CHATSWORTH INFO

 
 
 
Some Information on Our Town
 
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Located in the CAPS Recreation Center along with our swimming pool and ball field

 
  
 
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CAPS Recreation Center in Chatsworth, Illinois

The CAPS Barn can be rented for various occasions like a family or friends gathering, hold an indoor yard sale, just about anything. It is smoke and liquor free. 


Name: Caps Recreation Center
Street: 416 North 1st Street
Chatsworth, il 60921-9104
Phone: (815) 635-9917

And visit our CAPS Lake for your swimming pleasure!!

 

 

 
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Links to other Chatsworth websites
 
LINKS PAGE
 
 

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Here is a list of the Chatsworth churches and the addresses and phone numbers. Chatsworth zip is 60921:
 
Calvary Baptist Church
815-635-3458
12 North 7TH Street
 
First Baptist Church
815-635-3097
500 East Ash Street
 
St. Peter and Paul Church
815-635-3127
P.O. Box 53
 
St.Paul Lutheran Church
815-635-3146
105 South 6TH Street
 
United Methodist Church
815-635-3627
U.S. Highway 24
 

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To contact the local historical society:

Chatsworth Historical Society

P.O.Box 755

Chatsworth, Illinois 60921

 


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Baltz Library of Chatsworth Township 
501 E. School Street
P.O. Box 638
Chatsworth, Illinois 60921
 
(815) 635-3004
Fax (815) 635-3004


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You can donate to this Memorial Tree Fund in remembrance of your loved ones and their name will be added to a permanent plaque in The Chatsworth Town Hall. 
 
The mailing address:
Chatsworth Memorial Tree Fund
Citizens Bank of Chatsworth
P.O. Box 877
Chatsworth, Illinois 60921
 
 
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Books about  Chatsworth online
 
 
By L J Haberkorn
Published by s.n
 
L.J. Haberkorn was the first fireman from Chatsworth to arrive at the scene of the wreck. This is a book of historical facts about Chatsworth, and not a chronical of facts concerning the wreck.
A must read ! 





 
By Cary Clive Burford
Published by Blade Pub. Co., 1949
Original from the University of Michigan
Digitized Aug 8, 2006
84 pages
 
Here is a quote from G.C.Burford's book:
 
"Yet this event was an important historical episode in the story of American transportation. It should be told.
It should be— it must be— preserved as surely as Carl Sandburg and other able historians relate the sufferings of
the American Civil War — without doubt our greatest internal American disaster. "
 
 
 
A fascinating book about travel on the railways during the time of the wreck. Cary Clive Burford was a resident of Urbana, Ill., and did a great job of research for this book.
A must read! 
 
 



 
 
Howard S. Brode Publisher, Santa Monica, California, 1946
The author, born in 1865, grew up and spent her childhood in Chatsworth, Illinois, this is her family history of that time period. She later went to Illinois State Normal School, then taught at public schools in Seattle, WA, meeting her husband there she moved with him to Wawa, WA, where her husband taught at Whitman College. She is the author of the Ludlow-Ross Genealogy, she later retired to Santa Monica. 
 
 




 
 
A book written for and about our centennial celebration with history and many local advertisements.
  
 



 
 
 




"American Aerial County Histories"  See old aerial shots of your town and Livingston County (1955)
 



Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of Livingston County Volume 2 here:
This is a new link for this book and the download time is terrifically long. I have transcribed all of the biographies
to this site and they can be found using the search function.
Or you may read it yourself here: New Link 



 
 


 
 
Drawings of homes and businesses here 
Also many biographies of Chatsworth, Charlotte and Germanville citizens here. 
 

 
 
 
 
Read about those who served in World War I from Chatsworth or anywhere in Livingston County. 
 
 
 




 
Inventory of County Archives of Illinois   1940          New as of 2011
 
    Once there click on either "PDF" - "Text" - or "Djvu" to read.
 
 
 
 
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 Books about Chatsworth not found on line yet,
but can be read at the Chatsworth Library.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sands of Time: 150 Years Around Chatsworth, Illinois
By Helen Louise Plaster Stoutemyer
Published by HLPS Pub., 1991
319 pages
 
 
Another book about the history of Chatsworth, by Mrs. Stoutemyer, a devout teacher , historian and humanitarian. I am proud to have been one of her pupils.
A must read ! 
 




 
The Train That Never Arrived Niagara Excursion Aug. 10, 1887
A Saga of the Niagara Excursion Train that wrecked between Chatsworth and Piper City IL, August 10, 1887. This was written by Helen Louise Plaster Stoutemyer in 1970. Printed by The Blade Publishing Co. of Fairbury, Ill. This is a fasinating book for railroad buffs and local historians alike.
This 68 paged paperbacked book contains articles that recount the events before and after the accident. In this book it tells of how they dealt with a unthinkable tragedy for it's time. This wreck took 81 lives and wounded 372 in a era when the railroad and horse & buggy were the means of transportion. When word of the wreck began to spread the community then the County the people came to the site by the hundreds.
The Niagara excursion of August 10, 1887 had been advertised for weeks in towns all along the T.P. & W. This train started in Peoria area going to Niagara Falls in New York. Round trip fare was only $7.50; still that was a lot of money for persons working for wages of two or three dollars a week. Because of the many stops and crowds getting on. The train was due in Chatsworth at 10:33 p.m., it didn't arrive until nearly midnight. Different figures were quoted as to the number of cars, from fifteen to twenty two. There was about 500 aboard. The book goes on to tell of the aftermath that this small community bore. Also includes a song, original articals, photos of wreck and of locals with items from the disaster. 
 



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These can be read at the Chatsworth Library: 


Thank You Lord
By  Louise Reece as told by Lee Forney


History of Livingston County 1991
Several Chatsworth families profiled here.
 
 
History of a One Room Schoolhouse
By Helen Louise Plaster Stoutemyer, 1976
 
 
Livingston County Scrapbook 1855-1975
Lucille Goodrich
Lots of info here no all of the county schools
 
 
 
Seventy-fifth Anniversary: Saints Peter and Paul Church, Chatsworth, Illinois, 1877-1952.
By Ill Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church (Chatsworth
Published by The Church, 1952

 
Centennial Anniversary: Evangelical United Brethren Church, Chatsworth, Illinois, 1866-1966
By Gary Schade, Ill Evangelical United Brethren Church (Chatsworth
Published by The Church, 1966
 


Pioneer Families of Chatsworth, Illinois and Their Descendants
By John F Boyle
Published by American Letter Service Co, 1970



A History of the First Baptist Church, Chatsworth, Illinois
By Mrs A D Stanford, Miss Pearl Desmond, Miss Fannie Pierce
Published by s.n, 1965



Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Chatsworth, Illinois Joyfully Celebrates One Hundred Years 1877-1977: June 12, 1977.
By Ill Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church (Chatsworth
Published by The Church, 1977
 

 
St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church - 1872-1972


 
The library also has:
 
Wienand Family History
Rosendahl Family History
History & Memories by Charles A. Culkin


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A collection of Chatsworth photos, including railroad pictures and inside the SS. Peter and Paul's Catholic Church at Flickriver.  
This link will take you to the most relevant pics. Just ignore a few pics of Chatsworth, Devonshire, England that are included. 





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Locations of Livingston County Cemeteries
 
 
 
List from the Illinois Historical Society:
NAME ALIAS OL C R V ST SEC TOWNSHIP LOCATION QTRQTR QTRSEC
Ancona



Y
28 Reading


Avoca


Y Y
15 Avoca


Barrickman



Y
30 Newtown


Bayou Reynolds

Y Y
22 Amity


Blackstone



Y
07 Sunbury


Bronton



Y

Dwight Dwight

Broughton


Y Y
14 Broughton


Brown



Y

Pontiac


Calder


Y Y
36 Newtown


Call



Y


Emington

Calvary Catholic

Y
Y
32 Eppards Point


Camp


Y Y
15 Esmen


Campbell


Y Y
05 Amity


Campus



Y


Dwight

Catholic



Y


Dwight

Catholic



Y


Fairbury

Catholic



Y


Odell

Catholic



Y

Yates


Center



Y
21 Nebraska


Central



Y


Flannagan

Chatsworth


Y Y
03 Chatsworth


Cooper


Y Y
29 Indian Grove


Corbin's


Y Y
02 Rooks Creek


Cornell


Y Y
23 Amity


Cropsey



Y

Fairbury


Defenbaugh Deffenbaugh

Y Y
23 Reading Directly outside of Streator.

Deffenbaugh Defenbaugh

Y Y
23 Reading


Dwight Old Town



Y
08 Dwight


Earp


Y

29 Amity Trustee: Glenn Earp, 501 W Bradley, Cornell, IL 61319

Earp



Y

Rooks Creek Pontiac

East Graceland





11 Indian Grove


Eppards Point



Y

Pontiac


Fairbury



Y


Fairbury

Fairview


Y Y
17 Belle Prairie


Five Mile





33 Saunemin


Flanagan



Y

Flanagan


Forrest



Y
10 Forrest


Germanville



Y
04 Germanville


Graceland



Y
11 Indian Grove


Hadley


Y Y
30 Sunbury


Honder



Y

Pontiace


Houder


Y

31 Owego


Illinois State Prison



Y
24 Pontiac


Johnson


Y Y
10 Rooks Creek


Livingston Co. Mem. Park Memorial Park

Y

36 Esmen


Long Point



Y
04 Long Point

Mausoleum



Y


Pontiac

McDowell



Y
13 Nevada


McMillion


Y Y
07 Pontiac


Memorial Park Livingston Co. Mem. Park

Y Y
36 Esmen


Mendota



Y

Fairbury


Moons Point

Y


Y Y
11 Reading


Morris


Y Y
17 Amity


Mount Olivet Catholic

Y Y Y
08 Dwight


Mount Zion

Y
Y
11 Nebraska


Nevada



Y IN 08 Nevada


New Michigan


Y Y
15 Newtown


Nigh Chapple


Y Y
20 Amity


North Apostolic Christian

Y
Y
21 Pleasant Ridge


Nye Chapel



Y


Pontiace

Oaklawn



Y
01 Nevada


Odell



Y
03 Odell


Old Town



Y


Dwight

Paine



Y


Chenoa

Patton



Y

Fairbury


Patty



Y


Pontiac

Patty





06 & 31 Avoca


Payne



Y
32 Eppards Point


Phillips


Y Y
07 Newtown


Pike



Y
16 Pike


Pleasant Ridge



Y
14 Pleasant Ridge


Pontiac Southside Southside

Y Y
26 Pontiac


Protestant



Y


Odell

Reynolds Bayou

Y

22 Amity


Rooks Creek


Y Y
23 Rooks Creek


Rose Hill



Y





Round Grove



Y
09 Round Grove


Rowe


Y Y
07 Pontiac


Sacred Heart


Y Y
03 Broughton


Saint John



Y

Fairbury


Saint Johns Catholic

Y
Y
02 Indian Grove


Saint Johns Catholic

Y
Y
23 Sullivan


Saint Josephs Catholic

Y
Y
34 Nebraska


Saint Marys Catholic

Y
Y
24 Pontiac


Saint Marys Catholic

Y Y Y
16 Union


Saint Patricks Catholic

Y
Y
03 Chatsworth


Saint Pauls Catholic

Y
Y
34 Nevada


Saint Petri Evangelical

Y
Y
18 Nebraska


Saint Rose Catholic

Y
Y
03 Fayette


Saunemin



Y

Saunemin


Saunemin Five Mile



Y
33 Saunemin


South Apostolic Christian



Y
36 Indian Grove


South Side



Y


Pontiac

Southside Pontiac Southside

Y Y
26 Pontiac


Spence


Y Y
33 Indian Grove


Spencer



Y


Fairbury

Springer



Y
17 Amity


Strawn


Y Y
03 Fayette


Strawn



Y

Strawn


Sullivan Center



Y
23 Sullivan


Sunbury


Y Y
21 Sunbury


Sunny Slope


Y Y
22 Saunemin


Swygert



Y
09 Owego


Union


Y Y
04 Odell


Union


Y

14 Union


Walden Farm



Y
15 Rooks Creek


Waldo



Y
14 Waldo


Ward



Y


Dwight

West Lawn



Y
16 Sullivan


Weston



Y


Fairbury

Wiley



Y


Colfax

Wing



Y


Fairbury

Winona



Y



 
 
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Facts about Livingston County
 
 

 

 

Established:

February 27, 1837 (Laws, 1837, p. 33)

Origin of the name of the county:

Named for Edward Livingston, a lawyer and statesman, Mayor of the City of New York, Representative in Congress from New York and later from Louisiana, United States Senator from Louisiana, Secretary of State under Jackson, and United States Minister to France. 

Present area, or parts of it, formerly included in:

1831-1837

LaSalle

1831-1837

McLean

1826-1837

Vermilion

1827-1831

Tazewell

1821-1827

Fayette

1823-1826

Edgar

1819-1823

Clark

1816-1819

Crawford

1815-1816

Edwards

1812-1815

Madison

1801-1812

St. Clair

1790-1801

Knox, Northwest Territory

County Seat:

1837-

Pontiac

History of county governing board:

1837-1849

County Commissioners' Court

1849-1858

County Court

1858-

County Board of Supervisors

Township Government

Adopted:

November 3, 1857

Township Names:

Amity

Avoca

Belle Prairie

Broughton

Name changed from Broughtonville on October 3, 1860.

Charlotte

Formed from Saunemin in 1865.

Chatsworth

Name changed from Olivers Grove on October 11, 1859.

Dwight

Eppards Point

Esmen

Fayette

Formed from Belle Prairie on February 22, 1870.

Forrest

Formed from Chatsworth as Forrestville in 1861; renamed Forrest in 1865.

Germanville

Formed as Germantown from Chatsworth in September, 1868; name changed to Germanville on July 22, 1879.

Indian Grove

Name changed from Worth on May 11, 1858.

Long Point

Nebraska

Nevada

Newtown

Odell

Owego

Pike

Pleasant Ridge

Formed from Saunemin in April, 1859.

Pontiac

Reading

Rooks Creek

Round Grove

Saunemin

Sullivan

Formed from Saunemin in 1863.

Sunbury

Union

Formed from Odell in 1864.

Waldo

Formed as Kansas from Nebraska on September 12, 1860; the name was changed to Waldo because of a name conflict with a township in another county.



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