Introducing the first RHS Hall of Fame inductees

Clarence Blakeslee

Clarence Blakeslee (deceased) 1932 RHS graduate Clarence Blakeslee graduated from Rockford High School in 1932 after a distinguished high school career that included varsity letters in track, football and basketball. He was also a success in the classroom, as evidenced by his selection to the National Honor Society, an honor he prized his whole life. […]

Rockford loses a legend

Clarence Blakeslee as a child.

He was a Kent County Commissioner, Rockford’s mayor and a long-term city council member and the father of two mayors, sons Neil and Rodd. For many who knew Clarence Blakeslee—“Mr. Rockford”—he was the kind man who was there with a camera or two and a smile and a hug for everyone.     The community […]

Specialist Durant visits Bishop Hills

Specialist David Durant visited the residents of Bishop Hills Friday, July 2, to thank them for the shipments of cookies and the morale boost for their troops. He took the time to answer questions and share his experience in Iraq.

 

Historical Society honors members of class of 1932

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU—All turning 94 this fall, these Rockford residents were honored at the Thursday, November 5 Rockford Historical Society meeting. Pictured are Norine Elkins, Hellen Hessler and Clarence Blakeslee. Blakeslee turned 94 the end of October while Hessler and Elkins have their birthdays coming up shortly. If you see these folks around town, […]

Dedicated Historian Clarence Blakeslee honored by Rockford Historical Society

Clarence Blakeslee and Pre-schoolers of Our Lady of Consolation School are introduced to "Bo Bo" the donkey by Amy Risner of Rockford's Animals On the Go.

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL On a bluebird Friday afternoon, the first day of Rockford’s Annual Harvest Fest, the Bishop Hills Elder Care Community hosted its annual fall Petting Zoo. Present was guest of honor, Bishop Hills resident Clarence Blakeslee (Mr. Rockford). Clarence would never miss such a photo opportunity and he came, as always, […]