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How St. Charles was named

In 1837, the town registered Charleston as their official name with the state but two years later the name was changed. A new lawyer in town, Stevens Sanborn Jones, alerted the town officials that there was already a Charleston registered in Illinois; it seems the other town was registered first and as a result a name change was needed.   

There was much debate as to what the new name of the town should be. By some accounts Ithaca was a suggestion but was quickly shot down by a group of residents from Germany who had difficulty with the pronunciation. It was finally Mr. S.S. Jones who came up with the suggestion of St. Charles. It was, he reasoned, similar enough to the original name of Charleston, and as there were no other towns with the name and, since no one had any difficulty with the pronunciation, St. Charles was adopted as the new name of the town.   

So there you have it, the town was not named after a person, or a Saint, and while there is a Saint Charles, he is not the patron Saint of the town, and the correct spelling is St. not Saint. If you would like more information on St. Charles History or any of the people mentioned in this post stop by the St. Charles History Museum at 215 E. Main Street!

Source: by Natalie Gacek, Neighbor News

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      331-228-2600
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      331-228-2400
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      331-228-2200
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      331-228-3700
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      331-228-3100
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      331-228-2500
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      331-228-2600
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      331-228-2800
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      331-228-3400
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      331-228-2200
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      630-513-5392
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      630-232-5963
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      630-377-4858
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      331-228-2400
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      331-228-3700
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      331-228-3100
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      331-228-3400
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      630-513-5392
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      630-232-5963
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      630-377-4858
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      331-228-4000
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      331-228-4400
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      630-513-5392
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      630-232-5963
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      630-377-4858
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