Early History of Irving

Franklin Street - Irving Illinois
Franklin Street - Irving Illinois

The early settlers lived humble, economical and industrial lives. The gathered together at parties, corn huskings, log rollings, apple paring, carpet rag tackings, spelling bees and singing schools and according to old tales, now and then some skullduggery was promoted by the pranksters.

Many changes occurred during the early and middle 1900's. The Main Street stores were changed to face the present highway, new buildings replaced the old ones destroyed by fire, a new railroad was built giving a double track to St. Louis, later garages and service stations replaced the blacksmith shops, truck service replaced freight by train automobiles made passenger service by train unprofitable, livery stables discontinued to operate and the double railroad track was reduced to one track. The present freight trains are all through trains and contract only distant hauling. There is no passenger service and the depot has been razed.

Various other businesses have come and gone. In fact change is surely a permanent thing. Irving, having no major industries to perpetuate it's growth, instead of becoming an industrial area, it has to some extent become more or less a residential village of which we, its citizens are justly proud.

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