Lands First Plane on New Camp Field

On December 31, 1947, Frank Lindgren flew his Piper Cub from Franklyn field in Cherry Valley to the new Greater Rockford Airport, becoming the first pilot to land at the new airport. The Camp Grant land had been formally turned over to the airport authority by the war assets administration. Rockford Morning Star, Jan. 1, 1948

“Hotels lose without Waterfront, Airfest” – 2013


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Source: Rockford Register Star 8/11/2013



Anthony A. Castrogiovanni Jr. – 2010, from obituary

Resides 1519 Montague St.  Source:  1937 Rockford City Directory

89, died Saturday, July 17, 2010 at his home.  Born Aug. 20, 1920, oldest son of Joseph and Rose (Buscemi) Castrogiovanni.

Married Fran Dodaro. 65th Anniversary, June 17, 2010.

He is survived by his wife, 3 daughters; Roz Hill, Carla (John) Cox, and Fran (Jim) Knutson; 6 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

From their beginning at Sanitary Meat Market on S. Main St., Tony, his father, his uncle and three brothers built Hilander Foods

into a regional institution that they operated for nearly 80 years.

Coast Guard, World War II.

Pilot’s license, Cessna 172.

Holy Family Catholic Church, Fitzgerald Funeral Hone, St. Mary’s/St. James Cemetery.


Source: Rockford Register Star, 7/18/2010. Also in Rockfordiana: Biographies CAR-CAZ 1967 – Date

Rockford Police Relief Association, 42nd Biennial Ball – 1986, p 49

Source:  Rockford Police Relief Association. 42nd Biennial Ball, May 23, 1986, Forest Hills Lodge

Kaney Aerospace, Jeff Kaney – 2018

Source: The Voice, February 2018, Vol. 31, No. 2


“City’s Sons and Daughters Known Across Globe” – 1962 article, 4 pictures



Source: Rockford Morning Star and Rockford Register-Republic “Century Plus 10” Special Edition, March 1962

Famous people from Rockford


Rebuilding History (Aeronica Chief aircraft) – 12/13/2017, Rockford Register Star


Source: Rockford Register Star, Dec. 13, 2017, story by Adam Poulisse, Photos by Lisa Fernandez





WWII Army Air Corps – Todd, Lt. Floyd D. – 1944

Lt. Floyd D. Todd,  1316 Grant Ave., officer, among 12 men from part of the P-47 Thunderbolt fighter group, which was recently awarded a distinguished unit citation for smashing 2 German armored columns near St. Lo last July 11.  The information was discovered in a news release from Ninth Air Force HQ in France.

Source: Rockford Register-Republic 12/11/1944