Max Ahlgrim was 17 years old when he took his first trip down the Kankakee River.
Scrawled in pencil, Max Ahlgrim took note of every day happenings, from his children's clothing sizes to the depths of points along the Kankakee River.
John Hodson, founder of the Kankakee Valley Historical Society, holds a hand written journal from 1899 to 1901 by Max Ahlgrim who helped settle the area along the Kankakee River in Lake County. Ahlgrim had measured parts of the river and recorded the distance in the journal.
An entry in Max Ahlgrim's journal from August of 1899 in which he kept track of debts and their payments. (Provided photo)
Max Ahlgrim came to the Kankakee River area in 1875. He founded Ahlgrim Park and, with his wife Ida, raised 11 children in the area. An early entrepreneur, Ahlgrim kept a journal. One of his journals, similar to the one sticking out of his vest pocket in this photograph, recently surfaced. (…
John Hodson, of Kouts, founder of the Kankakee Valley Historical Society, talks about the research completed in linking a century-old journal with early Kankakee River pioneer Max Ahlgrim.
Max and Ida Ahlgrim and their 11 children gathered for this family photograph at their home. The photograph was likely taken in the early 1900s. (Provided photo)
A page in the century-old journal of Max Ahlgrim shows his sketch of a boat's rudder and measurements. (Provided photo)
People traveled from Chicago at the turn of the 19th Century to hunt, fish and simply picnic along the Kankakee River at resorts such as Ahlgrim Park built by early entrepreneur Max Ahlgrim. Ahlgrim may have built the boat seen here. He and his sons would take visitors on excursions on the r…
Chicago residents traveled to the Kankakee River area in the early 1900s to boat, fish, hunt and picnic at areas such as Ahlgrim Park developed and operated by Max Ahlgrim. This photograph was one of several found at a flea market some years ago. The box also contained a journal kept by Ahlg…
An early 1900s photograph shows the site of Ahlgrim Park in southern Lake County, in what is now the Shelby area. Notice the sign on the right side of the photograph indicating the name of the train stop. (Provided photo)
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