Veterans Who Have Passed: Kendall Bohr

Source:  Rockford Register Star, Feb. 15, 2020.

Farmer, Thomas

son of Thomas and Janet (Gurley) Farmer, born 7/10/1815 Edinburgh, Scotland. Died, 10/9/1880, Rockford, IL. Came to America age 19. Married 3/2/1837, Vermont, Margaret Halley. 1839 moved to Rockton, IL. A stone mason by trade who  laid stone for Old Stone Church and for Rockton Library Bldg. In 1875 he moved to Rockford

Source: Pioneers of Winnebago and Boone Counties, Illinois 929.377331 R883p

62, wife Margaret, 64, Alex and Jno. Hensderson, 20 and 18, boarders

Source: 1880 Federal Census

Hale, Barbara – Wedding of Rockford Movie Star

B Hale - 1

Caption: “When Screen Star Barbara Hale, Rockford’s most famous representative in the film capital, became the bride of Bill Williams, in Rockton’s Old Stone Church on June 23, 1945, more than 2,500 of the young actress’s admirers thronged the tiny churchyard for a glimpse of the dark-haired beauty and her blonde bridegroom. In the upper left photo, members of the bridal party are William Long, Stuart Morgan, the bridegroom and bride, Mrs. Harold G. Arfstrom, Mrs. John H. Kehe, and young Lindka Arfstrom. The officiating pastor was Dr. B. E. Allen.  The bridal pair is pictured on the steps of the church greeting admirers following the ceremony in the right picture above.”

B Hale-2

“Barbara and Bill were cutting the wedding cake in the reception at the Wagon Wheel just like every other wedding couple in the lower photo.”

B Hale - 3

Source: 1852 Rockford Centennial edition 1952 by the Rockford Morning Star


Thomas Farmer

Thomas Farmer


Son of Thomas and Janet (Gurley) Farmer

Born 07/10/1815 in Edinburgh, Scotland

Came to America at age 19

Married Margaret Halley on 03/02/1837 in Vermont

Moved tor Rockton, IL in 1839

Laid stone for the Old Stone Church

Laid stone for Rockton Library

Moved to Rockford in 1875

Died 10/09/1880 in Rockford, Illinois


Source:  “Pioneers of Winnebago and Boone Counties”, 929.377331  R883p