Waverly Journal Enterprise, March 1907
Imri B. Vancil, one of the most prominent citizens of Modesto, died at his home in that place Saturday evening, March 23, 1907, after a brief illness with pneumonia. He was born in Jackson county, Ill., and came to Macoupin county with his parents when quite a child, and had lived in that county for seventy-nine years. He was 82 years of age at the time of his death. His father, Edmund C. Vancil, came to Macoupin county in 1826, and died in december, 1891, at the age of 88 (?) years. Deceased was the last of the children of the late Edmund Vancil - one brother, W. A. Vancil, late of this city, and one sister, Mrs. Amelia E. Moffet (mother of A. C. Moffet of this city), who lived seven miles south of Waverly, having preceded him to the grave. Mr. Vancil is survived by his wife and four children, namely: Burke Vancil of Springfield, Mrs. G. F. Jordan of Carlinville, Mrs. Lewis Rinaker of Chicago, and Mrs. L. G. Brown of Modesto.
Mr. Vancil was an active member of the board of supervisors of Macoupin county for several years during the famous court house fight. In 1850 he crossed the plains for California with a mule train. He was a Mason and an Odd Fellow, and at one time was the only Mason in his home county. by occupation he was a farmer, and at the time of his death was prominently connected with the Bank of Modesto. He had been an active business man all his life until a few days before his death.
Funeral services were held at his late home in Modesto at 2 p.m. Tuesday, followed by interment in the Pulliam cemetery.