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Among records collected while researching the Imles are seven digital pages of an incomplete manuscript entitled “John Frederick Imle Sr., Journal.” John Sr. was the son of Frederick Christian and Clara Josephine (Coldren) Imle. An accompanying note states that the record was given me by John Imle Jr., though I don’t remember this. Anyway, thank you John.
My questionable transcription of the exceedingly unclear electronic copy is presented in three parts, here and in the following two blogs. My own comments (primarily the word “unclear”) are shown in brackets.
I was born “at an early age” on or about 1899 just 30 days before the 20th century. The place: a little log cabin one-half mile or so north of the “metropolis” of Ernst, Darwin Township, Clark County, Illinois. Ernst was a flagstop on the Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago and Cairo railroad (the big four as it was then known) which ran between Chicago and Cairo mainly hauling coal from the southern Illinois coal fields to the industrial area around Chicago. Ernst was named (reputedly) after one Ernst Ruhl* a Former land surveyor who laid out and reportedly acquired large land holdings in its immediate area while it was still Northwest Territory and before Illinois became a state in 1808.
The log cabin of my birth was located on the land purchased by grandfather Imle when he immigrated from Germany in early 1881 with grandmother and six children Mary, [unclear] my father, Christian, Gotlieb, Arthur [?] & Adam. My father was 9 and Adam the youngest was just [unclear] year old. Who built the cabin and who previously owned the land [several lines unclear] that they are all gone!! They would have made an interesting study.
[Unclear line] It was later owned by Uncle Chris Imle and still later by Uncle Billy (Wilhelm) Imle who acquired it in [unclear] from granddad when they married. I was often reminded by my mother of the fact that I had something in common with Abe Lincoln – born in a log cabin! That occurred when dad and mother lived there in their early marriage days – 1898 to some time in 1900 [?]. Grandad and family had by then moved to a new frame house build northward of Ernst sometime in the middle 90’s.
In our [unclear] area and north [unclear] Marshall, I can recall at least five log houses that were still occupied most [rest of paragraph unclear except for scattered words]
*Ruhl was the first recorded owner of our farm ½ mile N of Ernst and on which I lived from 1902 to 1919. Later: Examination of Clerk’s records by Ed & Ernest in 1980 found the more recent owner to have been one York [?].