It’s a small world. Audlane Pedley stopped by the Squire office to put in a notice for her 50th wedding anniversary. As she looked around the office, she admired the photo display and camera collection we have in honor of Rockford’s own Clarence Blakeslee. Clarence’s pictures and many of the cameras he used over the years are on our walls and shelves. They include photos of politicians, artists, actresses and musicians. As Audlane looked at one of President Gerald Ford in the Community Cabin, she saw a familiar face. “That’s my dad, Audley Whital,” she said. Her father was standing next to President Ford, also pictured with Wes Hessler, and was taken during a Rockford Rotary Club meeting. We are thinking the photo was taken in the 1960s. For a peek at our past, to see some fine vintage cameras and to see if someone you know is on our walls, visit the Squire office at 331 Northland Drive.
The Squire has been Rockford’s free weekly newspaper since 1871. Our loyal readership includes over fifteen thousand homes in the Rockford area, including the affluent Lakes area of Lake Bella Vista, Bostwick Lake and Silver Lake; Belmont, Blythefield, as well as Algoma, Courtland, Cannon and Plainfield Townships. The Squire is distributed through the U.S. Post Office every Thursday. We also deliver to in-town businesses and homes with paper carriers and news stands in our grocery stores and over thirty local shops.