Rockford Area Historical Society News & Update

President, Rockford Area Historical Society 

Terry Konkle Photo by Cliff Hill

Let’s begin with the answer to the last “Nugget of Rockford History” question. The only Rockford varsity football team to win all of their games was the 1962 group. All other teams in our history had a loss or a tie. Today, because of the Michigan High School Athletic Association playoffs, a team would have to win all of their regular season games and then capture the state title to win every game. That would be a tough task, but it is possible. Al West, a member of the 1962 team, and Gordon Ploeg were the only readers to give me the correct answer. I also want to give credit to Barbara Driscoll for knowing that Don Verduin was Rockford’s varsity head coach for more years than any other.

Here is a new question for readers to consider: “What profession or business area are the following names associated with in our town’s history? Hessler, Morrison, Becker, Stanfield, Patrick, Langridge and Powers.” Contact me at (616) 866-0530 with your answers.

People are contacting us with auction items. We will have three auction venues: online with Miedema Auctions through September 27, silent at the new museum on September 28 and 29, and live on Saturday, September 29 in the parking lot on Main Street behind the new museum. Online items are already up and can be viewed and bid on by going to

Readers have probably noticed a featured item in The Rockford Squire each week. Once again, thanks to that newspaper for their outstanding dedication to our new museum cause. In addition to the featured items, other donations have been received. Many of them will be appearing online, so keep checking that area. Others will be only in the silent and live auctions, and readers will be made aware of most of them soon. Please try to keep the weekend of September 28-29 open, so that you can be present to bid.

Some things we have received include: artwork, a complete king-sized bedroom set, new items in original boxes, first edition books, hand-painted chairs, quilts, figurines, special plates, sport equipment, sport and movie memorabilia, pottery, glassware, dishes, lamps, patio items, gift certificates, gift baskets, pianos, sport cards, sport sets, signed baseballs, and an electric organ. Several signed pictures and books have been donated, and sport teams and individuals have sent signed items to us.

However, we still need more! The interest is great and the enthusiasm continues to build. We also need help from readers on the days of the silent and live auctions. People to supervise the auction areas and to help and direct bidders will be essential, and even though many of our society members will be on hand, we need YOU. So, find those things you might be willing to donate and then also consider giving of your time. Please call (616) 866-0530 or (616) 485-4144 to help with this positive effort!

Auction item of the week

September 28, 29 and 30 will be “Museum Weekend” in Rockford. Auctions, music, food and the annual “Build a Scarecrow” project will make this a downtown party you won’t want to miss.

The variety of items that will be available to bidders at the Rockford Area Museum’s auction continues to grow. From antiques to water skis and from one-of-a-kind chess sets, haircuts to oil changes and tires for your car, the Museum Weekend auction to benefit the new Rockford Area Museum will have something for everyone.

This week’s featured item is a three-month membership to Curves. One lucky bidder will receive a three-month membership at the Curves location at 400 East Division in Rockford. This membership is valued at $231 and, remember, every dollar bid will go toward the creation and operation of the all-new Rockford Area Museum.

For more information about donating auction items or to volunteer to help, call (616) 866-0530 or (616) 485-4144.

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