Historical Society begins RAM fund campaign

“THE FIRSH PHOTOGRAPH OF LAPHAMVILLE 1865” —This is the first known image of Laphamville, Rockford’s original name. The camera had only been invented about forty years earlier and was just then entering mainstream use (and it was still a difficult, sensitive process). This shows that even in difficult times, new technology still spread rapidly... even to a little town on the edge of the new frontier.

The Rockford Area Museum (RAM) is in the midst of a major move and fundraising campaign. To celebrate this historic event, the RAM announces a community-wide event to select an artifact, from a list of 50 selected by the museum’s board and director, which best represents our unique history. Each week, a new selection will […]

Hunting family had long journey here—then and now

Some current members of the Hunting family came from far away to hear a historic recount of the family travels. The earliest Huntings had a long travel from Suffolk County, England before finally settling in Cortland Township.

Historical Society hears tale of emigration  by BETH ALTENA Virginia Cox was the speaker at a recent Rockford Area Historical Society meeting at the Rockford Community Cabin. Arriving from Virginia, where she resides, Cox also attracted other out-of-area relatives from her Hunting family as she shared the history of Huntings through the years. Virginia said […]

Harvest Festival Happenings

Harvest Festival events that take place all three weekends include a pumpkin decorating contest at Sweet Tooth, 53 E. Bridge St., starting at 11 a.m. with judging at 1:30 p.m. Bring your own pumpkin or one will be provided, while they last. Kids of all ages are invited. Another kid favorite is the Make-it Take-it Scarecrow event at the Rockford Historical Society (at the dam).

 

Rounds chosen for Recognition Plaza

Glenn Rounds was born July 8, 1891. He lived his entire life on the family farm at 9225 Courtland Drive in Rockford. His grandfather built the farm house, and Wolverine Worldwide corporate offices occupy this site today. Rounds attended Rounds School, the little red restored school house located in front of the North Rockford Middle […]

Rockford’s veterans remembered

Pioneer-Cemetary

Rockford’s earliest veterans were remembered on Memorial Day Monday, May 31 at Pioneer Cemetery, at North Rockford Middle School, visible from Ten Mile Road. Flags were placed on graves by members of the Rockford Historical Society. This year will be a great time to visit the cemetery, which is now being generously maintained by the […]