Veterans Who Have Passed–Richard Allen Rudey

Source:  Rockford Register Star, Sept. 19, 2020.

Diary of Sergeant Joseph F Bold


Sgt. J.F. Bold (Ambulance Company 344 -311th Sanitation Train), a Rockford resident, details his activities in WWI in an unusual 55 page typed diary, from august 24,1918 (Camp Grant IL) to his discharge on January 31, 1919.

Rockford Public Library Local History Archives – Military Collection

“Community Chest Organized in 1919” – 1962 article

Source:  Rockford Morning Star and Rockford Register-Republic “Century Plus 10” Special Edition, March 1962

“Many Rockford Junior Leaguers Aiding War Effort…” 1944



Source:  Rockford Morning Star Feb. 13, 1944


Henry Ortland III – 1922-2016




Henry Ortland III

Source: Rockford Register star Apr. 23, 2016

“Tornadoes kill 45 in U.S., Canada” – 6/1/1985

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Source: Rockford Register Star June 1, 1985

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First section, different edition, same story, below:

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“It’s the most devastating scene I’ve ever seen in my life,”

Firefighter Jim Ticknor said in Albion, where officials estimated 150 to 200 houses were destroyed.