Rockford Township farm Plat map – North West, 1957

Rockford Township plat NW

Source: Farm Plat Book, Winnebago County , 1957  Sponsored by Union Grange No. 811, Inc.

Palace Theater, Hotel Mayer – 1928 Sanborn Map

Palace Theater Block 1928

Source: 1928 Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps

To the South of this block is West State St.

To the West is N Main ST. Palace Theatre technically front on Main St.

To The East is No. Wyman St.

To the North is Mulberry St.  Hotel Mayer was on the North End of this Block.

In 2015, Subway Sandwiches are on the SE corner of this block. Palace Theater and Hotel Mayer were razed and are currently a parking lot.

So. Main Street and West State St. – 1973

So. Main St.

Source: Guilford Senior High School 1973 Valhalla Yearbook

Master’s Shoes at far left was at 122 So. Main St. , front edge of photo is West State St., Bernhardt’s – 200 So. Main St., Don’s Hobbies and Toys – 208 So. Main St.


State St, Bridge – 1944-47 Goodrich

Goodrich State St. Bridge

State St. Bridge looking west; State Theater (in photo) is at 105 W. State St.

The couple in back is Jack and Eileen Goodrich with unnamed friend, ca. 1944-47.  This bridge was closed in April 1948 when an abutment collapsed. The new bridge with 6 foot cement sidewalks, was dedicated in October 1949.

Source: Photo loaned to Local History by John Goodrich, Machesney Park.