Veterans Who Have Passed: Kendall Bohr

Source:  Rockford Register Star, Feb. 15, 2020.

Hodges, Raymond, 1919 – 2018 – obituary

Source: Rockford Register Star 5/11/2018


Anti-Saloon League

“Anti-Saloon League to Conduct Temperance Forum Here” to meet for seminar September 5 and 6 at First Lutheran. Met last night at State St Baptist. Rev. Henry C Hoover of Berwyn Congregational Church president of the state organization. A two-day seminar on alcohol education in Rockford last Tuesday and Wednesday was headlined by…

Source: Rockford Morning Star 8/29/1944

Rockford Magazine, March 1995 – cover, table of contents

Source: Rockford Magazine, March 1995 cover above

Some names in this issue include:  Corporate Temporary Employment Service ad, Furst Pros ad, Lucerne’s Fondue and Spirits ad, Mostly Cats Veterinary Clinic ad, Kelly Temporary Services ad, Alpine Bank ad, Jim Nutt, Kind Gallery, Larry Schumacher, The Noise Chamber, Jimmy Johnson, Gaffney Employment Services, Expressions, Beer Necessities, Lorden Distributing, Sandy McKnight, Beer Gear, LaMonica Beverages, David Krusell, Life Stories,  Weis Morris ad, American TV ad, Il Posto ad, Rockford Standard Furniture ad, 20/20 Optical Center ad, Boss Distributors ad, The Parker store, Eagle Ridge Inn ad, Bev and Joe Capone, Gambino Realtors ad, Tom and Marion Gentry, Juanita and Guadalupe Garcia, Peg and Jerry Goral, Jerald and Sheila Grady, John Deere Health Care ad, p 25, St. Anthony’s Church, photo p 26, First Lutheran Church, photo, p. 26, Grotto chapel St. Mary’s, photo p 27, First Presbyterian Church, photo, p.30 Pilgrim Baptist Church, pho, p. 31; Second Congregational Church, photo, p. 31, Fred Spear WROK Radio police and fire reporter, p 32, Rockford School Board Judith Picus, p 32, John Gile children’s author, p 32, Keedi’s Family Restaurant, p 32, Stanley Campbell, Mekong Restaurant, photo, p 33, Alvin Becker, First of America Bank, p 33, Sullivan’s, The Bakery p 33, Bill Baylor, Greater Rockford Airport, p 33, Bing’s Drive-In, McDonald’s p 33.   99 pages in issue.

First Lutheran Church – 1938, Rev. Wilton Bergstrand

Source:  Rockford Morning Star, Feb. 20, 1938

Bradley and Bradley Architects – plus George Bradley obituary

First ad in newspaper as Wm. Bradley, Architect and Builder:  May 10, 1856, Rockford Weekly Register-Gazette

George Bradley served an apprenticeship at Architect and Builder in Boston, MA in 1850. Source: Death article, January 14, 1898, Rockford Daily Register-Gazette  George Bradley came to Rockford in 1855 according to same article, and constructed over 1000 buildings in Rockford by the time of his death in 1898.  His business was succeeded by his son, C.W. Bradley, who had been associated with him in architectural and construction work for 14 years.

Built 7 public schools, Wallach’s Block, Stewart Building, First Lutheran Church, First Congregational Church, Tinker Swiss Cottage, and T.D. Robertson residence.  Source: Rockford Daily Register-Gazette, Jan. 14, 1898.

Burial in West Side Cemetery (name changed to Greenwood Cemetery).

Source: Rockford Daily Register-Gazette January 14, 1898









“Zion No. 2 Tops Lutheran League” – 1949, Softball


Source:  The Rockford Sports News and Entertainment Guide, July 19, 1949

Parrish, Roger G.

Born Aug. 9, 1946, in Boydsville, AR, the son of Kenneth Parrish and Dorothy Parkins and stepson of Ewell (Caroline) Melton.

Roger served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, earning two Purple Hearts.

Died Friday, December 5, 2014, in Rockford.

Fitzgerald Funeral Home and Crematory; First Lutheran Church of Rockford.

Source: Rockford Register Star December 9, 2014

St. Paul Lutheran Church and School

“Congregation Marks 125 Years” by Karla Nagy, Associate Editor

“In 1882, s group of nine German immigrants decided to start their own church, in order to follow their German Lutheran roots. The Rev. L. Von Schrnk led the first services, held in the basement of the Swedish-based First Lutheran Church ….in 1885.”

“….in 1888 the German St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, UAC was established.”

“The first structure was built in 1889 at 423 Chestnut St.”

“In 1903, the site of the present church, 600 N. Horsman, was purchased and a parsonage built”

[Full page article, 1 photograph]

Northwest Quarterly magazine, Summer/Fall 2013 p 219