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Name               Frank
EM   aqe5185@isd-media.com
Date:                    28-12-2005
EMAIL_FROM:       Boston, MA
COUNTRY:             United States
WORK_PHONE:     617-933-7656
HOME_PHONE:      617-933-7656

Good Service

Thanks Frank. We try

NAME:         Meaganleah
EMAIL:                  meaganleah@hotmail.com
Date:               11-26-05
EMAIL_FROM:  Colorado
Hello Danville...  Once again I'm posting a message on here to see if I can get some help.  I'm still in search of a man (my father) named Dennis "Denny" Dickonson (or Dickson), he would probably be in his 50's now, and was once a police officer in the area.  I also believe that he got married in 1979 or 80' there.  Maybe old newspapers of public records could verify this but I just don't have the resources.  I was really thinking that the way to go is maybe through some of the old timers of the area: parents, grandparents, elders from church - perhaps they'd remember something.  Thanks Danville, I'm keeping my fingers crossed.  
You should join the Forum, hundreds visit each day and some may have time to research for you, they are nice folks, and helpful. Go to Public Forum
NAME:       Larry Brinkley
EMAIL:       topproperties@arkansas.net
Date:              11/04/05
EMAIL_FROM:   Heber Springs, AR

Always a pleasure to stop by your web site, I lived in Danville from 1967 to 1987 graduated 1981 only get back about once every 2-3 years.  Friends and acquaintances feel free to email.  Now own and run landscape business. Best advice I could give an old friend, check out Shepherd's Chapel.  Small church in Gravette, Arkansas televises all over the world, depending on what tv connection you have it is sometimes local there.                    L.B.
NAME:        Sue Allison Boblett
EMAIL:        susie1z@msn.com
Date:                10/27/05
EMAIL_FROM:      Poinciana, FL
While living in Danville up to three years ago, I gathered all the history books and loaded all the individuals I could into a single interlinked family tree.  It has about 40k people in it.  I uploaded the deceased folks into the website via Family Tree Maker so folks could find their family free.  Ancestry bought out FMT and now they want to charge a fee...not fair.  If you have any family history in the Danville area, please email me about 3 generations and I'll check to see if your family is included in this massive tree, which grows daily!

I'm a descendant of the massive many tentacled Allison family...to whom most of you are related one way or another! There are about 14,000 of use alive today and we don't even know we's kin folks!

I sure miss Danville weather when we're 'hunkering down' for a hurricane here...but won't miss winter!
NAME:                    Frank
EMAIL:     bha3162@radar3000.com
Date:                    21/10/2005
EMAIL_FROM:              Boston, MA
COUNTRY:                 United States
WORK_PHONE:  505-212-5124
HOME_PHONE:  505-212-5124


Good service
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NAME:     Lauren bienasz
EMAIL:   saneib@yahoo.com
Date:                    10-21-05
EMAIL_FROM:              villa park il

Hi my grandpa died last week and I had to go to his funeral and it was kinda fun because I got to meet some of my family
NAME:    Becky Lucas
EMAIL:   beckluc@sbcglobal.net
Date:              10/09/05
EMAIL_FROM:          danville, IL
WORK_PHONE:       217-260-2242
HOME_PHONE:       217-443-2920
I am looking for someone that does caning.  I have some chairs that need repaired.  Hope someone can help me out.
Thanks, Becky Lucas

NAME:                    Ellen Moore
EMAIL:      dmoore@geneseo.net
Date:                    9-22-05
EMAIL_FROM:              Geneseo IL

I am looking for photos and information about Marty-K's, the drive-in diner from back in the 50's.  My in-laws are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary and they met at Marty-K's.  If anyone has any photos or information could you please email them to me?  Thanks!

EMAIL:      pennilee@webtv.net
Date:              sept. 13 2005
EMAIL_FROM:   Las Vegas, Nevada


Some of you Horse Folks must know this, please email her

NAME:                    Jackowski
EMAIL:                   brookiebabyski@yahoo.com
Date:                    9/13/05
EMAIL_FROM:     Danville Illinois

Hey guys, this is a really cool site! Props for all the good work! I'm in a new program for Vermillion County called High-Tech-Edge. We have a project to try and figure out what should go along our riverfront. We are doing research now, and i was wondering if anyone could help me out. I need to know about some history and anything concerning the riverfront. Any information would be extremely helpful.
                   Brooke A. Jackowski

From: Tuck Miller

Email: tuckmiller@gmail.comgmail.com

Date: Sep 11. 2005

I would like to invite you to the NEW All Around Danville Forums,
located at

I have been appointed the new moderator of the site, and I have created a spot for each of you. I have a special room for the Mayor, and a separate room for each ward. Your constituents will have the opportunity to post concerns, compliments and yes, even complaints.

I would encourage each of you to actively participate in the forum, as this gives you and the citizens of Danville to really speak out.

Some of you might be asking who is this Tuck guy, some of us have already met, but let me tell you briefly about me............

Born and raised in Danville. Was a Danville Fire Fighter for over 6 years. Came to California in 1984, and am now working as a Train Operator for the San Diego Trolley. For the last 2 years, I was the moderator, for the now defunct Commercial News Forum.
I plan on retiring in Danville in about 5 years if not sooner. Danville is my hometown, and I want to see it is prosper....any other questions, no problem, just drop me an e-mail.

Thanks much, and look forward to seeing you on the forums!!! Tuck

NAME:       wmiller
Date:   09-10-2005
EMAIL_FROM:    Danville, IL

Wake up Danville  

I know this may sound like chronic complaining, but Danville needs to do something to draw in more qualified physicians and competition for our local hospital. during the past 6 mo. my wife has had a disabling illness that has progressively gotten worse. The Neurologist in town kept telling her it was diabetic neuropathy she has only been diabetic 2 years), later her primary care physician noticed that the neuro overlooked some important test results that showed a possibility of lupus and he referred her to a rheumatologist in Indiana. 2 weeks ago my wife experienced paralysis in one leg and went to the hospital  after spending 3 days there she awoke with paralysis in both legs. the Neuro here in town said well it wasn't serious (It wasn't a stroke). He was going to call in physical therapy to teach her to slide into a wheel chair. The nurse in the hospital left my wife on a bed pan for over 45min. , leaving a football sized bruise on her bottom side. At that point I had enough of the inept care we received from the specialist in town and the hospital and I transferred my wife to Terre Haute Indiana where the rheumatologist was. Needless to say they discovered my wife did not have Lupus but had a neurological disease (Transverse Mellitus) They began treatment within 12 hours. 5 days later she walked out of the Terra Haute hospital without assistance.

Incidents like this should be a wake up call to our community when hospital treatment falls this far below standards of care and treatment, and the so called specialist in town are unable to read reports from test they order and diagnose diseases associated within their field of specialty.

 Click & Go to Forum introduction page

We are pleased to announce that our Public Forum feature has expanded to include the additional users of the Commercial News Forum, which was recently disbanded.

We welcome new comers to our Forum and Tuck Miller who will be the full time Moderator. Let's keep this forum civil
and of use to all in our community. A community is asset is the purpose of this entire website, and the Forum is no exception. BEAMSCO

See how to join the Forum on this page

NAME:                    Judi Coltman
EMAIL:                   Judinewt@yahoo.com
Date:                    9-10-05
EMAIL_FROM:              Oregon, IL

Does anyone have photos or written descriptions of the Hotel Wolford?  I need it for a writing project.  Thanks

PHONE:   2174310604
DATE:    SEPT 9TH 05

A family member of mine was in jail at the Danville P.S.B. for 8 days and was transferred to Springfield .
Now i understand that this is Jail but when you have medications that are needed and prescribed by a dr. why cant they give them to the inmates like they are suppose to.
My family member is support to have 3 pills a day of 2mg xanix an other medications and Danville P.S.B. was only giving him his morning dose. When he asked an officer about when he would get his medicine they said "You must never been in jail before."
So he told them if i don't get my medication i could have a heart attack or a seizure. they told him "When you start flopping around let us know."
Then when he was transfered to Springfield Danville sent his meds with him without his percription bottle . So now he cant have his medication at all.
He has not hurt anyone ,he has not killed anyone.
The treatment of inmates is wrong.If anything happens to him Danville and Springfield will both have there butts in court. Do they want to give him his medication or be responsible for a heart attack or seizure.I am a quiet person but they will know my name.Ill send letters,ill call,ill email,ill fax and ill put it in the paper..... something needs changed!
NAME:   Lisa Smith
EMAIL:                   lisa@whitesmithmarketing.com
Date:           9-2-05
EMAIL_FROM:    Bismarck, IL        
WORK_PHONE:     217-759-8600
I'm a member of a newly formed church in town, First United Methodist Church of Danville and wondered how we go about getting listed on your website.  Our new website is www.firstumcdanville.org  Thanks!

This is the way to do it. Tell us - and send your web address..you will be posted in the Churchs links

NAME:                    Keith Hoerr
EMAIL:                   wileywayne60@hotmail.com
Date:                    08/22/05
EMAIL_FROM:      Pekin Illinois
I am looking for the location of the candle light inn
that was located by a brand new holiday inn in 1980
I know that it is probably gone I just want to drive by the location to show my children were it was. can anybody help
i know it is a strange request so if you can not help
i understand.

thank you Keith
NAME: Chris Coahran
EMAIL                  corndog22@tds.net
Date:                    8/21/05
EMAIL_FROM:              Crawfordsville, In
Hi folks.
  I have what I think are some old saloon coins
from an "Esquire Cocktail Lounge", and I am interested
if anyone has any information on the lounge, OR if these
coins/tokens were used during the prohibition years.
They are quite old, and are described as follows:
they are oval-shaped, 1 5/16" wide, 15/16" tall.
On one side are the words "Esquire Cocktail Lounge"
around the rim, with the words "Danville Ill" in the center.
On the other side are the words "Good for 25(cents) in
drinks. (actually, there is the cents sign after the 25, but
it seems I don't have a dang cents sign on my computer.)
:/ Anyway, any input would be greatly appreciated, and thanks for the handy site. :)
NAME:                    Vicki Shaffer Stout
EMAIL:                   sromy60@hotmail.com
Date:                    08-17-05
EMAIL_FROM:              O'Fallon,Mo
Just curious...I was looking at the photos of churches in Danville and I did not see Central Christian Church...is it still there? Does it have another name?
Thank you, Vicki

Churches need to send a photo to get in the page. Likewise the URLs of their website if they have one.. I think the church is right on N Vermilion

NAME:                    Ted Osborn
EMAIL:                   thosborn12@hotmail.com

Date:                    Aug 16, 2005
EMAIL_FROM:              Danville Illinois
WORK_PHONE:              217.431.3304
On your page of famous people from Danville Illinois, you are missing Morris Ankrum, born in Danville August 27, 1896, died Sept. 2, 1964, interred in Spring Hill Cemetery. Morris was a very well known, instantly recognizable character actor in Hollywood and tv. His bio can be found: Click here Also see pics from his films Click Here
Regards, Ted Osborn

Thanks Tom we will leave the links and your note up permanently and add this to the bottom of the entertainers page

NAME:      Judi Coltman
EMAIL:           Judinewt@yahoo.com
Date:              8-17-05
EMAIL_FROM:         Byron, IL

Hello Danville,

My Father - Gary Newtson - grew up in Danville (graduated HS in the 50's.)  My grandfather Lawrence Newtson was a teacher, basketball coach and later a CPA.  I have golden memories of our visits to Danville ( where, my father assured me - all famous people begin), but my most memorable times were when my grandfather lived in the Wolford  Hotel after my grandmother died in 1968.

NAME:                    R P
EMAIL:                   rp0101@excite.com
Date:                    8/11/2005
EMAIL_FROM:              Gurnee, IL
I am planning a family reunion to be held in the Danville area.  Can anyone tell me if there is a corn maze or petting zoo or pick your own apple orchard within a reasonable distance from Danville?  I already know about Hardy's Reindeer Ranch and Hog Wallow Farm - both are what I'm looking for but I prefer something closer to Danville.

If there are no matches, can anyone recommend another activity for a large group of people for 3-4 hours for a fall Sunday afternoon.

A canoe and or paddle boating in Kennecott Cove park would be nice. See http://middleforkcanoes.com/

NAME:      Kathy Hinton Chesnut
EMAIL:                   kathy_s_chesnut@raytheon.com
Date:            8/4/05
EMAIL_FROM:     Garland, TX
I was born and raised in Danville and graduated in 1969.  My father was Jack Hinton who operated the Standard Service Station @ Vermilion & Woodbury Streets.  I was a senior in high school when my father died and too young to keep any memorabilia from the service station.  I would be interested in any old calendars or items of interest with Jack Hinton Standard Service labeled on them.  I will check back to see if there are any responses.  Thanks so much and I miss Danville - especially as I am getting older.
NAME:       Tracy D. Wright
EMAIL:    cinemastarr@aol.com
Date:                    07/30/2005
EMAIL_FROM:  Scottsdale, AZ
WORK_PHONE:    602-867-2740
Am looking for Amber Brittany Wright. Born October 12, 1983 in Phoenix, AZ. Would like to talk to her if she wants to, I am her father.

If anyone can help, please contact me.
Thank you

NAME:                    L.B
EMAIL:    Riosfamlia5@aol.com
Date:               6/30/05
EMAIL_FROM:      Pasco, WA
COUNTRY:                 USA


I would like to know if there anybody from Hoopeston can tell me about city it self and the people....L.B

Hoopeston has a website link, it  is under government on this portal's first page center  - lower down in the drop-down boxes..

NAME:    Liz (Hurley) Sookarry
EMAIL:             lizsookarry@hotmail.com
Date:              30/07/2005
EMAIL_FROM:     Manchester,
COUNTRY:           England
HOME_PHONE:  44 161 612 2973

I love coming back to the site every now and again, to check all the new pictures and links! I am particularly fond of the Balloon Classic photos, as these bring back some lovely childhood memories!!

I was wandering through eBay not long ago and purchased a photo of what looks like the DHS marching band or an army marching band, in front of a building that I think is DHS. The photo looks like it's from just after turn of the century, and is quite interesting, but I can't figure it out entirely. Anyway, the photo is at my mother's store if anyone is interested, that's the health food store on N. Vermilion, Country Store. Maybe when I'm next in Danville I will scan it for the Webmaster and have it posted for all to see!

Take care, and thanks for keeping me close to home with your info and links!

NAME             Buffey Kunkle
EMAIL:                   kunkle4@insightbb.com
Date:                    07/26/05
EMAIL_FROM: Danville, IL

I was wanting to know if there were any volleyball, softball, or any other sport teams leagues) for adults to join in the Danville area?  Want to join in this fall 2005 I played alot of sand volleyball and indoor volleyball for alot of years and love the sport. Your responses would be appreciated.
Thank you,
NAME:       Dennis Tucker
EMAIL:                   pretzyldog@yahoo.com
Date:                    07/15/05
EMAIL_FROM:              Danville, IL
    It would be nice if you could list Covington, In. gas prices along with the other area prices. Most Danville prices are all the same varying by a penny or two. Covington is usually at least 5-10 cents cheaper. Many IL. drivers go their to buy gas. Thanks
Good question:
1 The easy answer is no one has volunteered to call  in the prices daily.
2. The Portal was built wholly on the idea to encourage people to shop Vermilion County first, thru awareness of what we offer Here..
3. The occasional differential in lower prices logically should save us money, when it is lower, (many times on my way to Indy I have seen Indiana prices higher).
Let's walk through this though. At 14 MPG I would burn at least a gallon of gas over and back. If I filled up (18 gals) I would save $1.80 in Indiana, if the price was a whole 10 cent different. At $2.35 a gallon here  I would lose -.55 cents net (on the fill-up total cost) to drive over there for $2.25 prices. Not considering the time lost and needed lost revenue to Our county and cities to provide the services we need here.
NAME:                    Jim Gillis
EMAIL:                   jimglls@ccsdana.net
Date:                    14 Jul 2005
EMAIL_FROM:              Cayuga, IN      
HOME_PHONE:              (765) 492-3845
I am trying to find out if anyone remembers the Brandt family of Danville, Illinois.  They were a very prominent family in Danville.  Frederick C. Brandt and Johanna were from Germany and moved here to Danville and had several children.  Richard, Charles, Louis (who moved to San Diego, CA), Ida who married Andrew Songer and then I believe she remarried, she used to live in Tilton but died in Petersburg, FL but was sent back here in 1974 to be buried in the family plot, Fred Jr, Mrs. Theodore Schultz and Mrs. Fred Peters of Detroit were a few.  There were 11 children I believe.  Most are buried in the family plot at Springhill.  Fred Brandt built the Brandt Bldg at 310 E Main St and they had a business at 303 ˝ main st (Cigar Manufacturing).  There are still Brandts listed in the telephone book for the Danville area.  If anyone knows the Brandts or has any information on this family who was an important part of Danville history please let me know.  No one has done any research on them as far as I can tell, at least there is none at the genealogy society in Danville.  Thanks
NAME:                    Heather Reid
EMAIL:                   duckiereid2005@yahoo.com
Date:                    7/1/2005
EMAIL_FROM:              Valparaiso, Indiana
Does anyone remember a car accident that claimed the lives of three young people in Danville, Illinois during January, 1993?  I was told that this was one of the worst accidents that has ever happened; fire was involved.  It killed a girl and 2 males.  The girl's name was Tammie Shreve (possibly Borden).  She was my sister.  Anyone with information, please contact me.  I never knew her because I was adopted but it would mean a lot to me if I heard what actually happened that tragic day and possibly if anyone knew her and had nice things to say.  Thanks much.
NAME:    Ken Eberly
EMAIL: ken344@hotmail.com
Date:   6-28-05
EMAIL_FROM:   Danville, IL
WORK_PHONE: 217-554-6358
HOME_PHONE:  217-446-0954

I am new to this area. I would like to join or form a wine tasting club. Please call or email if interested. Thanks.
NAME:                    coty pirro
EMAIL:                   cotypirro@hotmail.com
Date:                    June 19, 2005
EMAIL_FROM: Leesburg, Georgia
WORK_PHONE:     229-669-4061
HOME_PHONE:     229-759-8426

I am trying to put together some missing links in my family's history.  My maiden name is PEEVLER, I was born and raised in California, and trust me PEEVLER is not a common name on the west coast!  My father's name was LEX Peevler, he was born in Craw
(fords)sville, Ind., in 1914.  His mother's name was Icy Merle, his father was Knut or Newt Peevler.  Icy Merle later married Luther McNeil and they lived in Dana, Ind.  My father had a brother named JESSE PEEVLER, born in 1925 and died in 1980.  He had 2 children, TED and DIANE PEEVLER, the would be around 48-51 years old today.  I have never met them and would like someone to help me fill in my blanks.  My daughter was diagnosed with a genetic disorder that apparently comes from my fathers family line, I need to know who else in my family carries this DNA marker.  Please contact me at cotypirro@hotmail.com if you have so information on PEEVLERS I might be related to.  Many Thanks,
Coyita J. Peevler Pirro.

For family research the best bet is to contact the Illiana Genealogical Historical Society 215 West North Street, Danville, Illinois ..Phone: 217 431-8733
Mail to: PO BOX 207 ~ DANVILLE, ILLINOIS 61834-0207

NAME:                    Johnine Avery Colonna
EMAIL:                   lake@alfanet.it
Date:                    18 June, 2005
EMAIL_FROM:              Rome, Italy
COUNTRY:                 Rome, Italy
WORK_PHONE:              06.3052166
HOME_PHONE:              06.3052166
Dear Sirs,

What is the best way to look for a Danville native?
Wayne Robert Lape, known as Bob Lape was never heard from by the California family branch after the death of his father John Lape in about 1958.  He likely lived on with his step-mother Margaret Lape.  He was born in 1937 or 38.  The younger brother of my mother, Betty Irene Lape.

Thank you, Johnine Avery Colonna
Donna Gash at the County Court House did a genealogy research for me many years ago but for the great length of time, it is possible she is no longer contactable.
NAME:    Ian Callison
EMAIL:                   mschultz2nanosecond.com
Date:    June 19,2005
EMAIL_FROM:  Carson  City Nevada      
WORK_PHONE:   775-883-0973
HOME_PHONE:  775-883-0973
Hello, i am trying to find any genealogy information on a Aaron Louise Cohen who lived in Danville, Illinois and died in 1996.
ANY information that you can give to me I would greatly appreciate it. His father's name was a Samuel N Cohen.
Thank you for Your time in this matter. I will BE waiting for a reply.
Marian Callison


NAME            Jason Grider
EMAIL:                   Saxman1990@yahoo.com
Date:                    6/10/05
EMAIL_FROM   Danville, Illinois

Hello, I have one question; could anybody tell me how to sign up to perform at Arts in the Park?
                                   Thank you.

NAME:       Jack Stuebe
EMAIL:      mgsjrs@att.net
Date:           05/23/2005
EMAIL_FROM:   arcadia, ca.

I enjoyed seeing your picture of the Hegeler foundation. When I was growing up in Danville I lived on East Roselawn Ave and went to school with Jules. We use to play in the house all thing. We would always go up to the third floor ballroom and play or to the basement were Jules had a great train set. That was a great house. I think in all the years we went there to play I was only in the front part of the house once. His mother did not (let) us in that part of the house.
Thanks Jack another view at left. The house is now completely restored by JWH. PS take a look at the old photos added at Old Danville Area Photos & Postcards bottom
NAME:       Sgt. S. Swisher
EMAIL: fbina210@yahoo.com

Date:         05/13/2005
EMAIL_FROM:        Danville Il

  Vermilion County Crimestoppers is having a poker run on May 21st. All of the stops have a police theme and I hope all can attend and ride.  The first stop is a SWAT demo, the second a K-9 demo, the third is an antique jail museum, the fourth stop is the Vermilion County Airport where you will be able to drag race your motorcycle down a runway and your speed will be timed.  The last stop is in Hank's transmission lot where Sheriff Hartshorn and Police Chief Carl Alexander will serve the meal.  Sign up is at 10:00 am at Gutterridge Harley Davidson and we will leave at 11:00.  This ride will be alot of fun and I hope to see alot of people there.
                                     Sgt. S. Swisher
                                    Danville Police Dept.
NAME:      Tina Quick
EMAIL:                   tina.quick1@btopenworld.com
Date:            5-5-2005
EMAIL_FROM:       Somerset
COUNTRY:       England
I am looking for relatives of Abraham Lincoln Fox, my great grandfather.  I know my grandmother Lois's sister was in Danville and had 7? children.  Penny?
Also my grandfather was there, Olaf Quick, son of Harry Quick, son of Perry Quick. I don't know anything about the Quick's.

Any response would be welcome.  Thanks very much.  I live in England, and my brother Tom lives in Colorado.
Tina Quick
NAME:  Jim Gillis
EMAIL:    jimglls@ccsdana.net
Date:        04 05 2005
HOME_PHONE:  (765) 492-3845
I would like to hear from someone who is descended from either the Carey or Haley family of Danville.  I am looking for a photo of Thomas Carey Haley who lived all his life in Danville with the exception of his last year when he moved with his new wife (Hester Puzey, later became Mrs. Fleeta Royse) to Chicago.  He died of the flu in 1919.  His parents were Nick and Kate Haley of Danville.  His mother lived with her sisters in a home just off main street left to them by their father Patrick ? Carey.  
Also does anyone recognize Pinky Jackson in the Gillis photos posted on this site?  I would like to know his real first name.  "Pinky" of course was a nickname.  Thanks.  Jim
See link to photos below
From: Jim Gillis
4/30/2005 17:02:23 -0500
Subject: photographs - family collection of Mrs. Emma (John) Gillis

See rest of Pics at Old Danville Pictures Part 1 at bottom

I inherited photographs that belonged to Mrs. Emma Skelton Gillis, wife of John W. Gillis who owned the Puzey-Gillis tavern which used to be where the China Gardens restaurant is next to the courthouse annex.  A lot of these photographs I don't know who they are but some I do and they all lived around Danville.  John Gillis and my great-grandfather (Charles) were brothers
1) photo 1 is of Earl "Bud" Gillis Jr who was a medical officer during WWII and then went into a career of broadcasting.  He worked at a radio station in Danville before he moved to Cincinnati, Ohio.  He died in 2003 and was sent back to Danville to be buried next to his parents.
2) photo 2 is of my 2nd great-grandmother Rebecca Church Gillis, Kate Gillis who was the wife of Hudson Brown, a former Danville Chief of Police and prominent business man who had a cigars, liquor, wines store on 17 N Vermilion, he died in 1900.  Also Kate's daughter is Lillian Brown Waltzer who was the wife of Frank Waltzer.  Lillian was in many clubs and organizations in Danville and worked at the YMCA.  The youngest is her son, the late Ed Waltzer of Danville.
3) Harrison's Cafe must have been in Danville.  I believe the older distinguished looking woman is Lillian Brown Waltzer and this is her family standing and seated inside the cafe.  It was probably on Harrison St.  Anyone know anything about this cafe?
4) Pinky Jackson and Bill Henders - Bill was the father of Jack Henders.  Does anyone know anything about Mr. Jackson?  I would like to know what his real first name was.
5)  This is Earle Gillis Sr.  He is on the same bicycle that his buddy "Pop" Bowman photographed him on along with himself on another.  It is in one of the pictorial history books of Danville.  I also have another of Earl and probably his wife on the same bicycle.
6)  This is Chas. Allison, son of Otho Allison who died in May 1915.  He was probably a buddy of Earl Gillis.  Does anyone know anything about the Allisons?
I don't know if you can post these are not.  I have many more photographs also.  Many are unidentified and I was hoping someone might see them and recognize someone.  Please let me know.  These were all people from Danville.  I appreciate it. Jim Gillis
These are wonderful old Photos, they will be posted in the Historical Archive of old photos soon. You might consider donating them to the Vermilion County Museum.
Sent: Thursday, April 28, 2005 12:08 PM
Subject: RE: Sand Storm in Al Asad - Taken 26 April..

From a regular contributor:
My son sent these from Iraq
Amazing, like a movie out of Hollywood. That would kill your lungs post haste without a filter mask. Was in Libya for more than 2 years and experienced Ghibli's, but nothing quite like that.

See Several Pictures at"  Photos and notes from Iraq Page

NAME:   Stephen E Foster
Date:       4-7-05
EMAIL_FROM: Danville
Alderman Stephen Foster speaks out in an opinion-comment about the one vote margin in Ward 7, and an insight into the effort and Time it takes to run for office.

 See Web Page
The Power of ONE
NAME:    Margaret R. Moore
EMAIL: mwrjmoore@sbcglobal.net
Date:       4-1-05
Hello, I was directed to your site when doing a search on raw milk.  I would like to know if there any farms in this area that sell raw milk.  I am also looking to find someone who is selling organic produce.  Any help will be appreciated.  I live in the Watseka area.
Thank you,

This has been asked before. Anyone knowing of organic products in our area please email us at info@beamsco.com or sfoster@allarounddanville.com - we will post all sources on an information page
NAME:    Derrick Blake
EMAIL:  Penfold777@aol.com               
Date:        3/16/2005
COUNTRY:   United Kingdom




Hi Steve Foster, my name is Derrick Blake, I just had a brief chat with you (from England) over the phone about possibly putting a message on your local board for me ,if  you could I'd appreciate it. It goes as follows:
I would like to hear from anybody who new the late  Robert Irwin Blake; born, march 21 1923 ;died April 1991,ex U.S.A.F,he was my father, and the last time I saw him was back in 1965 at Waterloo Station, London, I  was 7 years old. All I want to know is what sort of guy he really was ,and if i might have any other relatives. All I know at the moment is that he is buried in Danville National Cemetery together with a Ruth Blake, not known to me).
So Steve if you could help me by putting this on your message board, I'd be very grateful, many thanks, God bless you.

If anyone can help or writes him please let us know too

NAME:       Andy Compton
EMAIL:                   andyc1969@hotmail.com
Date:        3/13/2005
EMAIL_FROM: elwyn Garden City
COUNTRY:   United Kingdom

Hi Danville
This web site brings back a lot of memories. I spent a lot of time visiting the area between 2001 and 2003. Danville looks like an old industrial town with lots of character.
I remember it being so darn cold in the winter and so darn hot in the summer lol I really enjoyed Lake Vermilion and surrounding parks. I also still remember GROSS BURGERS! OH boy! the best burgers in the world.
I really enjoyed my stays in the Danville area, you guy's are very kind and welcoming and I can't wait to come back home :)

God bless Andy
P.S Montana Mike  WELL DONE! please  :)
NAME:       Patty
EMAIL:                   pattynu523@mindspring.com
Date:        03/05/05
EMAIL_FROM:  Patchogue, NY
COUNTRY:     United States         HOME_PHONE:      631-475-8482
My name is Patty Nugent and I live in New York.  
My dad was born and raised in Danville.  He was born in 1918. His name was Charles William Campbell.  His parent's names were Harvey and Myrtle.  His brother's name was Bruce.

I was wondering if anyone could share anything about his life with me. He passed away in the late 70's when I was a teenager.  He often spoke of his life in Danville.  
NAME:       Chris Long
EMAIL: Sissyeck43@aol.com
Date:       2/28/05
EMAIL_FROM:     Danville, Il.
Thank you Jared Yates!! My daughter met you at the La Potosina and you signed her shirt and took pictures. That tells us you didn't let that go to your head. We think you're great and we're waiting for your concert at the Civic Center!! Best of luck in your future!! Thanks again!!
NAME:                    Joseph
EMAIL:                   asjks4@uaa.alaska.edu
Date:                    02.24.05
EMAIL_FROM:              Anchorage, Alaska
To the City of Danville, I believe your city should recognize Jared Yates for doing so well in American Idol. He was my only pick; I was shocked when he had the least amount of votes. Jared you seem like a great guy. Best of luck in the future!
NAME:      Melanie

MAI mellbell65@hotmail.com
D             2/21/2005
EMAIL             Carlinville, IL

Hey!  I'm not from Danville, but I live in Illinois and have been there for sports, etc.  I just want to let your city aware of how proud you all should be of Jared Yates!  He has been doing a great job on American Idol and It would be incredible if he moves on after tonight!  It is weird how "normal" people from small communities can become stars.  I am also from a small community and I wish him the best of luck!  And Jared, If you read this, message me back!  I would love to talk to a star! :)  Have a great evening everyone!
NAME:        Scott Hlebak
EMAIL:                   timeaway31@adelphia.net
Date           2/20/05
EMAIL_FROM:    Aurora, Ohio
Hello.  I was wondering if anyone out there knows how to get in touch with Steve Foster.  He is about 32 years old, grew up in Danville, father's name is Fred.  They moved to Solon, Ohio in the early 90's then moved back to Danville and opened a nightclub that I think was called Yesterday's.  If anyone knows anything about Steve, please let me know.  Thanks!
This not the same Steve Foster that is the Webmaster of this site, I know where I am
NAME:                    Tim
EMAIL:                   safehouse5@yahoo.com
Date:           2.19.05
EMAIL_FROM:  Champaign, IL
Certified Organic Raw Cow Milk and Certified Organic Raw Goat Milk .Hello, I am offering my business as a source of certified organic raw cow milk and cert. organic raw goat milk. Stone Organic Pastures is certified organic by Indiana Certified Organic, LLC and we will have a MOSA (Midwest Organic Services Association) certified purebred Jersey cow 100% grassfed/hay ready for milking sometime between April and June 2005. We are located in central IL (near Champaign), but shipping is an option. We will have a Nubian goat ready for milking May 10th 2005 and able to sell the raw goat milk. trstone@gmail.com.
Selling Certified Organic Raw Jersey (cow) milk, certified organic Raw Goat Milk Stone Organic Pastures

From: Varsanyi, Peter S., CTR, MDA/PI Email:Peter.Varsanyi.ctr@mda.mil]
Sent: Tuesday, February 01, 2005
From: Germany
Special Post

Matthias Dapfner, Chief Executive of the huge German publisher Axel Springer AG, has written a blistering attack in DIE WELT, Germany's largest daily newspaper, against the timid reaction of Europe in the face of the Islamic threat.

(Commentary by Mathias Dapfner CEO, Axel Springer, AG)

A few days ago Henry Broder wrote in Welt am Sonntag, "Europe - your family name is appeasement." It's a phrase you can't get out of your head because it's so terribly true.

Appeasement cost millions of Jews and non-Jews their lives as England and France, allies at the time, negotiated and hesitated too long before they noticed that Hitler had to be fought, not bound to toothless agreements.

Appeasement legitimized and stabilized Communism in the Soviet Union, then East Germany, then all the rest of Eastern Europe where for decades, inhuman, suppressive, murderous governments were glorified as the ideologically correct alternative to all other possibilities.

Appeasement crippled Europe when genocide ran rampant in Kosovo, and even though we had absolute proof of ongoing mass-murder, we Europeans debated and debated and debated, and were still debating when finally the Americans had to come from halfway around the world, into Europe yet again, and do our work for us.

Rather than protecting democracy in the Middle East, European appeasement, camouflaged behind the fuzzy word "equidistance," now countenances suicide bombings in Israel by fundamentalist Palestinians.

Appeasement generates a mentality that allows Europe to ignore nearly 500,000 victims of Saddam's torture and murder machinery and, motivated by the self-righteousness of the peace-movement, has the gall to issue bad grades to George Bush...

Continued.. Even as it is uncovered that the loudest critics of the American action in Iraq made illicit billions, no, TENS of billions, in the corrupt U.N. Oil-for-Food program. And now we are faced with a particularly grotesque form of appeasement... How is Germany reacting to the escalating violence by Islamic fundamentalists in Holland and elsewhere? By suggesting that we really should have a "Muslim Holiday" in Germany.

I wish I were joking, but I am not. A substantial fraction of our (German) Government, and if the polls are to be believed, the German people, actually believe that creating an Official State "Muslim Holiday" will somehow spare us from the wrath of the fanatical Islamists.

One cannot help but recall Britain's Neville Chamberlain waving the laughable treaty signed by Adolf Hitler, and declaring European "Peace in our time".

What else has to happen before the European public and its political leadership get it? There is a sort of crusade underway, an especially perfidious crusade consisting of systematic attacks by fanatic Muslims, focused on civilians, directed against our free, open Western societies, and intent upon Western Civilization's utter destruction.

It is a conflict that will most likely last longer than any of the great military conflicts of the last century - a conflict conducted by an enemy that cannot be tamed by "tolerance" and "accommodation" but is actually spurred on by such gestures, which have proven to be, and will always be taken by the Islamists for signs of weakness.

Only two recent American Presidents had the courage needed for anti-appeasement: Reagan and Bush.

His American critics may quibble over the details, but we Europeans know the truth. We saw it first hand: Ronald Reagan ended the Cold War, freeing half of the German people from nearly 50 years of terror and virtual slavery. And Bush, supported only by the Social Democrat Blair, acting on moral conviction, recognized the danger in the Islamic War against democracy. His place in history will have to be evaluated after a number of years have passed.

In the meantime, Europe sits back with charismatic self-confidence in the multicultural corner, instead of defending liberal society's values and being an attractive center of power on the same playing field as the true great powers, America and China.

On the contrary - we Europeans present ourselves, in contrast to those "arrogant Americans", as the World Champions of "tolerance", which even (Germany's Interior Minister) Otto Schily justifiably criticizes. Why? Because we're so moral? I fear it's more because we're so materialistic, so devoid of a moral compass.

For his policies, Bush risks the fall of the dollar, huge amounts of additional national debt, and a massive and persistent burden on the American economy - because unlike almost all of Europe, Bush realizes what is at stake - literally everything.

While we criticize the "capitalistic robber barons" of America because they seem too sure of their priorities, we timidly defend our Social Welfare systems. Stay out of it! It could get expensive! We'd rather discuss reducing our 35-hour workweek or our dental coverage, or our 4 weeks of paid vacation... Or listen to TV pastors preach about the need to "reach out to terrorists. To understand and forgive".

These days, Europe reminds me of an old woman who, with shaking hands, frantically hides her last pieces of jewelry when she notices a robber breaking into a neighbor's house.

Appeasement? Europe, thy name is Cowardice

FROM: Chuck Johnson
EMAIL: chas@iquest.net
FROM: Indiana

DATE: 2-2-05

Hello AllAroundDanville.com
Great job on the recently added "
Photos & Post Cards from Around Danville Illinois,  they make Danville look like the great place it once was back in the "good ole days" of so many years ago. I wonder who currently owns the old "Pop Bowman" collection of Danville photo's. He was probably the best photographer in the Danville area. I remember looking at his many photographs of Danville when his studio was located on Franklin street, just North of Williams.

I remember when there were many nice restaurants in Danville where you could go and enjoy a nice dinner. For Italian you could go to Jake Bakers or Toy's place. Someone once said Tony's secret ingredient was his cigar ashes (LOL). There was also the Brown Derby, the 300 Room, the Lincoln, Connors on Main street, and the list goes on.
Best regards, Chuck Johnson
Thanks for the comments. Chuck & thanks for the photos you have sent to contribute to this feature.
NAME: Joe Pelszynski
EMAIL:                   joepelszynski@sbcglobal.net
Date        JAN24,2005
HOME_PHONE:   446-8452
iAM SELLING MY ab-scissors exercise machine by Jake.
it like new. you can call fr price.
                      thank you
                  Joe Pelszynski
From: Kittie Email:Pots2fire2@aol.com
Date: 1/22/2005

I am an adoptee born in 1/60 in search of my birth family. I believe one or  more of my siblings may have lived at the Vermilion County Children's Home in  1/60. I have information that my brother may have appeared in an area newspaper  after a visit to the VCCH by Aunt Jemima on 1/16/60. He would have been about 4  at the time. The last name of one or more of my siblings may have been
Hayes.  Thanks in advance for any help or information.
NAME:     Heather Reid
EMAIL:                   duckiereid2005@yahoo.com
Date:    January 18, 2005
EMAIL_FROM:      Indiana            
HOME_PHONE: 219 548-8306
I am a family member looking for any information about Bryan Borden, Stephanie Borden and Angelique Borden.  From what I have been told, these kids have had a really tough time in their lives.  I'm not sure of how old they are  now.  I was adopted when I was a baby and recently found my birth family.  Their deceased mom, Tammie Lynn Shreve, was my sister.  I was told that these children are living in separate foster homes somewhere in Danville, Illinois.  As their aunt and because I care, I would like to know if they are okay, healthy and happy and if anyone has ANY information as to how I can make contact with them, please email me.  Any help will be greatly appreciated.
NAME:    Aya Fubara Eneli
EMAIL:  aya@kaneli.org
Date:             1/17/05
EMAIL_FROM:    Danville, IL     
WORK_PHONE: 217-304-6997

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NAME:                    Kali Riddle
EMAIL:                   kali_riddle@hotmail.com
Date:                    1/17/05
EMAIL_FROM:              Kansas City, MO
I am planning to relocate near Danville in May, and I was wondering if anyone reading this site could help me to find a job. I have been searching the internet trying to find a help wanted ad section for this town, but haven't find any. I am looking for a Dental Hygienist job in the area of Danville. If you have any information please contact me it would be greatly appreciated.
NAME:                    Steve Paxton
EMAIL:                   sspaxton1@sbcglobal.net
Date:                    1-10-05
EMAIL_FROM:              Georgetown Il
Happy New Year to all. The Vermilion County Handicapped Association, is getting ready for another busy year, We have 6 ramps left to build from last year, and 3 more already this year. We will start as soon as the weather let's us, Always looking for help. stay warm see ya at the next ramp. I will post the location here or at least tell where to meet.

NAME:        Mendy
EMAIL:                   stephensm@bismarck.k12.il.us
Date:                    1/6/05
EMAIL_FROM:              Danville, IL
I remember reading an article about a beauty salon that also did makeover parties for little girls. Does anyone remember anything like this or know the salon?
NAME:    jack stuebe
EMAIL:    stbjck@att.net
Date:                    01/02/05
EMAIL_FROM:  arcadia, ca.

I think your web site is great. I wish more people made comments. I like all of the pictures you show. The Xmas ones were great. I was born and raised in Danville left in 1960 and moved Ca. have been there since. It seems like not that much has changed since I left 45 years ago. Keep up the good work on this web site. Thank you

Thanks Jack, it's a lot of work, just not the Christmas morning shots each year, but every morning. An average of 469 different people each day looked in last year, so I know your out there.Steve
NAME:       Elizabeth Dyess
EMAIL:       ElizabethMDyess@aol.com
Date:                    1/01/05
FROM:  Danville, Illinois        
HOME_PHONE        2174770037
Happy New Year Everyone!!! Danville that was a great event.. Fireworks and all... Ice Sculptures, Horse Rides it was nice to see people walking downtown at night:)

Best of Luck All Around Danville in 2005:)



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