ROCKFORD AREA HISTORICAL SOCIETY NEWS & UPDATE

by TERRY KONKLE President, Rockford Area Historical Society Two people contacted me with the correct answer to the last “Rockford Nugget of History” question. Helen Hessler and Carole Christensen knew that Lyle Bennett came up with the idea of having a “Golden R” reunion each year. The first meeting of the group was in 1987 […]

Rockford Area Historical Society News & Update

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Second-graders visit Rockford by TERRY KONKLE President, Rockford Area Historical Society This week, Kathy Christensen, who is an officer (recording secretary) in our society and a long-time volunteer helper with the second-grade museum tours, has written the following information on this yearly event. My thanks go to her for her positive efforts. Usually in May, […]

‘Very special couple’ inducted into Recognition Plaza

Rockford City Manager Michael Young (left) and Rockford Area Historical Society President Terry Konkle (right) listen while R.A.C.E. honoree Zell Gill speaks.

Individuals made Rockford what it is today by BETH ALTENA “Service is the rent we pay for out little spot on this Earth.” This attitude was exemplified in the life led by the late Lynn Gill, who along with his wife LaZelle (Zell) were the lone addition to the Rockford Area Community Endowment (R.A.C.E.) Recognition […]

Rockford Area Historical Society News & Update

by TERRY KONKLE President, Rockford Area Historical Society The bears of Clayton Cahill will be the focus of the column for this week. Several readers called me with questions about what happened to them. With lots of help and a bit of research, some interesting parts of Rockford’s caged bear history were revealed. Jim Eadie […]

Rockford Area Historical Society News and Update

by TERRY KONKLE President, Rockford Area Historical Society Last week’s “Nugget of Rockford History” question solicited many correct answers and also brought out a lot of information. So far, 18 people have contacted me,  and all of them knew that Clayton Cahill was the well-known Rockford constable who had a bear caged on his property […]