The newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America series is Rockford from local author Roberta H. J. Schirado on behalf of the Rockford Historical Society.
One of the first settlers to build a mill on the Rogue River was Smith Lapham. The village that developed by the millpond was called Laphamville. After the Civil War, the town’s name was changed to Rockford. The picturesque Rogue River and the city are symbiotic entities. The river was first dammed to provide power for lumber mills and gristmills. Later it supplied electricity for families, commerce, and manufacturing.
For many years, Rockford has been known as the home of shoe manufacturer Wolverine World Wide. The sad-eyed canine logo for Hush Puppies footwear is instantly recognizable throughout the world. Many residents continue to be employed there. Rockford takes a look back at these memories and more with more than 200 vintage images uncovering the past of Rockford.
Highlights of Rockford:
• The Rockford Area Historical Society played an integral part in the development of the book. Many of the photographs used were from the society’s collection held at the Rockford Area Museum.
• The Hirth Krause Shoe Company was the forerunner of today’s Wolverine World Wide Shoe Corporation. Many historic pictures showing shoe manufacturing are included.
• The Rogue River was first dammed in the 1840s. It first powered lumber mills. Later it helped to light the town and provide power for manufacturing shoes. The double dam of today is picturesque and provides a beautiful back-drop to the shopping area known as Squires Street Square.
• In 1922, the Union School Building burned to the ground. Several photographs are included depicting the fire and its aftermath.
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