Jon Hollander

Jon Hollander

Rockford “can’t replace” 3 longtime employees

Jon (59) said he doesn’t have any retirement plans yet.

Rockford native, 10 years with the City of Rockford, with the Public Works Department.

He hopes to retire in January.

Source:  Rockford Register Star 1/3/2011


Northern Illinois Optical – Earl Fulling

“Clear Vision; More than 60 years ago, Earl Fulling opened a eye care business and never looked back.”

by Paul Anthony Arco, senior staff writer

pp 140 – 143; 5 photos including 2 of Earl Fulling

founded optical business in 1949

Earl attended Rockford Central High until junior year when he moved to California and graduated there.

He joined the Air Force in 1942; B24 combat bomber pilot, Major.

Source: Northwest Quarterly magazine, Fall 2012, Vol. 9, No. 6, pp 140-143

Chicago’s First Railroad – Galena and Chicago Union R.R.

“Chicago’s First Railroad,”  by Jeffrey J. Meyer

Galena and Chicago Union R.R.  (G&CU)

“The railroad never made it to Galena.”

The were 5 divisions: 1) Chicago to Salt Creek )Elmhurst), 2) Salt Creek to Elgin, 3) Elgin to Rockford, 4) Rockford to Freeport, 5) Freeport to Galena (never built by G&CU).

“Rockford greeted its first train on August 2, 1852.”

5 photographs, including one of the original G&CU; the cupola was used to watch for incoming trains. The station burned in the 1871 Chicago fire.

Source: Northwest Quarterly magazine, Fall 2012, Vol. 9, No. 4, pp 129 – 133