William T. Kirk (1815-1900) was a pioneer settler of Franklin Township. In 1837, the town of Kirkland was named after William and his family. He and his wife, Louisa, raised 9 children in Kirkland. He owned over 1500 acres and gave the right of way through the town for the Milwaukee Railroad.
Kirkland Historical Society publishes newsletters quarterly. Check out our Spring 2016 newsletter at the link below! Newsletter Feb 2016
The 2016 Calendar features historical photos of Fairdale, IL. Available at Kirkland Village Hall, Kirkland Library, Alpine Bank of Kirkland, or contact us and we will arrange a pick up.
The Kirkland Historical Society is always looking for memorabilia from Kirkland Illinois’ history. Please consider donating artifacts for our future generations! Please use our Contact Form if you have any questions or concerns.