Historical photos of Roscoe and Rockton

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The Taft home is shown across the street from what would become Leland Park in Roscoe.
The Ralston Home (1859-1944) was built on McDonald Road in Roscoe, Illinois, by Wallace Ralston.
A vintage photo of the Talcott Free Library in Rockton

Margaret Downing has been a reporter for Rock Valley Publishing for the past 30 years, writing a history column for The Herald for about 15 years, She says it was mostly selected from the work of Rockton Herald editor Edson Irving Carr (1831-1902), whose witty writing style has been an example for Rockton-Roscoe News as well.


More local history

Exploring the history of schools in Roscoe Township

school in the blacksmith shop

Since 1910: the Roscoe Fall Festival over the years

livestock show, fairies, elves, flowers, and the most perfect baby

Memorial Day, 1908

Decoration Day, the Spider Web Social, revolutionists in Russia, safecrackers in Roscoe

This Week in... 1877: Vegetine!

grazing ordinances in Roscoe, Crazy Horse, land rush

Next Week in... 1877 - 

temperance and phrenology

This Week in... 1879

kissing the groom, Victor Hugo, this country is just full of climate.

This Week in... April 1877

rights of intolerance in education, free land in Kansas

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