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Robert J. Cross arrived in Roscoe in 1835, and by the 1840s the village had two churches, sawmills, a gristmill, a woolen mill, and a distillery. Roscoe had become the musical center of the area, with the city's brass band performing at the ceremony for the laying of Beloit College's cornerstone. Founded by hardworking, temperate abolitionists, the village was named after an Englishman well known for his antislavery poems. The villagers were interested in culture, education, and civic improvement. The annual fall festival, which was famous for its pageants and parades, was begun to provide funding for sidewalks, electricity, telephones, and a fire department. The fall festival continues to be an annual community event, and the Harlem-Roscoe Fire Protection District is one of the finest in the area.
ISBN: 9781467110228
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Illinois
Series: Images of America
Images: 217
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Dorothy Hunter is a retired teacher whose family first arrived in Roscoe in 1846. She has earned awards from the Northern Winnebago County Rotary Club, the Roscoe VFW Post 2955, and the Girl Scouts for her work preserving and sharing the history of Roscoe. She inherited her collection of photographs and glass plates and has included images obtained from friends and the North Suburban Library. Hunter has edited and/or authored three previous Roscoe history books, and her daughter Doris Hunter Tropp assisted with this volume.
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