Pavilion in the Early Days 1932
Published in the Kendall County Record, January 19, 1921
by John Redmon Marshall
Edited and compiled by Elmer Dickson
Time was when Long Grove, just southwest of Yorkville, was a community center for Kendall County. Pavilion was a village located on the edge of Long Grove. The village was a social and financial center when the newcomers lived in the groves along the Fox River instead of taking up farms on the prairies, when Aux Sable Grove, Specie Grove, Hollenback's Grove, Big Grove, Holderman's Grove and others became the chosen place of abode for early settlers. As early as 1840, and possibly earlier, the Harris family, the Combs, the Aments, the Ives, and the Morgans selected Long Grove to make their home.
Pavilion became a village of note. It was on the stage road from Chicago to Ottawa and was a stopping place for dinner or supper, to change horses, and rest the passengers for awhile on their journey. In the writer's knowledge there was a good inn kept by John Ball. There were flourishing general stores, wagon shops, blacksmith shops, a church and parsonage and a post office. At one time, Pavilion was put forward as a potential county seat, as it was located in the center of the county. But its glory faded with the coming of the railroad and it now is a deserted village. However, its neighborhood is still home for many influential families.
Among the first arrivals were the Ives and the Moulton family from the little state of Vermont. Dr. Isaac Ives and family came in June 1846(?). The family of Ephraim Moulton, from the same state, came in ____. The knowledge of these good people came to this writer in September 1851 when he drove out here from Chicago with a horse and buggy to bring out a housekeeper for Godfrey Stevenson who owned the farm on which Mr. Doetschman now lives. Some time was spent at the home of the late William Harris. Joseph and George Harris were lads. Blexton, Norton, and, Mary Margaret Harris were young society people. This writer was then in his fourteenth year. Pardon the digression, times past crowd on the memory.
Dr. Isaac Ives was a physician of prominence. He was a strong man in all his activities. He was a leader in community and county. A working Republican, an active abolitionist, and a believer in all that was good for the people as he saw it. His wife was Miss Mehetable Moulton. They were married in Vermont where their children were born. Those coming with him were Ruth, who married Mr. Ryan of Amboy, Illinois; Adelaide M., wife of the late Norton Harris; Caroline, who married John B. Luce; Calantha M., wife of the late Chester Ament; and Jemima S. Ives, born at Whiting, Vermont, August 14, 1840. She lived at the old homestead in Pavilion until Friday evening, January 14, 1921, when she went to her rest after a long, busy and useful life in the community in which she had lived since she was six years old. She died from bronchitis at 80 years and five months of age. Miss Ives was a humanitarian doing good where occasion came. She had been a mother to Mrs. Amos Rose of Yorkville; to Mrs. Horace ______ of California and to Miss Minnie Edmond, who had been a daughter and helpful caretaker for 28 years. Miss Ives said of Miss Edmond: "The twilight of her life was happiest due to her attention and care." Miss Ives was a member of the Baptist Church all her life and brought up her girls in the same good cause.
Dr. Ives had been postmaster at Pavilion for eighteen years, until his death in 1872. Miss Ives became postmistress in 1883 and held the office until it was abandoned under the rural carrier system. For a number of years she was the Pavilion correspondent for the Record and gave the local happenings most promptly. She has passed on to a well earned rest, in the company of the pioneers who have gone on before to talk over the days of her youth and of her age. She should not be disappointed as her faith was great and her works follower her. How much this old man would like to write of those old days gone by after an acquaintance in Kendall County of more than seventy years. Now incidents, reminiscences, come before as he sits at his old typewriter and fingers out the memory of the Ives, the Moultons, and on many who have gone before. But "hail and farewell:" the years tell and necessity ceases. J. R. M.