December 7, 2016
The patch of the Sugar Grove, Illinois, Police Department features a group of sugar maple trees. Settled in the mid-1830s, the village received its trees from one of the earliest settlers, P.Y. Bliss, who arrived from Stratford, Vermont, in 1838 with a supply of seedlings. He also established a trading post for early residents and Native Americans. The Bliss residence and trading post now is home for the local historical society and is one of the oldest structures in Kane County, Illinois.