“Beware lest he take thee away with his stroke”.  These were the words spoken over the grave in the Cherry Valley Cemetery in 1879 during the funeral of Marshall Pritchard. Marshall was born on February 18, 1844 In Chenango, New York to parents, Myron and Mary Pritchard.  He was 34 years, 11 months and 6 …

Dr. William Lyman had a medical practice on the West Side of Rockford since 1852 and had treated all the “old timers.”  He was into local and state politics and was always asked to give speeches for any of the celebrations in town. William Senior also represented Winnebago County in 1854-5 in the legislature of …

I am always on the lookout for interesting places to visit.  Sometimes, I hear about places and other times, it is quite a mystery how I stumble upon the most amazing places.  That is exactly what happened to me a couple of springs ago when I was lucky enough to stumble onto the Hegeler – …

History fascinates me and I try to visit historical places wherever I go.  I was recently asked to speak at Troy Taylor’s Dead Of Winter Festival in Decatur, Illinois and used the opportunity to travel to the Mississippi River town of Alton, Illinois.  Troy Taylor has written a book about this historic (and haunted) little …

The Hope and Anchor English Pub can boast the title of one of “Rockford’s Oldest Restaurants”, especially now that Maria’s is closed.   It is also one of the most haunted, at least according to owner Kreena Robbins.  Kreena and her husband, Ian have been the owners for almost 6 years now and they really embrace the …

Thomas H. Saunders is the technical guy behind hauntedrockford.com.  Tom designed and runs the website, and also publishes the Haunted Rockford Newsletter each month.  Tom is a graduate of Rockford East High School, but has lived in Colorado Springs, Colorado for thirty years. A family historian in his own right, Tom is the proud older …

Joseph Bush was killed in what the May 14, 1926 edition of the Daily Register Gazette newspaper called the “strangest accident” in the annals of the police.   Prohibition was the law of the land from 1920 until 1933 but it was a tough law to enforce.  Bootlegging was a very lucrative business in the …

  Jacob Bruzos was born in Rockford on May 19, 1918. He was the only son of Jacob and Mary Bruzos, who both immigrated from Lithuania. Jacob Bruzos Senior was born about 1893. He and Mary were married in Winnebago County in June of 1917. They would eventually open their own dry cleaning stores. Jacob …

There is a warehouse on the Southeast side of Rockford that has an unusual problem. The problem isn’t with wiring or plumbing; this warehouse has a ghost. Actually, it has a couple of them. But the most disturbing one is the ghost of a little girl. No one can remember when they started hearing stories …

Bachelors Grove Cemetery is an abandoned graveyard in the Chicago area. It is well known as a location for paranormal experiences. The area was settled in the early 1800’s. People who first settled in this area were of English, Irish and Scottish descent and came from the Eastern United States, primarily New York, Connecticut and …

Samuel Seymour wasn’t born in Rockford. Like many of the families living in Illinois in the mid 1800’s, Samuel came from the East coast. He was born in Litchfield, Connecticut on December 14, 1829. He attended school in Massachusetts and became a teacher for a while. In 1849, Samuel got struck with “gold fever” and …

Emma Jones and her husband Frank were married in Rockford in 1898. Emma was born in Orfordsville, Wisconsin in 1879. The newlywed couple moved around a little, but eventually they settled in a lovely home not far from the Rock River on the city’s east side.   Legend has it that Frank owned a transportation company …

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