Historical:Oglesby Member

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Handbook of Illinois Stratigraphy
Series Bulletin 95
Author H. B. Willman, Elwood Atherton, T. C. Buschbach, Charles Collinson, John C. Frye, M. E. Hopkins, Jerry A. Lineback, Jack A. Simon
Date 1975
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Lithostratigraphy: Ottawa Limestone Megagroup >>Platteville Group >>Pecatonica Formation >>Oglesby Member
Chronostratigraphy: Paleozoic Erathem >>Ordovician System >>Champlainian Series >>Blackriveran Stage
Allostratigraphy: Tippecanoe Sequence


H. B. Willman and T. C. Buschbach

Name Origin

The Oglesby Member of the Pecatonica Formation (Templeton and Willman, 1963, p. 77) is named for Oglesby, La Salle County.

Type Section

The type section of the Oglesby Member is in Matthiessen State Park east of Oglesby (NE NE NE 31, 33N-3E), where the member is 12 feet thick.

Extent and Thickness

The Oglesby Member is absent in Illinois north of the type locality, but it is as much as 15 feet thick in southern Illinois.


The Oglesby Member is pure, light gray, white, or buff calcarenite that is laminated, rarely conglomeratic, and locally cross bedded. It is medium to coarse grained in the type locality but fine grained elsewhere. A strong iron-stained corrosion surface occurs on the top and is equivalent to a similar surface on the top of the Medusa Member in northern Illinois, where the Oglesby is absent.


TEMPLETON, J. S., and H. B. WILLMAN, 1963, Champlainian Series (Middle Ordovician) in Illinois: Illinois State Geological Survey Bulletin 89, 260 p.

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