Anna Peck Sill’s Grave Marking Ceremony Held on May 18, 2023

The Robert Hempstead Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Colonists presented a dedication of a grave marker for Anna Peck Sill, Founder and Principal of Rockford Female Seminary on May 18, 2023 at Greenwood Cemetery. Rockford Female Seminary would later become Rockford College and then Rockford University.

Enjoy these scans of the event program and a photo before the unveiling of the grave marker.


(end of event program)

Photo before the unveiling taken by Amber Kresol on May 18, 2023.

Veterans Who Have Passed–Eugene E. Peterson

Source:  Rockford Register Star, Jan. 30, 2022.

Veterans Who Have Passed–Harold Herried

Source:  Rockford Register Star, Feb. 3, 2021.

Veterans Who Have Passed–John Burpee Whitehead

Source:  Rockford Register Star, Sept. 19, 2020.

Veterans Who Have Passed–James J. Mays

Source:  Rockford Register Star, July 5, 2020.

Veterans Who Have Passed: Joan Marie (Ralston) Duchon

Source:  Rockford Register Star, Feb. 2, 2020.

Emerson, Mary

Mary Emerson, daughter of Ralph Emerson, married Edward P. Lathrop; her biography, “Mary Emerson Lathrop, 1863 – 1952”  Dewey Dec. R B L 353 is shelved in the Local History collection; includes a picture of Mary and of her husband, and lists her financial gifts and bequests,

page 4  states that she gave large bequests to Rockford College and to Rockford Memorial Hospital

page 20 lists bequests to Wellesley College

page 27 states the bequests to Rockford College exceeded $500,000.

The five daughters of Ralph Emerson donated land and money to Mendelssohn Club.


“College Given 5-Acre Wooded River Tract” – 1947 article

Source:  Rockford Morning Star 5/4/1947 p. 1