Veterans Who Have Passed–Lester “Chris” Christeson

Source:  Rockford Register Star, July 29, 2020.

Dr. Harry Canfield

Dr. Harry Canfield, 76, died Tuesday in the Coral Gables, FL hospital following a month’s long illness. Dr. Canfield and his wife moved to Florida in 1943

He was a resident of Rockford for 22 years. While in Rockford, his residence was 1018 Harlem Boulevard

Harry Canfield was born December, 1875 in Chatfield, MN.  He was the son of Hermon and Mary Canfield, who later moved to Rockford

He married the former Ethel Palmer in Minneapolis and the couple moved to Rockford in 1921

Dr. Canfield graduated from the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota State Teachers College and completed his medical training at the University of Minnesota Medical College. He took post-graduate work at the Manhatten Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat hospital in New York, and at Tulane University in New Orleans

Founder of Canfield Clinic, 326 West Jefferson Street, in 1936

He was an eye, ear, nose and throat specialist

Dr. Canfield practiced in Key West, FL from 1943-46, after which he retired with his wife to Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Dr. Canfield was a veteran of the Spanish-American War and World War I

Member of Second Congregational Church, the Tebala Shrine, the Elks Club, the American Legion 40 & 8, and the former Temple Club. He was a charter member of Ostende Club, and an honorary member of the Winnebago County Medical Society. He also was a member of the Illinois and Florida State Medical Societies

Survivors include his widow, Ethel Palmer Canfield; twin sons, Dr. Bruce Canfield and Dr. Burt J. Canfield of Rockford; and five grandchildren, Charles, Mary, Thomas, Sally and Robert Canfield, all of Rockford

Dr. John Gordon and Dr. Joseph C. Cleveland of Second Congregational Church will officiate. Burial will be in Willwood Burial Park

Dr. Harry Canfield obituaries, 1952
Dr. Harry Canfield obituaries, 1952


Source: Rockford Morning Star, 10/01/1952, Rockford Register 09/30/1952, and Rockford Public Library’s Local History Collection “Rockfordiana” files, “Physicians, A-C”


Mrs. Ethel Canfield

Mrs. Ethel Palmer Canfield died Tuesday in Americana Nursing Center following a long illness

Rockford artist and poetess

Mother of Dr. Bruce Canfield and the late Dr. Burt Canfield and widow of Dr. Harry Canfield.  Their family founded the Canfield Clinic, 326 West Jefferson Street, in 1936

Member of the Rockford Art Association and sponsor of the Ethel Palmer Canfield award for watercolors

Member of Second Congregational Church, the Order of the Eastern Star, the Writers Guild, Delta Delta Delta sorority, and National League of American Pen Women

Her poems were printed in a booklet “Fun, Fancy and Forever”

Survivors include a son, Dr. Bruce Canfield of Rockford; two granddaughters, Mrs. Mary Bennett and Mrs. Sally Youngquist of Rockford; three grandsons, Charles B. Canfield of Rockford, Capt. Thomas B. Canfield with the Army in West Germany, and Robert E. Canfield at the University of Minnesota; and a sister, Mrs. Alice Griswold of Backus, Minnesota

Services at Burpee-Wood Funeral home at 42o North Main Street, Dr. Joseph Cleveland officiating

Ethel Canfield obituary, 1967
Ethel Canfield obituary, 1967


Source: Rockford Morning Star, 03/22/1967, and Rockford Public Library’s Local History Collection “Rockfordiana” files, “Biography C-CAQ, 1967 – date”