Rockford Area Historical Society News and Updates for 12-14-2017

By Terry Konkle – President

On Thursday, December 7, 2017, the Rockford Area Historical Society (RAHS) had their annual Christmas pot luck at the Community Cabin at 6:30 P.M. There are great cooks in the group and there is always a nice selection of food. After eating and some discussion of society business, each member took part in a twenty part quiz with questions dealing with the RAHS and the Rockford Area Museum.

Instead of having a “Nugget” quiz this week, I am going to give readers the questions used at the meeting and also provide the answers. By doing this perhaps everyone will get a better idea of the society and museum. Here goes: (1) The RAHS was founded in what year? (1967); (2) The RAHS Board of Directors consists of how many elected people? (ten); (3) Who was the president before Terry Konkle? (Carla Blandford); (4) How many years did the RAHS have an outside live auction to help finance the new museum (three); (5) How many years was the museum open on Thursday evening? (one); (6) How much is a one year individual membership to the RAHS? ($10.00); (7) Where was the first new museum fundraising silent auction held? (in the north room of the courthouse before construction); (8) What family refurbished the mail wagon? (the Graves family); (9) What building did the large safe in the museum come out of? (Hessler Building – the pharmacy section); (10) Who was the last man in the “Last Man’s Club”? (Herb Crothers).

(11) How many toilets were removed from the courthouse during renovation? (three); (12) What display features the work of a Rockford Bowling League? (the bomber quilt); (13)Whose Olympic qualifying uniform and shoes are on display in the museum? (Dathan Ritzenhein); (14) According to the museum hourly schedules, what day is the building open the longest? (Thursday 10:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M.); (15) What park is featured in the large photo on the wall behind the bench in the Wolverine Theater? (Myers Lake); (16) Who was hired as a consultant to help design and put together the new museum displays? (Jerry Adams – Media Rare); (17) What famous author patterned a poem in one of his novels after the style of Rockford poet Julia Moore? (Mark Twain – Huck Finn); (18) How many baseball players are in the cut-out in the south room holding the 1924 championship trophy? (three); (19) How many regular RAHS meetings are not held at 7:00 P.M.? (four – December/June – 6:30 and January-February – 1:00 P.M.); (20) As of 10;00 A.M. on December 7, how many fish were in the museum aquarium? (one).

The last Nugget of Rockford history ten question true-false quiz received two responders, Jack Bolt and Lee Paull. The answers were: (1) False – the city manager is hired by the city council (2) False-a house on Monroe Street south of the library is the oldest) (3) False-There was a KEN–O – WA conference but the Rams were not in it) (4) True-the band was in the Rose Bowl Parade one year (5) False – Belding was in the Tri-River Conference with Rockford (6) True- Dave Price was the first full time A.D. (7) True – There were no fatalities in the 1922 school fire (8) False – Bishop Hills was not around in 1950 (() False- James Bale replaced Jerry Fox (10) True- R.A.C.E. stands for Rockford Area Community Endowment.

There is a lot of positive information in this column, so be sure to let me know if there are any inaccuracies. Also, questions, comments, suggestions and other thoughts are welcome ( or 616-866-0530). Have a great week!