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Grantfork village, located in Saline and Leef Townships, was originally named Fitz James and then Saline. Henry K. Lathey, James Carpenter, George Fulls, Jonas R. Gale, Z. Lowe, and William F. De Wolf laid out the town in 1840.1 The village of Saline was officially incorporated on February 18, 1886,2 and by 1900 had a population of 151.3 In 1920, Saline changed its name to Grantfork, at which time it had a population of 80.4 As of the 2010 census, Grantfork village has 337 residents.5

Grantfork in 2017
From the Maps & Plats GIS Division of the Madison County Chief County Assessment Office

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1. History of Madison County, Illinois, Illustrated. With Biographical Sketches of many Prominent Men and Pioneers (Edwardsville: W. R. Brink and Company, 1882), 537.
2. Flagg, James S., editor, Our 150 Years, 1812-1962. (Edwardsville: East 10 Publishing, 1962.), 61.
3. Census Reports Volume I: Population Part I (Washington: United States Census Office, 1901), 126.
4. Fourteenth Census of the United States Taken in the Year 1920, Population 1920 (Washington: Government Printing Office, 1921), 303.
5. Illinois: 2010, Summary Population and Housing Characteristics, 2010 Census of Population and Housing (Washington: Bureau of the Census, 2012), 126.
Cite this article: Ben Ostermeier, "Grantfork," Madison Historical: The Online Encyclopedia and Digital Archive for Madison County, Illinois, last modified January 16, 2018,
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