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This website is an effort to collect more information about this small town in Ogle County in beautiful Northern Illinois.

The Central House Hotel was a landmark in Forreston for decades. It was razed in 1957.

"Hometown Heroes - Military Roll of Honor" books are now available! Included are military personnel from the Adeline, Baileyville, Brookville, Florence, Forreston, German Valley, Haldane, Harper, and Leaf River areas of Northern Illinois. Please use the links to the left to order your book or for more information. Cost is $35 and quantities are limited to one printing. The book has been compiled by Kathy Pasch in conjunction with American Legion Post 308.

Book distribution occurred Dec. 17 and 19, 2009 at Forreston Library. To purchase a book send $35 plus $5 shipping per book to:

American Legion Post 308

P.O. Box 314

Forreston, IL 61030

Or for more information please call Henry Huenefeld at 815-938-3243 or email

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Use the link above to find out what is happening in Forreston, Illinois - a great little town in Northern Illinois!
I am always looking for information and photos regarding Forreston's past.
Some subjects of greater interest include:
  • Early Settlers: Included George W. Hewitt, William F. Daniels, M. Norton, Jacob Halsinger. 
  • Sauerkraut Day - This event put Forreston on the map!
  • The Roundhouse: CB&Q railroad and the Illinois Central operated a roundhouse in Forreston. No photos are known to exist.
  • Pyrography Art Company: Factory located in Forreston that made burnt wood decorative boxes. A new factory was built in 1912, and later occupied by Beebe Seed and a bowling alley.
  • Advertising Scale Company: Factory located in Forreston until 1918 that made decorative tin scales.
  • Forreston Dairies: Including Beck's, Spring Valley, Schmitt's White Oak Dairy, and Forreston Dairy.
  • Dr. J.D. Covell: Local doctor who operated a drug store.  
  • United Bretheren U.B. Church (from 1858-1912 located at 206 4th Ave.) Do any photos exist??

Please contact me at if you have interesting information to share.


Our neighbor to the North . . . Stephenson County Breweries

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