Saturday, June 24, 2017

Obit of Otto Adolf Albrecht

Otto Adolf Albrecht passed away June 10th, 2017 in Stockton, CA. Otto was born in Villingen, Germany on October 24th, 1943. He attended elementary school in Schwetzingen, Germany from 1949 until 1956 when the Albrecht family immigrated to the United States. They arrived in Chatsworth, Illinois in May of 1956, being sponsored by the Lutheran World Federation and the Vernon Hummel family of Chatsworth. Otto attended Chatsworth Elementary/High School where he graduated in 1962. He married Sharon Jensen of Piper City, Illinois in 1964. They had 2 children, a daughter Robin and a son Darin. Otto worked as a maintenance supervisor for a convalescent hospital in Piper City. Otto moved to Lodi, CA in 1987. He worked at Arbor Convalescent Hospital in Lodi for 18 years before retiring. He married Anne Watkins Cheney in 2001 and they then moved to Galt. Otto enjoyed fishing in the Sierra's, going to the cabin at Hathaway Pines, NASCAR races, his 1938 Ford Deluxe, and his cat Pokey. Otto is survived by his wife Anne Albrecht, daughter Robin Albrecht of New York, son Darin Albrecht of Illinois, step daughter Alana Millerick of Linden CA and step son Marc Cheney of Linden CA. He also leaves behind his brother Michael Albrecht Jr. (Kathleen) of Arizona, sister Erika Bekermeier (David) of Oregon, sister Angelika Brooks (Larry) of Oregon, sister in law Sharon Albrecht of Illinois, brother in law Tom Watkins (Gayle) of Linden CA, sister in law Jane Watkins of Rocklin CA and several nieces and nephews. He is also survived by 8 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Preceding him in passing were his parents Michael Albrecht Sr., Elsa Albrecht and brother Siegfried Albrecht. A Celebration of Life will be held on Tuesday June 27th at 1:00pm at Heritage Park 700 2nd St in Galt, CA. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the American Cancer Society or Hospice of San Joaquin. Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from June 23 to June 29, 2017
Otto Adolf Albrecht Obituary

Obit of Virginia (Leman) Wahls

Virginia K. Wahls, 91 of Chatsworth passed away at 3:57 pm, Thursday, June 22, 2017 at OSF St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Bloomington. Her funeral will be 11 am, Monday, June 26, 2017 at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church; Chatsworth with Pastor Mauricio Vieira officiating. Burial will follow Chatsworth Township Cemetery. Visitation will be 2 to 5 pm, Sunday, June 25, 2017 also at the church in Chatsworth; and 10 to 10:45 am, prior to the service at the church on Monday. Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury has charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the family of Virginia K. Wahls. 
Virginia was born December 2, 1925 in Strawn; the daughter of John and Flossie (Kessler) Leman. She married Albert Wahls on March 8, 1961, in Chatsworth. He died in May of 2001. Her parents and her best friend, Phyllis Shols also preceded her in death. Survivors include her children, Fred (Gwen) Wahls, Strawn; and Steve (Becky) Wahls, Fairbury; and six grandchildren, Erin Wahls, Fisher; Andy Wahls, Rachel Wahls both of Strawn; Lacy (Joe) Turner, Chatsworth; Tyler Wahls, Loredo, TX; and Carson Wahls, Fairbury; and 4 great grandchildren, Dairn, Mariah, Wyatt and Ruby Turner. Virginia and Albert farmed for many years in the Strawn-Chatsworth area. She was a member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Chatsworth. Virginia loved people and enjoyed any activity if she could be with friends and family. She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.
Virginia K. Wahls

Obit of Francis Johnson

Francis Johnson, 97, of Saunemin, passed away Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 3:40 p.m. at Evenglow Lodge Tjardes Health Center in Pontiac. His service will be held Monday, June 26, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Cullom with Reverend Dr. Richard Riley officiating. Burial will follow at Sunny Slope Cemetery in Saunemin. Visitation will be Sunday, June 25, 2017 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Duffy-Baier-Snedecor Funeral Home in Pontiac. Duffy-Baier-Snedecor Funeral Home, Pontiac, is in charge of arrangements. Francis was born January 13, 1920 in Charlotte, IL to John and Elsena (Gerjets) Johnson. He married Mary Lehmann on September 21, 1941 in St. Charles, MO. She passed away March 30, 2015. He is survived by his sons, Francis (Joanne) Johnson, Jr. of Whitefish Bay, WI, Eric (Joan) Johnson of Saunemin, IL, and David Johnson of Sugar Grove, IL; daughter, Eileen Immke of Saunemin, IL; sister, Fannie Diemer of Pontiac, IL; grandchildren, Marianne Johnson, Chris Johnson, Scot Immke, Shannon Prewitt, Kirk Johnson, Kent Johnson, and Evan Johnson; and seven great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Mary; two brothers; and one sister. Francis attended Star School in rural Saunemin. He served in the United States Army from 1942 to 1945 with the 67th Signal Battalion in France, Germany, Belgium, and the Philippines. He went on the Peoria Honor Flight for veterans to Washington D.C. in 2015. Francis was a lifelong farmer and also worked on the Norfolk and Western Railroads. He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Cullom, IL and the Saunemin American Legion. Francis was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He was an avid Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears fan. Memorials may be made Saunemin Fire and Rescue and Peoria Honor Flight.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Sesquicentennial Mementos Still for sale

Still For Sale

Sesquicentennial History Books
$20 - $7 S&H
Sesquicentennial Coins
Now $10
Sesquicentennial T-Shirts
Available at Town Hall or contact
Richard Runyon-815-674-5497
Joy Dassow-815-848-2620
Dawn Hobart-815-848-5727
Send check or money order to:
Sesquicentennial Committee
P.O. Box 151
Chatsworth, IL. 60921


Sesquicentennial Cookbooks
$16 - $5 S&H
Available at Baltz Library 
Send check or money order to:
Baltz Library
P.O. Box 638
Chatsworth, IL. 60921


Sesquicentennial Crocks
Contact Pat Frye at 815-635-3167

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

House fire-June 8, 2017

House fire in Chatsworth 
The home of the Glen Bailey family caught fire on the opening day (June 8, 2017) of the celebration. Here are personal pictures taken by my brother Randy Runyon.


Sunday, June 18, 2017

Train Derailment from the Pantagraph

From the

CHATSWORTH — Crews continue to clean up from Tuesday’s train derailment near Chatsworth in Livingston County. “They are working on it, but it’s not causing us any problems here in town,” said Mayor Richard Runyon. Around 2 p.m. Tuesday, a westbound Toledo Peoria & Western (TP&W) train derailed two miles east of town. Four cars derailed, Runyon said. One fell over while three others remained upright. Access into and out of Chatsworth was limited for about two hours and crews are still working on the tracks outside of town. The investigation is continuing, but Runyon said railroad officials think the hot temperatures this week had an impact. “The railroad people told me that because of the heat, the tracks have a tendency to buckle and will move up and down,” he said. “That’s happened before and it apparently happened again.” Temperatures were above 90 degrees earlier in the week. There were no injuries reported, Runyon said.   This wasn’t the first rail derailment, nor the worst, in Chatsworth. “For those of us that live here, we constantly are reminded about the one that kind of made us famous,” he said. “It’s part of our history and we recognize that during our anniversary celebrations.” In 1887, a TP&W passenger train on its way from Peoria to Niagara Falls derailed after crossing over a trestle damaged by fire. The Aug. 10 crash killed 85 of the 700 passengers. There also were derailments reported in 1951 and 2010. The accident in 2010 fell on the 123rd anniversary of the 1887 derailment and also was blamed on hot weather.

Chatsworth train derailment

Obit of Gary Pendleton-January, 2017

Husband of Nancy Dickman
Gary F. Pendleton, 80 of Champaign; formerly of Paxton passed away at 4:05 a.m. Saturday, January 7, 2017, at his home. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, January 14, 2017, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Chatsworth with Rev. Emil Blobaum officiating. Burial will follow in Charlotte Cemetery, Chatsworth with military honors. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday, January 13, 2017, at Baier Family Funeral Services, 406 E Pells Street, Paxton and one hour prior to the funeral service from 1-2 p.m. Saturday at the church. Gary was born February 4, 1936 in Ashaway, Rhode Island the son of Delmar and Mona Hunt Pendleton. He married Nancy Dickman March 4, 1956 in Chatsworth. She survives. Along with his wife, he is survived by many cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Bruce Pendleton, one daughter, Linda Pendleton; two brothers and one sister. Gary grew up in the Westerly and Coventry, Rhode Island areas. He served in the United States Air Force for 20 years, retiring in 1974. During his service, he was stationed in Korea and Okinawa for 1 ½ years and also in California, Massachusetts, Hawaii and Delaware. After his retirement, he worked in Civil Service at Chanute Air Force Base until they closed in 1993. He was a former member of the First Lutheran Church, Paxton and the Paxton Lion’s Club. While stationed in Hawaii he was a Cub Master and belonged to the PTA. He was an avid Boston Red Socks and New England Patriots fan. Gary enjoyed working on his computer, watching TV and fishing. He was generous with his time and loved helping others. He was well known as the neighborhood fix-it man. Memorials may be made to an organization of the donor’s choice. Condolences may be offered at

Gary Francis Pendleton

Saturday, June 10, 2017

More on the Balloon Accident

From the Pantagraph:


CHATSWORTH — One person was injured in a hot-air balloon mishap at the Chatsworth sesquicentennial celebration Thursday evening, but the balloon landed safely a short distance away. Four balloons were preparing to launch shortly before 6:30 p.m. when the incident occurred. Witnesses said the wind was calm before the accident. Livingston County Sheriff Tony Childress said Friday, “Apparently, there was a wind gust that caused one balloon to lift up.” The basket tipped and the pilot fell out, he said. The pilot was transported to OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington. Childress said he did not know whether the pilot, whom he did not name, was hospitalized. “It's our understanding at this point that the injuries were not life-threatening,” said Childress. “No one was injured other than the individual that fell out of the basket.” The sheriff said the incident remains under investigation. Mayor Richard Runyon, who was at opening ceremonies elsewhere at the time, said, “Luckily they knew enough to go past the power lines and out of town before pulling the rope” to bring down the balloon. According to one witness, Wayne Germain of Pontiac, “People followed it on the ground and told them what to do.”  Other bystanders told him some passengers got bumps and bruises when the baskets dragged along the ground. “Thank God there weren't any serious injuries,” he said. Germain shot video as the drama unfolded. “It was frightening,” said Germain, noting the wind had been calm for hours. “Out of nowhere, a gust of wind came — 20 mph at least,” he said. “Twenty seconds later, it was calm again.” But in those 20 seconds, there was chaos — and it didn't end when the wind stopped. Four balloons were lined up to take riders aloft and crews had just started to fill the colorful balloons with hot air when the gust blew in. Shortly after the video begins, the wind grabs one of the balloons. Germain notes, “You can hear the rope snap and see a guy fall about 4 feet.” That balloon collided with a second balloon, which had its basket dragged along the ground until it collided with a third balloon, goes airborne, then hits the ground hard before rising up again, with the pilot hanging almost upside down on the side of the basket. He pulls on a cord and falls as the basket hit the ground hard with the balloon again going aloft — this time, without its pilot. Germain said it was fortunate two of the teams were able to quickly deflate their balloons, none of the balloons went into the crowd of spectators and the pilot-less balloon was able to land safely with directions from the ground.  Childress said the balloon “didn't crash” but floated and came to rest at another location. Germain, a hot-air balloon enthusiast, said, “In my 30 years of watching hot-air balloons … I've never seen a gust of wind come across like that.” His video of the incident quickly went viral on the internet, receiving more than 100,000 views on Facebook, in addition to being shown on various television outlets. Germain said he has received calls “from around the world” from people involved in hot-air ballooning who want to use his video for educational and training purposes and he is happy to share it. “I'm glad I got the opportunity to video it,” he said. Although he described it as “a freak accident,” Germain said seeing how quickly conditions can change has cooled his desire to go airborne. “I always wanted to fly in a balloon but couldn't afford it,” he said. “Now, I don't want to go. No, thank you.” The Chatsworth sesquicentennial celebration continues Saturday, with music, fireworks and other entertainment, but Runyon said the hot-air balloon rides will not be rescheduled.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Sesquicentennial Events Happening

(New photos added as they happen)

Balloon Launch Accident

See Facebook post of film of the balloon mishap posted by Wayne Germain. Things could have been a lot worse. The first balloon came down in a field northeast of town. 
Click on link below.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Chatsworth Wreck Programs

And more: local history books and displays
JUNE 10, 2017 – 10 A.M. & 1 P.M.


What's New at the Chatsworth Illinois Memories website???
Click on the "Announcement" photo to go there.
Much more info that I have here on my blog!!

Obit of Marie Irene (Herr) Tyrrell

Former Chatsworth Teacher
Marie Irene Tyrrell "Irene" (nee Herr), at rest, peacefully, on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at her home after too much coffee! Irene retired from Walgreens as a Card Specialist, and she previously taught high school sciences at the Academy of St. Francis and Chatsworth Illinois High School. She was a former member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and a current member of Holy Family Catholic Church, where Irene was a Catechists for 30 years and most recently, the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Communion Ministries to the home bound and at Essington Place (Rock Run Place). Irene also volunteered for the Crisis Line of Will County. She is the beloved mother of Anne (Tom) Mosley, Mary Thayer, Paul, John (Krissy), Jane (Brent) Hanouw, Sarah and Ruth; grandmother of 16; and great grandmother of 12. Also survived by Tim Thayer and daughter-inlaw, Cindy (late Mark) Tyrrell; special friend, Judie Renz; her nephew, John (Kathy) Elder; her dog, Gus; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded by her beloved husband, Stanley K. Tyrrell (1995); her parents, Jesse J. and Marie Irene (Eddy) Herr; and one son, Mark (1998). Funeral services for Irene Tyrrell will be held on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 9:15 a.m. at the Fred C. Dames Funeral Home, 3200 Black (at Essington) Rd., Joliet, IL to Holy Family Catholic Church, 600 Brook Forest Ave, Shorewood, IL where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Friday from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. 
For more information, please call 815-741-5500 or visit her Memorial Tribute at Published in The Herald-News from June 8 to June 9, 2017

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Obit of Mark Bryan Aberle

Mark Bryan Aberle, 66, of Chatsworth passed away at 11:58 pm, Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at his residence in Chatsworth. His funeral will be 10 am, Monday, June 5, 2017 at the Apostolic Christian Church of Forrest with the ministers of the church officiating. Burial will follow in North Apostolic Christian Church Cemetery, Forrest. Visitation will be 2 to 6 pm, Sunday, June 4, 2017 at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury; and 9 to 9:45 am, prior to the service at the church on Monday. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Fairview Haven Retirement Community – Serenity Villa, Fairbury. Mark was born October 27, 1950 in Fairbury; the son of William and Jean (Zimmerman) Aberle. He married LaVerne Martin on May 14, 1977 in Chatsworth. His wife survives in Chatsworth. Also surviving are his children, James (Kara) Aberle and Susan (Keith) Huber both of Fairbury; Shane (Sarah) Aberle of Mahomet; Shawn (Tami) Aberle of Forrest; Bryan (Lisa) Aberle and Marcus (Katie Fehr) Aberle both of Chatsworth; Ashley Aberle of McAllen, TX; Kevin Aberle of Chatsworth; two sisters, MaryJo (Mark) Rieger of Mahomet; and Dawn (Randy) Steidinger of Forrest; and 21 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Doug Aberle. Mark served our country in the US Army during Vietnam. He was employed by Nussbaum Plumbing and Heating Inc. and Steidinger Bro’s Inc., Fairbury and was a member of the Apostolic Christian Church of Forrest.

Mark Bryan Aberle

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Obit of Gerald D. Haberkorn

Gerald D. “Gerry” Haberkorn, 88, of Chatsworth, passed away at 2:55 pm Monday May 29, 2017 at Piper City Rehab and Living Center in Piper City Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:30 am on Friday June 2, 2017 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Chatsworth, Rev. Richard Brunskill will officiate. Burial will follow in St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery in Chatsworth. A visitation will be held from 10:00 am until the time of services at the church. Memorials in his name may be left to Walter Clemmons American Legion Post 613 or to a Charity of the Donor’s Choice. Calvert & Martin Funeral Home in Forrest is handling the arrangements. Gerry was born in Chatsworth on September 2, 1928 a son of Henry W. and Dorothy (Schade) Haberkorn. Survivors include one brother: Charles “Chub” (Dolores) Haberkorn of Chatsworth; one sister-in-law: Lucy Haberkorn of Chatsworth, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Donald Haberkorn and his sister, Marlene Harms. Gerry was a member of Walter Clemmons American Legion Post 613, He served our country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Gerry was an Avid Chicago Cubs and Green Bay Packers fan.

Gerald D.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

A.L.A. hosts Girl's State Students

May 21, 2017

The Chatsworth A.L.A. Post hosted the "Illini Girl's State Tea" on Sunday, May 21. This is an orientation program for our district students who will attend "Girl's State" this summer. Six girls attended and enjoyed an ice cream bar in lieu of sandwiches and tea. 

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Don Deany Article-2009

Article on Don Deany From the Lafayette Leader (Indiana)
June5, 2009

Don Deany, 74, Watseka, grew up in a neighboring county but spent most of his teaching and administrative career in Iroquois County. He was part of both Middleport Grade School and the Crescent City schools, as well as the Regional Office of School. 
 Grade school 
I'm Donald Deany. I was born in Pontiac in Livingston County in 1935. I grew up in Ford County, east of Cullom. I attended a one-room country school until about the sixth grade. The school burned over the Christmas holidays after it had been cleaned. Then I went to the school where my father's family had attended and my great-aunt had taught school at one time. It was just down the road from my great-grandfather's farm and my great-great grandparents farms. After the school burned and we finished the year, the schools in Livingston County and part of Ford County consolidated and I finished at Cullom Grade School. I went on to Cullom High School and graduated in the class of '53.

High school 
One of the things about going to high school at that time school was on the edge of town. After basketball practice I had friends who would take their shotguns to school in the morning and put them in their lockers. After school and after basketball practice for an hour or so they would go hunt in the land north of town. I often think of that and how we would have the state police and FBI and everyone else at school checking out these people and probably be carting them off in handcuffs today. When I graduated from high school, I knew there wasn't enough land for me to farm so I started school as a business education major. I attended several universities. I had my traveling around. I started in Austin, Texas, at St. Edward's University. Then I finished at Illinois State University where I got my Bachelor's degree while I was teaching school, at that time, you could take an exam. I took the teacher's exam. I passed it. I taught in Chatsworth for a teacher on a leave of absence and I taught in Forrest. Then I went back to Chatsworth for a few years.

Middleport Grade School
In 1963 Joyce Sloter and I were married and we came here. I became the upper grade teacher, principal, and coach at Middleport Grade School in Pittwood. The building still stands a block south of the Pittwood Road. I kind of like to talk about the Pittwood school. When I was there we only had 67 kids. We had some good athletes. When the season ended one year, we put the basketball jerseys on and we had the Trudeaus, Lyndon Swanson, Kerry Bell, Dennis Koonce, Cluver and played an intramural ballgame. If you go back and look at the records in the '70s with Watseka High School, those Pittwood boys were all very good players. They continued on and some played in college.
Crescent-Iroquois High School 
I was there for three years and in 1966 I went to Crescent City as the grade school superintendent. I also taught three classes of math. The next year I became the high school administrator too. In '67 I became the superintendent of the Crescent City school. I had gone to Crescent in 1966 and was there for 17 years. It was one of the fortune things as people retired we were able to find very good teachers. A reason a lot of the students were so successful, in addition to their own ability and talent, was a fine faculty. One of the sad things in my life will be attend the Crescent-Iroquois graduation this weekend and see the last time some of those faculty members will be teaching school. I was able to hire a great group of teachers. We had some great students and great basketball teams. We can all remember the team in 1977 that went to the state tournament. We didn't win but we were one of the smaller schools to make it to the Assembly Hall, which brought a great deal of pride in the community. We think of the fine basketball teams through the years.
In one of the classes we had there was a student who did ophthalmology, another was a dentist and a third had a doctorate degree in one of the other sciences. It was probably unusual there were three in one class. It tells you a lot about the ability that those students had. There were other students who did very well in musical careers, farming, whatever. There was a lot of talent, hard working people who wanted to succeed. We have to salute people like that today. I can remember one of the days when I was at the high school I parked my car away from the front of the building at the grade school. When I got home that night some jokester had taken confetti and put it in my car. Until the day I traded it, whenever I turned on the heat you were likely to get some confetti coming from the heater. I was glad to get rid of that because it seemed I was always getting confetti. I don't know how they managed to get down in the heater but they did.

In 1983 I went into the Regional Office of Schools in the basement of the courthouse in Watseka. Mr. Clifford Bury retired in April of 1986 when I was appointed the regional superintendent of school. I served there until 1995. There was reorganization from 57 regional superintendents to 35. I retired and when I retired I thought, "Oh, this is going to be nice." I couldn't work in Illinois because of retirement laws, so I went over and substituted in Indiana for a few days. It just happened there was a parochial school in Kentland where I was subbing that needed a principal. I told the pastor that if he had trouble finding a principal that I would be glad to help out. In June we came back from vacation and there was a phone call saying, "We have everybody but the principal. Will you come?" I went over and talked with him. I thought this would be interesting and I could work three days a week. I did this for two years and I retired again. In the middle of the summer the phone rang and the pastor at the church in Fowler said the nuns have left, "Would you be our principal? We have a lady who wants to be principal but we have to have somebody with an Indiana principal license. I went to Fowler for two years. I retired again. That same summer I got another phone call and I drove to Rensselaer for two years. I also had a lady who filled in when I wasn't there. With my 36 years in public school and my 11 years in parochial schools I accumulated a lot of teaching. One of the sad things was that early on we had the vocational center, which is now the Administrative Center of Iroquois County. I was here when that began and as the secretary and on the regional board of school trustees I had to sign the lease transferring it over to county ownership. Now, you can see we have students going to the KCC center. It was a sad day because at that time, that type of education was needed for student in our area. 

I have the Irish background. Back in history, one of my great-grandmothers was buried in Loda at the Pine Ridge Cemetery. A lot of the Deany are buried in Gilman Cemetery at St. Mary's. My grandfather was the one in that family who did not work on the railroad. The Deany family became the engineers and the train conductors. One of my great-uncles was the chief attorney for the Illinois Central Railroad office in Chicago. My mother's family came from Germany. This summer we're having a Dohman family reunion. The Dohman came from Dortmun and my mother's relatives are still there. A couple of my mother's relatives are still there. I have not been back to Germany or Ireland. We had planned on doing that when 9/11 came and we couldn't convince ourselves to take off after that happened. My mother's parents went to Germany when she was a little girl. She had an older sister and an older brother and a younger brother that went with the. Grandma got so homesick she wanted to go back after the war. The inflation came so grandpa knew he had to get out of there. He had a 10 acre farm. He sold that and, evidently, he had a lot of money and he still had to wire a relative here to loan him some money for the rest of the passage. He came back and worked on a farm until he could afford to rent a farm. He rented a farm just south of Cullom, not too far from where my father's family had lived. He bought some land around Charlotte, which is in between Chatsworth and Cullom. My mother still has part of the land grandpa had bought just before World War II.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Baby Bluebirds have arrived at the Steidingers

Chatsworth Alumni Events

Chatsworth Alumni Cocktail Party
American Legion Hall

Friday.June 9, 2017

5:00 pm to ??????

CHS Alumni Meeting

American Legion Hall
Meeting starts early to accommodate

 Sesquicentennial Events.

Sat.June 10

3:00pm-Bar & Appetizers

3:30-Meeting Begins/4:15-Meeting Ends


Saturday, May 20, 2017

New Sesquicentennial Events


Is being sold by silent auction.

Check facebook for details.



11 am

Will be on display at the St. Paul's Luther Church



Hall of Fame Legendary Angler

 He will be at the Fishing Tourney.

And Under the Big Tent at 11am.


Take a trolly ride and learn our history.


11 am to 7 pm

Look for the roll-out of the Chatsworth Plaindealers over Heritage Days.

Our library will be open Saturday morning and this is where it will happen

 between 9am and 12pm!!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

May 17 Update

New Bios

Scroll to the bottom of the page

New Photos


Scroll to bottom of page

New Links

A new book written in 2016

Memorial Day Services-2017

Memorial Day Services

Chatsworth Memorial Day Services 
Monday, May 29 
8:30am - Germanville Cemetery 
9:00am - St. Patrick's Cemetery 
9:45am - Chatsworth-Charlotte Cemetery 
Breakfast will follow at the Legion Hall
In case of rain services will be held at the Chatsworth American Legion Post#613
 Locust Street at 10:00 am

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Obit of Billy Don Wheeler

WHEELER, Billy Don a resident of Zephyrhills since 1986, passed away May 11, 2017 at his residence. Don was born in Springfield, TN March 7, 1945, the son of Clem and Mamie (Rager) Wheeler. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Larry D. Wheeler; and his sister, Mary Wheeler Burton. Don is survived by Patricia A. Pruitt Wheeler, his wife of 30 years; his children, Troy (Cathy) Wheeler of Zephyrhills, Tisha WheelerHarty of Pontiac, IL, Tanya (Darrell) Wheeler-Bell of Chatsworth, IL, Tad Wheeler of Thonotosassa, FL, and Donnie Wheeler and Becky Wheeler, both of Springfield, TN; his sister-in-law, Rita Nasser, of Lutz, FL; and his beloved dogs, Princess and Dutches. Don enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, Trey Houser and Thomas Wheeler, both of Florida, Taylor Harty, Illinois, Megan Wheeler and Laila Wheeler, both of Florida, Thalen Harty of Illinois, Megan Wheeler, DJ Wheeler and Anthony Green, all of Tennessee. Don was very proud of his two great-granddaughters, Melody and Taryn Houser of Florida. Don was owner of Zephyr Stripe 'n Seal, Inc., a parking lot maintenance company: in business since 1992, incorporated in 1995. He loved to work: for him working was his vacation. He loved people, all of his customers who, to him, were his friends. Don loved all animals, most particularly dogs, and they loved him too. Don enjoyed the outdoors and taking care of his lawn and gardens. He was a collector of antique tractors and enjoyed all farming machinery. Memorial Services will be held at Hodges Family Funeral Home in Zephyrhills, FL, May 15 at 2:30 pm, with a Visitation beginning at 2 pm. Cremation rites will be accorded and he will be laid to rest in Cedar Grove Cemetery in Elkton, KY in a private service with his family. Don will be greatly missed by his family and friends. He made the world a special place for others. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in his honor to any animal care or rescue facility of the donor's choice.