“Welcome, Sen. Jones, you found Rockford” by Pat Cunningham, 2006

Source: Rockford Register Star June 21, 2006

Rockford Civic Newcomers Club – March 31, 1973, program

Source: Rockford Civic Newcomers Scrapbook, 1973

Lincoln Jr. High School, 1940 – 9-A-1 and 9-A-2 classes

Source: Lincoln Jr. High School, 1940 Album, 9-A-1 and 9-A-2 Classes, page 23

Rockford Civic Newcomers Club – June 1972, Board to Meet

Source: Rockford Civic Newcomers Club scrapbooks, June 1972


East High School, 1981 – Seniors, Ad – Bell

Source:  East High School, 1981 Argus Yearbook, Seniors Adams – Bell, p 254


Seth G. Atwood

Seth Glanville Atwood, son of Seth B. and Helen Mae (Glanville) Atwood

Died Sunday 02/21/2010 at age 92, the longtime leader of the Atwood family business interests

He introduced “The Scanlon Plan”, a type of gain sharing plan that paid a bonus to employees

He served on dozens of boards, was a longtime leader in civic causes, especially education

He was on the Community Education Task Force, formed in 1992, and was an early backer of charter schools

He was a collector of over 3,000 timepieces, and opened the Time Museum in 1970

The Time Museum closed when the family sold the Clock Tower Resort

Seth G. Atwood
Seth G. Atwood

In 1910, brothers James and Seth B. Atwood (father of Seth G. Atwood), moved to Rockford

They formed Atwood Vacuum Machine Tool Company

Seth G. Atwood took over the family industries in 1953

In 1985 he sold Atwood Industries to John Anderson of Anderson Industries

He had an MBA from Harvard University in 1940, and a BA from Stanford University

He managed several family businesses from banking to venture capital to and real estate

He was involved in developing a three wheeled, energy efficient car at the 1984 Chicago Auto Show

In 1971 he founded the Time Museum, located at the Clock Tower Resort

When the museum closed in 1999, the timepieces were sold to the City of Chicago for $20 million

He was a founding member of the American section of the Antiquarian Horological Society

Seth G. Atwood
Seth G. Atwood

Survived by children Mr. and Mrs. Seth Lang (Connie) Atwood of Boulder City, NV; Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Triner (Patricia) Atwood of Rockford and Mr. and Mrs. Paul (Diane Atwood) Reilly of Chicago

Predeceased by wife Patricia J. Lang Atwood of River Forest and sister Barbara Mae Atwood of Rockford

A memorial gathering will be held at Rockford Country Club, arrangements by Olson Funeral Home and Crematory, private graveside service at Greenwood Cemetery, memorials to The Independent Institute, Oakland


Source:  Rockford Register Star, 02/24/2010

Anderson Japanese Gardens

Anderson Japanese Gardens

318 Spring Creek Road

Founded by Rockford businessman John Anderson

Construction of the garden began in 1978 under the guidance of Hoichi Kurisu

In 1998 John and Linda Anderson formed a non-profit organization and donated $3 million

Anderson 1 Anderson 2

Brenda Warren, Administration and Visitor Service since May 2007

Brenda Warren
Brenda Warren

Source:   Northwest Quarterly Magazine, Spring 2008, Pg 56