Rockford Area Historical Society News & Update

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by TERRY KONKLE President, Rockford Area Historical Society I hope readers had a chance to watch Dathan Ritzenhein compete in his third Olympic games on Saturday, August 4, 2012. Dathan, who set many distance records when competing for Rockford High School (RHS), placed 13th in the 10,000-meter run. I know that many saw him run […]

Rockford Area Historical Society News & Update

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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 […]

Rockford Area Historical Society News & Update

Frances Carlson stands next to Thor, a Saint Bernard.

by TERRY KONKLE President, Rockford Area Historical Society Several weeks ago, my friend Shirley Norman mentioned that she and some friends had been reminiscing about Thor and thought that his history might make for an interesting column. I knew who Thor was and remembered seeing him often when first coming to Rockford in 1960. He […]

ROCKFORD AREA HISTORICAL SOCIETY NEWS & UPDATE

by TERRY KONKLE President, Rockford Area Historical Society Readers have another week to answer the last “Nugget of Rockford History” question. I have received several correct answers to “Who was Thor?” and also some Thor stories. I will use the column next week to cover the Thor information. Contact me at (616) 866-0530 with your […]

Rockford Area Historical Society News & Update

Shibler speaker at Golden R reunion  Dr. Michael Shibler, Rockford superintendent of schools, speaks during the Golden R reunion of the class of 1962 held June 30, 2012. He spoke of the accomplishments of the school staff during a time of funding cuts. There were 46 graduates present who graduated prior to 1962, in addition to the new Golden R members of RHS graduating class 1962. At the end of the luncheon, Betty Harris Wonders played the piano while the group sang "God Bless America."

by TERRY KONKLE President, Rockford Area Historical Society Several people have contacted me asking if I could do a column about Thor. Because many readers may not know about Thor, let’s ask the following “Nugget of Rockford History” question:  Who was Thor? Contact me at (616) 866-0530 with your answer and also with your Thor […]