Transcribed by: Ellen Booth.
Greenview, as a precinct, is one of the youngest in Menard County. Until some six or eight years ago, it was included in what is now Sugar Grove Precinct, with the voting place at the village of Sweetwater. The latter was remote from the people in the extreme northern part, and the intelligent voter, from this little drawback, often neglected to exercise the right of franchise. Hence the result was a division of Sugar Grove, or Sweetwater, as it was then called, and the creation of a new precinct, now known as Greenview. This precinct lies in the extreme northeast part of the county, and is bounded on the north by Mason County, or Salt Creek, on the west by Indian Creek Precinct, on the south by Sugar Grove, and on the east by Logan County. At least three-fourths of the precinct is the finest of prairie land, the timber being confined to the creek bottom and to Bee Grove, Ash Grove and Irish Grove, about half of the latter grove lying in Greenview. It is well drained by Salt Creek and its tributaries, of which Pike and Green Creeks, with other smaller branches and brooks, flow through it, carrying away the surface water. As an agricultural region, Greenview is not surpassed in the county, and its farmers are among the most thrifty and energetic in all the surrounding community. The completion of the Jacksonville Division of the Chicago, Alton & St. Louis Railroad, which runs through the western part of the precinct, capped the climax of their prosperity, by placing the market for all their surplus produce at their very doors. The village of Greenview, the metropolis of this flourishing region, is an enterprising little village in the southwestern part of the precinct on the railroad mentioned above, and will be more fully described in another page.