Stronghold Castle


“A New Chapter for Stronghold Castle,” Northwest Quarterly, Cabin Fever, 2019, vol. 16, no.1. William A. Strong, publisher of the Chicago Daily News, purchased 360 acres and built Stronghold Castle in 1928-1929.  Mr. Strong died in May 1931. In 1962, after Mrs. Strong died, the Presbytery of Blackhawk of PC (USA) bought the property. The murals in the castle were painted by Russian artist Nicholas Kaissakoff. One of the most popular events is the Olde English Faire, held the first full weekend in October.

“Community Organizations Support Home Rule” – 2018

Source:  The Voice of the Rockford Business Community, March 2018, Vol. 31, No. 3, front page

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Maria’s Italian Café – Northwest Quarterly Magazine, Winter 2008

Maria’s Italian Café:

Sign over the door “John and Joe’s Casa di Amici”

Began in 1924 out of back door of kitchen; restaurant opened in 1930’s

Run first by Maria Cason, then by her sons, Tony and Jake

Now run by Jake’s widow Carmella and her sons, Joe and John

During WWII, military personnel from Camp Grant dined in the basement


Source:  Northwest Quarterly Magazine, WInter 2008, Page 75, Vol. 5, No. 4

Northwest Quarterly Magazine – Winter 2017, Contents

Source: Northwest Quarterly Magazine, Winter 2017 issue, Vol, 14, No. 1, Table of Contents

Dr. Kris Tumilowicz – 2012

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Source:  Northwest Quarterly magazine, Spring 2012  *the small portion of the article above is not the entirety of the article by Paul Anthony Arco.

According to this article, Tumilowicz no longer owns the Rockford IceHogs. “The franchise is now owned by BMO Harris Bank Authority.” “Dental Dimensions remains a major sponsor of the IceHogs and Tumilowicz chairs the IceHogs Charitable Foundation.”

The entirety of this article is available online and can be found by doing a Google search.