Veterans Who Have Passed — Robert F. Turner


Robert F. Turner 1938—2020
Robert F Turner, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather passed away at age 82 on Friday December 11, 2020 at his home in Cherry Valley, Illinois surrounded by his loving family. Bob was born in Channahon, Illinois on May 27, 1938, the son of Frank and Carrie (Frederick) Turner (both deceased). He grew up in Channahon, active in the Channahon/Minooka community as a baseball coach, church youth group leader and school board member. Bob enjoyed golf, fishing, NASCAR, and was an avid Green Bay Packer Fan. Bob served in the United States Marine Corps from 1957-1959, stationed on Kodiak Island Alaska. He retired from Minnesota Life, where he was a regional retirement planning sales executive.
Bob will be missed by all. He is survived by his wife Joann Turner, daughters Susan (Kent) McMillin, Jennifer (Tracy) Beard, son Mark (Donna) Turner and grandchildren Darren (Brittany) McMillin, Allison (Ryan)j Egan, Kelly Turner, Maggie Beard, Josh Beard and great-grandson Barrett McMillin.
Bob will be remembered at a celebration of life at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the OSF Rockford Hospice (9951 Rock Cut Crossing, Loves Park, Illinois 61111, (815)381-6330), who lovingly helped care for him. Arrangements by Julian-Poorman-Welte Funeral Home 304 N. 5th St. Rockford, IL. 61107. Memorial website and guestbook at
Source: Published in Rockford Register Star from Dec. 12 to Dec. 16, 2020, as found on

Veterans Who Have Passed–Matthew A. Butitta

Source:  Rockford Register Star, Mar. 13, 2020.

Winnebago County History

History 1600’s – first was part of Virginia

History 1700’s – French were first European settlers in county. French explorer, Robert de La Salle, rename country Louisiana

History 1763 – Treaty of Paris 1763  gave land East of Mississippi River to Great Britain

History 1778 – Colonel George Rogers Clark attacked  military posts in Kaskaski, Cahokia and Vincennes. The territory reorganized into Illinois.

History 1783 – The Treaty of Paris 1783 gave Illinois to Great Britain

History 1787 – History 1787 Congressional Ordinance – Ohio River to Mississippi be 3 – 5 States

History 1800  Act of Congress in 1800, Northwest Territory would equal Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin

History 1809 – was organized the territory of Illinois and  Kaskaskia became seat of Illinois government

History 1812 – Illinois was advanced to the second grade of territorial government

History 1818 – admitted to Union as a State named for Winnebago Indians, but were not prominent in Indian history

Source: Past and Present of the City of Rockford and Winnebago County 977.33 C471p

Winnebago means “fish eaters”

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first settler of European decent : Stephen Mack

Source: Past and Present of the City of Rockford and Winnebago County 977.33 C471p

first settler of East Rockford: Daniel Shaw Haight

Source: Past and Present of the City of Rockford and Winnebago County  977.33 C471p

Illinois State Legislature provided for organization of Winnebago County on January 16, 1836, formed from JoDaviess & LaSalle Counties originally included all of Boone County and part of Stephenson County. On March 4,1837  Illinois State Legislature provided creation of Boone & Stephenson Counties

Source: The pioneers of Winnebago and Boone Counties, Illinois, who came before 1841 R 929.377331 R883p

wanted to secede to Wisconsin between 1818 and 1845

Source: Nuggets of History Summer 1987


“U.S. Agents to Operate With Police” – 1921, Prohibition

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Source:  The Rockford Republic, Jan. 20, 1921

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