Stronghold Castle


“A New Chapter for Stronghold Castle,” Northwest Quarterly, Cabin Fever, 2019, vol. 16, no.1. William A. Strong, publisher of the Chicago Daily News, purchased 360 acres and built Stronghold Castle in 1928-1929.  Mr. Strong died in May 1931. In 1962, after Mrs. Strong died, the Presbytery of Blackhawk of PC (USA) bought the property. The murals in the castle were painted by Russian artist Nicholas Kaissakoff. One of the most popular events is the Olde English Faire, held the first full weekend in October.

Time to smile and cheer, Waterfront is finally here – 9/1/2011 editorial

Source: Rockford Register Star 9/2/2011


Marion Schwab Clark, 1920 – 2017 – obituary

Source: Rockford Register Star 12/17/2017

On the Waterfront, color promotional brochure/card – 2011

Source:  Promotional card/flyer produced through On The Waterfront Inc




Green River News issue, Green River Ordnance Plant – April 21, 1944, 8 pages

Source: Loaned from Private Collection to scan









“War Wives Find Much in Common” – April 1944

Source: The Green River News, employee newspaper of The Green River Ordnance Plant (GROP), Dixon, IL, April 7, 1944

Ladies’ Bowling Team, 1944, GROP – Apr. 7, 1944 Green River News

Source: The Green River News, employee newspaper of the Green River Ordnance Plant (GROP), April 7, 1944, page 4

Rockford Labor News, 9/6/1985, p. 4 – Rockford Speedway

Source:  Rockford Labor News, Friday, 9/6/1985, p.4