Veterans Who Have Passed–John E. Pritz

Source:  Rockford Register Star, Sept. 3, 2020.

Veterans Who Have Passed–Louis John Maragi

Source:  Rockford Register Star, June 21, 2020.

Veterans Who Have Passed: John Morris Mayhall III

Source:  Rockford Register Star, Jan. 16, 2020.

Steady Diet of Burgers and Chips Leads St. Angel to Success

Source:  Rockford Morning Star, Dec. 3, 1944.

Parochka, Francis “Frank” L.

73 of Albion, died June 5, 2009 after a long illness. Born April 4, 1936 in Saum, Minnesota. Son of Frank and Amelia E. (Kazunas) Parochka, 1955 graduate of St. Thomas High School. U.S. Army 1959 – 1964, married Jacqueline N. Pipitone of Beloit April 25, 1964. Memorial service at Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum

Source: Rockford Register Star 6/21/2009

Robert “Bob” L. Stegall – 2016 Obituary

Source:  Rockford Register Star 12-8-2016

St. Thomas Catholic High School, 1922-1923 football team

St. Thomas Football

Source: St. Thomas Catholic High School, 1923 Thomist Yearbook

  • St. Thomas was both a boys and a girls school in 1923, while Muldoon was in planning stages and not yet built.
  • Only seniors had individual pictures in the yearbook. Juniors, Sophomores and Freshman had a few candid pictures, but no class or individual pictures.
  • There was no index of students by name.
  • We took our best guesses on identifying the football players: we think Harry Jacobi is in the first row at the left end, Orie Smith in the center, holding the football, Raymond Walczak third from right, and Vincent Burns 2nd from right.  Second row: Maybe Leroy Monosmith on the left end,  Joseph Healey on left end, William Green third from the left. Father O’Rourke is in the middle of the second row. Third row: Charles McAllister first on left,  Francis Hickey second from left, Vincent Paul Colloton third from left, Joeseph Kadzevich fourth from left,  Edward McCarthy second from right end, William Sullivan on the right end.
  • The team was called the “Tommies.”
  • Father O’Rourke was aided by George Kitteringham who was not identified by picture in the yearbook.
  • Additional names mentioned in the text review of the season: Charles Flannery, Kehoe and Connors, Tom Fay, Bobel, and Healey (no pictures for comparison).

The team beat Belvidere, Byron, Marengo, Harvard, Marengo (second game) and lost to Rockford High School and to Woodstock.