Carol Neal was awakened by the sound of one of her young daughters screaming in an adjoining bedroom in the middle in the night. Carol ran for the bedroom where she found two-year old Laura, crying and trembling.
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.
Originally published in The Rock River Times. Sledding has been a past time for children for many generations. During the late 1800s one of the areas that offered this activity was Rockford’s southwest side on Knowlton Street. At that time, Knowlton Street ran all the way down to the Rock River. The river was narrow …
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