Tuesday, January 22, 2013

A Little History On Docs Lakeside Cabin



History
My grandfather “Doc” worked as an iron worker in the northern part of Illinois and would come here to hunt and fish.  Grandpa was the first to have the vision of this area, he wanted to build an “A” frame house, however at first the bank did not share the same vision and it almost did not come to pass. Finally in 1969 the “A” frame was built along with a small pond stocked with different types of fish, including some albino catfish.  Grandpa and Grandma Marge would feed them every day and bluegill would come to the top of the water, and once in awhile we could get a glimpse of those albinos’. Grandpa was an outdoorsman who would coon hunt on “John Henry” his mule and loved to turkey and deer hunt, dig for ginseng and to fish.  He and grandma owned and operated Marge’s Country Kitchen/Doc’s Place.  It was the only place in town that you might have the same person bring your food as well as get some live bait for fishing.  As time went on, many hunting and fishing memories were made.  Doc loved to sit out on his porch in the A frame house and smoke his pipe.  He would look out across the lake and say “That is a perfect place for a little cabin.”  He was a “corker” and loved this lake and this land, so we named this cabin in honor of my Grandpa.  “Doc’s Lakeside Cabin”
The lake was built in the early 1990’s, when my grandmother sold her stock in Johnson & Johnson.  It was always their dream to build one on this property that has been in the family now for 6 generations.   My Great Grandfather had a cabin here many years ago, which would now be under about 24 feet of water, so we thought it would only be fitting to build a cabin back on the land and invite others to enjoy this area as we have for so long.  We love that we are in the backyard of the Shawnee National Forest and the “trail of tears”. 

My father who carves totem poles has one on the point, across the lake, as well as a memorial “Trail of Tears Totem Pole “which is more public and visible at the Vienna Park. He also has built a little red cabin nestled in the woods, where he enjoys his hobbies and horses Cheyenne and Apache.  Cheyenne thinks that fences are for “horses”, and doesn’t believe that “she” falls under that category.  She follows dad around the yard and comes up on his porch wanting something to eat, acting more like a dog than a horse.


We hope you will enjoy watching the ducks, you may also see a few turtles peddling around the lake.  Our newest arrival is a beaver; she is normally spotted early of a morning or at sunset.  The lake has tons of fish and even a few snakes, so watch your step.  One year, Grandpa Doc caught a 20 pound catfish out of this lake.  My little nephew fishes several times a week trying to beat that record.


Doc’s Lakeside Cabin is family-owned and operated right here in Jonesboro, IL.  As my whole family surrounds the lake, we want our guest to feel like “they are family too.”

This lake is special to us, we hope you enjoy it, and come back again.