in the extreme southeastern part of Lake county, its southern boundary being the Kankakee river and the eastern boundary Porter county, lies the township of Eagle Creek.
Flowing through the township from north to south is a living stream of water known as Eagle Creek. It is presumed that the township got its name from this creek and the legend claims that the creek was so named because an American eagle annually built its nest in a tree on the bank of the creek.
In area the township contains about 56 square miles, six miles wide and an average length of nine miles. [It is] The third largest in the county, but not quite as large as its sister townships, West Creek, the largest, and Cedar Creek next in size. In population Eagle Creek has the least number of people of the 11 townships in the county, the present population being 773. It is lowest in taxable valuation.
Eagle Creek Township is unique in these particulars -- within its borders it has no town, no tavern, no service station and only a mile of railroad; but it does have one church and one good school. In former days there were at one time nine one-room schools in this township, so contrasting the conditions as they were at that time, it can be readily seen what changes have been made by consolidation and transportation.
Early settlers toward Hebron in this township were O'Donnell, Allen, Simpson, Bagley, Theil, Flint, Dilley, Morris, Nethery, Rice, Stineberg, King, Stevens, McGill, Richards, Fisher, Campbell, Serjeant, Ludy, Garvey, Rich, Coplin, Turner. Families in the Dinwiddie neighborhood were Bryant, Brown, Servis, Hughes, Black, Stone, Dunn, Pearce, Servis, Stahl, Buchanan, McCann, Hogan, Dinwiddie, Brownell. Families of the Southeast Grove toward Leroy were Doak, Ross, Nethery, Boyd, Post, Rickenberger, Abrahmson, Crawford, Brown, Donnaha, Cockran, Wooke, Zander, Henderson, Weblo, Dammierer, Wornhoff, Benjamin, McKnight.
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