Andrews, William

“Death Summons Wm. Andrews at Age of 82 Years” Civil War Veteran and Long Supervisor of Rockford, a past commander of G.L. Nevious Post #1, G.A.R. 10 year member of that Illinois patriotic order for many years prominent on Winnebago County Board as supervisor. Found dead in his bed at 1724 Harlem Blvd. He had suffered from stomach troubles for several years. Born in County Armagh, Ireland, Oct 15, 1945 (photo says 1840) came to America with his parents c. 1847. Located in Boone County where he attended public school. At 20, went to Capron, where he taught school 2 years. August 22, 1862 enlisted in Co. E, 95th Illinois infantry/Col. Humphrey he fought in battles of Champion Hills, Vicksburg, Red River and more. Awarded a medal for battle of Vicksburg. Mustered out Aug. 17, 186_ he returned to Capron where he taught 4 years. In 1869 he entered the dry good business at Capron, 29 years later he sold his business and moved to Rockford. Married Miss Mary Smith in Capron, in 18__who survived as do 2 children: E.E. Andrews, Chicago and Mrs. Fred L. Burr, 1725 Harlem Blvd.

Source: Rockford Morning Star 8/30/1923

Ipsen Industries – 1958, 1959, 1960

Ipsen Industries

“Ipsen Shows Pecatonica Plant” from Rockford Register-Republic May 23, 1958

“Ipsen Plans New Factory in Boone [County]” from Rockford Morning Star January 20, 1959

“Ipsen to Move Into New Furnace Plant This Month” from Rockford Morning Star Oct. 15, 1959

“Ipsen Industries To Expand Plant at Cherry Valley” from Rockford Register-Republic Feb. 22, 1960

Pettit Chapel, Belvidere

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architectural model of Pettit Chapel made by talented hobbyist, Ron Olson of Janesville, WI, and former employee of Sundstrand, Rockford.

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“Emma Pettit commissioned Frank Lloyd Wright to design the Pettit Chapel as a memorial to her deceased husband, Dr. William H. Pettit.  The building was built in 1907 for US  $3,000 and stands next to the grave of Mr. Pettit in Belvidere Cemetery.  Doctor William H. Pettit was a beloved physician and humanitarian  who had the largest private medical practice in northern Iowa. His sudden passing in 189 was mourned across the state of Iowa and newspaper accounts from the time indicate that perhaps only the governor of Iowa was more well-liked.  After Pettit’s death his wife, Emma, deliberated over a suitable memorial to her late husband. She chose a site in Belvidere, Illinois, William Pettit’s hometown, and selected a chapel as the memorial. Emma Pettit was led to Frank Lloyd Wright by her brother, William A. Glasner, whose 1905 home in Glencoe, Illinois, was designed by Wright.”

Source of photographs, Janice E. Carter, June 8, 2014.

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Pettit Chapel, Belvidere – Frank Lloyd Wright

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“Pettit Memorial Chapel, or simply, Pettit Chapel, is one of the few chapels ever designed by Architect Frank Lloyd Wright.  The Pettit Chapel is located in the Belvidere Cemetery, in Belvidere, Illinois, United States, which is in Boone County. It was listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places on December 1, 1978.  The chapel is an early example of Frank Lloyd Wright’s famed Prairie style.  It is one of only two structures meant for cemetery settings that Wright ever created.”

Source, photographs: Janice E. Carter, June 8, 2014

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