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Wishing all our Petersburg friends a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Jim and Alice
Jim Osborne <jimosborne@webtv.net>
Lakeland, FL USA - Friday, December 23, 2005 at 19:28:41 (PST)


Wishing everyone in Petersburg and the surrounding area a very Merry Christmas and a Safe and Happy New Year.
Rick Juergens <rejuergens@cox.net>
Glendale, AZ USA - Sunday, December 18, 2005 at 12:52:12 (PST)


I had no idea there was an Atterberry, Illinois!  I  would love to know the history.
Jennifer Attebery Toombs <daydreamer_101@hotmail.com>
Naylor, MO USA - Sunday, October 30, 2005 at 21:02:39 (PST)

Looking for times for 2005 terror on the square
sheryl gibbs <sgibbs@cscinfo.com>
Mt. Pulaski, IL USA - Wednesday, October 26, 2005 at 16:50:07 (PDT)

I found your restaurant listing very valuable! Thanks so much!
Evie <eh@innovis.gr>
Athens, Greece - Wednesday, October 26, 2005 at 07:44:50 (PDT)

What a happy surprise to have been contacted by my cousin whom I have not seen in more than 40 years, after accidentally finding this site last August (05) and posting a fond memory of the summers I spent in Petersburg.
Thanks for this site.
Bob S. <rasrealtor@comcast.net>
Round Lake, IL USA - Monday, October 24, 2005 at 09:16:35 (PDT)

I am researching the Woldridge(Wooldridge)family in and around Petersburg and Menard County. I am particularly interested in David and Mary Elisabeth Woldridge who came to Petersburg in the early 1830's. They died between 1857 and 1860. They are supposedly buried in a Woldridge Cemetery that might have been bulldozed  years ago. I am interested in contacting any relatives of the Woldridge's still living in the area.
I was recently in Petersburg for only a few hours and was impressed with the friendly and helpful attitude of the people I met. I'll be going back later this year for sure.

Vic Woldridge <VicWoldSearch@aol.com>
Rockford, IL USA - Friday, October 07, 2005 at 08:49:50 (PDT)

A friend sent your site--for the stories, I believe--and I love them! It's a great site and I hope to visit Petersburg soon. Of course, I don't know where it is, but I'll check you site again.
Lois Barliant <loisbar@comcast.net>
Chicago, IL USA - Sunday, September 11, 2005 at 10:21:26 (PDT)

Hello, My name is Chris Mrosko. I lived in Petersburg for only one year as a matter of fact, the best year of my life, from Aug.1975 to Aug.1976 is was my  freshman year  at PORTA high and also a beer can collector and had a girlfriend name Patty Gleason, lived over on 7th street, and her best friend was Tracy Bell, I would love to contact these people today and see how they are doing. We had a killer basketball team back in 76,coach Wells and Tracy Anderson, Jeff Duncan and Mark Atterberry, WOW I loved those days. thanks ...Mrosko
Chris Mrosko <mrosko2005@yahoo.com>
O'Fallon, MO USA - Wednesday, August 31, 2005 at 18:18:14 (PDT)

I am hoping someone has some photos of the petersburg depot before and after the fire last week.  I would very much to see them.  Thank you.  Jerry GMOHS
Gerald L Doran <gldoran@msn.com>
lombard, il USA - Tuesday, August 16, 2005 at 14:02:49 (PDT)

Never knew this site existed. Followed some Lincoln links.
Spent summers with my uncle (Howard Gramm) 1959-62 (?)
He had 2 homes in P-Burgh. One around the corner from the old Western Tire and that mansion known as "White Oaks".
"Unc" moved to FL. on retirement as manager of Illinois Bell. Last I heard he passed away a few years back.
My cousin Karen, was married at White Oaks to a Hudspeth.
I remember "Unc" as a practical joker. One morning, he took me down to the Sangamon for some fishing. We spotted large paw prints in the mud and he told me they were lion tracks.
We both chuckled over that one. Until the next day when in the paper, (may have been TV) we discovered some large cat had got loose from a circus or something.
Anyway, finding this site brought back a lot of lost memories of the best small town in IL.
I probably don't know anyone there, but HELLO from Chi-town nonetheless.

Bob <rasrealtor@comcast.net>
Round Lake, IL USA - Wednesday, August 03, 2005 at 12:14:58 (PDT)

I am doing some genealogy work,  I have a distant cousin who is looking for gravesites at LEBANON CUMBERLAND PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 1824 -1919.  I would like to know the location and is there a graveyard there?  I am also looking for information and pictures of the Parkinson brothers, John, Earnest & Luther who came here from Wayne county 90+ years ago. They were farm hands.
Also information and pictures of the Claussen Family.  The Barns they built in the first part of the 20th century and especialy a barn with a pencil drawing of a bird near the top or on the top beam. thanks Fred

Fred Claussen <faclssn@yahoo.com>
Macon, IL USA - Wednesday, July 27, 2005 at 09:58:52 (PDT)

Hello! I'm researching my family's roots from Petersburg area. My Mother is Elsie Tippett Hill, class of 1942, (Hughes and Sewells too, my father (Dr.) Russell G. Hill (Councils too) and my husband's family: Ora and Veta Davis/Dr. Willaim Wesley "W.W." Davis. I'd certainly appreciate any info  regarding these lines. Thanks in advance! It was great being back there last June showing our children their roots seeing family, and taking photos, etc.
Susan Hill Davis <IRIS08@aol.com>
Palm Harbor, FL USA - Sunday, July 24, 2005 at 13:28:26 (PDT)

I hope everyone has a chance to attend the Menard County Fair July 19-24.  Everyone should go and see all the new events planned for this year, and the usual that everyone already enjoys.  Please support the fair so it will be around for years to come.  Check out the local newspapers for information on this years fair.
Fairgoer <fair@fair.fair>
Petersburg, IL USA - Friday, July 15, 2005 at 01:19:31 (PDT)

Thank you for such a delightful site to visit, I was looking for the location of the old Hash - Bell Farm to match up with our family history and cemetery pictures, this has been like a touch of home.
Laurel Wolff <lwolff12@peoplepc.com>
Altamonte Springs, FL USA - Saturday, June 25, 2005 at 02:55:38 (PDT)

Great site!
Good job.
Thank you very much for time I spent visiting your site
Karl Koch <kk77@jumbomail.com>
Brownsville, TX USA - Monday, June 20, 2005 at 05:28:09 (PDT)

From 1946 to 1952 I lived in Petersburg with my family. My father was Louis Dunch my mother was Joan and my sister Gerry I'm Donna. I was just a baby then but remember with fond memories growing up in this wonderful town going to Tom Whelin's drugstore and Kirby's grocery store. We lived across the street from the Sewell family and the Dawson family. My father had a business manufacturing farm implements the business had some problems so we moved back to Cleveland, Ohio. I would love to revisit Petersburg the last time we returned was in 1984 and stayed at the Hill Top Motel is it still there? 
Donna L. Dunch <ddlynn@alice.it>
Rome, Italy - Sunday, June 19, 2005 at 04:10:40 (PDT)

Your site is special!
Thank you for your work.
Samuel Morris <sm1968@yahoo.com>
Raleigh, NC USA - Friday, June 10, 2005 at 10:47:08 (PDT)

As a child I attended Third Ward Elementary School, and also the First Baptist Church.  After graduating from Athens High in 1972, I joined the Navy and spent 26 years on active duty, retiring in Chesapeake, Virginia (City forms the western border of the City of Virginia Beach.)  After I retired, I got a job in City government.  One day, while talking with a couple of ladies on break, I discovered one of them was from Petersburg, IL, and still has family just north of town.  We know many of the same families, and her Dad knew my Dad by name.  My family all migrated to Springfield or to Virginia following military service.  One sister still lives just west of town off Route 97.
I enjoy visiting the Petersburg, Athens, and Menard County websites.  The ladies in my office got a good laugh when they saw the Athens City Hall building.  The Chesapeake City Hall is the largest, most elaborate building in the City.  Visit at www.cityofchesapeake.net.
Richard Cole <cole1299@cox.net>
Chesapeake, VA USA - Monday, June 06, 2005 at 13:36:58 (PDT)

I lived in Petersburg and graduated in 1960.  My husband Bud and I moved to Springfield after we married in 1961.  Abt. a year and half ago we moved to Kingsport, TN.
My question is that I found in my aunt's (from Petersburg) papers a little booklet that had Thomas L. Cantrall, Druggist, Athens, IL stamped on the back of it.  The booklet is "Plough's Black and White Birthday and Dream Book".  I found one booklet listed on the web and it showed dates between 1909-1922.  My question is does anyone know about these old booklets and does anyone remember the druggist Thomas L. Cantrall and where his building was?
On one of the pages in the booklet it shows, "Let lovely Estelle Clark, fascinating Metro Star" tell you about Black and White Lemon Beautifying Cream.  A jar cost 25 cents!! 

Phyllis (Hodgen) Hansen <hodgen@springnet1.com>
Kingsport, TN USA - Friday, April 29, 2005 at 13:56:00 (PDT)

Hi, we are planning a class reunion for the class of 63 from Petersburg Harris High School.  We are looking for anyone who know where Diane Erickson Ritter might be. Reunion is August 20, 2005 on west side of square.  Also looking for Earlene Atwood Atterberry.  Any info on them, let us know.  Thanks 
Jane Marcussen Sears <billandjanesears@yahoo.com>
Petersburg, il USA - Thursday, April 28, 2005 at 08:06:05 (PDT)

I was wondering if anyone could tell me any news from Rock Creek Presbyterian Church?  My Great Grandfather Ernest Primm was a member of the church and I myself was baptized there.  Thank you so much.
Bob Wheeler <wheel55@hotmail.com>
Atlanta, GA USA - Sunday, April 24, 2005 at 06:41:28 (PDT)

Great web sight, always interesting to visit, so many nice links. Thanks to the person/s for keeping it updated and fresh.
JoAnn Lutes <justjo9@yahoo.com>
 USA - Wednesday, April 06, 2005 at 19:10:49 (PDT)

Letter to the Editor
I would like to let the women of Menard County know of a valuable asset they have!!  In January, I signed up for a  12 week class, the cost was $10.00, not really knowing a lot about it. We got a digi walker included in that. I wanted to loose a little weight, but my cholesterol was a little high, so I needed to learn how to eat properly and how to exercise.  YOU DO NOT WEIGH IN!!  So you don't have to worry about someone knowing how much you weigh.  This class is for women of any age and any stage of weight gain or loss.
We were given information about how to exercise, and enjoy it. We learned how to be healthy.  You don't have to run a mile.  You don't have to work at anyone's pace except your own. Did you know you get just as much good out of three, ten minute walks as you do one, thirty minute walk? If you don't have time to exercise or if you don't like to exercise, they give you great hints on use your time at work, or  while taking care of the home, and family.   Each person sets her own goals. We learned how to make a plan,  the use of a journal, reduce barriers that stop us from exercising, or eating what is good for us instead of what is convenient. They show us how to make healthy food always convenient.  We were given information on eating properly.  Although we occasionally can eat those things we really enjoy.  We are taught that it is PROGRESS, NOT PERFECTION  is what is in important!  I have trouble staying with a diet, you learn not to diet but to eat plenty just eat properly.We were given great recipes and we even shared our own.  Our last class we even had cake.
I met a some very very nice ladies through this class!!  Some of us continue to walk even though the class is over.  If you are new to Menard County and want to meet other women, or need to change your eating habits then I suggest this class.  Remember when you used to bike ride or play tennis or just go for a walk!!  Or just do things with your kids.  You will have more energy to keep up with them.
Lynn Espenschied, and Linda Kincaid always answered our health and exercise questions, and when they couldn't when we came back to class the next week they had all of the information we needed.  Each week we were given hand outs to update us or inform us on the topic of that session.
The only thing that I see about this program is you hear about children's being overweight. Maybe  families could learn about nutrition and exercise  through this class together.  The parents and students learning how to exercise and eat healthy.  They can keep each other in check.
Did you know you could walk out at PORTA HIGH SCHOOL  at certain times of the day.  So you don't have to walk outside if it is snowing, raining or to hot.  This is better than driving to White Oaks Mall!!  We have a great asset in our own community.  Lynn and Linda did a great job!!  It was fun and informative. 

Cheryl Pinkston <Pinkston241@aol.com>
Petersburg, IL USA - Sunday, April 3, 2005 at 17:53:34 (CST)

I am trying to locate Louise Poodry. She has barrel horses and supposedly lived in the Petersburg area in 2002. Her husband an officer in the Army.  My husband was stationed at Ft. Benning and we kept our horses at the same stable. If anyone knows her whereabouts please forward my email address to her.  Thanks a lot.  Your website is quite informational.  PA
Patty Allen <pattyallenrn@msn.com>
Potosi, MO USA - Monday, March 28, 2005 at 09:38:39 (PST)

  I would like to know how I can post a birthday greeting in your paper. Can someone please contact me before the next issue comes out? thank you
cathy leathers <armyfamily02@yahoo.com>
fort riley, ks USA - Wednesday, March 23, 2005 at 06:26:57 (PST) 

Hello Petersburg, I am relocating to the Springfield area in the very near future and I would like to get some advice and personal comments from people who live there.  If you would share some with me to assist me in my decision I would greatly appreciate it.  I do enjoy your website and would like to know more from a personal level. I am especially interested in the schools and churches. Thank you. CW2 Nancy Pfeiffer
Nancy Pfeiffer <nancy.a.pfeiffer@us.army.mil>
Kuwait, Kuwait - Monday, March 21, 2005 at 21:57:04 (PST)

PAT MAYO <lebb48@CS,COM>
ST LOUIS, MO USA - Tuesday, March 15, 2005 at 13:04:04 (PST)

Was browsing Google and found your site, enjoyed the content, thanks. We are planning a visit to your community this summer to see New Salem and the new Lincoln  library in Springfield.
Peters Sims<ps897@msn.com>
NY,NY, USA - Tuesday, March 01, 2005 at 02:42:04 (PST)

This homesick Yankee (from Greenview) was just wondering if there was anybody else in South Carolina who used to live in Menard County.  I never thought I'd miss cornfields, snow and the smell of hog farms, but I do.
Charla Stone <staviamom@aol.com>
Chester, SC USA - Friday, February 11, 2005 at 21:26:12 (PST)

I have enjoyed the photo gallery with all of the old pictures from around Petersburg.  Have you ever put an add in the Newspaper asking people to submit similar photo's for scanning into the archive?  Would love to see more photo's like the ones currently located there. 
Brad Ames <bames@gcctv.com>
Petersburg, IL USA - Wednesday, February 09, 2005 at 06:55:27 (PST)

Notice to the individual who submitted comments about the "State of Illinois Election Board-Local Election Handbook". Please resubmit with your personal name and email address. Thanks  
PetersburgIL.com Editor <dsk@petersburgil.com>
Petersburg, IL USA - Wednesday, February 02, 2005

We plan to relocate in the Petersburg/Athens area this fall. Is there a business directory you could email or mail us for jobs.
Jack and Cheri Stienmetz <stienmetz5@aol.com>
Ashton, IL USA - Wednesday, February 09, 2005 at 04:15:21 (PST)

Hi my name is Hilde and I was attending Porta High School in the great :) year of 2001-2002. I was an exchange student and I lived with the family Allen. I was only wondering if any of you know Sharon and Stephen Allen?? Can you please let them know my e-mail or give me any address?? You see, I have not heard from them in almost a year now..thanks!
Hilde Urdalen <hilde@urdalen.no>
Oslo, Norway - Wednesday, February 02, 2005 at 13:08:37 (PST)

Nice web site.
As a present council member of the City of Petersburg for over 10 years, I have had the opportunity to work with two of the candidates running for Mayor of Petersburg, and I whole-heartedly endorse the Incumbent: Diane Kube. She is the only one with the necessary experience, and she has shown her superior ability as Mayor many times over.

Chris Hinton <cthinton63@sbcglobal.com>
Petersburg, IL USA - Monday, January 31, 2005 at 16:06:07 (PST)

Your web site is one of the best community site I have visited. Keep up the great work!
Susan Smith <fourkids324@aol.com>
Sullivan, IL USA - Friday, January 28, 2005 at 03:50:30 (PST)

My wife and I love your site. We visit often during the summer. Love the people and the camping at New Salem.
Harry Stone <hstone899@msn.com>
St. Charles, Mo USA - Thursday, January 27, 2005 at 11:49:15 (PST)

There is no better place to come home to than right here, amidst the woodland hills along the river.  When I moved here from Chicago in 1988, a local resident told me, "If you can't find it in Petersburg, you don't really need it".  I laughed and thought this would be something I would have to learn to live with. I have since come to realize this goes along with, "We travel the world over, in search of happiness and then come home to find it".  I too, love to travel and my fondest part of the journey is re-entering Menard County to smell the sweetness of the country air.  Thank You Petersburg, for being the place I call home.
Carol Ann Wood <mycatmoochie@yahoo.com>
Petersburg, IL USA - Saturday, January 08, 2005 at 10:40:54 (PST)

Site looks good as always-- keep up the good work
Ben Hollis
Petersburg, IL USA - Tuesday, January 04, 2005 at 16:40:54 (PST)

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 - Monday, January 03, 2005 at 15:19:35 (PST)

Wishing everyone in Petersburg a Prosperous & Happy New Year in 2005.
Rick Juergens <rejuergens@cox.net>
Glendale, AZ USA - Sunday, January 02, 2005 at 10:40:19 (PST)

I alway enjoy visisting this web site. Lots of interesting information to be had. I really like the pictures of times gone bye. My husband and I visit your area often. Keep up the good work.
Janet Thompson <jkthpson@famvid.com>
Easton, IN USA - Sunday, January 02, 2005 at 06:13:15 (PST)

Theme of this Web Site is "Bringing A Community Closer Together". This is our GOAL and our Hope. Please sign our guestbook and leave your comments for 2005.

Petersburg, IL USA

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