Kinmundy Area Parks and Lakes
Kinmundy, Marion Co., Illinois
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Dolores (Ford) Mobley – Dolores@ford-mobley.com
208 Joan Dr.; Divernon, IL 62530; (217) 625-7527
Gladys (Corrie) See – email@example.com
408 S. Washington St.; Kinmundy, IL 62854; (618) 547-7731
Kinmundy City Park
(PL-5) Kinmundy City Park (possibly Shelton's Grove purchased in late 1800's)
(PL-4) Kinmundy City Park in the snow
"Walnut Tree from George Washington’s home at Mt. Vernon”
“In the little city park of Kinmundy, [IL] on Route 37”
Excerpt from “My Hundred Years in Illinois 1876-1976,” - An Autobiography by Fred Otis Grissom, p. 63
During the presidential term of Harry Truman, after his 1948 election, Lillian and I visited in Hammond, Louisiana, with Mr. and Mrs. Ed Richardson. Mrs. Richardson was Lillian’s sister. Across the street from the Richardson home lived Congressman James Morrison. During this period the White House was being renovated. The Louisiana congressman sent the Hammond Women’s Club twenty-five of the old bricks from the White House. Mrs. Richardson was the club president and had possession of the bricks. I asked her to give me one, but she refused, saying that they did not belong to her. I told her I was going to appropriate one for my use, and I did so. In the little city park of Kinmundy, on Route 37, is a walnut tree that was sent to me by Congressman William Arnold, from George Washington’s home at Mt. Vernon. This tree I planted, assisted by E. E. (Peck) Brown. In front of this tree is a concrete block, and on this block is the brick which I took from the Hammond Woman’s Club without their knowledge! With the assistance and the donation of a heavy chain anchored on iron posts, by Emmit Gray, the brick and the tree make a historical spot in the little park.
Photos (taken in 2000) and information compiled (August 2007) by Connie Luker
(Note: The tree died prior to the Fall of 2013, and was cut down by the City of Kinmundy.)
(PL-68) "Walnut Tree from George Washington’s home at Mt. Vernon” - Kinmundy City Park along Rt. 37
(PL-69) "Walnut Tree from George Washington’s home at Mt. Vernon” - Kinmundy City Park along Rt. 37
Gunn's Grove (also known as Charlton's Grove)
(PL-7) Gunn's Grove (also known as Charlton Grove).
In Aug. 1985, Sammy Lowe owns this land. (West on 4th St. until you run into McCarty Rd. (just outside city limits). 6063 McCarty Rd.
(PL-70) "Greetings from Kinmundy, Illinois" Lake postcard
Old Mill Pond near Songer's Mill
(PL-1) Old Mill Pond near Songer's Mill
(PL-2) The Old Mill Pond near Songer's Mill
Kinmundy Lake & Reservoir
(PL-13) Kinmundy Lake
(PL-14) Kinmundy Lake
(PL-16) Illinois Central Lake
(PL-11) C. & E.I. Reservoir
Northern pump station on left & C. & E. I. RR Water Tower in distance – taken 1902.
It was located between Log Cabin Village & Evergreen Cemetery. Picture is taken looking east. [Used prior to building lake.]
(PL-12) Illinois Central Railroad Reservoir
(PL-19) Kinmundy Illinois Central Railroad Reservoir located south of Kinmundy on Rt. 37
(PL-20) East Side Lagoon
(Post mark on back of postcard was Nov. 24, 1910). Located north of E. Cross St. across I.C. RR track.
This photo and PL-10 photo below are the same place, just different directions.
(PL-69) I.C. Lagoon looking south. West side of I.C. RR – 1902. West of Kinmundy-Alma High School (in 2011, the middle school).
(PL-10) I.C. Lagoon looking south. West side of I.C. RR – 1902. West of Kinmundy-Alma High School (in 2011, the middle school).
(PL-22) The Old Kinmundy Lake (beside Rt. 37)
(PL-48) John Smith, Carl Purcell, Chas Smith, John Purcell, Gillum Wilson at Saylor Springs for a family reunion
Kinmundy Zoological Garden
(PL-30) Kinmundy Zoological Garden (photo taken Oct. 1909)
(PL-31) Kinmundy Zoological Garden
(PL-40) Snyder Springs (located in Kinmundy Township, Sec 12, north of Route 37) ["Schneider Springs"]
On page 30 of the Kinmundy Centennial book: “Snyder Springs was the favorite place for Sunday School picnics for many years.
The trip was made on a hay wagon or in your buggy or surrey. A trolley ride which stretched from the grove down to the springs
below was the favorite amusement. A pulley wheel, with a cross bar to hold on to traveled on the wire,
you hung on and whizzed through space to the bottom of the hill.”
(PL-41) Snyder Springs
(PL-42) Snyder Springs
FS-1 Herman Schneider, Sr and Lena (Knauer) Schneider FS-2 Schneider Home
Christian Schneider was born March 29, 1815 in Gradshaw, West Germany. He died December 1, 1876, and is buried in the St. Peter Lutheran Cemetery. In 1839, he married in Prussia to Rosalie Beata Walcholz. She was born March 17, 1821 in West Germany and died March 1909. She is buried in Farina Cemetery. Their children were Herman, Julius, Emil, Heneritta, Alwine, and Wilhelm Henry. Christian Schneider and his family settled in Staunton, Ill., where Wilhelm was born. Wilhelm was 9 years old when his parents moved to the St. Peter area. Their first night in Fayette county was spent in a two story brick house on Rt. 40, east of Bluff City. Christian owned land in Macoupin and Fayette County. Christian and Rosalie’s first son, Herman Julius Frederick Schneider, was born Sept. 9, 1855 in Pantau Co., West Prussia, Saaben, Germany. In 1862, he came to America with his parents. He was confirmed Apr. 10, 1870 in the Evangelical Church.
Herman Schneider and his family later moved to Fayette Co. in 1876. In Oct. 10, 1878, he married Lena Knauer in Lone Grove twp. They lived where Glenn and Mae Sigrist once lived, which was just across the Fayette Co. line Herman Jr. was born here and they later moved to the large home north of Kinmudy where they finished building the inside of the house. This is the location of the famous SCHNEIDER SPRINGS that Herman and Lena developed where people came from churches and around for their Sunday picnic.
Herman and Lena had 5 children to die from T.B. within a five year period. Herman died from apoloxy at the age of 74. Funeral services were held at the Evangelical Church in Farina, Illinois. Their children: Herman Wilhelm Emil Schneider, Matilda Alwine Emma, William Henry, Ida Emilie, Bertha Rosa, Minnie E., Adolph J., Lena Louise Maria, Emma Rosalia Caroline and Freida. On Dec. 5, 1878, Herman bought land from William and Harriet Neeper from Maxon Co., Kentucky for the sum of $560. On Feb. 15, 1879, they bought 160 acres from William and Harriet Neeper from Kentucky, for the same amount of $560. Herman purchased 85 acres for $2000 on Jan. 27, 1883 from Thomas and Mary Meagher from Centralia, Illinois. Herman lived at a Kinmundy address at this time. They were from Fayette county when they made the first two purchases.
By the early 1930’s, the springs area was no longer used for picnics. This particular piece of land later belonged to Herman Jr. and Lillie Mae Barbee Schneider. However, they did not live at the same location as the parents. Herman and Lillie lived along R. 37 all their married lives.
Herman and Lillie’s son Merle owned and raised cattle on this homestead until his death on Oct. 31, 1992.
Herman and Lillie’s children: Clarence Herman, Naomi Tillie Lena; Hilda Emma Marie; Edna Mae Alvina; Merle Willis; Ervin Henry; Dorothy Alice Frieda; Betty Jean Ella Mae; Arlene Lillie Rose
(Information and family photos provided by Rena (Crain) O'Dell)
Stephen A. Forbes State Park
(PL-50) Stephen A. Forbes State Park located near Omega, Illinois - early arial photo
(PL-51) Stephen A. Forbes State Park located near Omega, Illinois - later arial photo
(PL-52) Stephen A. Forbes State Park boat dock - ca 1960's
PL-52) Stephen A. Forbes State Park boat launch - ca 1960's
(PL-53) Stephen A. Forbes State Park boat dock - ca 1960's
(PL-54) "3,019 acre Forbes State Park and it's mushrooms coming alive"
Park Ranger Fred Miselbrook, at left, stands near a plot of ground devoted to native prairie grasses at Stephen A. Forbes State Park. Many state parks
have such plots which require periodic burning as part of their maintenance. The native prairie grasses are burned off every two to four years in order to
duplicate the fires on the original prairie which were started by lightening. Fires on the original prairie prevented any trees and such from establishing themselves
through the vast prairies that once existed over the flatlands of central Illinois where today the farm's plow has exposed the black earth. Miselbrook said studies
have shown that the prairie grasses are quite fragile and cannot sustain themselves if cultivated or even grazed upon with any intensity. The map pictured at the
right is located outside the park ranger's office. It locates some of the many public offerings the park has awaiting visitors. Camping, fishing, boating, mushroom
hunting, and many other activities are available to park visitors. The park is located just 14 miles northeast of Salem and is named in honor of a gifted Illinois
scientist who lived in the late 1800's and early 1900's.
(PL-56) Dwight Ingram and Leslie Eblin
(PL-57) Stephen A. Forbes State Park entry sign
(PL-58) Constructing the beach at Forbes State Park
(PL-59) Constructing the beach at Forbes State Park
(PL-60) Forbes State Park beach - and looking toward the dam
(PL -61) Fishermen at Forbes State Park
(PL-62) Forbes State Park restaurant 'The Leaky Bucket" - 2014
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