There have been many stories over the years about just how the town got its tasty name... City of Sandwich, IL
Some say it is related to the Sandwich Islands. Some say it has to do with the Earl of Sandwich, creator of the food still as popular as ever. Still others say it is the food itself which gave the town its moniker.
The answer is, none of the above, although it is worth noting the first plat of Sandwich was recorded by a man with the last name of Beveridge.
At that time, though, the town was not called Sandwich. It was in 1855, four years after the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy railroad first surveyed land through Almon Cage's property. Cage gave the land to build a depot on, knowing that would attract development of a town.
It did, and the town was named "Almon" after its first settler. Cage proceeded to offer free lots to anyone who would build in the newly-platted town, and a number of people took him up on it, including A.R. Patten, James Clark, Myrlin Carpenter and James Clark.
Cage did not like his first name used to name the town, so Almon was quickly scrapped in favor of Newark Station. But this only served to confuse the town with Newark to the south.
Still, residents pushed to have the railroad stop in Newark Station, originally, the railroad only had a flag stop there.
But it was not until "Long John" Wentworth went to Congress that Sandwich became Sandwich, and hit its stride. Wentworth used his influence to get the trains to stop in town, and also gave Sandwich its name - after his home town of Sandwich, New Hampshire.
After 1855, the town grew quickly. In 1857, there were 107 families in town; by 1860, there were 203 families.
Ham And Cheese Sandwich
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4 onion buns
4 teaspoons mayonnaise
pepper, to taste
4 slices Swiss cheese
1 small red onion, sliced
Spread mayonnaise on each bun. Sprinkle pepper on top of mayonnaise. Add cheese, ham and onions. Place remaining onion bun on top. Serve with chips. Enjoy!