Indian chief cemetery mystery solved


The”mystery body” answer came from the Rockford Area Historical Museum, Pederson Funeral Home’s Dave Pederson and from Rockford’s’ Christine Marcus Stone. Questions of “Who and why?” are the norm as the Rockford Lions Club and the Rockford Garden Club bring this forgotten cemetery back to life. Hidden under brush and undergrowth are long-forgotten, broken and […]

City Council reverses decision, gives Historical Society chance to prove finances

Rockford Area Historical Society founding members Marv and Joan Bunn talk with President Terry Konkle and his wife Jan about fund-raising strategies for a new museum. They are pictured in the Homer Burch geneology room of the museum.

New museum could benefit downtown, community by BETH ALTENA Editor’s note: I apologize this story did not run last week as intended. It was written and sent prior to our printing deadline while I was on vacation in Maine (see pic below right). Unfortunately, it was never received by the staff working hard without me. […]

Historical Society may have lost bid to move museum

Terry Konkle, president of the Rockford Area Historical Society, and Rockford Mayor Steve Jazwiec talk about hopes the society members had for relocating the museum to the former court building located by City Hall. City Council recently turned down a proposal by the society, citing fears the group is financially unable to handle the project. Between them Bob Winegar listens.

Two proposals for former court building rejected by BETH ALTENA The Rockford Area Historical Society hired a consultant and had huge plans to relocated their museum, now housed in a 100-plus-year-old building with no running water or fire protection, into the unused portion of the former 63rd District Court building, located across the parking lot […]

Seven-season football players, basketball in hold hotel

Terry Konkle

Konkle presents history of Rockford athletics by BETH ALTENA Rockford Area Historical Society President Terry Konkle had some surprising facts and tidbits of the early years of the Rockford athletics as he spoke before the Rockford Area Historical Society during the November 4 meeting. Konkle has long been a participant in Rockford sports as coach […]

Soldier of War of 1812 honored with gravestone


Settler cemetery visible from road   One of Rockford’s—then Laphamville—earliest settlers, Joshua Briggs, rested in an unmarked grave for over 100 years before research determined that his grave must lie in the family plot on the grounds of Myrtle Park Crematorium at 9619 Northland Drive. Briggs was recognized in a ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 16, […]