Saturday, December 17, 2016

The Yanda Log Cabin, Glen Carbon, Illinois.

The Yanda Log Cabin is believed to have been built by blacksmith William Yanda in 1853.
William Yanda (1818-1885) and his wife Anna Zeola (1823-1901) were immigrants from Bohemia, Austria. They and their ten children lived in the cabin. Their oldest son, Frank (1846-1912), also became a blacksmith. 
He practiced his craft in other towns and eventually returned to the log cabin 1882 with his wife, Anna Benda (1845-1912). Frank and Anna raised eleven children in the cabin. 
Frank sold the cabin to his son Frank Jr., who was one of the early mayors of the Village of Glen Carbon. Frank Jr. did not have any children. Several descendants of the Yandas' lived in the cabin before it was eventually sold.
James Harry Lister, originally from England, named the village in 1892 when a post office was established. Lister was one of the first village trustees and a specialist in opening mines and installing mining equipment. Lister called the village "Carbon Glen," which means Coal Valley. Reportedly, his daughter said it sounded better when you reversed the words to Glen Carbon.
By the time it was sold, the cabin had undergone many modernization, and it was considered just an ordinary house. The plan was to use the house as a practice burn by the Village Fire Department. 
When the vinyl siding was removed to do so, the historic log cabin was discovered underneath! All plans for burning it were halted. The Village of Glen Carbon bought the lot with the existing house built around the cabin in 1989. 
Renovation began that same year and concluded just in time for the Village's Centennial Celebration in June 1992. The cabin now serves as an addition to the Glen Carbon Heritage Museum, a reminder of the past before Glen Carbon was incorporated.

Compiled by Dr. Neil Gale, Ph.D.


  1. That would be a great find! Glad it's still there!

  2. I love seeing this! William Yanda is my 4th Great Grandfather! <3

  3. William was my 3rd great grandfather!!

  4. William was my 3rd great grandfather! Shelly Hydron

  5. William (Wenceslas) was my 2nd great grandfather.


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