Marine Information

General Information

The Village of Marine previously known as The Town of Marine, was known as one of the most fertile townships, where both grain and stock were successfully farmed. The first settlers to the area described Marine as rolling land with wooded areas. The Creeks provided a great water source which helped to attract many of the first settlers. Many early settlers stayed in Marine and the town prospered till these settlers moved on to the West.  

1818 bought a post office to Marine, this post office was a stopping and transporting point for many different stagecoaches which bought both passengers and mail transportation. Mail was then transported by barges as the postmasters realized that the waterways were the perfect transportation option. The pony express was also known to use Marine as a stopping point, this mail transportation was eventually taken over by motorized vehicles.
 
The town of Marine now known as the Village of Marine was laid out by James Semple, George W. Welsh, Abram Breath, and Jordan.W.Jeffress. The Town of Marine was platted and officially recorded in the Madison County Courthouse on 14 July 1836.
 
Today The Village of Marine while being a small village itself, is surrounded by many thriving towns and is 30 miles from the City of St Louis.  The village of Marine provides a small town feeling and its population includes many young families with children under 18. There is one elementary school in Marine which comes under the Triad Community Schools district.

Demographics - Marine, Illinois

Located in Madison County, Illinois, The Village of Marine covers a total area of 0.71 square miles with 0.69 being land and 0.02 being water.
 
The 2010 census showed the population of Marine to be 960 people.

Marine Services

Marine Fire Department

215 S Center St
Marine, IL 62061
(618) 887-4221

Marine Police Department

320 N Vernon St
Marine, IL 62061
(618) 877-4326

Marine Village Clerk's Office

620 N Vernon Street
Marine, IL 62061
(618) 887-4531

United States Postal Service

120 E Magnolia Street
Marine, IL 62061
(618) - 887-4729

Village of Marine

3780 State Route 4
Marine, IL 62061
(618) 887 4926

Marine History

Early History of Marine

1717 - Illinois became part of the French colony of Louisiana.

1778 -George Rogers Clark

(1752 - 1818) defeated the British at Kaskaskia, securing the Illinois country for Virginia.

1783 - Treaty of Paris extended the United States boundary to include the Illinois country.

1784 - Virginia relinquished its claim to Illinois.

1787 - Northwest Ordinance placed Illinois in the Northwest Territory.

1800 - Congress created the Indiana Territory, which included Illinois.

1809 - Illinois became an independent territory. History indicates that the Kickapoo Indians lived in Illinois during the 1700s and early 1800s following the departure of the Illinois/Illiniwek Indians.

1812 - The Prairie Kickapoo Indians joined the Vermilion Band against the United States during the War of 1812 (1812-1815).

1818 - Illinois became the twenty-first state. Population of the state was 34,620.

1819 - Kickapoo Indians signed a land treaty on 30 July 1819, at Edwardsville, Illinois ceding all their lands in Illinois and Indiana.

1832 - The Kickapoo Indians were ordered west. The last holdouts went in 1834.

MARINE TOWNSHIP

Marine Township (Township 4, Range 6) was one of the most fertile townships in the country, adapted to both grain and stock growing. Originally, about one-third of the area of this township was timber. In 1873, about one-half was cleared and in cultivation. It is well watered by the Sugar Fork of Silver Creek, which transverses its entire length, from north to south, a little east of the center.

The area was described as beautiful rolling land with bits of wooded areas. The rich soil, the creeks with smaller streams containing a water supply was an inviting place for these pioneer home seekers.

In the very early days, buffalo roamed as buffalo horns were scattered over the prairie for years after the first settlement. Wild elk horns could also be seen. Animals and birds in the prairie were: gray wolves, black and prairie wolves: wild cats were numerous; a panther occasionally attacked animals and man; a bager was occasionally killed but not after 1830; lynx were sometimes seen; deer were plentiful; four varieties of squirrels (fox, grey, flying and ground squirrel); gray and bald eagles were common in pioneer times; pheasants came after the first settlement; several varieties of owls (screech owls, large prairie owls and the largest horned owl); wild ducks and geese, cranes, herons, and swans were found about the lakes. There were also prairie chickens and beavers.

The Kickapoo Indians lived and hunted in all Madison County which included Marine Township. It is not known how many Indians remained in the area when the early settlers came to Marine Township but buy 1834, they had all moved west.

Travel of Early Settlers to the Marine Settlement:

Some of the pioneer families reached the Marine Settlement by two different routes. Some traveled through Virginia, then by way of the Shenanoah Valley to Tennessee, through the Cumberland Gap to Kentucky, ferried by flatboats across the Ohio River to Shawneetown in Southern Illinois. From there, they continued their overland journey in their conveyances such as covered wagons, two wheel carts, horseback, and rockaways (a four-wheeled pleasure carriage with two or three seats (each for two persons) and a standing top). The other route was to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where flatboats were secured and used to float down from the Ohio River to Shawneetown traveling the overland trail by wagon to Saint Louis, Missouri and the to the prairie.

THE START OF MARINE SETTLEMENT:

1813 -Major Issac Ferguson and John Warrick were the first settlers. They built the first cabins in Section 32.

1813 - Rev. Sammuel Lindley, a Baptist minister, preached the first sermon at the residence of Major Ferguson. Peter Cartwright preached the first Methodist sermon.

1814 - Arthur Travis taught the first school in Major Ferguson's smoke house. Elisabeth A. Ferguson, daughter of Major I. H. Ferguson, was the first child born which occurred on 14 March 1814.

1815 - John Barnsby and Mary Johnson was the first marriage. Leffert French and Sarah Matthews were also married. Elijah Ferguson, brother of Major Ferguson, was the first death.

1819 - Captain Curtiss Blakeman, with a party of seventy-two (72) emigrants, settled in Marine; many of them and their descendants, being prominent citizens of Madison County in 1873.

1819 - Captain Blakeman and his party purchased 1,120 acres of land in Marine Township in Section 32 and 33 at the cost of $1.25 per acre.

Between 1818 and 1835 Major Issac Ferguson and Rowland P. Allen were alternating Postmasters. The Post Offices were located in their homes. [In 1775, Benjamin Franklin was the first Postmaster General under the Comtinental Congress. In 1789, the federal post office was created under the new government of the United States. By the start of the 1800s, the Post Office Department bought several stagecoaches for transporting both mail and passengers on the nations post roads. In 1823 the Post Office began using steamboats to transport mail between river-linked towns that shared no common road. By 1831, it had began sending mail short distances via trains ('iron horses') and remained the major mail carries until replaced by automobiles and trucks at the beginning of the 20th century. The Pony Express was operated between 1860 until closure on 26 October 1861.] It appears that the early mail delivery to the Marine Settlement was by stagecoach. Early records indicate that the two-story building located on the southwest corner of Duncan and Division Streets on Route 143 (known as "Hagenbruch's Travern") was the "drop-off point" for mail by stagecoaches and the Pony Express. Prior to the development of the town of Marine, the "drop-off point" was probably at the Ferguson and Allen homes.

1820 - A town was platted and lots were offered for sale "in the town of Madison in the Marine Settlement", by Captain Curtiss Blakeman, George Allen and several other settlers. The sale was held on 18 November 1820 but was not successful. The Marine Settlement (named for the early sea-faring pioneers) were just small groups of cabins.

1820 - Captain Curtiss Blakeman donated land for building the first church and school house. The church was built in 1821 and was the "Union Church". The building was still standing in 1873 but the building had been moved to another location and was being used as a barn. The first real school house was built the same year.

1822 - Charles Curtiss (cemetery inventory indicates his first name was George) was the first teacher. He died on 18 September 1822, at the age of 24 years 8 months. He was the first burial on the grounds next to the church. This burial was the start of what was to become the Marine Cemetery.

1823 - Captain Curtiss Blakeman Built a grist mill located in the northwest corner of Marine. It was first run with oxen but a windmill was later used for its power. It burnt down but no information is known as to the date and cause.

1833 - Captain Curtiss Blakeman died on 20 May 1833 at the Marine Settlement of cholera. His daughter, Bythenia, also died on the same day of cholera. His second wife, Eliza, died the next day (21 May) of cholera. They were buried in the northeast section of the Marine Cemetery.

1834 - George W. Welsh, James Semple, Jordan W. Jeffress, and Abram Breath laid out the town of Marine, on part of Section 16, which is the location of the current village. In 1873, it was known as a thriving town of over 1,000 inhabitants. Abram Breath gave the village a gift of approximately 4 acres for the village park.

1836 - On 10 May 1836, the town of Marine was platted. On 14 July 1836, the plat was recorded in the Madison County Courthouse by Abram Breath, George W. and Mary Welsh.

Marine Churches

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Bethel Baptist Church

Bethel Baptist Church
7775 Collinsville Road
Troy, IL 62294
Phone:618-667-6122
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Sunday:
8:00 a.m. Adult Bible Study
9:20 a.m. 1st Worship Service Bible Study (all ages)
10:45 a.m. 2nd Worship Service Bible Study (all ages)
Wednesday:
6:00 p.m. AWANA and Adult Classes

Copper Creek Christian Church

Copper Creek Christian Church
2184 Vadalabene
Maryville, IL 62062
Phone:618-288-9620
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Sunday:
9:30 am - Worship Service 
11:00 - 11:45 am - Sunday School
Wednesday:
6:00 - 8:00 pm
The Creek (Jr. & Sr. High)
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First Baptist Church Maryville

First Baptist Church Maryville
7110 State Route 162
Maryville, IL 62062
Phone:618-667-0650
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Church and Elementary School

Sunday Services:
8:15, 9:30, & 10:55 a.m.
Wednesday Evenings:
Activities for All Ages, 7:00 p.m.

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First Baptist Church of Troy

First Baptist Church of Troy
204 S. Main St
Troy, IL 62294
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Sunday School 9:30 AM

Sunday Service 10:30 AM

Sunday Evening 6:00 PM

Wednesday Evening Bible Study 7:00 PM

Friedens United Church of Christ

Friedens United Church of Christ
207 E. Center
Troy, IL 62294
Phone:618-667-6006
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Sunday:
10:15 a.m. Worship
9:00 a.m. Sunday School

Gateway Family Church

Gateway Family Church
97 Oaklawn Dr.
Glen Carbon, IL 62034
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Greater Glory Family Church is a contemporary non-denominational church. We have members from every background and race, all with one common heart, to express the love of God to others.

Sunday:
10:00 a.m. Morning Service
6:00 p.m. Evening Service

Wednesday:
7:00 p.m. Service
7: 15 p.m. Youth Service

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and School

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and School
1300 Beltline Road
Collinsville, IL 62234
Phone:618-344-3156
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The purpose of Good Shepherd Lutheran School is to provide each student with a quality Christian education. We recognize that this begins with the premise that Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior and in Him we have eternal life. The curriculum and all activities are developed around this premise.

Sunday Worship: 8:00 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.
Nursery available for children three years and younger.
Sunday School & Bible Classes:
9:15 a.m. (For all ages)
Nursery available for children three years and younger.
Saturday Worship: 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday Worship 6:15 - 6:45 p.m.

New Rivers Assembly of God

New Rivers Assembly of God
2620 N. Center St.
Maryville, IL 62062
Phone:618-344-7965
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Sunday: 
10:00 a.m - PowerHouse Kids
10:00 a.m. - Morning Worship
6:00 - 8:00 p.m. - Youth Group
Wednesday:
 9:30 a.m. Ladies Prayer and Bible Study
7:00 p.m. Breakout

Pathway Church

Pathway Church
312 S. Main St
Troy, IL 62294
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We are a Reformed Baptist Community of believers that are biblically based and relationship driven.

Worship Celebration Service:
Sundays at 10am

Weekly Prayer Gathering:
Tuesdays at 6am

Thursdays at 5:30pm:
Troy and Collinsville Gospel Communities

St. Jacob United Church of Christ

St. Jacob United Church of Christ
207 W. Main Street
St. Jacob, IL 62281
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St. Jacob United Church of Christ is a small, but active, church dedicated to our community and spreading the word of God's love and forgiveness.

Sunday:
9 a.m. Sunday School
10:15 a.m. Church Service

St. Jerome Catholic Church

St. Jerome Catholic Church
511 S. Main
Troy, IL 62294
Phone:618-667-2697
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Sunday Masses:
8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Weekday Masses
6:15 a.m. Tues. and Thurs.
8:00 a.m. Wed. and Fri.
Saturday Mass: 4:00 p.m.

St. Michael's Episcopal Church

St. Michael's Episcopal Church
111 O'Fallon Troy Road
O'Fallon, IL 62269
Phone:618-622-4980
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Sunday Services at 9:30 A.M.
Sunday school at 9:15 A.M. No Sunday School from June - August.
Nursery is provided.



St. Paul Lutheran Church

St. Paul Lutheran Church
106 North Border Street
Troy, IL 62294
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Saturday:
6:00 p.m. Worship
Sunday:
9:15 a.m. Sunday school
8:00 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. Worship

The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army
3007 E. 23rd Street
Granite City, IL 62040
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We are a Church first and a Social Services Agency (Food pantry and other personal help to the less fortunate).

Troy United Methodist Church

Troy United Methodist Church
407 Edwardsville Road
Troy, IL 62294
Phone:618-667-7748
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Sundays:
Worship at:
8:00, 9:00, 10:30 & 10:35am
Children's Ministry & Journey Groups at:
9:00 & 10:30am
Wednesday: Worship at 6:00pm

United Pentecostal Church of Troy

United Pentecostal Church of Troy
8965 Rt. 162, PO Box 538
Troy, IL 62294
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Sundays - 9:30 a.m. - Christian Education classes for all ages 10:30 a.m.- Sunday Morning Worship. Wednesdays 7 p.m. Evening Worship 7 p.m. - Christian Education classes for all ages. We offer rides to every church service and event. Bible Study classes for ladies and home friendship groups meet weekly in Troy. The host of Angel Food Ministries. We are committed to connecting and developing a deeper relationship with God, each other and our community by exploring the Word of God, public and private worship, fellowship and evangelism.

Marine Schools

Marine Elementary

725 W. Division St.
PO Box 398
Marine, IL 62061
(618) 667-5404
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Other Area Schools

Triad Middle School

9539 US Highway 40
St. Jacob, IL 62281
(618) 644-5511
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Triad High School

703 East Highway 40
Troy, IL 62294
(618) 667-5409
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Triad School District

P.O. Box 360, 203 E. Throp
Troy, IL 62294
(618) 667-8851
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Maryville Christian School

7110 State Route 162
Maryville, Illinois 62062
Phone: 618-667-8221
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Maryville Elem School

6900 West Main Street
Maryville, IL 62062
Phone: 618-346-6262
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Collinsville Middle School

9649 Collinsville Road
Collinsvile, IL 62234
Phone: 618-343-2100
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Collinsville High School

2201 South Morrison
Collinsville, IL 62234
Phone: 618-346-6320
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St. John Neumann

142 Wilma Drive
Maryville, IL 62062-5435
(618) 345-7230
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St. Jacob Elem School

309 Jacob Street
PO Box 217
St. Jacob, IL 62281
(618) 644-2541
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Silver Creek Elementary

209 N. Dewey Street
Troy, IL 62294
(618) 667-5403
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C.A. Henning

520 E. Highway 40
Troy, IL 62294
(618) 667-5401
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St. Paul Lutheran

106 N. Border Street
Troy, IL 62294
(618) 667-6681
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Troy Early Childhood

803 Americana
Troy, IL 62294
(618) 667-9350

Second Location:
111 E. Charter Street
Troy, IL 62294
(618) 667-3131
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Five Star Learning Center

7334 State Rt. 162
Troy, IL 62294
(618) 505-1234

Kool Kids Day Care Child Development Center

210 E. US Hwy 40
Troy, Illinois
618-667-6316
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1st Step Learning Center

407 Edwardsville Road
Troy, IL 62294
(618) 667-6241 Ext. 13
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A Place 2 Grow Child Care & Learning Center Inc.

40 Dorothy Dr.
Troy, IL 62294
618-667-4998
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The Goddard School

801 S. Arbor Vitae
Edwardsville, Illinois 62025
(618)-692-9464
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Colleges

McKendree University

701 College Road
Lebanon, Illinois 62254
(618) 537-4481
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Lindenwood College

2600 West Main
Belleville, IL 62226
618-222-1050
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Southwestern Illinois College

4950 Maryville Road
Granite City, IL 62040
(618) 931-0600
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Greenville College

315 E College Ave.
Greenville, Illinois 62246
(618)-664-2800
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Gravius Memorial Library

Marine IL Library
In 1910, the building was built for the American Women's League and was dedicated in 1911.  In 1938 it became the Marine Library.  Charles Gravius willed $4,000 to the library in 1940 under the condition that the building be called the Gravius Public Library.  Today, it is known as the Gravius Memorial Library.  The library was closed in later years for a period, but it is now open again on a limited schedule.  The appearance of the building's exterior has changed very little over the years.  It is on the National Register of Historical Places.

Marine Parks

Marine IL Village Park

Marine Village Park
100-199 N Duncan Street
Marine, IL 62061

Marine IL Heritage Park

Marine Heritage Park
N. Verson and Mill Street
Marine, IL 62061
(Railhead for Madison County Bikeway)

Fireman's Park
S. Humboldt Street
Marine, IL 62061