Prohibition: The Noble Experiment That Failed

Source: Northwest Quarterly, Summer/Fall 2019

Independent Order of Good Templars

Independent Order of Good Templars

Temperance Society

Excelsior Lodge #709, IOGT, located in South Rockford

Meals every Tuesday in Excelsior Hall

This lodge organized January 16, 1866 in Engine Hall

In 1867, a hall of their own was built on Main Street between Kent and Morgan

It was a two story building, 70′ x 30′, with the lower story finished for a store and the upper story for a hall

“Many have been claimed from inebriety, and have been taught lessons of temperance”


Source:  Page 27, 1872-73 Rockford City Directory