5 Things You Didn’t Know About: Stillman Valley, Illinois
Stillman Valley is one of the four finalists in the 2016 Small Town Showdown. Here are some reasons why this small town deserves your vote.
Dan, already a standout player at the University of Evansville, played center for both the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 1990-91 season and for the Houston Rockets in the 1991-92 season. Dan also played for the Rockford Lighting. (source: Wikipedia)
From 1901-1905 Stillman Valley-born Frank White was governor of North Dakota. He also served as United States treasurer from 1921-1928. Frank was born in December of 1856. (source: Wikipedia)
While Stillman Valley is named after the creek that runs through it, the creek is named after US Army Maj. Isaiah Stillman who died in the first battle of the Blackhawk War in 1832. (source: stillmanvalley.us)
In 1976 Stillman Valley had only 328 voters and 118 of them voted for high school senior, Michael Blomgren. (source: Dixon Evening Telegraph via newspapers.com)
In 1871 George was a center-fielder for the Rockford Forest Citys, one of the first professional baseball teams. Rockford played for one season during the National Association inaugural year of 1871. (source: wikipedia)