History of Embarras Township, Edgar County, Il
From: Encyclopedia of Illinois and the History of Edgar County
Edited by: H. Van Sellar.
Munsell Publishing Company
The Town of Embarras, north of Kansas and on the western border of the county, derives its name from. the Embarras
River, of the valley or watershed of which this town is a part. The area of Embarras is 27,160 acres (a little
over 42 sections), about 4,000 acres of which were originally covered with timber in irregular tracts along the
water courses. All the other lands are prairie of fine quality. The early settlers upon these lands were the Gillises,
Burt. Merkle, Wells, Burnett, Black, the Milburns, Scott, Housels, McCord, Downs, the Bloods and McAdams. The Terre
Haute & Peoria (“Vandalia Line”), the Cincinnati, Hamilton & Dayton, and the Toledo, St. Louis & Western
Railroads run through the town making two crossings, one at Borton and the other at Brocton, and furnishing excellent
markets for the farmers of this fine agricultural region. Besides these there are two other stations on the “Vandalia
Line,” one at Isabel and one at Redmon. and two stations on the Cincinnati, Hamilton & Dayton. one at Warrenton
and the other at Paynes. At each of these stations are elevators and other facilities for handling grain. Brocton
is a village duly organized and well equipped with a bank and stores of all sorts. Borton and Isabel are likewise
well provided with business facilities, except as to banks.