Ernest Edward East
Born: Milmine, Illinois October 13, 1885
Died: Springfield, Illinois October 1, 1960 Pen Name: Ernest E East Connection to Illinois: East was born in Milmine in Piatt County. He also lived in Peoria and Springfield. Biography: Ernest E. East was a former Peoria newspaperman. He was the founder and a past president of the Peoria Historical Society. He was also president of the Illinois State Historical Society and assistant State Archivist.
|The Inhabitants of Three French Villages at Peoria, Illinois: A Directory: Old Peoria, 1765 to 1796; La Ville De Maillet, 1778 to 1812; Trading House, After 1812 (Classic Reprint)
ISBN: 0266805167 OCLC: Forgotten Books 2018 Excerpt from The Inhabitants of Three French Villages at Peoria, Illinois: A Directory: Old Peoria, 1765 to 1796; La Ville De Maillet, 1778 to 1812; Trading House, After 1812 Antoine Saint Francois sowed corn here in 1765 and there is some evidence of earlier colonization although such settlement probably was not continuous. The population was a floating one and the inhabitants were forced to remove, once for two years on account of Indian depredations. Mostly illiterate, the French of Peoria were a care-free people, able to adjust themselves quickly to changes of political fortune. Lives of many were filled with adventure and romance.