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Nokomo Heights public housing in the 2800 block of Kishwaukee Street. Several African American residents stand by the building. Built and operated by the county, Nokomo Heights was transferred to the Rockford Housing Authority in 1965. In 1969 the…

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The back door of Howard and Phyllis Monson's home at 2023 Fifteenth Avenue. The windows at the side of the house are covered with dark panels that are clipped to the window frame at the top. These are possibly blackout shielding. During World War II,…

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The home of Howard and Phyllis Monson at 2023 Fifteenth Avenue. There are dark coverings on all of the windows of the house. It is possible that these are blackout drapes. As an industrial city during World War II, Rockford, Illinois was a target for…

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The house Emil and Martha Johnson owned at 1636 Thirteenth Avenue. There is a service flag for their son George in the lower left hand window.

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George Johnson, son of Emil and Martha Johnson, in his blue Navy uniform with a neighbor's house behind him on Parmele Street. The house has a cross gable roof and a front porch that wraps around the side. The porch columns are similar to the…

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Reverend John F. Reagan conducting Christmas mass and Holy Communion to 550 on the USS Prairie somewhere in the Pacific Ocean. John Reagan served as an Associate Pastor at St. Patrick Parish 1946 - 1950 and Pastor 1957 - 1960. St. Patrick Parish was…

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Esther (Westcott) Ruefer (b. 1927-d. 2017) as Miss Camp Grant. Model Esther poses for an artist who is drawing her on a large white piece of paper. Esther went on to place second in the Miss Rockford competition.

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Christening event of U.S.S. Rockford Frigate at the Wilmington, California shipyards. Mrs. Harry L. Crotzer and family sit for dinner with Barbara Hale. Mayor C. H. Bloom is at the end of the table, Sigfred A. Sandeen seated next to Barbara Hale,…

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Christening event of U.S.S. Rockford at the Wilmington, California shipyards. Barbara Hale sits along with Mrs. Harry L. Crotzer and family. Seated to the right of Mrs. Ella Crotzer could be Harry L. Crotzer, her husband. Mayor C. H. Bloom is at the…

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Christening event of U.S.S. Rockford at the Wilmington, California shipyards. Group photograph of individuals representing Rockford, Illinois. (Left to right: front row: unidentified man, Rockford Mayor C. Henry Bloom, Mrs. Emma Hahn (1333 Elm…

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The prow of the U.S.S. Rockford frigate at the Wilmington, California shipyards.

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Christening event of U.S.S. Rockford at the Wilmington, California shipyards. Mrs. Harry L. Crotzer (Ella) and family, waving. (Left to Right: Sigfred A. Sandeen with Navy Club emblem on his tie, Mrs. Harry L. Crotzer (Ella), and Mrs. Emma J. Hahn.…

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Christening event of U.S.S. Rockford at the Wilmington, California shipyards. Mrs. Harry L. Crotzer (Ella) and family, standing near the U.S.S. Rockford. (Left to Right: Mrs. Barbara Hale standing in front of Crotzer's son Robert Crotzer, Mrs. Harry…

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Christening event of U.S.S. Rockford at the Wilmington, California shipyards. Mrs. Harry L. Crotzer (Ella) is smashing the bottle of champagne against the U.S.S. Rockford. Mrs. Emma J. Hahn holds the flower bouquet while Barbara Hale smiles in the…

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Christening event of U.S.S. Rockford at the Wilmington, California shipyards. Mrs. Harry L. Crotzer christening the U.S.S. Rockford with Mrs. Emma J. Hahn looking on and who is believed to be Harry L. Crotzer, Emma's husband, in the background to…

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Christening event of U.S.S. Rockford at the Wilmington, California shipyards. Mrs. Harry L. Crotzer (Ella) and Mrs. Emma J. Hahn.

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Christening event of U.S.S. Rockford at the Wilmington, California shipyards. Mrs. Harry L. Crotzer (Ella) and family, standing by the warship for christening. (L-R: Catherine Banks Crotzer, her husband (Emma's son) Robert Crotzer, Mrs. Ella…

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Christening event of U.S.S. Rockford at the Wilmington, California shipyards. Ship sponsor Mr. Harry L. Crotzer and family. Left to Right: possibly Harry L. Crotzer, Mrs. Harry L. Crotzer (Ella), Mrs. Emma J. Hahn, unknown man and girl. Mrs. Emma…

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Christening event of U.S.S. Rockford. Mrs. Ella Crotzer, wife of Harry L., holds a bouquet of flowers. She sponsored the 303-foot warship. The christening took place at the Wilmington, California shipyards of Consolidated Steel Corporation.

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Toby L. Jones and nurse Cecelia Gruender at Station Hospital at Camp Grant.

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Head doctor at Camp Grant with knife in hand and three other men, one with rolling pin. The man second from left may be receiving a promotion as he takes a uniform jacket from the others.

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The head doctor at Camp Grant (far left) presents a man with a new uniform. It may be a promotion. Two other men in military uniforms look on.

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Camp Grant Hospital Ward. Several men are sitting up in their beds.

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Barracks at Camp Grant.

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Airplane landing at Camp Grant.

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Nurse Cecilia Gruender who would later serve as a nurse at Camp Grant during World War II.

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Nurses and sisters --Veronica, Cecelia and Johanna Gruender. Veronica and Cecilia both served at Camp Grant during World War II.

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Nurse Veronica Gruender who would serve as a nurse at Camp Grant during World War II.

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Gordon Bredael, in military uniform, and Cecelia Gruender pose together. Both served in the military during World War II, Cecelia as a nurse. They were married in December 1941.

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Wounded soldiers at Camp Grant pose together on the stairs of a building.

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Private Gordon Bredael sits in a chair with a nurse and another private. Bredael was being treated for a broken back. Believed to be at Camp Grant.

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Two men in military uniforms, one holding a rifle with bayonet, stand on the porch of a building at Camp Grant.

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A man in military uniform, holding a rifle with bayonet, stands on the porch of a building at Camp Grant.

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Unidentified military personnel, Signal Corps US Army. Believed to be at Camp Grant.

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A chorus line of soldiers performing at Camp Grant. Dwight C. Austin is third from the left. Harry Trunk is fourth from the left. Performance was related to Camp Grant activities.

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A chorus line of soldiers performing at Camp Grant. Performance was related to Camp Grant activities.

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A woman in a floral dress performs on stage. A banner behind her reads "Presented by U.S.O. Camp Shows." Part of the recreational activities at Camp Grant during World War II.

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Camp Grant basketball player number 13 shakes hands with an unidentified officer.

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Captain Cyril Ballam stands at the right in military uniform. With him are two other men, one in a parka. A scoreboard is visible in the background. Part of the recreational activities at Camp Grant during World War II.

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Captain Cyril Ballam stands at the right in military uniform. With him is a basketball team believed to be related to Camp Grant.

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Captain Cyril Ballam at his desk at Camp Grant in military uniform. Ballam served as the Public Relations Officer and Special Service Officer at the Camp Grant Recruit Reception Center during World War II.

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A baseball player in a Browns jersey stands at the plate to bat with a catcher behind him. The Browns were likely a St.Louis team affiliated with the Army's Granite City Depot of Engineering.

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An unidentified man in military uniform stands in a field with a baseball glove. Believed to be related to Camp Grant.

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Captain Cyril J. Ballam, dressed in military uniform, stands with Camp Grant basketball player number 13 and two other men in military uniform.

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Captain Cyril J. Ballam, dressed in military uniform, stands with baseball team the Browns. The team may have been affiliated with Camp Grant.

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Six unidentified soldiers in military uniform pose outside of a building at Camp Grant.

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Promotional photograph of Dorothy Timmons who performed with Al Kavelin and his Orchestra. Part of the recreational activities at Camp Grant during World War II.

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Kids playing baseball with a crowd behind the backstop. Believed to be related to Camp Grant activities during World War II.

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Seven basketball players with Captain Cyril J. Ballam at right. At Camp Grant during World War II.

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Twenty-six officers in military uniforms pose for a photograph at Camp Grant during World War II.

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A woman plays accordion on stage. Part of the recreational activities at Camp Grant during World War II.

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Three Camp Grant soldiers dressed in costume for a performance at Camp Grant during World War II. They are dressed in skirts and wide brimmed hats.

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Five women costume posed on stage during a performance. Part of the recreational activities at Camp Grant during World War II.

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A large group of soldiers in uniform taking part in a performance on stage. Part of the recreational activities at Camp Grant during World War II.

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A large group of men in military uniforms gather for a picture in front of the Recruit Reception Center sign at Camp Grant.

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A man in a tuxedo and a woman in a floor-length dress sing into the microphone on stage. Believed to be part of activities at Camp Grant.

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Men in military uniforms sit down to a meal in the mess hall at Camp Grant.

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Santa Claus is surrounded by women and children. Believed to be part of activities at Camp Grant.

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A man in military uniform holds the microphone for a little girl as they stand on stage in front of a Christmas tree. Part of the recreational activities at Camp Grant during World War II.

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Men and women dance in front of a big band. The majority of the men are in military uniform. Part of the recreational activities at Camp Grant during World War II.
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