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Voices from the Grave

Remembering Rockford’s role in the Civil War

By Kathi Kresol Contributor John Travis served in the Rockford Rifles as a part of the Illinois 45th Regiment. It was Travis’s job as the Commissary Sergeant to make sure the soldiers had enough rations and supplies. But Travis took his…

The history of the Manny Mansion

By Kathi Kresol Contributor The distinctive limestone house that sits on the west bank of the Rock River is best known today for being a part of the Burpee Museum of Natural History. The museum is a gem itself and is a must see for…

Voices from the Grave: Terror from the depths

By Kathi Kresol Contributor Sometimes while digging through old newspapers stories I come across strange little tidbits of history that surprise even me. This is one such story. It takes place in the small village of Cherry Valley.…

Remembering RPD officer Randall Blank

By Kathi Kresol Contributor Everyone who knew Randall Blank described him in the same way; happy, caring and completely dedicated to becoming a Rockford police officer. Randall worked hard to make his dream come true. He graduated from…

Voices from the Grave: The legacy of Leo Carlson

By Kathi Kresol Contributor There are no records left to tell how the young couple met. But one thing was abundantly clear, Leo Carlson loved Celia. They were young when they married in 1908. Later, Leo’s friends would say that he would…