Bonnie, Illinois

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Bonnie is a village located in the southern part of Jefferson County, Illinois. As of the 2000 census, the village population was 424 people. It is part of the Mount Vernon Micropolitan Statistical Area.

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History

The first settlement in this area was Spring Garden, about four miles southeast of Bonnie. There were several springs in the area. Early in the 19th century, Uriah Compton walled them up and built a resort called "Compton's Springs". In 1848, the village of Spring Garden was platted next to the resort. Spring Garden grew rapidly, becoming the second largest settlement in the County, even having a high school by 1888. In 1905, however, the Chicago and Eastern Illinois Railroad was built about three miles to the west. Spring Garden began a long decline as the business and population shifted to the rail depots at Bonnie and Ina. George Washington Hayes (1842–1927) donated some of the land originally making up Bonnie.[citation needed]

The Bonnie Campground is located to the west of Bonnie. This campground was the scene of large religious outdoor gatherings in the early and mid-20th century.

Bonnie Interdenominational Holiness Camp still meets for approximately 10 days per summer at the campground. It has been a continuous summer camp for over 130 years.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 424 people, 177 households, and 129 families residing in the village. The population density was 343.8 people/mi² (133.1 people/km²). There were 196 housing units at an average density of 158.9 units/mi² (61.5 units/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 97.17% White, 0.0% African American, 1.65% Native American, 0.0% Asian, 0.0% Pacific Islander, 0.0% from other races, and 1.18% from two or more races. Approximately 0.47% of the population was Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 177 households in which 27.1% had children under the age of 18 years living with them, 65.5% were married couples living together, 6.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.6% were non-families. Approximately 21.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.4 people and the average family size was 2.77 people.

In the village the population was spread out with 20.8% under the age of 18 years old, 9.0% from 18 to 24 years old, 27.4% from 25 to 44 years old, 26.2% from 45 to 64 years old, and 16.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 90.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 years old and older, there were 95.3 males.

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