Christmas in Rockford

In 1854, Gregory and Allen (Crockery) were advertising Christmas and New Year’s gifts: gift and motto cups, ornaments and toys, including children’s tea setts (note spelling), as found in the Rock River Democrat, Dec. 19, 1854. 1855 had a greater listing of advertisements.  Gregory and Allen repeated their ad from 1854. W. C. Harris was listing “Holiday Presents, confectionery, and…Parties supplied on short notice.” Ticknor and Brother (A. O. & D. W.) book sellers, were advertising annuals for Christmas and...

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O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree

One thing many people remember about Christmastime in Belvidere was the gigantic Christmas tree erected on South State Street. Covered in colored lights and topped with a star, the tree dominated Belvidere’s downtown and ushered in the Christmas holidays. While the tree usually soared to about 40-50 feet high, quite a few were noted to stretch 70 feet or higher! 1916 was the first year in which Belvidere put up a large tree in the downtown business district (though the first was not located directly on State St.). According to a newspaper...

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