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Rockford Area Historical Society News & Update

August 2, 2012 // 0 Comments

by TERRY KONKLE President, Rockford Area Historical Society Additional information has come in on the Saint Bernard, Thor. In case readers were wondering, he was named after the Norse god of thunder. I have also learned that Thor sometimes sat in the middle of the intersection of Courtland and Main streets and chewed on the bone given to him by Harold Stelma. Cars would carefully drive around him. Another Thor story concerned his stealing a dress off a clothesline at the Elkins’ home on South Monroe Street. I called Norrine Elkins and she confirmed that the dog did take the dress. “He took it home with him, and I went to get it. It was lying in his yard on South Fremont Street. I got it back and had it dry cleaned and it was fine,” she said. She recounted the incident with a lot of laughter. I think many people enjoyed Thor. It is time for another “Nugget of Rockford History.” Before asking the question, however, I need to inform readers that this coming 2012 Rockford High School football season will be number 100 in our athletic history. During those years we have had 27 varsity football coaches. In order from the first to the most recent they are: Fayette Dockeray, J.A. Morrison, H.D. McNaughton, Cyrus Kuyers, Bill Lindsey, C.M. Tenny, C.W. Loveland, C.W. Brown, C.F. Nichols, James Idema, Charles Harris, Henry Lemoin, Jess Hodgson, Lyle Bennett, Charles Leadbetter, Pete Brose, Ken VanHoesen, Dale Beery, Bob Stoppert, Gerald Fox, Clint Brown, Vern Norris, Don Verduin,  John Schrolec, Jack Miller, Harvey DeGood and Ralph Munger. Now for the question! Which of the above coaches was our varsity football mentor for the most years? Please contact me with your answers at (616) 866-0530. On behalf of the Rockford Area Historical Society, I want to thank all of you who took the time to register and then vote for us in the Erhardt Construction Company contest. We did not finish in the top five, but all five finalists were very deserving. Voting is now going on to select the top spot, and if you are registered, I encourage you to go to the contest site and vote for one of the five finalists. The society also thanks […]