A Tale of Seven Cities 1986

Source:  Rockford Magazine    June 1986   Vol.1 No.1

“Community Chest Organized in 1919” – 1962 article

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

Polish Claim to property in Winnebago County, 1836

Source: Rockford Streamlined, 1834 – 1941, pages 72-73


Rockford Fire Dept. history – Forest City Firelog, 1982

Source: Forest City Firelog, 1881 – 1981  Compiled by Fire Lt. George Thomas Burke, edited by James and Janet George, Rockford, IL  1982, first few pages

See also Rockfordiana files and newspaper articles on Fires


Illinois Historical Markers – Rockford

Source: Illinois Historical Markers; a Guide   R 917.73 G946

The book covers the entire state. This is the page on Rockford.

Illinois Historical Markers


Broadway St., 2127

Built by E.F. Herrick in 1842, only 2 families have occupied in 102 years. Present owner Miss Margaret Borg. The house to be sold.

Source: Rockford Morning Star 3/6/1946

photo exterior + dining room.

Source: Rockfordiana – Historic Houses and Landmarks – 1 (3/22/1941)

“Cobblestone Antiques” opens today  owners David and Penny Pauling

Source: Rockfordiana – Historic Houses and Landmarks – 3, page 25 & Rockford Register Star 5/27/1973

“Bicentennial focus on architecture”

Source: Rockfordiana – Historic Houses and Landmarks – 4, p7 & Rockford Register Republic 1/12/1976

2127 Broadway

2127 Broadway

Herrick Cobblestone House

Source: Rockford Register Star 8/17/2011

Herrick Cobblestone House

Source: Rockford Register Star 8/17/2011

Herrick Cobblestone House





Ghost Tours – Tinker Swiss Cottage

Ghost Tours – Tinker Swiss Cottage

Steve Litteral, Executive Director of Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum and Gardens and Kathi Kresol of the Rockford Public Library discuss ghosts at the Tinker Swiss Cottage.

Ghost Tours, 2013
Ghost Tours, 2013



Source:  Rock River Times, 10/30 – 11/05/2013, Vol. 21, No. 2

Blake, Thatcher

Met Germ. Kent in Galena, IL born in Oxford County, Maine 3/16/1809 died in Rockford 10/08/1880 buried in Greenwood Cemetery m. 11/6/1836 Mary Jane Goodhue with Kent, first permanent white settlers bought 15.5 acres in S36 on 2/15/1836 first land sold in Winnebago County north side of Kent Creek, few rods from Main St. west side of River 1851 engaged in real estate business sister was Betsey Sumner (Mrs. Ephraim Sumner) 1 adopted daughter: Kate Bean sister-in-law: Elizabeth H. Sannborn, Freeport brother-in-law: Thomas F. Goodhue See Main St., South, 2328 for picture of house.

Source: Rockford Today 1904   p.9 917.733 R592

Pioneers of Winnebago and Boone Counties, Ilinois  929.377331 R883p North Alcove

Nuggets of History Winter , 1994 Vol 31, No 1

Thatcher Blake