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History of Belle Rive and Dahlgren, Illinois And Surrounding Territory

Prepared by Continental Historical Bureau of Mt. Vernon, Illinois
December, 1960

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William Jines Reporting.....

Daniel Jines was born October 14, 1850, at Mullenberg, Kentucky. 

He first came to this area in 1862 to get away from the Civil War trouble area, and settled near Lovilla.  He said there were Southern sympathizers near Lovilla.  At a meeting at Lovilla, some people favoring the South fired on the American flag.  During the Civil War one night, some one called at the Jines home near Lovilla and the young Daniel Jines heard him say, "Get to the brush!"  He always believed that the Night Callers were favoring the South.

Daniel Jines lived in this area when living conditions were still quite primitive.  He later told his children of an occasion when a lady who lived northeast of Dahlgren started toward Belle City to get a kettle of live coals, as they had no matches.  On the way back, she met a bear along the way.  She thought the bear would attack her, so she threw the live coals at the bear and had to go elsewhere to look for more coals to kindle her fire.

Daniel Jines later lived four and a half miles northeast of Dahlgren, and belonged to the Bethel Methodist Church near his home.  He was a farmer by occupation and never held public or church office, though he was active in the International Order of Odd Fellows at Dahlgren.  Many times he walked to Dahlgren and back to attend revivals, a round trip of nine miles.  One of his brothers was Reverend Jasper Jines, a Methodist minister.

Jines once had a trusty dog that showed much intelligence.  Many mornings before breakfast he would tell the dog to go to the timber.  As soon as the family had finished breakfast, the dog seemed to know about it and would start barking.  Jines would follow the dog's bark to the tree where he was stationed and would find a raccoon the dog had treed.

Once his favorite dog disappeared, and later some of his relatives who were still living in Kentucky wrote Mr. Jines and told him that the dog had appeared at their home.  Jines could never understand how the dog crossed the Ohio River, as there were no bridges at that time across it.

Mr. Jines died in September, 1940, just a few days short of his ninetieth birthday, and was buried at Bethel Cemetery, a few miles northeast of Dahlgren.


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George Auxier Reporting.....

Benjamin Auxier came from Germany and settled near Dahlgren about 1835.  He bought his farm from Joseph Shelton.  Shelton had gotten the land from the Federal Government.

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Carol Porter Reporting.....

Dahlgren got its name the following way:

A cottonwood tree stood in the new town and some suggested that they name the town "Cottonwood".  This was discussed with some of the railroad men when they stopped in the village to refuel their engine with wood, as coal was not available.  The request was sent to the postal authorities in Washington, D. C. for naming it "Cottonwood," and the Federal authorities informed them another community in Illinois already had that name.  One of the trainmen suggested that as Admiral Dahlgren had invented a new type weapon that was used in the recent War Between the States, and as he was one of the owners of the L & N Railroad, that the town be named in honor of him.  There being no resistance to this suggestion, the new town was so name.

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