Rockford Area Historical Society News for 5-30-2019

By Terry Konkle – President

Three readers, Dave Hutchings, Deb Vogel and Lee Paull, answered the last “Nugget” of Rockford History question. It dealt with the Rockford businesses that sponsored pages in Homer Burch’s book “ From Sawmill to City”. I added two places, that did not appear back then, to the list and asked responders to identify them. They were: MVP and Aunt Candy’s Toy Company. Here is a new “Nugget”. What Rockford business did Gale Smyth  and Gary Baldwin work for? Please contact me with your answer by email ( or phone using 616-866-0530.

The 2018-19 Rockford Area Historical Society (RAHS) year will conclude on Thursday, June 6, 2019 with our annual Picnic Potluck dinner at 6:30 at the Community Cabin. Officers for 2019-20 will be elected and a short Rockford quiz will be presented. Because there are no regular meetings over the summer and no board meetings until August, the new officers will conduct RAHS business using the internet and phone calls. I will keep readers up to date on what happens before our new season starts on September 5, 2019. Remember that all meetings are open to the public and there is never a charge.

On Saturday, June 1, 2019 the annual “Reading Rocks” event will take place in the area of the library, city hall and Rockford Area Museum (RAM). It is always a popular, fun event featuring many opportunities to talk with authors and to view and purchase reading material. This year, as in the past, the RAM will be open during the event hours and will  also  have  lots  of  books for sale including two on Rockford. There are also some sport books and baseball cards which have been donated to us to sell. Our table will be on the lawn in front of the museum. Please stop and check it out!

We are still gathering sales receipts from Spartan Nash stores (D & W,  Family Fare,  Forest Hills Foods) as we are participating in their “Direct Your Dollars” program. They can be sent to us at Rockford Area Historical Society, PO BOX 781, Rockford MI 49341 or dropped off at the RAM. We are regularly getting sales slips and appreciate the support.

A few years ago, I purchased a group of “Rockford Register” newspapers at a sale. Most of them were from the 1970’s. Back then I looked at them and found that many of the issues had portions cut out.  I put  the  papers in a box in my garage and recently rediscovered them. In the last couple of weeks, I have read all of them and have learned a lot about events that happened in our area during that time period. In future columns I will mention some of the history I found.

Finally, I want to remind you to please contact me with your ideas, comments, suggestions, questions and corrections. I would also encourage all to consider joining the RAHS. We welcome new members in order to continue to grow and to be able to handle society projects.   As always, HAVE A GREAT, POSITIVE WEEK!