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James W. Loewen (1942-2021)

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Wyanet

Illinois

Basic Information

Type of Place
Independent City or Town
Metro Area
Politics c. 1860?
Don’t Know
Unions, Organized Labor?
Don’t Know

Sundown Town Status

Confirmed Sundown Town?
Probable
Was there an ordinance?
Don't Know
Sign?
Don’t Know
Year of Greatest Interest
1940's
Still Sundown?
Probably

Census Information

The available census data from 1860 to the present
Total White Black Asian Native Hispanic Other BHshld
1860
1870
1880
1890
1900
1910
1920
1930 1548 1534 0
1940 1508 1508 0
1950
1960
1970 1005 0
1980 1069 0
1990 1017 1008 1 3
2000 1026 1020 0 3 3
2010
2020

Method of Exclusion

  • Violent Expulsion
  • Threat of Violence

Main Ethnic Group(s)

Group(s) Excluded

  • Black
  • Other
  • Unknown

Comments

“I am from Princeton, IL which is a few miles east of Wyanet. My family has been in this region of the state for generations. At least a few times, I have heard a story about how the citizens of Wyanet rioted and threw the Jehovah’s Witnesses out of the town. I think this may have happened in the ’40s.”

-Email from Princeton, IL resident