Chatsworth Illinois Memories
 New Commemorative Coin-2017

This is a Genealogy and History site
It is said, "All good things must come to an end", but I say, "All great things should be remembered and archived !!"
Site Manager- Mary Runyon Hanshew 
To navigate this site use the links at the top of this page or those listed below.
At the bottom of those main pages you will also find links to the sub-pages.
Use the "Site Map" page. On that page the main pages are listed. Click on the "plus sign" to expand and locate secondary pages. Clicking on the page title will take you to that page.


If you wish to have updates on everything new added to this site, go the my blog,
and sign up for the email updates which will be sent directly to your inbox.

Notice: I am in the process of editing my pages. Some links have changed or been lost over the years, so I am slowly reconnecting them. So please recheck your ancestor's info. Also some new links have been added to obit memorials.



****June Updates****

Earliest photo of Chatsworth

JUNE 27, 28, 29

Visit all the old and new Places that reflex our history.
And enjoy the free music and carnival. 
Dennwitz Garage
Hornickel Gas Station
To get you in the mood, read about our Founding Father,   The Oliver Family . This is a 2 page history.


Edward Fincham-not found yet.


I have completed the years 1921-1925 from the Plaindealer.

There are also new entries in Obits of 1894 thru 1900 Obits from the Chatsworth Plaindealer 1884-1885-188
                                                                                                and 1897 thru 1899    and 1900 thru 1901

Central Illinois Connection Center                             


Honor all Veterans on Memorial Day 




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Chatsworth proclaimed 

"Bluebird Capital of Illinois"

Posted by Paul Ritter on Facebook
Mayor Richard Runyon at far left, attends ceremony at Springfield.
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Be sure to check the Links page for more Chatsworth connections.

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This site was established in 2002
Re-established here in 2009 
These pages are maintained by
Mary Runyon Hanshew
This website is loaded with tons of information and I strongly suggest that you use the "Search this site" function at the top right corner if you are searching for info on someone in particular by putting the -SURNAME ONLY- in that box . Otherwise you will get too many unrelated results. There are over 250 pages on this site, not counting the photo albums. The search function will not find pictures that are in the photo albums, so be sure to check out the "Photos "page.  Otherwise, just browse the many pages and enjoy!!

This website represents 15 years and more of research by me. I would appreciate that if you use the information I have provided here that you at least recognize my efforts by stating where it came from 
Thank You
As of 2015 I was diagnosed with terminal cancer, so once the copyright ceases to change, you will know that I have left this world to be with all those who have gone before me. In the meantime, I will continue to add new information each month, as I have in the past, with hopes that you may find your ancestor here and learn a little more about them.
Everyday is a new beginning!!
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