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Grand Ridge
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Grand Ridge in 2011
Nickname: The Ridge
Country United States
State Illinois
County LaSalle
Township Farm Ridge
Elevation 637 ft (194 m)
Coordinates 41°14′4″N 88°49′57″W / 41.23444°N 88.83250°W / 41.23444; -88.83250
Area 0.46 sq mi (1 km²)
 - land 0.46 sq mi (1 km²)
 - water 0.00 sq mi (0 km²)
Population 560 (2010)
Density 1,152.5 /sq mi (445 /km²)
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Postal code 61325
Area code 815

Grand Ridge is a village in LaSalle County, Illinois, United States. The population was 560 at the 2010 census, up from 546 in 2000. It is part of the OttawaStreator Micropolitan Statistical Area. It is a part of the geographic region known as Streatorland.


In 1860, Judge John T. and Phebe J. (Finley) Porter moved to Illinois with their son Ebenezer F.(b. 1859 at New Salem, Fayette County, Pennsylvania), and located near Grand Ridge, LaSalle County, where they lived on a farm until 1872. J. T. was at first a farmer, and afterward a lumberman and grain dealer. In 1872, he moved into the town of Grand Ridge, and built and operated two grain elevators until 1876. In 1882, he moved to Florida and engaged in the lumber business. He founded the town of Grand Ridge, Florida, naming it in honor of his old Illinois home.

In 1868, Mr. Nelson Jones (b. May 24, 1819, in Ross County, Ohio), Republican and Methodist, bought two houses, two lots and a shop valued at $800 and followed the same occupation for forty years; he was the first blacksmith in Grand Ridge Village. In 1870, the Fox River Division of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy (CB&Q) Railroad was completed and put in operation. The first business house was built by E. Core the same year.

Two contradicting accounts of the Presbyterian establishment:

Account 1:

In the Spring of 1870, Robert Morgan (born August 18, 1838), son of Caleb and Nancy Antram, and Sarah Woodward moved to Grand Ridge, LaSalle County, Illinois with 4-year-old son Caleb Ewing Antram (born February 12, 1865) after their daughter Laura died in March 1868 at just 6 years old. William, Nellie, Mary E., Joseph W., Lewis W. and Ethel May were all born to the couple while living on the Antram homestead from 1869 to 1912.

In 1871, Cumberland Presbyterian was organized in Grand Ridge, Illinois, where Robert M. Antram was an elder ever since. From 1886 to 1891, it was known as Hudson Church. Membership numbered 145 in 1890 and church structure was erected that year. In 1891, the name changed to Grand Ridge by action of Mackinaw Presbytery. R. M. Antram was Clerk of the Session and Post Office until 1907, when the organization became defunct and did not participate in reunion with Presbyterian Church USA.

Account 2:

The Presbyterian church in Grand Ridge was organized June 17, 1865, in the Van Doren school house, by a committee from the Peoria Presbytery, consisting of the Rev. Robert Johnson and Rev. John Marquis. The original members were Wm. McMillan, Jane B. McMillan, Araminta Poundstone, Joseph Boyd, Elvira Boyd, J. T. Van Doren, Sarah C. Van Doren, James H. Boyd and Isabella Boyd. Other founding Families were Sutton, Farnham and Long. The house of worship was erected in 1864, at an expense of $1,800, and soon after, a parsonage, costing $800. The first pastor was Rev. John Moore, who remained some time.

IN 1874, the owners of the land on either side of the road, David Crumrine and Joseph Boyd laid off a part of their respective lands adjoining the track, in town lots, after which building was commended on a more extended scale and now it is a very handsome farm village, and is a point from which large amount of grain and product finds its way to market. In the latter part of 1876, Porter sold his elevator to F. McIlvaine. E. Cole conducts another elevator, and it is estimated that in 1877 at least 1,200 car loads of grain we shipped annually. In 1871, F. H. Poundstone erected the second business house. In June, 1873, Garrison & Hornick opened a first class dry goods, notion and grocery house, meeting with lucrative return. In 1877, it was estimated that aggregate business of Grand Ridge Village would amount to $75,000 annually. In 1877, there were 9 business houses, two physicians and a proportionate number of mechanics in Grand Ridge.

In 1875, The Victor Lodge, No. 578, Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF) was instituted on June 11 and met every Saturday evening through at least 1877. Officers were E. A. Dearth, N. G.; John H. Moss, V. G.; Jas. E. Jones, Sec.; Lacy Hibbs, Treas.

In 1903, the First National Bank of Grand Ridge was organized by Thomas Dean Catlin s:Men of 1914/C, banker and capitalist residing in Ottawa, Illinois (born in Clinton, New York, on March 12, 1838, son of Marcus and Philena Hunt (Dean) Catlin.


Grand Ridge is located at 41°14′4″N 88°49′57″W / 41.23444°N 88.83250°W / 41.23444; -88.83250 (41.234532, -88.832551).

According to the 2010 census, Grand Ridge has a total area of 0.46 square miles (1.19 km2), all land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 135
1890 328 143.0%
1900 392 19.5%
1910 403 2.8%
1920 389 −3.5%
1930 367 −5.7%
1940 385 4.9%
1950 530 37.7%
1960 659 24.3%
1970 698 5.9%
1980 684 −2.0%
1990 560 −18.1%
2000 546 −2.5%
2010 560 2.6%
Est. 2015 532 −5.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 546 people, 201 households, and 151 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,152.5 people per square mile (448.5/km²). There were 212 housing units at an average density of 447.5 per square mile (174.2/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 100.00% White. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.75% of the population.

There were 201 households out of which 35.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 68.2% were married couples living together, 4.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.4% were non-families. 21.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.72 and the average family size was 3.21.

In the village, the population was spread out with 29.1% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 26.2% from 25 to 44, 22.2% from 45 to 64, and 15.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 85.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.6 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $45,000, and the median income for a family was $52,000. Males had a median income of $38,125 versus $30,167 for females. The per capita income for the village was $18,287. About 2.6% of families and 5.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.3% of those under age 18 and 7.1% of those age 65 or over.

Grand Ridge Grade School

Grand Ridge Grade School is governed by Principal Ted Sanders, and Superintendent David Mathis. The school's mascot is a Mohawk. School colors are maroon, gold, and white. In the gym, there is a Mohawk hand painted by Dave Marvin. The school has a very good sports program supervised by Dan Mulinozzi. Their 7th grade girls basketball team was 4th in state out of 88 teams in the 2007 season. They have many sports at the school including cheerleading, boys' and girls' basketball, track, volleyball and boys' baseball. They also have an academic team that competes with other schools at meets. The academic team took second place at the regional tournament in the 2008 season. The 8th grade girls basketball team finished with a record of 18-6, and placed first in their conference and their regional. The 5th grade girls only lost 5 games, where the 6th graders lost 6. In the 2007–2008 season, the cheerleaders entered their first competition in Peoria, Illinois, and took 13th place out of 22 schools.

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