Rockford, Rock Island and St. Louis Railroad Company – 1870

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Source:  Rockford Weekly Register-Gazette Mar. 19, 1870

Winnebago County Agricultural Society

The society was organized in 1852 on the stock plan, the stock being limited to eight hundred shares of five dollars each.  During the last ten years the receipts have so enormously increased as to entitle it to rank as one of the most successful agricultural societies in the West.  The grounds contain about twenty-two acres, located within the city limits, and only about five minutes’ walk from the heart of the city.  They are intersected by a beautiful stream of water, and rendered unsurpassingly picturesque by a natural amphitheatre extending half way around the plat, while the race track circles round this grassy slope, and is one of the finest and most inviting to horsemen in the State.  E.S. Bartholomew, of Harlem, pres.; Hugh Mackey, of Cherry Valley, vice-pres.; Henry P. Kimball, of Rockford, secy.; Wm. B. Ferguson, of Rockford, treas.  Directors: Lawrence McDonald, Seward; Lucien B. Williams, Harrison; Jas. R. Bartlett, New Milford; John Smith, Harlem; H.W. Carpenter, Rockford; S.M. Church, Rockford; Moses Bartlett, ex-officio. Annual meeting first Tuesday of February of each year.

Source: Brainerds’s Rockford City Directory for 1876, pp 26-27