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7:45pm 11-29-2017
Rosie Folwell
Hi Mary, I have been missing you. I lost my other email address, for some reason AOL kept asking me my password and I cant seem to get it right so am using Bobs email address. Plus since I cant get on my email I cant get to my address book. I said tonite, I am going to find a way to write Mary. I am praying you are doing ok, you know I think of you every day and ask God to take care of you. Maybe when you get this you can send me a note on the email address above and let me know you got it... love you lots. As ever, Rosie
8:36am 11-06-2017
Susan Hayes
Hi Mary:
I am a long-lost Wallrich that is interested in some family history/lineage and possibly photos or articles (anything really). I would appreciate if you could help me or point me in the right direction. My great-grandpa and his parents are from there. Thanks!
Replied on: 6:25am 11-08-2017

Emailing you direct. Thank you for visiting

3:38pm 09-30-2017
Mary (Susie) Brown
Hi Mary! This is your cousin Susie from California. I have a new email address but can still retrieve email from the old one. It's been a long time since we have communicated. How are you and how is the family? My daughter Rachel Hills is now very interested in our family tree. Can you please send me the link again to be able to view it? Also, is there a way to find out the names of her cousins (your children, nephews and nieces)? Susie
9:48pm 05-30-2017
Paul Rosenboom
It has been very interesting looking back at my family history.
Replied on: 10:09am 06-02-2017

Hope you found something new Paul! My family has a special connection to the Rosenboom family.

9:35pm 05-28-2017
Jim Hornickel
I have photos of John and Margaretta Schuch Hornickel who both came from Germany. Can I add them to your site?

Jim Hornickel
Replied on: 10:08am 06-02-2017

Contacting direct.

9:57am 05-05-2017
carol jerkovic
Mary,Can you please post my husbands obit.Its in the Pantagraph.Thank you.
Replied on: 10:07am 06-02-2017


1:06pm 04-28-2017
Mick Mouse
I see no way to contact the site owner here directly; other than this location which requires sharing information publicly here and also requires posting for the world to see after which we might receive a reply but even that is unclear. For those of us who like to take greater care in regards to sharing of our information and who don't want to leave messages for the world in this way, how about giving us other alternatives (i.e. an email contact)? Create one for that purpose if you must.
Replied on: 7:30am 04-29-2017

First of all, my address is on the homepage as contact info. It is also on the "About Me" page. And you will find it in many of the messages. It is not required that you sign this guest book. It is an option for those that wish to use it. Secondly, your email address is only viewable by me, so that I can reply directly if I wish to do so. I must say, this is the first negative note that I have received in 15 years. Oh, and I like the email address you created, just to leave this message. Nice work!!
You can reply to my usual address that I have had for 20 years:
Look forward to hearing from you!

2:30pm 04-25-2017
richard doran
My mom was Fran smith doran and my wife was Roberta Nickrent Doran. Mary Birkenbiel and Libby Day were my aunts. Joe, George and Jim Smith were uncles, Virginia Lee is a cousin. I really appreciate your website as I have many memories of Chatsworth. Rosie Folwell is a friend. Thanks, Richard Doran, Fairbury
Replied on: 7:22am 04-29-2017

Thanks for the note. Of course I know all the names you mentioned. So glad you visited! That Rosie, isn't she great!

8:50pm 04-24-2017
Rolsie Folwell
Mary you are amazing. you certainly love your town of Chatsworth. I have enjoyed this site so much.I thank you for the information on the Walsh Brothers. I put the pieces of the puzzle in place for the first time. Keep up the good work.. Thanks Rosie Hacker Goembel Folwell
Replied on: 7:20am 04-29-2017

Thank you Rosie! Love getting these messages!

12:40pm 04-09-2017
Lyman Ridgeway
I am looking for any picture of Margaret Ridgeway Bennett. She was married to P.J. Bennett (Phinias Jewel Bennett). She was born in 1850 and P.J. in 1838. Her parents were John Hamilton and Myrtle Ridgeway, my great-great grandparents and are buried in Chatsworth. I provided a picture of John & Myrtle to you several years ago. Thanks. Lyman Ridgeway
10:52pm 03-17-2017
Dick Rosenboom
I don't remember you but I was in June's class in school. Also I worked with your dad at Rosenboom Brothers.One time me and him were putting in the ductwork in the new gym in the high school and we were both on ladders above the stage and we had this big section of duct that we had to lean way back on the ladder to try and get past an obstacal (sp) and I couldn't do it .I honk he had to go get Kenny to help do it. I bet that made a good story around your supper table that night. He probably said that damn kid ain't worth two bits! I've been meaning to get on your site for a long time, just didn't do it. I'm pretty good on the 40's and 50's if I can help with any thing. Dick.
Replied on: 9:24am 03-18-2017

Dad never told that story! So glad you finally checked my site out. Sending an email direct to you.

5:01pm 03-03-2017
Marie Hagberg
Read your history on the TP&W line. I have an old figurine of an Indian sitting atop a black box with the TP&W logo on it. The Indian looks like the same one on the hardhat. I've tried to look online for information on this piece, but can't find a thing. Do you have any idea who I might connect with that might know more about TP&W memorabilia?
5:44pm 02-22-2017
ron keeley
Thank you for you're work on this site.I retired a couple of yrs ago & started a genealogy hobby.Many of my families were from chatsworth & fairbury area.
[CLINES,O'BRIEN,KEELEY,KELLEY,FREEHILL] I have been able to gather a lot of info from the site. Thank you!
Replied on: 7:33am 02-24-2017

Ron-Thank you for the nice comments. So glad to hear that my site has helped. Hope to get more info added in the near future.

11:23am 02-04-2017
Cristy Delicath
Do you have a local phone number I can call? Thank you
Replied on: 7:32am 02-24-2017

Sorry Cristy-email only. Contact me at Would love to help you.

7:51am 12-03-2016
Lois Hoffman
heading out to see the marker today with a friend, you have a great site and are doing a wonderful service in documenting so much. Hope we can find the marker today! thank you thank you!!!
Replied on: 7:29am 02-24-2017

Lois-Thank you for your nice comments. Hope you found it!

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