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Hello, I am searching for a website to reach the Hurley Funeral Homes 122 West Douglas Ave. Petersburg, Ill. 62675. I have been researching my Smith family relatives from Illinois for many years now and was recently sent pics of my grandma/pa's headstone in Greenwood West Cemetery in Tallula. I was told that the Hurley did most of the mortuary care back in the 60's - 80's. You may reach me at rick_smith1961@yahoo.com or by land mail at 19808 Aubrey Road Dos Palos, Ca. 93620. I am looking for any relatives to William R. Smith 6/1/1878 to 1/19/1964 married to Lertie J. Smith 3/8/1895 to 7/13/1981. This was my grandfather and step grandmother, I do not have much info on my father's siblings and could use any help I can get to find them or their children. Thank You in advance for any help you can provide me with. rick_smith1961@yahoo.com
Rick Smith <rick_smith1961@yahoo.com>
Dos Palos, Ca USA - Monday, December 27, 2004 at 19:46:56 (PST)
Anyone know the history of the Hinman family that lived in Petersburg from 1850 to 1966?
Jim Hinman <aladvase@cheqnet.net>
Ashland, Wi USA - Monday, December 27, 2004 at 02:47:08 (PST)
Hi! Looking for any information on Pope. If you are a Pope or know any Popes please email me and we can chat. Please make your email stand out (alot of spam my way). Thank you very much. Lisa
Lisa Engle <lisaengle2004@yahoo.com>
seaton, il USA - Tuesday, December 21, 2004 at 08:53:02 (PST)
Just updating who I am and my email, as the other one does not exist anymore, just reiterating that I am related to the Heyen's Boehm's Aden's Smith's Boeker's and so many others, if the names are familiar, holler at me. Sheyen
Stacie Heyen Goble <Judgesqueen@yahoo.com>
Warrenton, Mo USA - Monday, December 20, 2004 at 14:24:18 (PST)
After growing up in Petersburg & graduating in the class of '77   I moved away. First to Carbondale (SIU) for school, then on to Fla. It was so nice to see this site & to be able to once again feel that longing sense of HOME. Thank you.
HAL R MAGEE <halmagee@bellsouth.net>
E. PALATKA, FL USA 32131 - Saturday, December 11, 2004 at 12:09:33 (PST)
Website is still looking great.... Its amazing that Little Petersburg that a lot of people don't even know about has made it to the web.... Anyone from my class send me a shout!!!! HAPPY HOLIDAYS
Lindsay Matthiesen Feagans <Discoduck98@hotmail.com>
Tallula, IL USA - Tuesday, December 07, 2004 at 09:42:19 (PST)
"Happy Hollidays" to all our Friends and Relatives in Petersburg and the surrounding area. Jim & Alice
Jim Osborne <jimosborne@webtv.net>
Lakeland, FL USA - Wednesday, December 01, 2004 at 12:33:36 (PST)
Merry Christmas to all my friends in Athens and Petersburg.
Sam Glenn <samglenn097@msn.com>
Salem , IL USA - Tuesday, November 30, 2004 at 06:08:40 (PST)
graham burgess <gburgo_44@hotmail.com>
Gosford, nsw australia - Friday, November 19, 2004 at 16:06:14 (PST)
Hey everyone! Just doing a little bit of reading and thought I would sign in! Anything happening with the Class of 1990 15 year reunion!! Oh my did I say 15 years!!! Take care all!
Tamie Bottoms <Tamie71@yahoo.com>
Springfield, IL USA - Wednesday, November 10, 2004 at 18:29:53 (PST)
Kool site
USA - Friday, November 05, 2004 at 20:36:01 (PST)
Site still looks great!
&Robert Wade <carakoch1971@yahoo.com>
TX USA - Thursday, November 04, 2004 at 14:41:58 (PST)
born in Tallula and was enrolled in the first christian church cradle roll in 1938. I'm interessted in locating all of the cemeteries in Tallula in search of my grandfathers gravesite. His name was edgar jones and I vaguely remember he was buried at the top of a hillslope that crossed sideways over a railroad crossing at the bottom of the hill.
Guy Edward Jones <gyjones27@hotmail.com>
centralia, Il USA - Friday, October 22, 2004 at 13:32:10 (PDT)
Hello, Great website! I was just curious as to what happened to the the Talisman riverboat? Why is it not around any more and where is it currently located?
James Czerniak <cowboy67@casscomm.com>
Ashland, il USA - Thursday, October 21, 2004 at 09:26:05 (PDT)
My family and I love the Petersburg area and we love your web site. Thanks so much for providing such a great place to visit on the web.
Tim Holiday <TH9746@hotmail.com>
Lewistown, IL USA - Wednesday, October 20, 2004 at 04:33:05 (PDT)
Hi! Just wanted to thank you for all the work you put in this site. It looks great! Thanks!
Jeff Stephens <Jeff1238@yahoo.com>
Orlando, Florida United States - Wednesday, October 06, 2004 at 02:29:54 (PDT)
i found your site very interesting, thanks andrew
Andrew <kkjjbbaa@yahoo.com>
Miami, FL USA - Monday, October 04, 2004 at 07:36:37 (PDT)
Great and interesting web site. Love all the old pictures of Petersburg. Harvestvest was great Enjoy all the thing and sites to see. Thanks to all.
Karen Smith <ksmith49@aol.com>
Tremont, IL USA - Tuesday, September 21, 2004 at 11:29:29 (PDT)
We had a wonderful visit while researching Ann Rutledge for my book, "Lincoln's Ladies." Everyone was so friendly and helpful that the whole experience seemed unreal.
H. Donald Winkler <abeannhdw@earthlink.net>
Gatlinburg, TN USA - Friday, September 10, 2004 at 16:19:48 (PDT)
Had a nice visit. Love your small town. We will visit again. Best Dairy Queen we ever been to.
Nancy Barker <bark098@netzero.com>
Bloomington, IL USA - Sunday, August 29, 2004 at 05:54:04 (PDT)
Really a nice site. Lots of information. You should be proud of your historical locations and all that you have to offer.
Jim Strong <stronger385@msn.com>
Springfield, MO USA - Thursday, August 19, 2004 at 04:04:02 (PDT)
Wow - are you kidding? I accessed your site just to get some tourist info on your town & had the greatest time reading the blurbs & going to the links. I've already bookmarked you. Oh and what I came for - the area info - was better & more complete than most metropolitan area or state sites. Good job.
St Louis, MO USA - Monday, August 09, 2004 at 06:09:30 (PDT)
Great site. Enjoyed the pics.
J Hohimer
USA - Friday, July 30, 2004 at 11:52:54 (PDT)
My father is from Kilbourne Il, and his family is from Petersburg, Oakford and all over Menard and Sangamon counties, I enjoyed reading the postings and seeing names that are part of my family. To name a few of them: Boehm, Heyen, Boeker, Stroh, Whitley and a number of others. Thanks
Stacie Heyen Goble <Gabreezia@yahoo.com>
Warrenton , Mo USA - Tuesday, July 27, 2004 at 01:03:47 (PDT)
Menard County Fair July 20-25. Please everyone try and attend the fair. So much time and effort goes in to this great event, and it can use all the community support that is possible. The fair has many new events and features this year, so please go enjoy and support the fair.
fair goer
USA - Tuesday, July 20, 2004 at 01:00:58 (PDT)
Visited last week. Love the area and your site. Thanks to all.
Harold Goodmen <hgoody2300@aol.com>
Sims, IN USA - Sunday, July 18, 2004 at 08:02:19 (PDT)
Looking forward to staying in "BLUE ROOM" on the 3rd floor the next time we stay there.
Cal and Rita Stambaugh <chstambaugh60@aol.com>
Springfield, ILL USA - Sunday, July 11, 2004 at 16:50:04 (PDT)
I am really happy to see how efficiently your website is set up. It's exciting to know that I can obtain information throughout the day and night as the need may arise.
Tim <webmaster@wertesde.com>
NY, MO USA - Friday, July 09, 2004 at 11:55:51 (PDT)
Interesting pictures of years gone by in your old photos. Enjoyed your site.
Mike Shaw <mike6988@msn.com>
Washington, IL USA - Friday, July 09, 2004 at 08:22:04 (PDT)
Carlajean (Hollis) Rebbe <Chrebbe@insightbb.com>
Springfield, IL USA - Friday, July 02, 2004 at 07:39:51 (PDT)
Great site. Great town.
Janna Trigg <KJTRIG@aol.com>
Springfield, IL USA - Tuesday, June 29, 2004 at 03:55:15 (PDT)
Love your site! We visit your town every so often. My wife and I camp at the park and stay about a week each year. Thanks for your site. Tim
Tim Short <TSHORT2388@msn.com>
Benton, IL USA - Friday, June 25, 2004 at 11:06:36 (PDT)
Does anyone out there have any information on the Petersburg Clown Band? My dad was the director from about 1974 to 1983. Was just curious if it was still in existance. Thanks for any info!
Jim <james_reid2@hotmail.com>
Nipomo, CA USA - Tuesday, June 22, 2004 at 19:24:39 (PDT)
There is hardly a day goes by that I don't visit this site and I always find some new and interesting. Hats off to Menard County. It is a great place to live. Each year I leave a message here and I just want to say "Keep up the great work on this web site." My friends and I enjoy it very much.
Pat Swan <pjswan@fgi.net>
Petersburg, IL USA - Friday, June 18, 2004 at 03:53:57 (PDT)
If anyone is looking for the 1978 Mini-Series The Awakening Land on VHS with Elizabeth Montgomery, Jane Seymour & Hal Holbrook please contact me at LarrytateT@aol.com
Tom <LarrytateT@aol.com>
Vancouver, BC Canada - Friday, June 11, 2004 at 11:50:47 (PDT)
The Petersburg Site is the best I have found. Having grown up there makes it easier. Wonder if anyone remembers Little Grove School. If you do give me a line. Jean
Jean Coleman  <peacekeepermj1@yahoo.com>
Sand Springs , ok USA - Friday, June 11, 2004 at 04:37:37 (PDT)
Great site! We visit your area about every other year. We are coming up in August. I noticed the article about the new shop called the Bean Counter. We can't wait to stop in and see what they have to offer. We enjoy small towns and all the interesting sites to see. Have a nice day!
Harry Gordman <HG4863@aol.com>
St. Louis, MO USA - Wednesday, June 09, 2004 at 11:20:27 (PDT)
Very nice homepage you have. I came here by surfing through the www.
Marc Kelm
Brilon, nNRW Germany - Monday, May 31, 2004 at 05:29:16 (PDT)
Petersburg, IL USA - Wednesday, May 26, 2004 at 10:56:24 (PDT)
Hello to friends and family in Petersburg/Menard county. This is an incredible site. I'm moving back to Menard county in Jun 04 after 20 + years living in various parts of the country. The old saying still holds true... There is no place like home. See ya soon!
Doug Feese <illfan2001@go.com>
West Palm Beach, FL USA - Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at 12:11:53 (PDT)
WE alway love visiting this site. WE come up about every other summer. New Salem is always on the top of our vacation list. Thanks
Carolyn Dedman <jchkdeman@msn.com>
Benton, IL USA - Friday, May 21, 2004 at 12:09:03 (PDT)
As a former residence of Petersburg I am glad to see this page doing so will. It would be nice to have a genealogy page to go with it for those looking for individuals who grew up there years ago. Hi Mrs. Rebbe who could ever forget you.
Jean <peacekeepermj1@yahoo.com>
Tulsa, Ok USA - Friday, May 14, 2004 at 10:35:44 (PDT)
This is a wonderful site. We have visited Petersburg and New Salem many times and always enjoy the trip. Thanks to all.
Sherrie Morgan <smorgan231@hotmail.com>
Decatur, IL USA - Monday, May 03, 2004 at 07:51:27 (PDT)
For a small town like Petersburg, this is one hell of a website. One of the best I've seen. Thanks
Tom Johnson <tdjson@aol.com>
Bloomington, IL USA - Friday, April 30, 2004 at 04:51:20 (PDT)
Just wanted to say Hi to all our friends back in Petersburg, especially to the PHHS Class of 1952. Hard to believe that most of us will be turning the big 70 this year. Petersburg is a great place... take good care of it!!!!
Phil Watkins <bakhominralnc@nc.rr.com>
Raleigh, NC USA - Wednesday, April 28, 2004 at 08:05:09 (PDT)
It was great that we were able to celebrate my cousins home going at the New Salem State Park under the pavillion. James E.(Jim) Tippett Sr. loved the park and all those who worked there. He was a great man. Jim will be sadly missed by his family and friends. Because he loved everyone and had time for everyone....
James & Joan Macrander <Mark10_6_9@webtv.net>
Springfield, IL USA - Friday, April 23, 2004 at 14:20:02 (PDT)
Does anyone know ... is there a link or any type of articles explaining the Menard Co. Cemetery Tour they have in the Fall? Thanks!
Deb <toobusymom@aol.com>
Petersburg, IL USA - Friday, April 16, 2004 at 18:50:32 (PDT)
I know it's been a week or so now, but i just wanted to say great job to all the high schoolers in Grease last weekend! It was very well done, you all are wonderful and thank you for making me smile! Bravo!
Petersburg, IL USA - Tuesday, April 13, 2004 at 10:33:11 (PDT)
We have always enjoyed your site. One of the best community site around. Your town should be proud. Keep up the good work. We visit New Slaem every year and spend time in Petersburg. Thanks again for the web site!
Larry Smallwood <lsmallwood23@aol.com>
Sullivan, IL USA - Tuesday, April 13, 2004 at 05:48:36 (PDT)
Just seen the auto mech web page. It reminded me of when I was in that class from 1987- 1991. I defently have a bunch of fond memories of my time in auto mech class with Mr. Huff. What am I doing now since I graduated from PORTA. well to sum it up , I ended up joining to Army, got saved when I was stationed in Hawaii, moved to Washington state to attend a seminar, became a minister, and am also working as a mech in a fleet management co. that takes care of the military equipment on Ft. Lewis wa.
Rev. G. W .Kelly <gwkelly@lycos.com>
Graham, wa USA - Tuesday, March 30, 2004 at 18:45:20 (PST)
Here is something for you. www.cfda.gov you have seen in some papers advertising free grants, but you have to pay for that info. this is the grant info, and it is really free, just type  the address, and have fun.
George w Kelly <gwkelly@mailcity.com>
graham, wa USA - Tuesday, March 30, 2004 at 18:33:21 (PST)
3rd Annual Petersburg Community-Wide Block Party! We are so excited as we begin our plans for our 3rd Annual Community Wide Block Party. We can only take credit for the success of the last two years because of your support and encouragement. When we started two years ago, we were hoping for an event where all members of the community could come together and celebrate being a part of the Petersburg/Porta Community. We have always prided ourselves on the fact that this is a totally free event. This year our Block Party will be held on May 14 from 5 – 8 p.m. on the Dairy Queen parking lot. There will be a menu of Hot Dogs, Baked Beans, Potato Chips and Drinks. We will also have sno-cones, popcorn and cotton candy. There will be rides and games for the kids, including the inflatable bounce house, basketball throw, dunk tank and more. There will be special games for the smaller children. A craft table and pre-registration for Vacation Bible School will also be available along with live entertainment including several performances by the Discipling Puppets. All those who come are also put in drawings that will be randomly given away throughout the night. As I stated earlier, we could not have had the great successes in the past without your help. Therefore we are asking your help once again, if you could contribute prizes for the drawings, contributions for the food or even monetary donations to help out, we would be honored. We also hope that you would allow us to put up signs promoting this event at your business location. All donations are tax deductible and you will be given a receipt for tax purposes, also you will be acknowledged on the “supporters of the community-wide block party” advertising board. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at 632-7925 or you can contact First Baptist Church at 632-2488 or email me at beecal@aol.com. Thank you in advance for all your help. Babe Calhoun and the Block Party Planning Committee Of First Baptist Church Petersburg
Babe Calhoun <beecal@aol.com>
Petersburg, IL USA - Thursday, March 25, 2004 at 11:11:08 (PST)
CLASS OF 1994 - Our 10 year reunion weekend is July 16-18. More details to follow. If you have any questions, please email me at schilsky1@yahoo.com
Angie (Grosboll) Schilsky <schilsky1@yahoo.com>
Dallas, TX USA - Monday, March 22, 2004 at 20:41:42 (PST)
I saw Heyduke last fall in Green River, Utah he was in good shape
M. Hippen
USA - Friday, March 19, 2004 at 22:18:07 (PST)
Hello: I'm researching my family lineage which has roots in various areas of Illinois (my parents are from Springfield though). My paternal grandfather was born in Fancy Prairie (Ivey Jackson Key) and my grandmother was born in Petersburg(Margaret Foster Cordery). My maternal grandfather (Guy Nelson Adkinson)was born in Henry and grandmother (Ethel Matilda Brown) was born in Streator. What I'm checking on now is for information on my paternal great grandfather, Thomas Key. He was born in Virgina, married (Louvina Coffey)in Petersburg, and he died in Croft Station, IL in 1898. I ordered a book entitiled "Menard County Church History" and saw only the name, Thomas Key, listed as being an elder or preacher who had served at the Tallula Christian Church. So, I'm trying to find someone who may know how I can verify if this was my great grandfather and get more information about him. Thank you.
Jamie Key <jekey@cconnect.net>
New Bern, NC USA - Wednesday, March 17, 2004 at 14:51:40 (PST)
Hello from AZ.
scott ketchum <squatty1@HOTMAIL.COM>
CAVE CREEK, AZ USA - Saturday, March 06, 2004 at 07:34:44 (PST)
Has anyone heard of a reunion anytime soon for the class of '94'? this is a nice site, glad it is working out nicely
Mandy (Copen) Pierce <Clorissa1@yahoo.com>
Monument, co USA - Friday, March 05, 2004 at 15:26:57 (PST)
I love your site. It is really put together nicely. I wish our town had something as neat as this one. Thanks so much for the look at your community and Lincoln's New Salem Park. I tell all my friends about this site.
Donald Skeels <Dskeels@msn.com>
Benton, Va USA - Saturday, February 28, 2004 at 05:39:11 (PST)
For the first time in a long time, I'm reading messages from students, friends, and families. This is a GREAT site and it is good to see many recognizing it as so. Keep up the good work--whoever is responsible! Hi! to all in the Class of '46 and all my former students!
Carlajean Rebbe <Chrebbe@insightbb.com>
Springfield, IL USA - Saturday, February 14, 2004 at 19:52:24 (PST)
im trying to locate my old buddy chad huggins. nice site.
kelby kolaz <Kkolaz@aol.com>
bokeelia, Fl USA - Wednesday, February 11, 2004 at 14:51:12 (PST)
just wanted to sign in.
karrie pierson <pierliles@yahoo.com>
mason city, IL USA - Monday, February 02, 2004 at 12:42:16 (PST)
Hey all...just passing thru again...still lookin' great! Keep up the good work!
Beth <myaddressisthis@msn.com>
Zion, Il USA - Thursday, January 29, 2004 at 20:00:11 (PST)
Hey how is Petersburg? See everyone soon. Keep up the site, it is nice to see now and again
John Kelly II <Lincolnwoodestates@hotmail.com>
Newark, Ar. USA - Thursday, January 29, 2004 at 07:16:17 (PST)
Hey Petersburg! I was just checkin' out the site. Looks nice! See you around town!!
Renee <hendr399@robertmorris.edu>
Petersburg, IL USA - Monday, January 26, 2004 at 08:40:38 (PST)
A great web sight.. still growing and very useful. thanks
Jo Ann Lutes <justjo9@yahoo.com>
Petersburg, IL USA - Thursday, January 22, 2004 at 18:11:29 (PST)
I just wanted to add to the long line of guestbook listings. I have lived in this town what seems like forever. I just wanted to say thanks to the MANY people on the faculty at PORTA High. Many are leaving this year to retire and should be recognized. This town had truly been blessed with all that you do! Keep up the great work you do for our community! :)
Becky <beckyb622@aol.com>
Petersburg, IL USA - Tuesday, January 20, 2004 at 20:48:00 (PST)
Is there a petersburg park district? I couldn't find it on here. thanks Joshua
USA - Tuesday, January 20, 2004 at 15:25:52 (PST)
Researching Lincoln, for Petersburg specifically Rutledge family. I am currently looking for Rutledge family house out on Lincoln trail. If know about it please let me know
Doug Bell <flyus4@msn.com>
Sherman, Il USA - Tuesday, January 13, 2004 at 18:21:23 (PST)
Hey, it's about time that Petersburg gets some recognition!!
Krista Boeker <lilboeks@hotmail.com>
Petersburg, IL USA - Monday, January 12, 2004 at 14:16:20 (PST)
Hello!! Just wanted to say I cant believe lil ol Petersburg has its own website!! Pretty neat though :)
Rachel <RBoeks99@yahoo.com>
Tallula, IL USA - Monday, January 12, 2004 at 14:08:19 (PST)
Who is in charge of design and keeping this site up and running? Good job! Coach Hill is my idol!!
Steve Staudt <sstaudt@forestcity.k12.ia.us>
Forest City, IA USA - Thursday, January 08, 2004 at 11:59:20 (PST)
Wishing everyone in Petersburg a happy and prosperous New Year for 2004.
Rick Juergens <rejuergens@cox.net>
Glendale, AZ USA - Tuesday, January 06, 2004 at 08:03:04 (PST)
Happy New Year, Petersburg. Are there going to be anymore class of '67 reunions. I sure hope so. It has been a long time since the 25th.
Steve Payne <spayne8@columbus.rr.com>
Lancaster, OH USA - Saturday, January 03, 2004 at 19:27:31 (PST)
My wife and I love your site! We are going to try and promote a website for our community here in Tremont. Any help on getting the community interested? I guess we will start with out local chamber. Your site is just wonderful. Thanks for sharing.
Rick A. Adams <Adans3323@aol.com>
Tremont, IL USA - Friday, January 02, 2004 at 03:43:22 (PST)

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