State Housing Board’s Certificate of Necessity authorizing the creation of the Rockford Housing Authority, July 11, 1951

Sources: Letter donated by library patron 9/22/2021, article Rockford Morning Star, July 14, 1951

County’s First Census in 1835

Source: Rockford Register-Republic, May 3, 1940

Early Day Rockford Narrowly Escaped Going to Wisconsin

Source: Rockford Register-Republic, May 10, 1940

Veterans Who Have Passed–Lester “Chris” Christeson

Source:  Rockford Register Star, July 29, 2020.

Winnebago County, Illinois map, 1870

Source: 1870 Winnebago County, Illinois Map, showing former townships of New Milford (annexed 1916)  and Guilford (annexed 1929), now part of Rockford Township.

George Anne Duckett, obituary

George Anne Duckett, 1939-2019, represented District 12 for 14 years on the Winnebago County Board. She was active in the Democratic Party and was Vice-President of the Rockford Neighborhood and Development Corporation and received the Points of Light, presidential award from President George H. W. Bush for that organization’s work (1991). Duckett was also publisher and owner of the VItal Force newspaper for more than 20 years. She was a member of the NAACP, NCNW, Rainbow Push Coalition, ACLU Southern Poverty Law Center and the Democratic National Committee. Source: Mullins & Thompson Funeral Service, Stafford, VA