Dave Remington and his Dixieland Six


In May 1958, Dave Remington and his Dixieland Six started performing at Walt Williamson’s renowned Wagon Wheel Lodge just outside of Rockford. Members of the band, from left, were Joe Levinson, bass; Dick Oakley, trumpet (who replaced Bobby Lewis, the original trumpet player); Chuck Hedges, clarinet; Wayne “Happy” Gormley, drums; Dave Remington, trombone; Mel Grant, piano. The Dixieland Six played for many occasions in and around Rockford.

Source: Rockford Memories 977.331 R682 v.2

Rockton Mayor Bill Vedra – 1987

Rockton Mayor Bill Vedra

Source:  Rockford Magazine February 1987

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