Joe Marino “Mr. Fourth of July” – Spreading Holiday Joy for Nearly 50 Years – 2010/2011

Source: Northwest Quarterly Magazine, Winter 2010/2011  pp 134 – 137, by Paul Anthony Arco



“St. Thomas Coliseum To Be Demolished” – 1963

Source: Rockford Register-Republic 8/3/1963 and Rockfordiana – Historic Houses and Landmarks – 2

“9 Kart Records Fall, Finals Today, Monday” – 9-1-1963, Windsor Raceway, Rockford

Source:  Rockford Morning Star 9/1/1963     Windsor Raceway was at 1700 Windsor Rd.




Windsor Raceway – Aug. 31, 1963

Source:  Rockford Morning Star, August 31, 1963

Alpine Bank Robbery – Dec. 1963

Source: Rockford Morning Star Dec. 12, 1963 p. 6

Photo at upper left: ” Frank Hoffman (Left) assistant cashier at Alpine State Bank, tells Rockford Morning Star City Editor William Snyder and State Editor Roger Hedges of Wednesday robbery. The newsmen, first to arrive on scene, found customers and employes still locked in vault.”

Photo center left: ” Quinten Lind, a customer at Alpine State Bank when it was robbed of more than $36,000 Wednesday, shows how he picked lock of vault door. Two Santa Claus bandits locked Lind and 12 other employes and customers in the vault after the robbery. (Morning Star photo)”

Photo center right:  “Mrs. Gini Moore, a teller, explains how she tripped alarm when she noticed one ‘Santa Claus’ with a gun in his hand. Alarm rings at different location in Highcrest Shopping Centre.”

Photo at far right: “Robert S. Wright, vice president and cashier, tells newsman how bandit prodded him with pistol and forced him to scoop cash into a cloth bag. ‘They were very nonchalant,’ he said.”


“Prisoner of State” – 1863

by D. A. Mahoney, Carleton Publisher, New York, 1863.

From the Potter Collection [Andrew Morrill Potter] of books about the Civil War.

Overview:  the book is about violations to the Constitution of the United States regarding:

Power of the President, suspension of habeas corpus, power to arrest a citizen, conflict with Missouri, Usurpation of Legislative powers by the President, Orders of the War Department on which American freemen were kidnapped and imprisoned, suspension of the Maryland legislature, 1861, and more.