Rosecrance, Robert Bruce

Died Feb. 8, 2015.

Born June 2, 1923, son of Ralph C. and Winifred (Smith) Rosecrance.

Graduate West High School 1941.

Graduate Stanford University 1947, after serving as Lieutenant Junior Grade in the U.S. Naval Construction Battalion, the Seabees, during WWII, in Hilo, Hawaii, and Sasebo, Japan.

Worked for Rockford Fibre Container Co. for 10 years, then for Atwood Vaccuum Machine Co. for 29 years, as President for 21 of those years.

Formerly a member of Rotary, University Club, and Rockford Country Club.  Board member of numerous banks and community organizations.

Olson Funeral and Cremation Services; Private burial in New Milford Civil War Cemetery.

Source: Rockford Register Star 2/22/2015.


Miss Mellie John

Miss Mellie John

Resigned from faculty at East High School in June

Becoming a consultant to the Keith School, Fall 1944

At work on fourth textbook

Author of: “Natural English”, “English For You” and “Grown Up English”

The article features a photograph of Miss John with students


Source:  Rockford Morning Star, 08/13/1944

Gerry, Barbara Eisner – Sock Monkey Tales

Gerry - 1

Gerry - 2

Gerry - 3

Note:  Rockford Public Library has several copies of Gerry’s book “Rockford Sock Monkey Tales.”  One copy is always available in the Local History Room, and the others can be checkout out.

Source: The Rock River Times, Oct. 15-21, 2014, Vol. 21, No. 52, pages 16 and 44.



Judge Rosemary Collins

1 photograph of Collins as judge

Honorable 17th Circuit Division Judge Rosemary Collins

St. Louis native

graduate John Marshall Law School in Chicago

came to Rockford in 1980

hired as Assistant State’s Attorney by State’s Attorney Dan Doyle

Collins started serving on the bench in 1989

board president for Children’s Safe Harbor

board member for Keith Country Day School

her husband is attorney Paul Gaziano, a federal public defender

Source: Northwest Quarterly magazine, Winter 2913, Vol. 10, No. 5, page 107