PIONEER WOMEN OF SPRINGFIELD
"These women were prominently identified with the early days of Springfield.
Mrs. Iles was the wife of Maj. Elijah Iles, Springfield's first merchant, who built his store
at Second and Jefferson St. in 1821, near the stake the first commissioners had driven earlier that
year to mark the location of the county seat. Major Iles became one of the city's richest men. Mrs. Iles was a
native of Lima, N.Y. Mrs. Van Bergen was Mrs. Iles' sister and lived with the Iles' before her
marriage to Peter Van Bergen, an early Sangamon county sheriff.
Mrs. Enos was the wife of Pascal P. Enos, who came to Springfield in September, 1823, as
receiver of the land office here and who, with Iles, established Springfield. Both
Enos and his wife, Salome Paddock Enos, were natives of Vermont. Enos died in 1832 leaving his widow with
six children to rear. With a property then of small commercial value in dollars, she husbanded her resources
and brought her children one of the largest estates of the city.
Mrs. Enos gave the city the present public square so the city could co_ate the site for the first state
capitol. She and her children gave the ground on which to erect the Chicago & Alton depot and a large trace of
ground now embraced in the grounds of Concordia college.
Date & Name of Original Newspaper unknown.
Submitted by: Jeanie Lowe.