GSU Monee Township Historical Documents (Governors State University)
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Collection Description

A selection of Monee Township records have been faithfully preserved for many years in a safe located in the Township offices. This project is designed to preserve these records in digital format, and to make them available, through the Governors State University Digital Collections, to researchers in various fields.

Of particular importance are the Assessors Records. These documents provide a detailed look at the real and personal property of township residents in the latter half of the 19th Century. Eighteen separate records are available from 1852 (when the township was still known as Carey) through 1883. During these years, the township, with the exception of the Village of Monee, was exclusively agricultural; the taxable elements, thus, were mainly cropland of various acreages and livestock of various kinds. When taken together, the records form a picture of the farming community in an earlier time, when farms were complete systems with a diversity of crops and livestock. Agriculture remains a substantive part of the Township today, and it is our hope that these records may help to perpetuate this legacy.