Car barn building, 128 Kishwaukee St., demolished, December 2020

Car barn building, 128 Kishwaukee St., south side of the building, on First Ave.

Car barn building, 128 Kishwaukee St., southwest side of the building

Car barn building, 128 Kishwaukee St., north side of the building (from East State St.)

Taken from the East State Street side, facing south, Dec. 5, 2020

Sources: First three photos,, images captured May 2019, the fourth photo taken by Jean Lythgoe, December 5, 2020

Plague Toll Continues Heavy Within City October 11, 1918

Source: Rockford Morning Star   October 11, 1918

Trolley Rams Tree; Driver Cheats Death 3/4/1944


Source:  Rockfordiana Accidents 1   Rockford Register Republic 3/4/1944

Rockford Street Railway Co. – pre-1880’s photo printed in 1962 newspaper

Source: Rockford Morning Star and Rockford Register-Republic “Century Plus 10” Special Edition, March 1962; article by Warren W. Kellogg

Rockford Streamlined, 1834 – 1941 – Title page, & sample

Source: Title Page of Rockford Streamlined, 1834 – 1941


Source: Sample of style in this book.   Some parts of this book are in this Local History Database, but certainly not all.

F. Ford Rowe was primary known for his photography in this and other books.  The Chamber of Commerce is also credited for their editing and contributions to this book.  Copyright 1941

But is there conflicting information? According to We Remember (book) and various newspaper articles, it was the daughter of James Williams (3 of his daughters graduated from Rockford High School) who married Chicago Alderman and later U S Congressman from Illinois (1929 – 1935) Oscar Stanton DePriest.

Source of Above and Below: We, the People of Winnebago County; C. Hal Nelson, editor; Publisher: Winnebago County Bicentennial Commission

According to legal records kept by the Winnebago County Clerk of Marriage Records in Winnebago County IL,

Jessie Lorenia Williams married Oscar De Priest, in Winnebago County,  Feb. 23, 1898