Submitted by Ruth Norris, Norris City
I wish to submit this record of events as the actual way Norris City got its name.
Emaline White and William Norris came to White County, Illinois, from Piny Flatts, Tennessee in early 1864. They first settled two miles west of the present day Norris City in a settlement called Shadsville. Later they lived in a log cabin on Indian Trail Road. Finally William and Emaline built a house across from the present W. D. Norris farm.
When the railroads came through, it was a nameless settlement and the trainmen called it Popeye after the pop-eyed man who picked up the mail and freight at the stop. However, a name was needed, so a group of people from the area held a meeting at Andy Black’s Blacksmith Shop. Since William Norris was the oldest man at the meeting and owned the most land at the time, the town was named Norris City.