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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!

7:37pm 10-19-2016
sharon Raymond
Love your site. Your doing a great job. Looking for pictures of Chatsworth for a quilt for the 150 yr. celebration. Have any others or someone who does have a few of the buildings?
Replied on: 7:36am 10-25-2016

Emailing direct

1:38am 08-28-2016
Awesome site and info. Was wondering where the historical marker for the chatsworth wreck is exactly located? Is it something you can walk up to or is it in the middle of the feild where it happend?
Replied on: 7:54am 09-07-2016

Andy, the marker is 2 1/2 miles east of Chatsworth, 1/2 mile from the Ford County line. You turn north there and of course you will find the tracks. You can park on the north side of the tracks there and walk to the exact site. Of course the culvert looks a little different but you will see it. Will also email you direct.

10:14pm 08-15-2016
Dale Jackson
I met you 2 or 3 years ago. I'm from Nebraska and my great and great great granddads are buried in Chatsworth Cemetery. Henry Jackson and Ethan Allen Jackson. I found Ethan's grave but could not find Henry's. I have since seen a picture of his grave there but don't know its location from Ethan's. Ethan died in 1898 and Henry died in 1929. I'll have to make another trip to look for Henrys head stone. I know what it looks like now. Ethan moved to town in around 1866.
I thank you for the info I got from you when we met and pray for the best for you. Dale
Replied on: 6:51am 08-20-2016

Thank you for your comments and prayers. Surely appreciated.
2017 will be our sesquicentennial year with plans for a nice celebration. That would be a good time to visit. We wish we could get a lot of the descendants to come but aren't having much luck. We will be publishing a new history book for that occasion. You can watch the website for info on it.
Thanks again.
I'll see if I can get the location of Henry's in reference to Ethan's grave. They are probably close.
Mary Runyon Hanshew

2:49pm 08-09-2016
There is a notation included with the obituary for my Great Great Grandmother, Anna E. Walsh (Welch) regarding the different spellings of her married name. There is a notation regarding her daughter, Regina Kemmer's birth certificate giving the correct spelling of her father....Andrew Welch which you indicated would be your feeling this was the correct spelling. I'm looking for the memorial for Regina Kemmer that has that info. Also, I hope your doing well!! Thanks...Shirley
Replied on: 6:54am 08-20-2016

I have checked and I do not have Regina's obit. I will however look for it and get it to you if found. I'm not sure, I guess that was an early assumption on the spelling. Now, looking at the stones, it seems that Walsh is perhaps the correct one. Will keep you informed thru direct email.

Have added Regina Kemmer's obit to my site.

3:51am 07-10-2016
Thank you for your efforts in creating this great site. My GG grandfather Henry Swigelson was among those who died.
Replied on: 5:26am 08-10-2016

Thank you for your comment. Always looking for info on the Chatsworth Wreck!

4:28pm 05-19-2016
Colleen Capps
I am looking for any information regarding a town called "Blue Sky" which back in 1857 was located near Chatsworth. I have a great aunt who was born there and would like to know its exact location and if it still exists or is it a ghost town. I was sent a link regarding a Mr. MIller who also was born there but lived in Fulton County in the Cuba area. In his 55th Wedding announcement it stated he was born in Blue Sky. Any help or information would be greatly appreciated. Also, if you cannot help me, would you be so kind as to direct me the Historical Society? With appreciation, Colleen
Replied on: 5:23am 08-10-2016

I have found no information on this town near Chatsworth. You might try the Livingston County Historical Society, or the Illinois HS.

7:52pm 04-17-2016
Laura Jannika Rust
great site...looking for relatives in Chatsworth that would have gotten foster child Louis Rust in about 1905. He was later sent to Julius Wisthuff home in about 1906. Would anyone know of whos home he would have been originally sent to as an orphan off the train?
Replied on: 8:06am 04-28-2016

Could be an interesting story. Have emailed you direct.

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