History of Emden, Il.
From: HISTORY OF LOGAN COUNTY, ILLINOIS
By: Lawrence B. Stringer
Published by: Pioneer Publishing Company, Chicago 1911
The village of Emden was laid out in 1871 by John M. Gill. of Pekin. for the directors of the Peoria, Lincoln
& Decatur, now the Peoria and Evansville branch of the Illinois Central railroad. The town was surveyed by
Thomas G. Gardner, county Surveyor. June 15, 1871, and contained 30 blocks. The land prior to the survey had been
portions of the farms of A. J. Snyder and William Johnson and their houses were on the plat of the new town. At
the time the town was laid out the P. L. & D. railroad ran two trains daily between Pekin and Emden. B. F.
Burnett built the first store and was the first postmaster and railroad agent. Sol Jennings was the first blacksmith.
During the summer of 1873 the first elevator in the town was built by A. W. Ray, of Delavan. The second elevator
was built in 1875 by Smith, Hippen & Company, of Pekin. The first store built by Mr. Burnett was located on
the present site of Theodore Van Beuning's store. The village is said to have received its name from Emden on the
river Ems, in Germany, from which locality a number of the settlers in the vicinity of the Logan County town of