‘Proud link to Rockford,’ Muralists rediscover female WWII-era pilot history nearly forgot

Muralists Jenny Roesel Ustick and Atalie Gagnet discovered Elizabeth “Libby” Gardner’s story while researching for the Rockford CRE8IV art festival. Gardner, a 1939 graduate from Rockford High School, flew for the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPS) during World War II. The WASP Archive at Texas Woman’s University provided a photo of Gardner in a B-26 Marauder. The mural at 221 E. State Street is based on the photo. Source: Rockford Register Star, May 19, 2019

Your Advance Fuel Oil Ration

“Your Advance Fuel Oil Ration” letter, May 15, 1943, from the Office of Price Administration, Rationing Division, Seattle, Washington. When received, the letter would have included Fuel Oil Coupons, which would have been used to heat the home. The letter included tips for conserving as much fuel oil as possible. Found in a 1943 East High School Yearbook; no ration coupons found, as they would have been used.

Henry E Crow Obituary- 1920-2016

Source: Rockford Register Star   12/20/2016

Jackie Lynn Vawters Obituary- 1952-2018

Source: Rockford Register Star  4/9/2018


Theodore John Paratore Obituary 1931-2018

Source:  Rockford Register Star 4/24/2018

Marian D. Campbell, 1919-2018 – Obituary

Marian D. Campbell, 1919-2018 – Obituary




Source: Rockford Register Star      8/28/2018



Source: East High School Yearbook 1976