Geocache a first for youngsters

September 3, 2015 // 0 Comments

There was another hit on our geocache here at the Squire Newspaper. The cache isn’t ours, but we gave permission to have it on our property. Free Since 1871 is a reference to the age of the company, which is the oldest in the City of Rockford. Actually, the paper used to be by subscription back in the day, with delivery through the post office horse and buggy. We have a few from that era with simply the subscribers last name hand written across the top of the paper, no address necessary. It simply said Briggs. Anyone know what family that might have been in the late 1800s? Anyhow, pictured are Ryan, 12 and his mom Marcie with Olivia 11 and Nicole. They were out for a day of fun in downtown Rockford, stopping for some ice cream and doing the kids first ever geocache. If you haven’t done one before, give it a try. Go to and put in your zip code to find plenty right nearby. It’s a very family friendly activity.

Geocaching brings people together

June 25, 2015 // 0 Comments

‘Free Since 1871’ is popular in the summer What a small world! The Squire has a little geocache located on our property and all summer long we enjoy watching people try to find it. On Friday, June 19 we watched Ethan Haack and Braden Deyman searching for it. When chatting with them, we learned Haack works in Rockford as a chef at Ramona’s Table. Ahha! Three of us at the Squire were in attendance at Ramona’s Table during a Chamber of Commerce luncheon where the food was so good we took pictures of it (look through the Squire to find it). Turns out Haack was the one who prepared that meal everyone enjoyed. How fun is that?

Youngsters find first geocache at Squire

September 9, 2010 // 0 Comments

On a beautiful afternoon on Friday, August 6, Logan Lovall, 8, and sister Ava, 4, found their first-ever geocache at the Rockford Squire newspaper. Free since 1871 is the name of the cache and refers to the age of the business and that we are a free publication. The geocache is free, too. Ava is putting in a coin and taking out a pretty ring. Our cache is small, the size of a film canister, but others are as large as ammunition cans. Sometimes caches are something to see and don’t actually include a container at all. These educational/environmental caches are called Earthcaches.