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Grand Ridge
Nickname: The Ridge
Country United States
State Illinois
County LaSalle
Township Farm Ridge
Coordinates 41°14′4″N 88°49′57″W / 41.23444°N 88.8325°W / 41.23444; -88.8325
Area 0.5 sq mi (1 km2)
 - land 0.5 sq mi (1 km2)
Population 546 (2000)
Density 1,152.5 /sq mi (445 /km2)
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Postal code 61325
Area code 815
Location of Grand Ridge within Illinois
Location of Grand Ridge within Illinois
Wikimedia Commons: Grand Ridge, Illinois

Grand Ridge is a village in LaSalle County, Illinois, United States. The population was 546 at the 2000 census. It is part of the OttawaStreator Micropolitan Statistical Area.



In 1860, Judge John T. and Phebe J. (Finley) Porter moved to Illinois with their son Ebenezer F.(b. 1859 at New Salem, Fayette CO. PA), and located near Grand Ridge, LaSalle CO., where they lived on a farm until 1872. J.T. was at first a farmer, and afterward a lumberman and grain dealer. In 1872, he moved into the town of Grand Ridge, and built and operated two grain elevators until 1876. In 1882, he moved to Florida and engaged in the lumber business. He founded the town of Grand Ridge, FL, naming it in honor of his old Illinois home. [1]

In 1868, Mr. Nelson Jones (b. May 24, 1819 in Ross CO., O), Republican and Methodist, bought two houses, two lots and a shop valued at $800 and followed the same occupation for forty years; he was the first blacksmith in Grand Ridge Village. In 1870, the Fox River Division of the CHicago, Burlington adn Quincy (CB&Q) Railroad was completed and put in operation. THe first business house was built by E. Core the same year. [2]

two contradicting accounts of the Presbyterian establishment: Account 1:

In the Spring of 1870, Robert Morgan(born Aug 18,1838), son of Caleb & Nancy Antram, and Sarah Woodward moved to Grand Ridge, LaSalle CO., IL [3] with 4 year old son Caleb Ewing Antram (b. Feb 12, 1865) after their daughter Laura died in March of 1868 at just 6 years old. William, Nellie, Mary E, Joseph W, Lewis W and Ethel May were all born to the couple [4] while living on the Antram homestead from 1869-1912.

In 1871, Cumberland Presbyterian was organized in Grand Ridge, IL. where Robert M. Antram was an elder ever since. From 1886-1891, it was known as Hudson Church. Membership numbered 145 in 1890 and church structure was erected that year. In 1891, name changed to Grand Ridge by action of Mackinaw Presbytery. R.M. Antram was Clerk of the Session and Post-Office until 1907 [5] when the organization became defunct and did not participate in reunion with Presbyterian Church USA. [6]

Account 2: The Presbyterian church in Grand RIdge was organized June 17, 1865, in the Van Doren school house, by a committee from the Peoria Presbytery, consisting of the Rev. Robert Johnson adn Rev. John Marquis. The original members were Wm. McMillan, Jane B. McMillan, Araminta Poundstone, Joseph Boyd, Elvira Boyd, J.T. Van Doren, Sarah C. Van Doren, James H. Boyd and Isabella Boyd. THe house of worship was erected in 1864, at an expense of $1`,800, and soon after, a parsonage, costing $800. THe first pastor was Rev. John Moore, who remained some time. [7]

IN 1874, the owners of the land on either side of the road, David Crumrine and Joseph Boyd laid off a part of their respective lands adjoining the track, in town lots, after which building was commended o a more extended scale and now it is a very handsome farm village, and is a point from which large amount of grain and product finds its way to market. IN the latter part of 1876, Porter sold his elevator to F. McIlvaine. E. Cole conducts another elevator, and it is estimated that in 1877 at least 1,200 car loads of grain we shipped annually. In 1871, F. H. Poundstone erected the second business house. IN June, 1873, Garrison & Hornick opened a first class dry goods, notion and grocery house, meeting with lucrative return. In 1877, it was estimated that aggregate business of Grand Ridge Village would amount to $75,000 annually. In 1877, there were 9 business houses, two physicians and a proportionate number of mechanics in Grand Ridge.

In 1875, The Victor Lodge, No. 578, Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF) was instituted on June 11th and met every Saturday evening through at least 1877. Officers were E. A. Dearth, N.G.; John H. Moss, V. G.;Jas. E. Jones, Sec.;Lacy Hibbs, Treas.

In 1903, the First National Bank of Grand Ridge was organized by THOMAS DEAN CATLIN[1], banker and capitalist residing in Ottawa,IL (born in Clinton, NY on March 12, 1838 son of Marcus and Philena (Hunt) Dean. [8]

Grand Ridge Grade School

Grand Ridge Grade School is governed by Principal Ted Sanders, and Superintendent David Mathis. The school's mascot is a Mohawk. School colors are maroon, gold, and white. In the gym, there is a mohawk hand painted by Dave Marvin. The school is a very good school. They have a very good sports program supervised by Dan Mulinozzi. Their 7th grade girls basketball team was 4th in state out of 88 teams in the 2007 season. They have many sports at the school including, cheerleading, boys basketball, girls basketball, track, volleyball and boys baseball. They also have an academic team that competes with other schools at meets. The academic team took second place at the Regional tournament in the 2008 season. This year's basketball season hasn't been quite so good for the Lady Mohawks. They didn't make it to the Final Four; however, they did have a record of 18-6, and placed first in their conference and regional. They had a very successful year and we hope to see the 8th grade team next year be even better. The 5th and 6th grade girls basketball teams are doing OK. the 5th grade girls only lost 5 games, where the 6th graders lost 6. All boys basketball teams are doing very well. The cheerleaders are highly respected for their clean moves and high energy. In the 2007-2008 season, the cheerleaders entered their first competition in Peoria, Illinois, and took 13th place out of 22 schools.


Grand Ridge is located at 41°14′4″N 88°49′57″W / 41.23444°N 88.8325°W / 41.23444; -88.8325 (41.234532, -88.832551).[9]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.5 square miles (1.2 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 546 people, 201 households, and 151 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,152.5 people per square mile (448.5/km²). There were 212 housing units at an average density of 447.5/sq mi (174.2/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 100.00% White. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.75% of the population.

There were 201 households out of which 35.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 68.2% were married couples living together, 4.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.4% were non-families. 21.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.72 and the average family size was 3.21.

In the village the population was spread out with 29.1% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 26.2% from 25 to 44, 22.2% from 45 to 64, and 15.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 85.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.6 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $45,000, and the median income for a family was $52,000. Males had a median income of $38,125 versus $30,167 for females. The per capita income for the village was $18,287. About 2.6% of families and 5.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.3% of those under age 18 and 7.1% of those age 65 or over.



  1. ^ Pages 580-587 from A Twentieth century history and biographical record of Crawford County, Kansas, by Home Authors; Illustrated. Published by Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, IL : 1905.
  2. ^ The Past and Present of LaSalle County, Illinois, H.F. Kett & CO., 1877.
  3. ^ Josiah V. Thompson Journals, VOL.5
  4. ^ Record of the Antrim Family of America, Harriet S. Antrim
  5. ^ Minutes of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1886-1907
  6. ^ Inventory of the Church Archives of Illinois: Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Prepared by Illinois Historical Records Survey
  7. ^ The Past and Present of LaSalle County, Illinois, H.F. Kett & CO., 1877.
  8. ^ Notable Men of Illinois & Their State,published by THe Chicago Daily Journal, 1912
  9. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  

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