Fulton History

The Fulton Historical Society is located in a Civil War era home donated to the City by Leonard and Maxine Martin.  The Society is responsible for the operation of the home as a repository of information and materials relevant to the history of the City of Fulton and its inhabitants.  In addition, the Society wishes to preserve the heritage of the community and provide educational opportunities for the purpose of increasing and enriching public knowledge. For…
Wife of Joseph Smith, founder of Mormonism. In Fulton, Illinois September 18, 1846 to Spring 1847 Age 42. Docked at End of Cherry Street (10th Avenue — near windmill) Rented Apartment NE Corner of Base & Wall Street (12th Avenue & 4th Street)Emma Hale Smith came to Fulton, Illinois, in the fall of 1846 because she feared for the safety of her family. Emma's husband, Joseph Smith, founder of Mormonism, had been killed in 1844…
Ronald Reagan Trail Video - Fulton's Connection, view HERE Ronald Reagan's Maternal GrandparentsMary Anne Elsey Wilson was born in England and immigrated to the US to work as a domestic servant. Thomas Wilson was born April 28, 1844, in Whiteside County. Thomas and Mary Anne were married on January 25, 1866, in Morrison, Illinois, and had the following children: Emily, John, Jennie, Alexander, George, Mary, and Nellie Clyde. In the 1900 US Census, Mary Wilson lived…
Fulton Envelope - First Settler John Baker 1835 and Dr. Enno Musk 1938The people and events of Fulton's history step from newspapers, books, and diaries to the Internet via local historian Nancy Kolk's blog."The City of Fulton is beautifully situated on the Narrows of the Mississippi River...The general healthfulness of the place is a matter never controverted, and is accounted for by its favorable location, the excellence of the water, and the enforced cleanliness of…