Larson & Darby Group Architects Engineers Planners

“Where Good Design is About Solving Problems,” by Chris Linden, pp 236-245

Richard S. McClelland, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP; Dan J. Roszkowski, AIA, NCARB; William Waldorf, SE, RA; and John T. Saunders, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP., partners, photograph.

Roszkowski, Dan

Larson & Darby, 4949 Harrison Ave. Founded in 1963.

BMO Harris Bank Center, Freeport Health Network, Dixon’s KSB, Heartland church, Westminster Presbyterian, addition to University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford are among their designs, as are DeKalb County Farm Bureau, BEHL (in India), Kishwaukee St. facility for the Rock River Reclamation District, east side transfer center for Rockford Mass Transit District, Danfoss Drives, Mondelez International Gum Factory, Rosecrance Health Network (East side), Duo-Fast in Huntley, IL.

One of the first firms in the region to embrace Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) standard for sustainable construction.

Larry Larson and his brother-in-law Sam Darby began their partnership working small jobs around Rockford (picture).  Their big breaqk came when they landed a contract to design the headquarters and manufacturing center for Sundstrand, now owned by UTC Aerospace Systems.

Firm has nearly 120 employees around 2001.

Source: Northwest Quarterly magazine, Holiday 2014, Vol. 11, No. 6, pp 236-245

Thomas Farmer

Thomas Farmer


Son of Thomas and Janet (Gurley) Farmer

Born 07/10/1815 in Edinburgh, Scotland

Came to America at age 19

Married Margaret Halley on 03/02/1837 in Vermont

Moved tor Rockton, IL in 1839

Laid stone for the Old Stone Church

Laid stone for Rockton Library

Moved to Rockford in 1875

Died 10/09/1880 in Rockford, Illinois


Source:  “Pioneers of Winnebago and Boone Counties”, 929.377331  R883p



Judith Fandrick

Judith Fandrick of 1110 20th Street and Thomas D. Cox, 2302 Auburn Street

Engaged to be married October 3rd at Court Street United Methodist Church

A graduate of Swedish American School of Radiology, Judith is an X-ray technician

Engagement Announcement, 1970
Engagement Announcement, 1970

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Fandrick of Monroe, WI are parents of the bride

Mrs. Helen Cox of Rockford and Mr. Melvin Cox of Carbondale are parents of the groom


Source:  Rockford Register Star, 06/21/1970

Pace, Robert “Bob”

76, of Rockford, died Thursday, January 11, 2001, at home after a lengthy illness.

Born Sept. 17, 1924, at Opdyke, IL the son of Thomas and Pearl McCoy Pace.

Employed at National Lock Co. 30 years and at Excelsior 10 years.

He was a decorated U.S. Army veteran of World War 11.

Member of Cherry Valley Masonic Temple.

Sunset Funeral Home; Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Source: Rockford Register Star January 12, 2001

Prohibition – Cause of Death

“Prohibition is Cause of Death”  “Brewers Agents at Geneseo Suicides by Drowning Because Town is Dry”

“Because Geneseo, IL went Dry, F. L. Sabin, agent of a brewery, appears to have drowned himself in Chicago river, the final blow to the despondent man’s misfortunes when the City Council passed an ordinance.”

Source: Rockford Morning Star December 14, 1904