To: Beth Altena
I found your article “Rockford researcher reveals ‘History Mysteries’ very interesting, but I must share with you that the French name mentioned is no mystery. Naming a child after Marquis de Lafayette is like naming a child after George Washington. If you check Google or Wikipedia for a quick reference, you’ll find that Lafayette served as major-general in the Continental Army under George Washington during the Revolutionary War. There is a statue of the Marquis de Lafayette on the campus of Lafayette College in Easton, PA, and some towns called Lafayette are also named after him.
I recently moved to Rockford from Pennsylvania, so I enjoyed the history you shared of this great little town I now call home.