“Naval Lieutenant flies to city….His Dying Mother” – 1938

Source:  Rockford Register Republic, Apr. 4, 1938

Note: Naval Lieutenant Dufek later became Admiral George J. Dufek and Rear Admiral George J. Dufek, and Rockford Public Library possesses 2 of the books he author about his experiences in Antarctica.

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


WWII – Marines Istad, Pvt. William

son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Istad, 1237 Charles St. Enlisted in November 1942 with his brother Lloyd. He is stationed as a radioman with a bomber squadron in the South Pacific and has been overseas since June 1943. Former employe of National Lock Co. and former Morning Star carrier. Brother of Cpl. Lloyd Istad and Leonard Istad, Navy.

Source: Morning Star 12/10/1944

Died 12/21/2011

WWII – Marines Istad, Cpl. Lloyd


son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Istad, 1237 Charles St. Former carrier and salesman for Rockford Morning Star. He is now stationed in Hawaii after serving more than 18 months in the South Pacific. He enlisted in November 1942 received boot training in San Diego. Cpl. Istad was a member of the Mendelssohn Club, he is  brother of Leonard Istad, Navy fireman, first class, brother of Pvt. William Istad, Marine

Source: Rockford Morning Star 12/10/1944

WWII – Marines Haughton, Pfc. Chester


has been overseas since last May one of three sons in service. One in Army and one in Navy. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Haughton, Pecatonica.     His wife and daughter live at Pecatonica. Participated in the invasion of Peleliu

Source: Rockford Morning Star 12/10/1944