Stateline Travelers – Part 8 – A Stateline Celebration for 100 Year-old South Beloit, Illinois and Me
Part of an on-going series by
Vicki Ruthe Hahn, Stateline Genealogy Sorter.
June 24, 2017
South Beloit, Illinois will be celebrating 100 years this year.
Their Centennial Celebration will be August 24 – 27, 2017.
Beloit Wisconsin and South Beloit, Illinois have been linked for our entire history.
Next week the Beloit Public Library is opening their new coffee and food shop, “The Blender”.
I am welcoming South Beloiters to Beloit Public Library to visit “their” GEN Club and Coffee shop here in Beloit.
Opening the week of June 26, 2017
What a great place to go for a refreshing drink, smoothie, bakery snack, soup, sandwich, breakfast, lunch, or supper – after doing genealogy at Beloit Public Library, after a Stateline Genealogy Club @ Beloit Public Library program.
…0r anytime. I believe that the open hours of The Blender will be something like 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday – Thursday; and 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Maybe we can raise a “toast” to great collaborations between Beloit and South Beloit for another 100 years.
I was the Director of the South Beloit Public Library from 1991 – 1993. Then I got a job as the Head of the Circulation Department at the Beloit Public Library, and I am still here, 24 years later, as the Public Services Librarian.
Catherine Hayes (at that time the former, former South Beloit Public Library Director) was the historian of South Beloit. All historical knowledge stated here is from the book, “Our Golden History-South Beloit Illinois”, which is a non-copyrighted work by Catherine Hayes. She wrote the book to inform the people South Beloit of their pre-incorporation roots for the Sesquicentennial.
Catherine and I had many friendly conversations, as she helped me learn how to be a library director, and taught me about the history of South Beloit –
“Always a City, never a Village!”
The South Beloit Centennial Committee is writing a new Centennial history book.
In 1818, the United States Congress told the people of the Territory of Illinois to form a state government.
A heated debate arose over the correct placement of the northern state line of Illinois.
If the old line of 1787 (Northwest Territory) were kept, Illinois would be much smaller than Wisconsin,
and Chicago would be in Wisconsin because Illinois would have no Lake Michigan shoreline.
A bill passed cutting 8,500sq. miles off of Wisconsin and adding it to Illinois, creating the current state line.
By 1838, the village of Turtle became Beloit.
South Beloit became the south part of Beloit.
Winnebago County voted in 1842 for annexation to Wisconsin.
However, the south had more people and out-voted the north.
So Winnebago County remained in Illinois.
They (south of Beloit) petitioned to become their own city in 1914.
In September 17, 1917, South Beloit became a city.
Hint – these are the newspapers from Rockford Illinois that would also cover South Beloit Illinois:
Winnebago – Rockford Crusader 1952 – 1971
Winnebago – Rockford Morning Star 1961 – 1963
Winnebago – Rockford Register Star 1988 – 2007
Winnebago – Rockford Register-Republic 1952 – 1972
The Rockford Public Library should have these on microfilm.
You can contact them for a search if you cannot get there yourself.
We have the Beloit Daily News (in microfilm at Beloit Public Library, Wisconsin)
which also covers news for South Beloit Illinois.
South Beloit does not have their own newspaper that I know of.
We would be glad to look up local history for you, but Beloit Daily News is not indexed for all the years.
We would need to know which date – at least the month and year.
For requests, please send us more information to our Interlibrary loan email.