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Peterstown and the Merchant Prince
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.
N 38° 20.538 W 090° 09.042
15S E 749017 N 4247637
Quick Description: This part of what is now Waterloo, IL., was originally called "Peter's Town"
Location: Illinois, United States
Date Posted: 10/30/2009 9:59:00 AM
Waymark Code: WM7J3N
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Corp Of Discovery
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The north end of Waterloo was originally called Peter's Town, for Emery Peter Rogers, 1795-1859. Coming from Massachusetts in 1816, he started with 5 acres here on the west side of the Kaskaskia Trail, where he operated a grist mill, woolen mill, rope factory, carding mill, cider mill, carriage factory, brickyard and quarry, in addition to his general store. He developed a large commercial business, with markets in St. Louis and New Orleans. In 1843 he built a large brick residence and hotel on the east side of Main Street with 14 rooms and 12 fireplaces. The second floor was used as a hall for the Masonic Lodge. "Peter" Rogers was County Treasurer in 1827, and County Commissioner 1834-1838, and 1846-1849.

His father, Elder Peter Rogers, 1755-1849, came to Waterloo in 1828. He was a Revolutionary War soldier, enlisting as a Fife-Major Nov. 26, 1776, and served Gen. George Washington as Chaplain, Aide De Camp and Life Guard. He participated in many battles, including Valley Forge. As commander of the ship "Trumbull", he took a sloop as prize. He was discharged Dec. 31, 1779 He was one of the first to clear Monroe Co. forests and make improvements. As an ordained minister he preached 60 years, delivering a sermon in the Waterloo Baptist Church in 1845 at the age of 90.

Both father and son are buried in the Waterloo Cemetery.

County: Monroe County

Historical Society: The Charles Groose & Son Lumber Co., William Sr., William Jr., and Kurt Grosse

Dedication Date: 1976

Location: N. Main St. & Columbia St., Waterloo

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