“Young Patsy Gaydos Meets Her Daddy” – WWII Navy

Source:  Rockford Morning Star 12/12/1944

Sylvester A. Gaydos, first class electrician’s mate and Mrs. Gaydos, the former Dorothy Hennessey

11 month old Patsy Gaydos, born while her father was in the South Pacific

“Sy,” a former Rockford resident, enlisted in the Navy Dec. 5, 1939.  He was in Manilla when the war broke out and at Saipan.

At the end of his leave he went to Miami, Fla. to attend school and will go from there to San Pedro, California, before starting out on a rescue ship.

Sylvester is the son of Mrs. Eric Axelson, RR#1, Belvidere.




Joe Marino “Mr. Fourth of July” – Spreading Holiday Joy for Nearly 50 Years – 2010/2011

Source: Northwest Quarterly Magazine, Winter 2010/2011  pp 134 – 137, by Paul Anthony Arco



Ampellio “Pep” Dal Pra – 2018 obituary

Source:  Rockford Register Star 2/17/2018

Seth Glanville Atwood, 2010 – Also Patricia Atwood Triner

Source:  Rockford Register Star 2/25/2010

Alfred “Dan” Torrisi, 1927 – 2017 – 2017 obituary

Source:  Rockford Register Star July 19, 2017

Gregory “Greg” A. Wurzer – 2017 obituary

Source:  Rockford Register Star 7-26-2017

Clark, John L.

Irish immigrants; 1857 went west to Illinois

Source: From Hardware Store to Clarcor 1904-1989 R338.76 F931

Source: Rockford Morning Star 10/14/1919 & Rockfordiana: Biography CL – COM through 1966

President of J.L.Clark Manufacturing Co., 939 No Second St., Naval Veteran of the Civil War. Wife: Mary Chaney Clark, 1871, one son, L. Harold Clark one sister, Rachel Twiss, California one step-brother, James Crocker, Glencoe, Il

born in Burlington, Vt. 5/15/1845, son of Patrick and Mary Clark. Died of apoplexy (stroke) while driving. Died 10/12/1919. Moved to Rockford when he was 12 graduate Rockford East High School. Served 18 months on monitor “Winnebago” served under Admiral Farragut. Saw action at fall of Mobile

learned tinner’s trade in shop of Israel Sovereign. Entered hardware business with Norman Robinson. Business Robinson and Clark, State & St Kishwaukee. Later in business for self

1905 established John L. Clark Manufacturing Co. 1910 plant moved to 22nd Ave.

alderman, city council, 2nd Ward. Served on library board served on Rockford College Board. active First Congregational Church then Second Congregational Church

Mason, Elk, G.A.R.

Source: Rockford Morning Star 10/14/1919