Source: Rockford Weekly Register-Gazette Mar. 19, 1870
“The affairs of the county have ever been administered with fidelity and wisdom. She had always been well governed. The most imposing court house in Illinois outside Chicago was built here at a cost of $250,000.”
“The leading county officials at the present time are: County Judge: Rufus C. Baily; County Clerk: Marcus A. Norton; Circuit Clerk: Lewis F. Lake; Sheriff: Joel Burbank; County Treasurer: John Beatson; States Attorney: Charles J. Works; Supt. of Schools: Charles J. Kinnie; Coroner: N.S. Aagesen; Master-in-Chancery: H.W. Taylor.”
Source: “Industrial and Picturesque Rockford,” by Eugene Browne and F. Ford Rowe, 1891.