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The town was platted a year later and was probably named after Geneva, New York.A courthouse and jail were among the first major works. While its site as a county seat attracted attention, the village's location on the Fox River provided the most economic opportunities.Geneva was particularly noted for its flux of Swedish immigrants, who comprised half of the population by 1900.A year later, Geneva was connected to other Fox Valley communities through the Aurora, Elgin and Fox River Electric Company.
Haight sold his claim in 1835 to James and Charity Herrington, who were influential in the creation of the town of Geneva. Richard Hamilton, a prominent Cook County politician, led to the naming of Geneva as county seat in 1836.In 2013 it was nominated by Bloomberg Business Week as the best place to raise a kid in Illinois.Geneva was first settled in the 1830s on an important route from Chicago.Early goods manufactured in Geneva included cheese, butter, milled grains, and packed meat.The connection of the railroad in 1853 provided increased demand for industry, and by 1900, Appleton Manufacturing, Howell Foundry, Bennet Milling Co., and Pope Glucose Co. This resulted in major civic improvement projects such as a pumping stations and water mains in 1896.