The Beginning of Anchor excepts from "History of Lawndale, Martin and Anchor Townships and the Villages of Colfax and Anchor" by Muriel Martens Hoffman Anchor Township was formed from Cropsey Twp. In 1877. William Stackpole of Pekin was the first man to commence any farming operation in Anchor Township. He came in May 1855, with 3 teams and some helpers to commence spring work on the 2,320 acres he had bought earlier. It was 1858 before this area was organized into a political unit. The tract, 9 miles by 6 miles, became known as Cropsey Township, named for a resident and large farm owner, Col. A.J. Cropsey. In 1860, there were only 25 families in the township, with a population of 140. After the Civil War ended in 1865, settlers poured into the area, and soon all the land was taken up. The 1870 census lists 147 families. Below is a photo of the interior of St. John's Lutheran Church circa 1910.
Rev. Andrew Hahn.
1st Row, L - R: Hilda Simpson, Margaret Brethorst, Clara Roesch, Marvin Brandt, Velna Bielfeldt, Helen Hardies, Minnie Reicks, Vera Nickman, Lavern Lage, Lorene Stroh.
1st Row, 2nd from left, Wilma Fern Stroh, about age 11
*Photos courtesy of Gail Hahn Hutchcraft