Near Jacob in Jackson County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
James "Gene" Korando
In December of 2009, the lush wetland at the heart of Lover's Pond Nature Preserve was renamed in honor of James "Gene" Korando, a lifelong resident of this area and avid outdoorsman.
"Gene" Korando was born May 26, 1925 on Kaskaskia Island. His family had settled here in the Mississippi bottomlands in the mid-1800s, and Korando grew up exploring the surrounding woods and waterways.
With his wife Pearl, Korando raised seven children and farmed here. He was an avid duck hunter, and one of his favorite hunting spots was Lover's Pond. Korando was well-known locally - and even nationally - for his famous duck soup and for his handmade duck calls.
A Man Honored
In 2009, the State of Illinois honored Korando by renaming Lover's Pond for him. The official proclamation cites Korando's dedication to duck hunting, his skill and generosity with his duck calls, and his "big heart" as reasons for the honor.
James "Gene" Korando died September 29, 2010.
Wild Duck Soup
James "Gene" Korando's duck soup is an anticipated treat at the
2 mallard ducks
Salt and pepper to taste
6 stalks celery, finely chopped
1/2 green pepper, finely chopped
1 potato, finely chopped
1 sm. Box long grain and wild rice
1/2 cup barley
1/4 cup parsley flakes
1 pkg. dry onion soup mix
1 pkg. dry chicken noodle soup mix
Egg noodles made from 2 eggs
Place ducks in large saucepan. Add 2 gallons water, 1 sliced onion, salt and pepper. Cook until duck is tender. Discard onion. Remove meat from bones. Return to broth. Add 1 chopped onion, vegetables, rice, barley and parsley flakes. Do not use rice seasonings. Cook until all ingredients are tender. Add soup mixes, noodles, salt and pepper. Cook until noodles are tender.
Erected by Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Animals • Natural Features • Parks & Recreational Areas.
Location. 37° 47.521′ N, 89° 33.039′ W. Marker is near Jacob, Illinois, in Jackson County. Marker is on Illinois Route Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 19274 IL-3, Jacob IL 62950, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. George Rogers Clark Campsite (approx. 7.2 miles away); In Memoriam (approx. 10.9 miles away); Altenburg (approx. 11.3 miles away in Missouri); Lewis and Clark in Illinois (approx. 11.3 miles away); World Wars Memorial (approx. 11.6 miles away).
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 7, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 6, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 46 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 6, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.