George Anne Duckett, 1939-2019, represented District 12 for 14 years on the Winnebago County Board. She was active in the Democratic Party and was Vice-President of the Rockford Neighborhood and Development Corporation and received the Points of Light, presidential award from President George H. W. Bush for that organization’s work (1991). Duckett was also publisher and owner of the VItal Force newspaper for more than 20 years. She was a member of the NAACP, NCNW, Rainbow Push Coalition, ACLU Southern Poverty Law Center and the Democratic National Committee. Source: Mullins & Thompson Funeral Service, Stafford, VA
Chuck Sweeny, Rockford Register Star columnist and reporter, died. A graduate from Auburn High School, he began working at the newspaper in 1984. His most recent assignment was senior editor. Sweeny was known for his political columns. Source: Rockford Register Star, May 21, 2019, by Georgette Braun.
Julie Snively worked as a journalist for the Rockford Register-Republic, beginning in 1965. She served on the Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum board and as its president. She was a former member and president of the Junior League during the time the League helped start the Discovery Center. Source: Rockford Register Star, May 6, 2019
“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.