“Olson Mortuary Started in 1888” – 1962 article

Source:  Rockford Morning Star and Rockford Register-Republic “Centennial Plus 10” Special Edition, March 1962

“Naval Lieutenant flies to city….His Dying Mother” – 1938

Source:  Rockford Register Republic, Apr. 4, 1938

Note: Naval Lieutenant Dufek later became Admiral George J. Dufek and Rear Admiral George J. Dufek, and Rockford Public Library possesses 2 of the books he author about his experiences in Antarctica.

Majestic Tool and Engineering Co. Inc. – 1954

Majestic Tool and Engineering Co. Inc.; Holger Ericson, president; Paul E. Stage, Sec-Treas; Tool and Die Manufacturers, Job Machine Work; 2510  20th St.     Source:  Polk’s Rockford and Loves Park City Directory for 1954


In business at least 1952 – 1967 based on newspaper ads for employment

Source:  Rockford Register Star Oct 10, 1980


803 Ridgewood Rd. – house history

803-ridgewood  photo ca. 2013

Original building permit to build house issued in 1936 to Eric H. Peterson, first homeowner.  he and his wife lived in the home until their deaths.  He died in Swedish American Hospital in 1966, Ruby V. (Asprooth) Peterson died in Swedish American Hospital in 1971.  He was president and CEO of Rockford Varnish Co.

The next owner was Daniel J. Hallstrom and family, 1971 – 2005, when the house was sold to Alphonse Kneeland, who lived there for 10 years.

Architect and/or Contractor not found as yet.

Sources: Rockford Morning Star, Rockford Register Republic and Rockford Register Star articles and obituaries.


Source:  Rockford Morning Star December 22, 1936


Source:  Rockford Morning Star June 23, 1966

Building permit 2015 – half-bath    Source: RockfordTownshipAssessor.net




Hugh F. Terry – 1933, death



Source:  Rockford Register-Republic Oct. 17, 1933




Source:  Rockford Morning Star Oct. 17, 1933



Julian N. Hanson (Hanson Clock Co.) and Elsie Hanson – obituaries


Source:  Rockford Morning Star April 15, 1953



Source:  Rockford Morning Star Oct 27, 1972

Orput, Raymond

Raymond Orput

Architect Raymond Orput’s sketch of the proposed $2,500,000 Junior High on Harrison Ave., a proposed $740,000 grade school on Fairview between E State and Charles

Source: Rockford Morning Star 10/1/1960

Raymond Orput obituary

Source: Rockford Register Republic 9/13/1972 & Rockfordiana – Biographies – Om – Oz

Pearson, Pfc. Floyd

PFC Floyd Pearson

“Rites for War Hero Saturday” Killed at Guadalcanal Rescuing Comrade. Graveside services will be held at 1:30 pm Saturday in Arlington Memorial Park for Pfc.  Son of Adolph Pearson, 420 Fitch Rd. On May 2, 1942 the distiguished service cross was awarded posthumously. Private first class Pearson, who was born here on Aug 6, 1918 attended Rockford Schools and later worked Gunite foundries.  He entered the army March 16, 1941. Trained at Fort Sheridan, Camp Croft, S.C., and Camp Forrest, TN. First sent to Australia, he later served in New Caledonia and Guadalcanal.  Arrangements by Fred C. Olson mortuary

Source: Rockford Register Republic 6/10/1948