Village of Erie
Office Open Monday-Friday
8:30 am-12:30, 1:00-4:00 pm
740 Main Street
Erie, IL 61250
Phone: (309) 659-7740
Erie School District:
Erie High School, Erie Middle School, Erie Elementary School
- Marcia Smith
- Jeff Wirth
- Becky Cox
- Woody Besse
- Tara Kapple
- Quincy Pool
- Joe Froeliger
- Doug Wherry
- Teresa Byam-Adamson, Sewer/Water Clerk
- Gail Possley, Village Clerk
- Chief Rollie Elder
- Brian Hawk
- Jessica Adams
Public Works Department
- Joel Papineau, Supervisor
- Shannon Decker
- Terry Sullivan
- Tod McCullough
- Steve Possley
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1850 - The village of Erie was laid out. First home built by Orville Brooks.
1852 - Erie Township was organized.
1854 - The first church was organized.
1855 - The first sawmill was built.
1868 - Thirst flourmill was built.
1869 - Railroad service to Erie. Burchell's General Store opened.
1872 - The Village of Erie was incorporated. Joseph Grover was the first mayor.
1875 - The first newspaper was established and called the Erie Independent. The subscription cost was $1.00 per year.
1881 - First telephone service in Erie.
1892 - First Erie Rock River bridge was built at a cost of $21, 500.00.
1896 - First High School was built. Six teachers employed; 1 primary, 1 intermediate, 1 grammar, 1 music and 2 others.
1903 - First bank opens in Erie.
1920- American Legion Post organized.
1925 - Village Square paved.
1932 - Last Erie Civil War Veteran dies.
So it began...the Erie Town "square" (which is really a triangle) was originally three Indian foot-paths, later a stage and wagon road and in 1915 was paved and took much of the appearance we see today. The words of Chief Black Hawk, are worth repeating..."Rock River was a beautiful country. I like my towns and my corn fields, and the home of my people. I fought for it; it is now yours. It will produce you good crops."