On December 31, 1947, Frank Lindgren flew his Piper Cub from Franklyn field in Cherry Valley to the new Greater Rockford Airport, becoming the first pilot to land at the new airport. The Camp Grant land had been formally turned over to the airport authority by the war assets administration. Rockford Morning Star, Jan. 1, 1948
“Rockford Shuts Down Two 11th St. Motels” The City of Rockford and the Rockford Police Department closed down 2 11th St. motels…the city obtained a temporary restraining order to close the Rockford Motel and the Sixpenny Inn. City leaders will go to court November 4th to ask that the motels be closed for an entire year, which is allowed under the statute. Jennifer Cacciapaglia, Assistant City Attorney, said the city and Police Department have given the owner ample opportunities to clean things up, but to no effect.
Source: Rockford Register Star 10/26/2002
“Condemned motels to stay closed” This action comes (closure) after the city drew upon a seldom-used drug nuisance statute to temporarily shut down the Rockford Motel, 3851 11th St., and the Sixpenny Inn, 4205 11th St. Rockford Police have been called to the Sixpenny 447 times since January 2 on drug and prostitution complaints. The police have had 290 calls for the Rockford Motel.
Source: Rockford Register Star 11/19/2002
“Shuttered Motels for Sale” A Waukegan Bank is looking for Buyers for two Rockford hotels that were shuttered a year ago. Rockford Motel, 3851 11th St. and Sixpenny Inn, 4205 11th St. were closed last October. The bank is financing a cleanup of the hotels so they can be shown to prospective buyers. Workers at the Sixpenny said they have replaced 47 windows and filled six Dumpsters with debris. Two notorious Rockford motels that have become havens for vandals and homeless people. City officials closed the Rockford Motel and Sixpenny Inn and evicted patrons October 2002, citing chronic drug and prostitution problems. The following month, the Winnebago County Circuit Court agreed to keep the hotels shut for at least a year. Abdula hopes the properties go for between $1.1 million and $1.3 million. Assistant City Attorney Jennifer Cacciapaglia said the county was responsible for continued security at the motels after they were shut down, because the power to shut down a suspected drug house is, by statute, a county function, not a municipal one. Nonetheless, police records show Rockford cops were dispatched to the hotels 45 times…. Sheriff Dick Meyers said deputies made regular patrols of the abandoned motels from December 2002 until July 2003 when the bank hired a private company to patrol the area.
See Rockford Historical Society’s Nuggets of History Vol. 53 No. 2, Spring 2015 Article by Carol J, Fox
The original sock monkey was made with Nelson Knitting Co. red-heeled socks (red heels since 1932) of Rockford, Il in business from 1880 – 1992.
In 1953 Helen Cooke from Aurora, IL patented the sock monkey. She sued Mr. Stanley Levy for patent infringement. Levy enlisted the help of Nelson Knitting Co., of Grace Winget, who made a sock monkey in 1951. Nelson Knitting Co., then bought all patents for the sock monkey until it expired in the 1970’s.
Joan Sage, marketing director of Midway Village and Museum Center, inspired by Chicago’s fiberglass Cow Parade, suggested that Rockford could do similar with Rockford as the Hometown of the Sock Monkey. In 2004-5 businesses and individuals were asked to sponsor six-foot tall fiberglass sock monkeys, Lpcal artists designed each monkey.
Where they are located: [pictures of each in the article] additional information in article
“Soxanne” Artists: Marion Olson, Carol Anderson, Carol Ubben Seated monkey, outdoors, Midway Village.
“Forest” Artist Diane Garrett, Location: Chicago Rockford International Airport
“Earthly Angels” Artist: Carol Jacobson, Location: Swedish American Hospital
“Lady Liberty” Artist: Cora Hutchinson, Location: National Business & Industrial Centre, in the old National Lock Building, 7th St. and 18th Ave.
“Rockford in Bloom” Artist: Marty Panzer, Location: Rockford Arts Council
“Carl Anders” Artists: Marion Olsen, Candy Wolf and Carol Jacobson. Location: Stockholm Inn
“Symbol” Artist: Deborah Stromsdorfer Location: Private residence of sponsor, Dr. Kris Tumilowicz, across the river from the namesake “Symbol” sculpture.
“Paper Boy” Artist: K Dyer Location: Rockford Register Star lobby.
“Rockford College Sock Monkey” Artist: Jeanne Coe. Location: Nelson Hall, Rockford University
“Victor e. Lane” Artist: Jeanne Coe. Location: Rockford Speedway
“Patriot” Artist: Lonny Stark Location: Midway Museum Center inside,
“Cheap Trick” Artist: Jeanne Coe Location: Midway Museum Center inside
“J. Nelson Pollack” Artist: Lorie Painter Location: Library Center, Nelson Elementary School
“Julia M. Scout” Artists: Karen Harding, Sandy Ures, Lisa Normoyle. Location: Camp Medill McCormick, Friendship Center
“Stillman” Artist: Joyce Bietau Rienken Location: Stillman Bank, Oregon, IL (now in storage area)
“Tradesman” Artist: Doug Adcock Location: Project First Rate
“Building Rockford” Artist: Doug Adcock Location: Fridh Construction
“Power of the Sun” Artist: Nicole Georgis Location: Rockford Day Nursery
“Faces of Rockford” Artists: Mary Rosandich, Jeanne Coe, Joe Marchione Location: Transatlantic Connection resides in private residence, and has been on display in Stewart Square
“Rockford Sports Tourist” Artist: Jessica Cannova Location unknown, once seen in Stewart Square