Grandma and Grandpa Mayberry lived in Mayberry Township, Illinois located in Hamilton County. It is where they and many of our ancestors were born, educated, and raised their families. A crossroads known as Feakeyville, Harrawood School, and Big Hill were some of the landmarks.
This site contains over 600 pages of memories with 2,300 photos of Mayberry Township, Hamilton County, Railroads, One-room Schools, and Veterans. It started with pictures, inscriptions, and GPS locations of veteran gravestones and expanded to cover the 1925 Tornado. Next came B&O and L&N railroad history since Grandpa was a B&O railroad foreman from Flora to Shawneetown. The Norris City War Emergency Pipeline Terminal, Texaco Refinery at Dale, and the shirt factory where grandma, mom, and several of my aunts, neighbors, and cousins worked were natural topics too. The railroad research expanded from two to six railways and the 1937 flood was added as more photos were found and shared by others. The trains and depots compromise the majority of the content now.
Should any of these topics peek your interest, grab some coffee or some ice cream, and take a look around. Be sure to check out each link and blue button as each connects to another page. Using only the menu at the top of the page will cause most of the content to be missed. To share related information and photos, please contact me.
Mayberry Township is one of twelve townships in southeast Hamilton County, Illinois. Its history includes several churches, cemeteries, stores at Feakeyville, Illinois deepest oil well, and the 1968 earthquake.
Is that a train in Mayberry Township?. The Santa Fe Railroad purchased twelve Alco HH-1000 switchers and deployed them to the west coast. Some were deactivated by Precision in Mt. Vernon, IL. The home of Santa Fe 2319 has been Mayberry Township since the early 1970's.
Twelve one-room school houses were built in Mayberry Township. One was named Mayberry School. Maps, photos, and some history are available.
Railroads were an important part of rural southeastern Illinois for many years. Photos, maps, and some of the history has been assembled.
U.S. Air Force photo by R. Nial Bradshaw
Over 150 Veteran grave photos and locations have been recorded from Mayberry Township cemeteries. The inscriptions have been converted to text and can be searched.
Norris City Museum
Norris City, Illinois was the midwest terminal for the War Emergency Pipeline. It transferred oil to rail cars until the pipeline was completed to the east coast.
H O Turner Photo Collection
The Flood of 1937 was a devastating disaster that impacted southeastern Illinois. A brief history has been compiled including railroad photos from around the area.