Peter Reed was almost finished with work on November 7, 1889. It was 6:00p.m. and he had put in a long day at the Rockford Union Furniture Factory. Peter was a well-respected carpenter and his role on that day was as a supervisor for some of the work being done on the new factory. Peter …
Thomas Chick was worried. He owned the Chick Hotel for over 14 years by 1902 and knew trouble when he saw it. It was just a feeling he had about the couple that checked into the hotel in the middle of June. They had been staying at the hotel for over three weeks and the only oddness Thomas had witnessed was that Mrs. Holt always carried a small metal box with her.
When the word spread that William Moore and Terrence Donnerie were involved in another scuffle, no one in Rockford was surprised. The men had several altercations in the past that had been witnessed by many of their acquaintances. William and Terrence knew each other from working at the American House, a local inn that included a tavern.
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