Cedar Bluff Cemetery

was incorporated as early as 1847, and thoroughly organized in 1851, having twelve acres of beautifully laid out ground and located sufficiently distant from the heart of the city to make it a desirable place for internment.  John H. Hall, president; A. C. Spafford, secy. and treas.; D. Whitaker, sexton.  Location corner Longwood and Rural streets.

Source:  Brainerd’s Rockford City Directory for 1876, page 32.

Rockford Early Settlers’ Society

Was organized on the 12th day of March, 1870, and holds annual reunions.  The Society numbers over one hundred members. Duncan Ferguson, who has resided in this locality for thirty-seven years, is secretary, A. I. Enoch, president, John Fitch, vice-president, A. C. Spafford, treasurer.

Source: Brainerd’s Rockford City Directory for 1876, page 32

Waltonian Club – Excursion

“The annual excursion of the ‘Waltonian Club’ of Rockford, took place last week.  The members of the Club, together with invited guests took the morning train on the Kenosha Road, on Tuesday morning, taking along their tents, camp equipage and Commissariat,  The point of their destination was the beautiful Twin Lakes, about 25 miles West of Kenosha, arrived at which the various paraphernalia was unpackaged and speedily conveyed to the camp ground between the two lakes, which are as lovely sheets of water as can be found in the West.  Here the party spent five days, being reinforced from time to time by fresh arrivals from Rockford. The fishing was very fine, and the success of the anglers in enticing the scaly inhabitants of the lakes was notable. Sunrise and sunset were the favorite hours for this gentle pursuit, and the balance of time was passed in various recreations, among which were sailing, bathing, hunting, croquet and pitching quoits.

“A more congenial and harmonious company was never collected together, and forgetful of political and religious distinctions, every one  seemed determined to do all in his power to promote the enjoyment of the rest.  We saw a zealous Episcopal totally “immersed” in the lake, and an equally zealous Baptist brother taking an unpleasant ‘sprinkling’ in good part.  During the stay of the Club at the Lakes, they were visited, among others, by Rev. Messrs. Lisk, Kinney and Reed; while the Rev. Mr. Walton was with the party throughout.

“On Friday the ladies belonging to the families of the excursionists to the number of 75 or 80, went up to the Lakes for a day’s picnic, and quite a number of them remained until Saturday. Their visit was the crowning feature and highest pleasure of the occasion.  Among the amusements provided for their entertainment, the most notable was a race against time by two of the ‘heavy men’ of the Club, in a ‘dug out.’  Of course the craft was capsized and the contestants took an involuntary bath in the lake. We have not learned who won, as the umpire has reserved his decision for the present.  The principal dish served up to the ladies at dinner, was a splendid fish chowder, which bore eloquent testimony to the culinary attainment of its maker, A.H.H. Perkins, Esq.

“The greater portion of the party left the camping ground at five o’clock and reached home at 10 the same evening, delighted with their trip.  The second summer excursion of the Rockford Waltonian Club will remain long as a pleasant memory with all who participated in its enjoyments.

“At a meeting of the Club, held at S.W.Stone’s store, on Thursday evening last, after the consideration of various matters of business, the thanks of the Club, were unanimously voted to D.D. Alling, Esq., for his valuable services. The following gentlemen were elected to fill vacancies: A.D. Forbes, Dr. H. Richings, A..C. Spafford, A.N. Nicholds and S.M. Church.”


Source:  Rockford Weekly Register-Gazette  Aug.24, 1867 page 1




Blake Building, Third National Bank

Third National Bank and

Blake Building on photo left, and Third National Bank Building, photo right

Source: “Rockford, Illinois; Photo-Gravure Views and Brief Descriptive Sketch of the Forest City” Published by the Rockford Real Estate Exchange. 1893

Blake Block, 403 and 405 East State st.

Blake, George M., Attorney at Law and Notary Public. Pres’t Druggists Union Co. Office Blake Block, 405 E. State st., residence 530 Seminary.

Third National Bank of Rockford, A.C. Spafford, prest., George C. Spafford, cashier, Burt J. Chaney, ass’t. cashier, General Banking, 401 E. State st corner First st.

Source: Philippi’s Rockford City Directory for 1894-95

Rockford Early Settlers’ Society

Was organized March 12, 1870, and holds annual reunions.  The society numbers over one hundred members. John Lake, pres., Charles P. Brady, vice-pres., Duncan Ferguson, secretary, A.C.  Spafford, treas., W.P. Dennis, W.J. Cole, J. Spafford, directors.


Source: Bassett’s Rockford City Directory for 1879