Rosemary Peterson – An Unsolved Murder

The two young girls that lived at 3013 Edelweiss Road in Rockford were getting ready for bed around 11:30 on the night of December 4, 1979. They lived in a duplex that was a mirror image of their neighbor’s place and they heard strange noises coming from the bedroom of the adjoining apartment.

The Disappearance Of Dorothy Wiggs

Over 60 years have passed since the last time Dorothy Wiggs’ family heard from her.  The 27 year old had an appointment at the Canfield Clinic on Jefferson Street on June 30, 1959.  No one reported her missing until later when she didn’t show up for her shift at Amerock on Auburn Street.

3 Unsolved Murders

The three women in the following story had several similarities.  They were all young, they were all white, and they were all murdered.  All three are part of a large club in Rockford that no one ever wants to join.  The unsolved murder club.    

Allan Pinkerton’s In Rockford

Most people in this area have heard about the famous detective from Chicago, Allan Pinkerton.  He is considered to be America’s first Private Detective.  Pinkerton was born in 1819 in Scotland where his father, William worked as a policeman. 

Ghost Of Oscar Olson

When Oscar Olson died in December of 1910, many Swedish friends and family mourned the young man. Oscar was well known and liked by the Rockford’s close knit Swedish Community. He was a carpenter by trade and from all accounts quite a good one. 

Shattered Dreams – The David Benjamin Family

David Benjamin and his wife, Frances were much like everyone else that settled in the early town of Guilford, Illinois.  Their parents moved here to make a better life for their families. Both families made their living by farming.

Into Thin Air

When Everett Hawley said goodbye to his wife Etha on February 19, 1976, they had no way of knowing that the day would not go according to plan.  Everett usually spent part of his day with his business partner, Clarence Owens.  The two men worked together for years buying and selling real estate.

The Battle Of Stillman’s Run

Memorial Day was set aside to remember and honor those men and women who have died during their service to the United States Military.  It became an official holiday in 1868.  This area has always been filled with many men and women who joined the fight to protect this country in our times of need


The Little Spring Creek winds its way through Whiteside County near the small town of Coleta.  The creek has been drawing people to its banks for many years.  The area once hosted hay rides through the woods along the creek for families to enjoy.  

Swept Away, The Ilsley Family

Susan Ilsley was very concerned on the evening of June 3, 1858.  The torrential rains that started to fall around 5:00 p.m. that day were still raging by 10:00 p.m.  She knew her husband Horatio was also worried though of course, he didn’t show it.  As a pastor, he was always the first to calm everyone else’s fears. 



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