Welcome to Waterman!

oldpicwatermanIn this original prairie town the first settlers lived in abandoned teepees before their homes were built Pottawatomie Indians lived southwest of Waterman when the first settlers arrived in 1835.

Surveyed and plotted in March of 1872, the town was named in honor of Daniel Waterman, General Solicitor of the Chicago and Iowa Railroad which reached Waterman in December of 1870.

Through the years, Waterman has developed many family traditions and welcomes all to share in its historic claims and family atmosphere.  

Waterman Area Heritage Society Museum – Organized in 1994 by a group of citizens who wanted to preserved the history of Waterman and the family heritage of this town in DeKalb County, Illinois.  The museum is open Saturday’s from 1-3pm.  Check out their facebook page!

Trustee Vacancy

Village of Waterman

Trustee Vacancy


The Village of Waterman Village President seeks qualified candidates for the position of Trustee to fill a vacancy until the April 2021 municipal election. It is anticipated that the process to seat the new Trustee will occur no later than the July 9, 2019 Board meeting. The ideal candidate will have a proven record of community volunteerism and activism. Candidates must reside in the Village for at least 1 year prior to appointment and meet the legal requirements to take the Oath of Office.

The Board of Trustees have an active, year-long meeting schedule that includes 1 Tuesday evening meeting per month and participation in meetings that include budget meetings, special meetings and public hearings as needed. Additionally, Trustees are assigned to a minimum of 2 Village committees that meet as needed.

Waterman residents interested in applying for this vacancy may do so by submitting a letter or email to the Village President. The letter/email should include a description of the applicant’s background and experience, a short history of the applicant’s community involvement, a statement explaining why the applicant is interested in serving on the Board, and knowledge, skills and abilities he or she would bring to the citizens and the Board. The compensation package includes an annual $2,000 salary (pro-rated by date of appointment). Applications are to be submitted to: Village President, c/o Village of Waterman, P.O. Box 239, Waterman, IL 60556 or email to vowtrusteebeach@gmail.com.

DeKalb County Community Gardens In Waterman

DeKalb County Community Gardens brought their free food truck to Waterman in May 14th!

Thank you to Waterman Lion’s Club for hosting this event!

Together they helped give away food to 96 Waterman community members (25 over 60) from 37 households. The best Grow-Mobile Waterman event ever!

Look for information about the food truck coming again in the next few months!