Rockford Area Historical Society

Indian chief cemetery mystery solved

September 15, 2011 // 0 Comments

OBAMA? NO, OGEMA—Ogema is the “mystery body’s” name. Indian Chief, his game, and his marker lie barely visible on the first tier of Rockford’s Pioneer Cemetery. 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 [...]

Historical Society may have lost bid to move museum

March 3, 2011 // 0 Comments

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 from City Hall. A [...]

Seven-season football players, basketball in hold hotel

November 18, 2010 // 0 Comments

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 and said when the [...]

Soldier of War of 1812 honored with gravestone

October 20, 2010 // 0 Comments

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, surrounded by the [...]
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