Rockford Area Historical Society News & Update

by TERRY KONKLE
President, Rockford Area Historical Society

Terry Konkle Photo by Cliff Hill

We will begin with a correction from last week’s column. I gave readers the wrong date for the benefit play “Ragweed Blues.” The performance by the Rogue River Community Theatre will take place on Sunday, April 29 at the Kent Theatre in Cedar Springs at 2:00 p.m. The cost is $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens, and $4 for students. All proceeds will go toward the Rockford Area Museum fundraising effort. Tickets are available at Independent Bank, from the society at (616) 866-0530, or the theatre group at (616) 874-5264. It was my fault that the date was wrong.

Let’s move on to my last trivia question, which asked for the team sport that won our first state championship. Girls gymnastics recorded the feat in the 1988-89 school year. I talked to several interested people and had some incorrect answers. However, Dick Tatebe, whose daughter Tracey was one of the top performers on the team, called with the right answer. Rockford won the state meet with a score of 140.50. Troy Athens (139.90) and Midland Dow (138.30) finished second and third in the Friday, March 17, 1989 event.

The coach of the squad was John Figueroa and team members were: seniors, Tracey Tatebe and Heather Shaffer; sophomore, Jill Stuart; and freshmen, Stacie Launstein, Renee Norkoli, Michelle Ferraresse and Nancy Tatebe. Four girls, Stuart (36.55), T. Tatebe  (36.30), Launstein (34.70) and Norkoli (32.95), did all of Rockford’s scoring. What a proud event in Rockford High School history. After all, only one team can be the first!

Last week at our historical society meeting, our museum director, Pat Frye, made some comments for us to consider. She mentioned that we have a lot of information on our history but that NOT much of it deals with the more recent times. Her point was well taken and her emphasis was that we needed to document our recent history now so that in 50 years we will have it, and it will not be forgotten. Yesterday, last week, last month and last year are now history, but what have we saved or written about it?

With that in mind, I thought it appropriate to ask another athletic state championship trivia question dealing with a recent event: What sport won Rockford High School’s most recent state championship?

Contact me at (616) 866-0530 or The Rockford Squire with your answers. Remember all those giving a correct answer can pick up a surprise gift at the newspaper office.

Finally, please consider joining the growing number of individuals, businesses and organizations who have pledged or donated to our museum expansion project. Contributions can be sent to: The Rockford Area Historical Society, PO Box 781, Rockford, MI 49341. Thanks to all for their positive support!

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