Harlem Blvd., 1955

Homeowner 1933 – 1973, Donald C McClure and wife Agnes McClure.  Mrs. Agnes McClure continued residence in 1974 and 1975. Information gathered from Rockford City Directories.

Donald McClure was president of Central Illinois Electric and Gas Co., and died in his home of an apparent heart attack.  He came to Rockford in 1933.  He served on Boards of Directors at Illinois National Bank and Trust Co., Illinois Hospital and Health Service (Blue Shield and Blue Cross). Trustee of Rockford College and Rockford Memorial Hospital, Winnebago County Public Building Commission. Member Willow Creek Presbyterian Church,  University Club, Rockford Rotary Club, University Club of Chicago, Rockford Country Club, Rockford Elks Club, Mid-Day Club of Rockford.

Central Illinois Electric and Gas Co. became part of Commonwealth Edison Corp.

Photo of Mr. McClure and death notice/biography in Rockford Morning Star Jan. 22, 1973

Harlem Blvd., 1953/1955

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1955 Harlem Blvd., “The Blue House” remodeled by Kris and Patti Tumilowicz (“Dr. T.”), from Rockford Register Star Feb. 16, 1986

“The wholly remodeled Harlem Boulevard home Kris and Patti Tumilowicz will move into this Spring cost M. Raymond Shumway less than $25,000 to build in 1919-1920.”

“By the time tall, athletic dentist Tumilowicz and his petite, brown-eyed wife move in, they will have invested well over ten times that amount in the property.”

“Patti was born in Florida and raised in Rockford, while Kris is a native of England, born of Polish circus-performer parents.”

“The Harlem Boulevard house no longer looks as it did in the first 60-odd years of its life.  It was a shingled Cape Cod-style house, not large considering its deep riverbank lot. :

The realty firm of Ernie Hunter is doing the remodel.

“The roof has an enameled steel in a startling blue color Hunter helped Kris and Patti name “Billionaire Blue.”

Source: Rockford Register Star February 16, 1986

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Remodel includes addition to garage for boat/trailer, atrium, pond, fireplace, tub spa, large shower equipped with steam jets, room for parking for Kris’ 911 Porsche and Patti’s white Cadillac Seville.

“The house number was changed from 1955 to 1953 because that’s the year Kris was born. “We had the leeway because of the way the numbering system goes in that area,” Kris said, “and so we just changed it to something more significant to us.”

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Souce of photo of remodel: Http://maps.google.com , 2011