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October 29, 2017

Last modified: December 13, 2017

John Edgar was the first American to have his farmland recorded in Township 5 North, Range 7 West in 1815.1 The township was later named for A. J. Hamel, a township resident who established a flour mill and general store in the 1860s.3 The village of Hamel was officially incorporated February 19, 1955,2 and in 1960 the village had a population of 362.4 As of the 2010 census, the village of Hamel has 816 residents.5

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

To access the village of Hamel’s website, follow this link.

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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), 532.
2. Flagg, James S., editor, Our 150 Years, 1812-1962. (Edwardsville: East 10 Publishing, 1962.), 61.
3. Ibid., 533
4. 1960 Census of Population, Advance Reports, Final Population Counts: Illinois (Washington: Bureau of the Census, 1960), 17.
5. Illinois: 2010, Summary Population and Housing Characteristics, 2010 Census of Population and Housing (Washington: Bureau of the Census, 2012), 64.
Cite this article: Nichol Allen, "Hamel," Madison Historical: The Online Encyclopedia and Digital Archive for Madison County, Illinois, last modified December 13, 2017,
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