Rockford Labor News, Friday Feb 22, 1974 – page 1/front page

Rockford Police Relief Association, 1986 – Officer Friendly Tom Gibbons

Source:  Rockford Police Relief Association, 42nd Biennial Ball, May 23, 1986,  page 51

Rockford Police Relief Association, 42nd Biennial Ball – 1986, page 33

Source: Rockford Police Relief Association, 42nd Biennial Ball, Forest Hills Lodge, May 23, 1986,  page 33

“Pricetag of New Policing Idea Worries City Leaders” – 2011


Bargren, Rockford Police Chief August May 5, 1893 – May 6,1940

Bargren photo

Source of Photograph: Angela Johnson Bates, donation, who we thank. Photo taken at Rosenquist Studio, Rockford, not dated.

Chief Bargren entered the Rockford Police Dept. as a patrolman May 5, 1889. He became Chief on May 5, 1893. He retired May 6, 1940.

He was followed by Chief Charles Manson, who was followed by Chief Folke Bengston.

The article below is from Rockford Register-Republic May 19, 1942, about his career as Chief.

Bargren obit

Hodge, C. Keith

Born December 15, 1932 in Rockford, IL, son of Wylie I. and Gladys E. (Hooper) Hodge.

A U.S. Navy veteran, Keith served his country in the Korean Conflict from 1950-1953.

He was employed with the Rockford Police Department 30 years, and the Winnebago Sheriff’s Dept. 1990-2005.

Sunset Funeral Home, burial in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Source: Rockford Register Star December 19, 2013