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HISTORY OF ROCKFORD

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1. GEOGRAPHICAL REVIEW

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II. GEOLOGY AND TOPOGRAPHY OF WINNEBAGO COUNTY

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II. THE MOUND-BUILDERS AND THE WINNEBAGO INDIANS

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IV. THE BLACK HAWK WAR

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V. STEPHEN MACK.-JOHN PHELPS.JOSEPI KEMP

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VI. GERMANICUS KENT AND THATCHER BLAKE

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VII. PICTURESQUE ROCKFORD.-ITS FLORA AND FAUNA

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VII. DANIEL SHAW HAIGHT.-OTHER SETTLERS OF 1835

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IX. THE PIONEERS OF 1836

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X. JOHN C. KEMBLE: THE FIRST LAWYER.-OTHER SETTLERS OF 1837 45
XI. ORGANIZATION OF THE COUNTY. THE FIRST ELECTION'.

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XII. LOCATION OF THE COUNTY SEAT AT WINNEBAGO
XIN. THE FERRY.-EARLY STATE AND COUNTY Roads

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XIV. THE VILLAGE CHRISTENED.-THE FIRST SURVEYS

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xv. THE RISE OF METHODISM.-FIRST METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH 68
XVI. FIRST CRIME. FIRST MARRIAGES AND BIRTH8.-CLAIM FIGHTS 75
XVII. THE COUNTY DIVIDED.-"MILE-STRIP CONTEST.”—MINOR NOTES
XVIII. NEW ENGLAND CONGREGATIONALISM.—THE FIRST CHURCH

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XIX. FIRST PATRIOTIC CELEBRATION.—THE PostOFFICE.-FIRST COURTS 97
XX. THE STAGE COACH.-EARLY HOTELS.-VILLAGE PLATS

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XXI. Dr. A. M. CATLIN.—The FootE BROTHERS. FIRST SEMINARY IDEA 107
XXII. DR. Josiah C. GOODHUE.-DR. ALDEN THOMAS

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XXIII. DR. GEORGE HASKELL.-THE GIPSY: THE FIRST STEAMBOAT 114
XXIV. JAMES M. WIGHT.-JASON MARSH.-OTHER PIONEERA 1838-39 118
XXV. TRIALS OF THE PIONEERS.-SCARCITY OF PROVISIONS

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XXVI. ROCKFORD HOUSES IN 1838.-LATER BUILDINGS.-H. H. SILSBY 134
XXVII. THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH.—JACOB KNAPP.-DR. THOMAS KERR 138
XXVII. VILLAGE INCORPORATED.-LAND SALE. FIRST TEMPERANCE CLUB 148
XXIX, ROCKFORD CEMETERIES

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xxx, TAE SEVEN YEARS' WAR OVER THE SITE OF THE COUNTY SEAT 154
XXXI. PLAN OF SECESSION AND PROPOSED ANNEXATION TO W18CONSIN 160
XXXII. ROCKFORD'S ATTITUDE TOWARD REPUDIATION OF STATE DEBT 166
XXXIII. THE LYCEUM.-SETTLERS OF THE EARLY FORTIES.—MINOR Notes 168
XXXIV. ORGANIZATION OF AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY.--THE FIRST FAIR 172
XXXV. THE REIGN OF TERROR. --THE BANDITTI OF THE FRONTIER 174
XXXV). ROBBERY OF MCKENNEY AND MULFORD.-COLONEL DAVENPORT 182

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XXXVII. TRANSPORTATION: NAVIGATION OF Rock RIVER.-PLANK ROAD8 188
XXXVIII. NEW ENGLAND UNITARIANISM.-FIRST CHURCH. REV. A. H. CONANT 194.
XXXIX. EARLY ELECTIONS.-POLITICAL REMINISCENCES

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XL. LOUIS KENT: THE ONLY SLAVE IN THE COUNTY

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XLI. THE POLISH CLAIMS.-DELAY IN OBTAINING LAND PATENTS 210
XLII. PIONEERS IN LOCAL JOURNALISM

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XLM. THE FIRST DAM.—THE WATER POWER.-HIGH WATER OF 1844 222
XLIV. PosTMASTERS OF ROCKFORD.-ITS ONLY POSTMISTRESS

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XLV. ORGANIZATION OF THE UNIVERSALIST CHURCH .

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XLVI. FIRST BRIDGE.-FIRST FOUNDRY AND MACHINE SHOP

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XLVII. WORCESTER A. DICKERMAN.-ROCKFORD AS HE SAW IT IN 1844. 235
XLVIII. THE SOCIAL LIFE OF ROCKFORD IN THE EARLY FORTIES

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XLIX. PREDOMINANCE OF THE NEW ENGLAND TYPE IN EARLY ROCKFORD 253

L. RIVER AND HARBOR CONVENTION.-WINNEBAGO DELEGATES 257
LI. THE “REFORM" OF THE JUDICIARY.-CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION 260
LII. TAE GALENA AND CHICAGO UNION: THE FIRST RAILROAD

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LIII. REPRESENTATIVE ROCKFORD CITIZENS: 1842-50

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LIV. DEPARTURE OF MR. HAIGHT.-LOCAL STATISTICS.-OTHER NOTE8 281
LV, EMMANUEL CHURCH (EPISCOPAL)

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LVI. ROCKFORD FEMALE SEMINARY,-ANNA P. SILL.-ARATUS KENT 287
LVII. STATE AND LOCAL SCHOOL FUND8.—EARLY ROCKFORD SCHOOLS 296
LVIII, ADOPTION OF TOWNSHIP ORGANIZATION

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LIX. SECOND CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH

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LX. INCORPORATION OF ROCKFORD AS A CITY.—MINOR NOTES

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LXI. ELECTIONS OF 1852-53.- ELIHU B, WASHBURNE

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LXII. THE WATER POWER.—THE MANNY-McCORMICK SUIT

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LXIII. EMERSON, LOWELL, WHIPPLE AND OTHERS LECTURE IN ROCKFORD 326
LXIV. A FRAGMENT OF POLITICAL HISTORY.-ROCKFORD BANKS.-NOTE8 329
LXV. ROCKFORD SETTLERS 1851-54

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LXVI. THE FREE PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM

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LXVII. THE FIRST LIBRARY.-WESLEYAN SEMINARY

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LXVIII. BAYARD TAYLOR'S TRIBUTE.-FRATERNITIE8.-NOTES

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LXIX, MURDER OF SHERIFF TAYLOR.-EXECUTION OF COUNTRYMAN 350
LXX. KENOSHA AND ROCKFORD RAILROAD.-EARLY MANSION8.-VOTES 352
LXXI. FATALITY AT A CHARIVARI.-TRIAL OF GOVERNOR BEBB.-Notes 358
LXXII. THE LINCOLN-DOUGLAS DEBATE

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LXXIII. ROCKFORD SETTLERS 1855-59

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LXXIV, ECCLEBIASTICAL HISTORY 1850-60

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LXXV. CONCLUSION

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