Rockford Elks’ Club, 210 W. Jefferson Street, opened 1912. Architect: Chicagoan Lawrence E. Buck. Note green tiles.




Sources: Google Image captured May 2019, Rockford Republic, January 24, 1912.

Walter Burwell, 75, Dies – 1960


Source:  Rockford Morning Star Oct. 23, 1960

Wortham, Horace M.

Horace M. Wortham

46, a leader in Rockford social, business, and industrial activities for 2 decades died Thursday from a self-inflicted gunshot wound at Long lake, Wisconsin. Rockford home 905 Ridgewood Road. Rev. John Gordon, of the 2nd Congregational Church will officiate. Burial at Willwood
Cemetery had been in ill health and had operation for appendicitis recently. At the cottage at the time of death were his widow and daughter.  Son of late Horace L. Wortham, Rockford pioneer merchant. Began leasing business 4 years after father’s death in 1932. Married Annette Hogland in 1917. Later was associated with Shell Oil and with Anderson Brass Co. Member Forest Hills Country Club and Rockford Elks Club

Source: Rockford Morning Star 9/15/1944

National Ave., 1718


National Ave. 1718 - 1

Architect: Jesse A. Barloga, 1929    Photograph courtesy of Marty Mangas, Barloga historian, photo ca. 1970.

Barloga Commission #315, Commissioned by C.G. and M. Jane Smith.

Original residents: Mrs. M. Jane Smith until 1937, and son Carl A. Smith until his death in August, 1967.

“Carl A. Smith, 81, 1718 National Ave., active in Rockford’s business, civic and cultural life for more than half a century, died at Rockford Memorial Hospital at 1:30 p.m. today after a short illness.  In 1917 he joined the family oil business. It had been founded by his father, C.G. Smith and his brother, Ernest.

Mr. Smith was active in establishing the Rockford School of Hope, now the Barbara Olson School of Hope. He also was a member of Rockford Country Club, the YMCA, Rockford Elks Club, and a life member of the Union League Club of Chicago.

Survivors include his widow, Mae, of Laguna Hills; a daughter, Mrs James Welsh, Rolling Hills Estates, California…..”

Source: Rockford Morning Star August 25, 1967

National Ave., 1718 - 2

Photograph of house, Summer 2011, Jan Carter

In 1968 the residents were Jack and Phyllis Deveau. Mr. Deveau was vice-president of Williams-Manny Insurance Co.

Source: 1968 Polk’s Rockford City Directory