ROCKFORD AREA HISTORICAL SOCIETY NEWS & UPDATE

This 1938 postcard depicts the original Krause Memorial Library.

by TERRY KONKLE President, Rockford Area Historical Society Let’s begin this week with an answer to a trivia question that I asked two weeks ago. The most recent Rockford High School sport to win a state championship was girls volleyball. The Rams squad won the state title on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011. This was the […]

Rockford models new money-saving safety structure

Firefighter Phil Vincent practices firefighting at the Towers, while newly trained firefighter Jamie Davies works the control panel on a Rockford fire truck.

All full-time DPW, police now qualified firefighters, medical responders by BETH ALTENA The writing was on the wall when Rockford was forced to lay off one of the city’s full-time firefighters two years ago. When police Lieutenant Scott Mazur retired a year ago, his position was not filled. With revenues to the city in a […]

One injured in three-vehicle crash that included bus

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by CINDY M. CRANMER Photos courtesy of WZZM 13 Rockford school officials and police stated that a tire did not break loose from a Rockford bus as witnesses and early media agencies originally reported during a three-vehicle crash that seriously injured a woman. “A car struck the front tire of the bus, knocking off the […]

Wrecker wrecked—warning to others to slow down

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by BETH ALTENA Todd Pell was thrilled at his prospects a year ago when he purchased Rockford Towing and faced a future as his own boss. Recently, he came very near to losing his life in that new business. “I’m probably still in shock,” Pell reported, just hours from an accident scene where he lost […]

Fire fails to take hold in historic structure

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Papermill long considered a dangerous fire to fight by BETH ALTENA Plainfield Fire Chief Dave Peterson said his officers found a small fire in the Childsdale Papermill structure on Tuesday, April 10 but were successful in stopping the blaze from taking hold in the 100-year-old mill. A dozen first responder vehicles, including five pumper trucks […]