Chatsworth Illinois Memories
Guest Book


Remove ads from this guestbook - starting at just EUR2,50
10:50am 07-31-2015
Barbara Boudreau
I just came across a full page from the June 17, 1990 Sunday Journal, Kankakee with the following articles: "Riding the Rails", " Chatsworth Historical Society Sponsors Evening Railroad Excursions into the Past", Throttle of Old No. 91 Best of all Worlds for a Fanatic". I had thought it looked like something fun to do, but never did. Wondering if this train ride had continued to the present time, I was prompted to try to find more information on the internet and that led me to your website.

I can't find anything related to this on the internet, so I assume the train rides are no longer offered. Can you please let me know if I am not correct?

I'll bookmark your website, as I found it intriguing to read about the history of Chatsworth and some of the other tiny towns, such as Charlotte, that I have driven past or through so many times, and wondered about their foundings.

You have a very nice website! Lots of information -- looks like you've given it a lot of time and effort!
Replied on: 9:40am 10-02-2015

Will email you direct.

7:01pm 06-27-2015
Marty Ronhovde
Your article on Chatsworth wreak is outstanding. Was so happy to run across it. My Grt Grt Grandfathers brother was killed in this wreak. Heard my family tell the story of how Grandpa went after Isaac Body Jr body, with wagon. Alot of my family are buried in Body Cemetary in Woodland IL.
My Nana. Neva Body Peoples is buried there . Thank you so much. again for this is all very interesting to me. Had not heard of the 2010 wreak.until now. Thanks again. Marty R
Replied on: 8:49am 06-30-2015

Thank you Marty.

12:04am 06-22-2015
Jan Dishon
As always enjoyed the site, always finding new info.

Do you have any obits from July 1, 1872? Am looking for one for Charles Barnum. (His wife Mary Linn Montgomery Barnum is in the July 11, 1902 obits)

Replied on: 8:48am 06-30-2015

Emailing you direct.

2:08am 06-12-2015
Jesse Berryhill
32 yrs old. Monee, IL
1:59am 06-12-2015
Jesse berryhill
Chatsworth is a great town with so much history. My grandma Delores Berryhill was from there tho she recently passed away, bless her. My grandfather J.D was also from Chatsworth and God rest his sole. I still have family there as well as Piper City. I'm a great fan of the Tpw railroad and have fond memories of caboose rides during Chatsworth Heritage Days during the mid 90s provided by the town and the RR. What happened with this? For the upcoming Heritage Days someone should get in contact with Genesee & Wyoming (tPW's new owner) about providing rides for the community, or at least about them providing display able equipment on their line. As a former railroader and a railroad buff with many contacts, I can guarantee such an attraction will intensively increase attendance at the event. I have a few pics of my cousins and I riding on a TPW locomotive in the mid 90s that I'd like to share with you. We had a great time back then at the Chatsworth Heritage Days!
Replied on: 6:55am 06-13-2015

Emailing you direct Jesse.

6:54pm 06-07-2015
Kathryn Slater
We go through you town atleast twice a year on our way to Indiana beach Park and my grandson said he saw a crashed airplane monument there'
Is he correct? I don't remember.
Replied on: 6:58am 06-13-2015

Emailing you direct Kathryn.

3:38pm 04-09-2015
Steven R. Gillette
I really enjoy your website. My Father, Harry Gillette was born and raised in Chatsworth and always enjoyed my visits to your community.
Thank You,
Steven Gillette
Replied on: 6:54am 06-13-2015

Thanks Steven.

1:51pm 03-07-2015
Gail Stamm
Your site is wonderful! I'm interested in the Walter and Schade families and have found so much useful information on your website! Thank you so much!
Replied on: 8:43am 03-08-2015

Thank you Gail!

1:37pm 03-05-2015
Phil Patterson
A very informative site and great to visit and find out some interesting history. My interests are in the Tallman family - my 5x grandfather came from Ireland to Scotland and then family dispersed around the world. One Tallman family went to Chatworth (I think) Illinois and another to Ellensburg Washington. One family member Albert Henry Tallman born in Illinois in the late 1800's had four or five children. I would like to think I have some cousins in the area and would like to make contact.
Replied on: 8:47am 03-08-2015

Emailing you direct.

11:06am 01-29-2015
Paul Duffy
Thank you for all the history of the Duffy and Coughlin families. Many questions have been resolved and issues enlightened through your diligent efforts. Trying to locate family graves. Great grand parents were Thomas and Mary (McCarty) Duffy and Timothy and Hanora Coughlin. I believe all are in St Pat's Cemetary including Mary's father Patrick McCarty.
1:47pm 01-06-2015
Jim Twesten
I'm in the process of putting together my family history. In doing so I found that my great grandfather was killed in the Chatsworth-Niagara Falls train wreck.
Replied on: 8:46am 03-08-2015

Glad to be of help!

3:56pm 01-01-2015
Kate Hickey
Hi Mary,
Thank you for this website! I was just made aware of it through a cousin's son who lives in Juno, Alaska. I'm in Chicago where a few generations of us Hickeys call home. My dad and grandfather and great-grandfather were all Martin Hickey, and I know my great grandfather emigrated from County Clare, Ireland to Kentucky and then to Chatsworth. We noticed that in the article about the Great Trainwreck of 1887, Martin Hickey, home boy, was mentioned as he assisted in helping the injured (but he was about 10) and I think he was my great-grandpa. Although it was a gruesome and horrific event in history, I "enjoyed" reading about this piece of history that I heard of but not in such detail. Thank you again for providing this info for the rest of us! Happy New year, Kate (Kathleen)
Replied on: 8:45am 03-08-2015

Thank you Kate!

10:17am 12-20-2014
Mary Runyon Hanshew
Welcome to my new Guest Book. Please leave me a message if you would like for me to do research, if you have suggestions on improving my site or to just let me know you were here!
Your email address will now show in the guest book.
Thank you!
Site manager
Mary Runyon Hanshew
Messages: 31 until 45 of 43.
Number of pages: 3
Newer1 2 [3]