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08 August 2011

Will County Historical Society textual records: Canal Commission letters

Historical records offer genealogical information. While researching the Illinois and Michigan Canal Commission records at the Will County Historical Society, family information will be discovered among the Commission Letters Collection dated 1885-1918.

The Will County Historical Society is located at 803 S. State St, Lockport, IL 60441, call 815-838-5080, or online at For more information, contact Sandy Vasko, President WCHS, at
Examples include:
9 May 1885, petition for reimbursement, John Shuler lost three mules when ground gave way, also signed by Joseph Strobel, George and Emanuel Thomas

28 September 1900, expense account from Will Shuler, for steamer and board, Harvey Chamberlain also mentioned, keep checks will pick up at home

16 February 1907, keeper of locks 3 & 4, Albert Schultz, resigns with plans to farm in Iowa

1912-1914 Ed Schuler work permit
also on the permit, O'Leary, Doran, Walsh, Effting, Hyland, Coreeran, Murray, Coady, Miller, Carroll, O'Brian, Cousland, Mondtomery, Blicic, Colgan, Kelly, Mulvihill, Voris, Tibbetts, Schultz, McDonald, Herbert, Bardsley, Meagher, Bealse, and Tasharski

The addresses include Ottawa, Lockport, Chicago, Peoria, Channahon, Lemont, and Banner, IL.

Many more historical and genealogical documents are waiting for someone to find them, scan them, and share them.

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