A typical one-room school house from Rockford’s early days was painted by Adah Stone McBride, a member of Rockford Area Historical Society. Noted in this framed photo: “First school house in Rockford area, 1840s.” There definitely is a “Grandma Moses” feel to this historic rendering of an important early facet of Rockford life that continues to be important to this day: education. This school house building is still standing behind the Krause Memorial Library on Monroe Street.
Rockford Historical Society
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 be offered in The Rockford Squire. As the opening date nears, a voting window will be opened on the museum’s soon-to-be-new website so you, the people of Rockford, can decide. Thank you for participating and stay tuned to see your new RAM in the coming year.
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 she loved growing up in Rockford and hearing stories of the family. She has a book about the settling of Pine Plains, New York, where the Huntings traveled to from Long Island. Prior to living in Long Island, the original Hunting emigrants came from Suffolk County, England. “I have spent over 20 years doing genealogy,” she told the audience. Cox has used historical societies, cemeteries and family histories to trace the movement of Huntings through time. She attributes much of her good luck to the Mormons, who keep excellent records. She traced a coat of arms for the family back to a Morgan Hunting, and found a letter from1894 from a Josephene Hunting asking why the family didn’t have a motto—having one for a family used to be the norm. In Suffolk County, she found Roger Hunting, whose son, John, wanted to come to America. He ended up in Dedham, Mass., outside Boston. He had a wife and six children and organized the Church of Dedham. One of John’s sons was also John, and he had a son named Nathanial, who graduated from Harvard in 1693. He moved to East Hampton where he became a reverend, replacing a reverend who had served for 50 years. He himself served for 50 years and was replaced by a successor who also served for 50 years. This coincidence Cox found quite interesting—that in 150 years a church had just three reverends. While reverend, Nathaniel was the first to keep records of marriages and births within his church—an important historical note. It is also of interest to remember that at that time the country was under British rule. When Nathaniel became a reverend, he was paid 60 pounds of silver a year and a parsonage in which to reside. That parsonage would stay in the family for the next nine generations—a total of 229 years. When Nathaniel died, his widow turned the parsonage into […]
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 School on Division. His sister Stella taught in this building. Rounds continued his education in the Rockford school system. On June 26, 1918, he married Kate Elsie Salman. To this union was born a son, Glenn William, who was killed in an automobile accident in 1957. Rounds was an active member of the Rockford Rotary Club. Upon his passing in 1962, Rounds left his estate of $75,000 to the Rockford schools to fund a scholarship program for qualified students with financial need. Since the inception of this scholarship program, approximately $843,000 has been awarded to Rockford graduates. As a result of Rounds’ vision and generosity, since 1965, an average of 28 Rockford graduates per year have received Glenn Rounds scholarships. In fact, on the front page of the April 8, 2010, issue of The Rockford Squire, there is an article about Burt DeWilde, Rockford’s 2003 salutatorian, who is working in Switzerland on the Atlas detector, a machine that atomizes protons. DeWilde was a recipient of the Glenn Rounds scholarship, attending Kalamazoo College. Glenn Rounds has made a difference in the lives of young people from Rockford for 45 years, and he is very deserving to be commemorated by the Rockford community.