Derinda Township, Jo Daviess County, Illinois

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Derinda Township
Location in Jo Daviess County
Location in Jo Daviess County
Jo Daviess County's location in Illinois
Jo Daviess County's location in Illinois
Coordinates: 42°14′22″N 90°09′24″W / 42.23944°N 90.15667°W / 42.23944; -90.15667Coordinates: 42°14′22″N 90°09′24″W / 42.23944°N 90.15667°W / 42.23944; -90.15667
Country United States
State Illinois
County Jo Daviess
Established November 2, 1852
 • Total 37.02 sq mi (95.9 km2)
 • Land 36.96 sq mi (95.7 km2)
 • Water 0.06 sq mi (0.2 km2)  0.16%
Elevation 702 ft (214 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 321
 • Density 8.7/sq mi (3.4/km2)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 61028, 61041, 61074, 61085
GNIS feature ID 0428890

Derinda Township is one of twenty-three townships in Jo Daviess County, Illinois, USA. As of the 2010 census, its population was 321 and it contained 176 housing units.[1]

Robert Campbell made the first claim known in the Township of Derinda, in January, 1836, on section 7.[2] Mr. Campbell had come to Illinois from Scotland by the unusual route of Hudson's Bay and the Red River of the North, having become an employe of the Hudson's Bay Company, at the Selkirk Settlement After making his claim, Mr. Campbell returned to Galena until 1838, when he removed with his family to his land In the meantime other settlers had been attracted to that vicinity by the fertile valleys and rolling prairies along Big and Little Rush Creeks In the Spring of 1836, William and Thomas Oliver entered claims on the western border of the township, but built their houses across the line, in Hanover Township, so that the first house built in Derinda Township, except a cabin of Mr. Cook on section 1, was by Samuel McGrath, who came, with his family, in October of the same year Jonathan Hendershot, Absalom Roberts, Jacob Handel and others soon followed.

In 1836, David Barr purchased the claim of Mr. Cook, to eighty acres, forming the northeast corner of the township, and, as the farms began to develop, he started a store Mr. Barr * was one of the first justices of the township, and was made postmaster in 1853, his house being on a stage route between Galena and Dixon The post-office is now called "Derinda," and is kept by Mrs. John Leonard Another post-office has been established in section 17, called "Derinda Centre," at a store which was opened by Joseph Petit in 1867, and is now kept by Robert McGrath.

At an election held for the purpose of choosing a name for the township, the votes were very nearly tied between the name of "New Germany," and Rush (for the nearby Big and Little Rush Creeks). This name, however, had been already taken by another township, so that it was reported back to the officer of this township--Mr. Barr. He decided the matter by reporting the name of his wife, "Derinda [Barr]," which name was accepted.


According to the 2010 census, the township has a total area of 37.02 square miles (95.9 km2), of which 36.96 square miles (95.7 km2) (or 99.84%) is land and 0.06 square miles (0.16 km2) (or 0.16%) is water.[1] The area was characterized by the fertile valleys and rolling prairies along Big and Little Rush Creeks.

Adjacent townships[edit]


The township contains these four cemeteries: Albright/Fehler, Massbach/St. John's Evangelical Lutheran, Trinity Lutheran/Derinda Center, and Morrison/Derinda Methodist.

School districts[edit]

  • River Ridge Community Unit School District 210
  • Stockton Community Unit School District 206
  • West Carroll Community Unit School District 314

Political districts[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County -- County Subdivision and Place -- 2010 Census Summary File 1". United States Census. Retrieved 2013-05-28. 
  2. ^ From The History of Jo Daviess County, Illinois, Containing A History of the County - Its Cities,, Towns, Etc., published by H. F. Kett & Co., 1878, pages 597-598.

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