Hello, folks! I’m about to embark an a new adventure but before I start, I would like to introduce myself. My name is William Cyrus Grosboll but plain old “Bill” is what I answer to. I was born in Petersburg in 1941, the son of Kermit (Cy) and Marie and raised, along with my two sisters, Pat and Sue, on a farm about three miles northwest of town. I graduated from Petersburg Harris High School in 1959. After one semester of partying at the University of Illinois, Dad felt his money could be spent on better things so I returned to the farm. Shortly thereafter, I enlisted in the U.S. Army and spent three years stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas along with two other young men from Petersburg, Dean Nissen and Powell Grosboll. After service I worked at various jobs in Springfield for a period of about ten years. I finally found my niche in life when I began working for MAPCO, Inc. at Indian Point, near Athens, building fertilizer equipment. Later on, I became involved with the design and manufacturing of chemical reactors which were also used in the fertilizer industry. After building one of these machines for a company here in the state of Washington, I was required to train the people out here on the operation of the machine. After seeing this desert country, I decided to pack my bags and move out to Pasco, Washington in 1997 and here I remain.

As a child growing up, I always enjoyed listening to stories told by the local old timers and now that I have become one of those “Old Timers” myself, Jeanie Lowe thought I should relate some of my old stories and past history of Menard County as I saw and experienced it. I am hoping to entertain all the readers, bring back memories to the older folks, and give the younger readers a better understanding of how things have changed in the Petersburg area. So with that, let the journey back in time begin……


Submitted Articles by:

Bill Grosboll  

The Buttered Tracks:

July 8, 2007  

Party Line:

July 8, 2007  
  The Great Fire July 14, 2007  
  Pre-Television July 22, 2007  
  Country Schools July 29, 2007  
  Decade For Change August 13, 2007  
  My Childhood on the Farm August 27, 2007  
  Showing Hogs at FFA Fair
by Powell Grosboll
September 4, 2007  
  My Childhood (cont'd) September 29, 2007  
  Childhood Doctors October 14, 2007  
  Home Furnishings November 3, 2007  
  Sounds of the Past November 10, 2007  
  My Early Christmases December 18, 2007  
  Changing From Burg to Burb April 25, 2008  
  The Old Icebox May 31, 2008  
  Parking Meters Oct. 17, 2008  
  Old Observer Ads Mar. 9, 2009  



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