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The first new school named for Elias Willits was built in 1907 on West Broadway between D and E Streets. It was razed in 1974 to make way for an all-purpose room.

Monmouth school’s namesake got little respect

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Judge Elias Willits (1826–1881) was a respected jurist, but got little respect when the name of the school bearing his name was botched on more than one occasion.

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Editor and historian for Monmouth College. Avid researcher of western Illinois history for 40 years. FB and Twitter. jrankin@monmouthcollege.edu

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