Rockford Area Historical Society News and Updates

Terry Konkle – President

The Rockford Area Museum (RAM) is a great place for a group activity, and several times a year organizations contact the museum to set up a tour. In addition to that, second grade school children come in with their teachers and parent helpers each spring. Kathy Christensen coordinates the school tours along with several volunteer helpers.  Recently,  groups from other historical societies (Grattan and Sparta) have also visited. In addition three Cub Scout organizations have set up times to come through as a group. The Rockford Area Historical Society (RAHS) has a positive goal of preserving and presenting Rockford area history, and the RAM exists to meet that goal. Groups are always welcome, and people are encouraged to call and arrange a tour.

The RAHS has two more regular meetings before we take a break during July and August. On May 7, 2015 we meet at 7:00 PM at the Community Cabin. The speaker will be Betty Reyner who will talk about her experiences in a one room schoolhouse. Our final regular meeting will be on June 4 at 6:30 at the Community Cabin. This is our yearly potluck picnic where officers are elected for the next year. Remember that meetings are open to the public and one does not have to be a member to attend.

The last “Nugget of Rockford History” was a tough one, but I did receive one response. Carole Holden Christensen got all four answers correct which is great! Here are the answers: (1) George Graves drove the mail wagon, (2) Julia Moore is “The Sweet Singer of Michigan”, (3) A bottle of wine was donated by the last man of “The Last Man Club” , (4) The blown up picture of a company picnic at Myers Lake shows Wolverine workers and their families. Thanks Carole for your continued interest in Rockford area history!

The new “Nugget” will consist of ten statements which readers must decide if they are true or false. So number your paper from one to ten and write down your true or false response.

  1. The Ten Mile Rockford Bridge was built in 1965.
  2. The White Pine Trail is only paved in the town of Rockford.
  3. The Rockford Union Soldier has been in more than one location in our town.
  4. The plaque honoring John Sjogren is located by the field where he pitched many softball games.
  5. Mark Twain’s book, “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” was taught in the Rockford eleventh grade English classes until banned for a year (1975) by the Rockford Board of Education.
  6. The mayor of Rockford is selected by the City Council.
  7. Famous athletes Jim Thorpe, Ty Cobb and Walter Hagen all owned cottages on Silver Lake.
  8. Bob Pierce owned the funeral home on Monroe Street prior to Dave Pederson.
  9. A person does not have to be alive to be nominated for the “Rockford High School Athletic Hall of Fame”.
  10. The Rockford Area Museum does not charge admission.


Please contact me with your answers by e-mail at or by phone at 616-866-0530.

In closing, I will mention a couple of comments that I have been told recently. One was “I am willing to help the historical society in some way, but don’t know who to contact” and the other “ I told someone I was willing to help but I never heard back from them”. Call or e-mail me if the above questions apply to you! We need and appreciate all of the help we can get! As always your questions, ideas, suggestions and corrections are wlelcome. Have a great week!