Northwest Quarterly Magazine, Winter 2015 – Cover, Table of Contents

Source: The actual magazine. Rockford Public Library has past issues of the magazine that do not circulate but can be read in the library (usually the Local History Room).

Northwest Quarterly Magazine, Cabin Fever Winter 2015, Volume 12, Number 1

Page 17 above.   All issues of all magazines are not catalogued.  Northwest Quarterly contains “Local History” and indexing helps library staff find the issue with an article about Camp Grant or the article about Mendelssohn Club’s 100th Anniversary much faster for customers.  See also website:

Eventually every name in every article will be tagged so that it can be searched in this index.  The post is “published” before that all are entered; the procedure prevents loss of all the names that already have been entered.

Page 19 above

Page 21 above

Cover photograph by Brad Nordloff




Northwest Quarterly Magazine, Holiday 2017 – Cover, Table of Contents, Reg. of Advertisers


Source: Northwest Quarterly Magazine, Holiday 2017, Vol. 14, No. 6, front cover, Index p. 17,19, 21

page 255


Northwest Quarterly Magazine – The Annual, 2017

Source: Northwest Quarterly Magazine, The Annual, 25 Most Interesting People, 2017

2nd Cousin’s Bar and Grill

“A Cozy Place for Sports and Nightlife,” by Chris Linden

2 photographs

2nd Cousin’s Bar and Grill, 6246 E. Riverside Blvd., Loves Park, IL

Vicki Bilich, owner, since 2009; bought to supplement Bos and Son masonry, the family business, and later Murphy’s Pub and Grill, 510 S. Perryville Rd., Rockford.

Source: Northwest Quarterly magazine, Fall 2012, Vol. 9, 2012


Larson & Darby Group Architects Engineers Planners

“Where Good Design is About Solving Problems,” by Chris Linden, pp 236-245

Richard S. McClelland, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP; Dan J. Roszkowski, AIA, NCARB; William Waldorf, SE, RA; and John T. Saunders, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP., partners, photograph.

Roszkowski, Dan

Larson & Darby, 4949 Harrison Ave. Founded in 1963.

BMO Harris Bank Center, Freeport Health Network, Dixon’s KSB, Heartland church, Westminster Presbyterian, addition to University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford are among their designs, as are DeKalb County Farm Bureau, BEHL (in India), Kishwaukee St. facility for the Rock River Reclamation District, east side transfer center for Rockford Mass Transit District, Danfoss Drives, Mondelez International Gum Factory, Rosecrance Health Network (East side), Duo-Fast in Huntley, IL.

One of the first firms in the region to embrace Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) standard for sustainable construction.

Larry Larson and his brother-in-law Sam Darby began their partnership working small jobs around Rockford (picture).  Their big breaqk came when they landed a contract to design the headquarters and manufacturing center for Sundstrand, now owned by UTC Aerospace Systems.

Firm has nearly 120 employees around 2001.

Source: Northwest Quarterly magazine, Holiday 2014, Vol. 11, No. 6, pp 236-245

Kantorei, the Singing Boys of Rockford

2 photographs with article by Chris Linden, managing editor

1 group photograph of Kantorei, Singings Boys of Rockford

1 Portrait of Joel Ross

“Celebrating 50 Years of Musical Excellence”

“On June 13th, the nonprofit, non-sectarian boys’ choir strolls down memory lane with a grand 50th anniversary concert at the Coronado Performing Arts Center in Rockford.”

“The boys have toured Japan, New Zealand, Brazil and many European nations.”

Source: Northwest Quarterly magazine, Spring 2014, Vol. 11, No. 3, p 52

Mrs. Fisher’s Potato Chips

“Mrs. Fisher’s Delicious Business”  by Chris Linden, Managing Editor

pp. 241 – 247,  9 Photographs, including 1 of Roma and Mark Hailman, owners

“In 1932, at the heart of the Great Depression, the Rockford couple began producing potato chips to earn extra cash.”

“For 81 years, the Mrs. Fisher’s potato chip recipe has stayed the same – potatoes, shortening, salt – but the business, and the food industry at large, have changed dramatically.”

“Former co-owner Pete DiVenti was here by himself one day, and a truck came in so her unloaded all 40,000 pounds [of potatoes] by himself. Can you imagine?”

“Mrs. Fisher sold the business in 1949. The longest-running owners, brothers Chuck, Pete and Paul DiVenti, spent 25 years secretly grooming Roma Hailman to take over. In 2007, the brothers sold it to Mark and Roma Hailman……..”

Source: Northwest Quarterly magazine, Summer/Fall 2013, pp 241-247


Mrs. Fisher’s, 1231 Fulton Ave., Rockford