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A small steam-powered boat is at the shore near some large wooded bluffs. The pipe-smoking captain holds the wheel and looks at the photographer. As personal watercraft on the Rock River, steamboats were not common at the time. This photograph may…

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This large two-story home is screened by several trees in the foreground on what appears to be a large lot. A woman stands in the yard (right) by the front porch. It is unclear where this house was located, who designed it, and the names of the…

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A gaggle of geese gather in a fenced-in area in a rural setting. It is unclear where this photograph was taken.

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This photograph displays a large group of County Bar Association (Winnebago) members gathered in a wooded area for a clam bake at Macktown Forest Preserve, about 12 miles north of Rockford on the banks of the Rock River near present day Rockton, IL.…

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Over twenty-five men sit in a grassy open area, some with baseball gloves, bats, and balls, ready to play. Baseball was a popular recreational and competitive sport in Rockford and Northern Illinois beginning in the 1860s. It is unclear where this…

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Mack F., a trotter horse owned by Fred Moffatt, poses with its sulky (a lightweight, two-wheeled vehicle for harness racing) and driver in front of a stable. Fred Moffatt, owner of Moffatt Cigar Company, 212 W. State Street, was very active in horse…

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This photograph of the Winnebago County Courthouse looks southeast from West State Street. The courthouse collapsed during construction in 1877 and was rebuilt according to the original design. The courthouse was bordered by West State Street, S.…

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This photograph looks southwest from below the Tinker cottage and bridge from Kent Creek. A small dam is in the foreground.

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This parade of Company H enlistees marches west on West State Street in front of the D. F. Sullivan Jewelers building,crossing the Wyman Street intersection. The Spanish-American War lasted from April to August 1898. Note the Golden Eagle Clothing…

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The Rockford Insurance Company of Illinois was founded in 1866. The President in the 1890s was John Lake. The company typically underwrote flood and fire disasters. In this time period, Rockford Insurance was on the sixth floor of the William Brown…

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A unique bicycle with three riders pedals past the Nelson Hotel in downtown Rockford. The Rockford Clothing Company and Second Congregational Church are in the background looking west. (Reference - Sinnissippi Saga, page 127.)

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This photograph was taken from the back of the Willow Creek Presbyterian Church sanctuary looking over the heads of the congregation in the pews. There are people on a raised platform before the congregation and more people seated on a second tier…

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This photograph of the Winnebago County Courthouse looks southeast from West State Street. The courthouse collapsed during construction in 1877 and was rebuilt according to the original design. The courthouse was bordered by West State Street, S.…

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It is unclear where this photograph was taken on the Rock River. Several church steeples appear on the right (Second Congregational?). The industrial area around Rockford High School and the Rockford Watch Factory are also visible to the right.

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During the winter, the Rock River became a popular place for citizens to ice skate. This photograph was taken directly north of the State Street bridge looking east. The Rockford Wholesale Grocery building is in the background. This photograph may…

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Rockford Business College was founded in 1862. It moved several times before settling into the Stewart Building in 1892 at 113, 115 and 117 S. Main Street. This photograph shows one of the coed classrooms in that building. The college still exists…

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The Rockford Insurance Company of Illinois was founded in 1866. The President in the 1890s was John Lake. The company typically underwrote flood and fire disasters. In this time period, Rockford Insurance was on the sixth floor of the William Brown…

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The GAR (Grand Army of the Republic, the Union in the Civil War) Banner hangs at the corner of South Main and West State Streets looking south. GAR was founded on April 6, 1866, on the principles of Fraternity, Charity, and Loyalty. (Reference -…

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A large group of African-American laborers stand in the foreground of this photograph posing as a group with hats removed. A rough-looking wooden structure is in the background. The location is unknown.

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A photograph of Rockford's South Main Street taken from 300 South Main looking north with Nelson Hotel in right foreground. The William Brown building is to the north of this and the Hotel Holland, at South Main and Elm Streets,is further north…

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This photograph shows the Emmanuel Episcopal Church on the right and Fairfield Memorial Parish House on the left. The church was orgainized on May 1, 1849, and the church building at 412 N. Church Street opened in 1857. The Fairfield Memorial Parish…

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This photograph looking northwest shows the St. Mary's Oratory Church at the corner of Winnebago and Elm Streets to the far right. The large building in the center foreground may be the African Methodist Episcopal Church founded in 1891.

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Three buggies and drivers sit in front of the Fairgrounds Park Exposition Hall. J. B. Whitehead, founder of a real estate company in 1891 that is still in existence in Rockford today, occupies the buggy at the far right.

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A train engine and cars stop at the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad Depot in Rockford at S. Main and Cedar Streets. The Shriner's symbol hangs at the front of the steam engine. It appears that dignitaries, soldiers, and police have gathered at this…

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This photograph was taken from the back of the Willow Creek Presbyterian Church sanctuary looking over the heads of the congregation in the pews. There are people on a raised platform before the congregation and more people seated on a second tier…

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Dredging on the Rock River (and other northern Illinois rivers) was not an unusual sight in the late 1890s. The floating dredging barge seen in this photograph was probably in use for increasing the depth of the channel. Similar dredging also took…

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This photograph, looking southwest, captures the Rockford Military Band and a large group of Rockford Police Officers waiting for President Theodore Roosevelt to arrive at the Illinois Central Train Depot on South Main Street. The President dedicated…

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Although this cobblestone house looks very similar to the Herrick home at 2127 Broadway, its general facade in the front and profile from the side is different. If it is the Herrick home, it was significantly modified since photographs were taken…

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A large group of spectators have gathered on the ice-covered Rock River just north of the State Street bridge to watch the ice skaters. The Rockford Wholesale Grocery building is in the background. (Reference - Sinnissippi Saga, page 292.)

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The church was founded in December 1844, and the present building was built in 1877. The church was originally founded by Scottish settlers as was the small community of Argyle, which no longer exists. Services are still held in the 1877 building at…

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This photograph of the Winnebago County Courthouse looks south from West State Street. The jailhouse building is visible to the left. The courthouse is decorated with numerous patriotic banners and flags. This photo may have been taken during the…

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A large, single-story factory with a smokestack dominates the center of this photograph. A Chicago & Northwestern railroad car sits next to the building. The name and location of this factory are unknown.

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This photograph features a group of men posing on a lawn with trees in the background.

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Fourteen men pose on a cinder tennis court for this photograph. A club banner proclaiming "Tuxedo Tennis Club" is suspended from the net. The club was formed in 1895 and played matches at the corner of Elm and S. Winnebago Streets on the Briggs lot.…

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This parade of military enlistees marches west on West State Street approaching the N. Church Street intersection. The Spanish-American War lasted from April to August 1898. Note the Golden Eagle Clothing Company owned by C. F. Henry on the right. A…

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Architect Alfred Smith from Chicago produced this drawing to demonstrate how a new and larger sanctuary might be connected to the Fairfield Memorial Parish House. This particular concept was not used in the final approved project. The new church was…

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The Rockford Insurance Company of Illinois was founded in 1866. The President in the 1890s was John Lake. The company typically underwrote flood and fire disasters. In this time period, Rockford Insurance was on the sixth floor of the William Brown…

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American House Hotel, 127 N. Madison Street, sat at the southeast corner of Market and Madison Streets in Rockford near the east side of the Rock River. It was one of many early hotels in the city.

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The Rockford Insurance Company of Illinois was founded in 1866. The President in the 1890s was John Lake. The company typically underwrote flood and fire disasters. In this time period, they were on the sixth floor of the William Brown building on…

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The Rockford Insurance Company of Illinois was founded in 1866. The President in the 1890s was John Lake. The company typically underwrote flood and fire disasters. In this time period, Rockford Insurance was on the sixth floor of the William Brown…

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This photograph of a factory/workshop interior shows numerous heavy, belt-driven machines and their operators in a production environment. Hanging chains and metal parts and scraps can be seen strewn about. The name and location of the factory and…

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This unidentified home makes a significant impression for its unique architecture and style. The address, owner, and architect are unknown.

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People on a long, sloping riverbank look out on a tranquil water scene.

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A Rockford City Railway Company electric car that served the Church Street and Harlem Avenue route is stopped with the motormen posing for a photograph. In 1881 the Rockford Street Railroad Company started with horse-drawn vehicles, switching to…

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There were numerous bands providing community concerts in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The Rockford Military Band poses for this photograph in one of the area's parks. (Reference - Sinnissippi Saga, page 245.)

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This photograph, looking west, frames a large group of people standing just in front of the train depot overhang. Two young men dressed in outfits similar to the Zouave uniforms worn during the Civil War stand next to two mules each held by a woman…

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A very large group of people stand on the ice on either side of the Rock River and also on the East State Street bridge. This photograph was taken looking southeast. Rockford High School and Rockford Watch Company rooflines are visible just to the…

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A large group of elementary school children pose in costume in front of some background staging. They appear to be in a large carpeted rehearsal room/classroom. A similar depiction can be found in photo 88.122.813.

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The Rockford Insurance Company of Illinois was founded in 1866. The President in the 1890s was John Lake. The company typically underwrote flood and fire disasters. In this time period, Rockford Insurance was on the sixth floor of the William Brown…

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There were numerous bands providing community concerts in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The Rockford Military Band poses for this photograph in one of the area's parks. (Reference - this is a slightly wider view than the one found in Sinnissippi…

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The Rockford Insurance Company of Illinois was founded in 1866. The President in the 1890s was John Lake. The company typically underwrote flood and fire disasters. In this time period, Rockford Insurance was on the sixth floor of the William Brown…

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This interior photograph shows parts of two rooms. The lighting is electric. Several plants are on display around the room as well as artwork on the walls. The location and the homeowner's name are unknown. An additional photo of a home interior can…

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A large group of seated and standing male and female performers appear in costume in this photograph on a multi-level stand in front of a large stained glass window. It is unclear where this photograph was taken. One performer stands at the center at…

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Three couples in very nice outfits hold hands as they traverse a creek, crossing on a large tree that has fallen across the water.

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A large group of fish of various sizes hang from a single stringer under the roofline of an outdoor structure. There appears to be a mirror in the photograph that shows the stringer of fish from the opposite angle. A wood-shingled roof line appears…

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This closed-course race is about to start for nine cyclists at the Fairgrounds (aka Fairgrounds Park). This event may have taken place during the county fair typically held in September. Cycling competitions were quite common in Rockford and of…

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A doubles game is in progress on the Tuxedo Tennis Club cinder court at the corner of Elm and S. Winnebago Streets. For similar photographs and other views of players, club members, and this court, see photos 88.122.762, 88.122.714, 88.122.802, and…

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Numerous fish hang from stringers in this photograph. It is similar to photos 88.122.722 and 88.122.740.

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This well-dressed group of men and women sit under a "Carcaluly Camp" banner in an opening in a wooded area. Several individuals are holding musical instruments in the foreground in addition to a bicycle propped against a tree. A hammock or two…

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This photograph depicts a large group of County Bar Association (Winnebago) members gathered in a wooded area for a clam bake at Macktown Forest Preserve, about 12 miles north of Rockford on the banks of the Rock River near present day Rockton, IL.…
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