James E Marston Trims Whiskers 43 Years

Main St., North, 914

Euhl, Miss Dora A., domestic, 914 N. Main

Starr, H.N., clk. Winnebago National Bank, res. 914 N. Main

Source: 1899 Rockford City Directory

first house of Chandler and Blanche Starr 187_

Source: Rockfordiana-Historic Houses and Landmarks-2 & Nuggets N-D 1969

Starr (s) lived there 1874 – 1906. In 1906 they moved to 405 Summer St. at No. Church, now parking lot

Source: Nuggets N-D 1969

Chandler Starr home – 405 Summer St.

Chandler Starr

Chandler Starr home, 405 Summer St., in Rockford City Directories through 1987, and later was razed,  and the property is currently part of the property of St. Peter’s Cathedral and School parking lot, listed at 1243 N. Church St., Rockford

Source of picture:  “Rockford 1912”

Holland House 1855 – (1871)

Holland house - 1

Holland House - 2

Picture and text above:  1872-73 Holland’s Rockford City Directory

Holland House - 3

Source of newspaper article:  Rockford Weekly Register-Gazette March 4, 1871




Summer and 1240 N Church

Summer and 1240 North Church

Chandler Starr house constructed in 1906 razed later than 1970 property now St. Peter’s parking lot

Chandler House

Source: Nuggets of History Nov – Dec 1969 & Rockfordiana: Historic Houses – 3 p 6

property was owned by Catholic Diocese in 1971 – (2013). According to Rockford Township Assessor.net a building permit was issued in May 2001 to remove a building on the property. photo from Rockford 1912 p 21

Source: Rockford 1912 R 917.733 R595 page 21

“Fine Homes Are Built”  Rockford Republic, July 6, 1906  p 9 RockfordTownshipAssessors.net

” One of the finest homes being built this yearis the Chandler Starr residence, which is being built on the very top of the Blaisdell Hill on North Church St.. From this point the country can be viewed for 10 miles around in any direction and it is probable there is not a pleasanter smd larger view from any other place in the city.  Alberts Brothers are the contractors.

Source: Rockford Republic 7/6/1906

Beefsteak Club

“Beefsteak Club Plans For Dinner – Two outings a month decided on – Ladies as guests”

“Annual party – January 19th – Entertainment committee appointed – Officers re-elected at business session – Ladies arrange for dinner.”

The annual meeting of the Beefsteak Club was held with President W. F. Barnes at his home on North Main Street last night

The club will have two outings a month this season and both will be ladies nights

The Beefsteak Club is the oldest of the outings clubs, being formed about 20 years ago.  (ie about 1890)

Original members of the club have reached an age when indulgence in a baseball game every Wednesday during the summer is too strenuous, reduced to second and fourth Wednesday

Members would not hear of abandoning the club as too strong a bond of fellowship has been wielded by twenty years of association

32 members enjoyed dinner at the Barnes home last night.  Dinner was laid in the Billiards Room

Dinner was followed by a smoker and the business session

Re-elections:  William F. Barnes, President; Chandler Starr, Vice President; E. M. St. John, Secretary; and Dr. Sanford Catlin, Treasurer

Wednesday evening, January 19th was selected for the mid-winter picnic at Unity Hall, at the corner of North Main and Mulberry

While the men were dining at the Barnes home, their wives were dining at the Thadwa (University Club)

Mrs. E. E. Bartlett was chosen Chairman of the supper committee


Source:  Rockford Morning Star, 01/06/1910