Kennedy Middle School, 1978 – 8th Grade: Fer – Ham, page 16

Source: Kennedy Middle School, 1978 Patriot Yearbook, 8th Grade:  Fer – Ham, page 16

Main St., North, 737

?home of August Colton, (<1839>) small 1 story frame house No(North?) of First Presby. Church John S. Coleman built the mansion after Coleman, owned by John Manny photo of building as “Manny homestead” 1864 Manny purchased, $15,000

Source: Rockfordiana – Historic Houses and Landmarks – 1 & Rockford Morning Star 6/15/1952 & Rockford Register Republic 11/9/1935

Nelson, Wm. pres. Forest City Knitting Co, res 737 N Main

Source: 1899 Rockford City Directory

737 North Main St.

photo above Source:  Rockfordiana – Historic Houses and Landmarks- 1

Gustafson, John, coachman John Manny, res 737 N Main

Source: 1899 Rockford City Directory

Wm. Nelson, Colonel

Source: 1925 Rockford City Directory

interior and exterior photos purchased by City $25,000 7 rooms in cellar Nelson home nearly 1/2 century Nelson purchased 1890, $20,000-see Rockford Daily Register Gazette article

Source: Rockfordiana – Historic Houses and Landmarks – 1 & Rockford Register Republic 11/9/1935 & Nuggets of History Nov-Dec 1969

Burpee Gallery of Art, Rockford Art Assoc.

Source: 1968 Rockford City Directory

Look Back at 737

Source: Northwest Quarterly Magazine, Spring 2010, pp 134 – 139 see also Riverfront Museum Park

Burpee Museum

Burpee Museum

Source: c. 2008




Gustafson, Carl A. ‘Cully’


Born Feb. 22, 1924, in Rockford, son of John and Freida (Swenson) Gustafson.

Served in the U.S. Navy during WWII from 1943 to 1946.

On the USS ATR-36, Carl’s ship spent 11 weeks at Pearl Harbor and recovered hundreds of torpedoes.

Carl also assisted in the Okinawa Invasion group in the Philippine Islands.

The ship was set to sail for Korea but encountered a violent typhoon that lasted 29 hours.

Employed by Greenlee Company, Sjostrom and Sons and Scandroli Construction.

Later he formed his own company, C.A. Gustafson and Sons.

Died July 17, 2014.

Fitzgerald Funeral Home and Crematory; private burial at Calvary Cemetery.

Source: Rockford Register Star July 20, 2014