Rochelle Flagg Township Museum

Rochelle Flagg Township Museum Admission Costs: Family Rate: $7.00 $3.00/Adult $2.00 for 6-12 yrs. Free-Under 5 Yrs. old Free-Museum Members Free day-Thursdays Open Thursday - Sunday 11 am to 4 pm

"The mission of the Flagg Township Historical Society and Museum is to stimulate interest in Flagg Township history through education, research, collection and preservation of information for the benefit of the public of today and in the future."

Central School addition construction, 1950.
06/24/2019

Central School addition construction, 1950.

58 years ago construction of the brand new Swift plant was in full swing. Rochelle Leader, June 23, 1961.
06/24/2019

58 years ago construction of the brand new Swift plant was in full swing. Rochelle Leader, June 23, 1961.

Central school addition construction from 1950. I would guess this man is holding the blueprints for the addition.
06/20/2019

Central school addition construction from 1950. I would guess this man is holding the blueprints for the addition.

74 years ago another of Rochelle's veterans came home from the war after imprisonment in a Nazi POW camp. Rochelle News,...
06/20/2019

74 years ago another of Rochelle's veterans came home from the war after imprisonment in a Nazi POW camp. Rochelle News, June 20, 1945.

72 years ago (1947) when DDT ( Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane )  was thought safe, Spring Lake's building was sprayed w...
06/20/2019

72 years ago (1947) when DDT ( Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane ) was thought safe, Spring Lake's building was sprayed with it as a means of controlling pests. By October 1945, DDT was available for public sale in the United States, used both as an agricultural pesticide and as a household insecticide. The potentially lethal impact of DDT on birds was first noted in the late 1950s when spraying to control the beetles that carry Dutch elm disease led to a slaughter of robins in Michigan and elsewhere. Researchers discovered that earthworms were accumulating the persistent pesticide and that the robins eating them were being poisoned. Other birds fell victim, too. DDT and its residues washed into nearby waterways, where aquatic plants and fish absorbed it. Bald eagles, in turn, were poisoned with DDT when they ate the contaminated fish. The chemical interfered with the ability of the birds to produce strong eggshells. As a result, their eggs had shells so thin that they often broke during incubation or otherwise failed to hatch. As the dangers of DDT became known, in large part due to the 1962 publication of Rachel Carson’s book 'Silent Spring', the Environmental Protection Agency took the historic and, at the time, controversial step of banning the use of DDT in the United States in 1972.

Spring Lake and DDT used to 'clean' the facility. Rochelle Leader, June 20, 1947.
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Spring Lake and DDT used to 'clean' the facility. Rochelle Leader, June 20, 1947.

50 years ago Teen Town was rocking. Rochelle News, June 18, 1969.
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50 years ago Teen Town was rocking. Rochelle News, June 18, 1969.

Central School addition construction, 1950.
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Central School addition construction, 1950.

42 years ago it was the end of Dog n Suds. Rochelle Leader, June 17, 1977.
06/17/2019

42 years ago it was the end of Dog n Suds. Rochelle Leader, June 17, 1977.

Selling Father's Day 50 years ago. Rochelle News, June 11, 1969.
06/16/2019

Selling Father's Day 50 years ago. Rochelle News, June 11, 1969.

87 years ago the circus was coming to town. Rochelle News, June 16, 1932.
06/16/2019

87 years ago the circus was coming to town. Rochelle News, June 16, 1932.

70 years ago on this day the Whitcomb Locomotive Company received one of its biggest orders ever for $8 million dollars ...
06/16/2019

70 years ago on this day the Whitcomb Locomotive Company received one of its biggest orders ever for $8 million dollars going to Argentina. Rochelle News, June 15, 1949.

In the Spring of 1953 Walter Sawicki and his family were living in Oshkosh, Wisconsin when Walter had to travel all the ...
06/16/2019

In the Spring of 1953 Walter Sawicki and his family were living in Oshkosh, Wisconsin when Walter had to travel all the way down to rt. 30 south of Rochelle to tow a broken down car back to Oshkosh. While driving through Rochelle he noticed that the local Chevy dealer, Elliot Chevrolet was for sale. Walter decided that opportunity was knocking and he sold his brand new built home and moved his family to their new home in Rochelle to run his new business. Story thanks to Sally Sawicki - I hope I didn't get it wrong :)

In the Spring of 1953 Walter Sawicki and his family were living in Oshkosh, Wisconsin when Walter had to travel all the way down to rt. 30 south of Rochelle to tow a broken down car back to Oshkosh. While driving through Rochelle he noticed that the local Chevy dealer, Elliot Chevrolet was for sale. Walter decided that opportunity was knocking and he sold his brand new built home and moved his family to their new home in Rochelle to run his new business. Story thanks to Sally Sawicki - I hope I didn't get it wrong :)

Union Pacific Challenger 3985 in Rochelle 6-12-2002
06/16/2019

Union Pacific Challenger 3985 in Rochelle 6-12-2002

Central School addition construction circa early 1950's.
06/12/2019

Central School addition construction circa early 1950's.

39 years ago the old Spring Lake bath house was getting torn down. Rochelle Leader, June 10, 1980.
06/12/2019

39 years ago the old Spring Lake bath house was getting torn down. Rochelle Leader, June 10, 1980.

A postcard of Spring Lake before it was called Spring Lake.
04/25/2019

A postcard of Spring Lake before it was called Spring Lake.

18 years ago Rochelle native Joan Allen came back to visit.  Rochelle News-Leader, April 30, 2002
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18 years ago Rochelle native Joan Allen came back to visit. Rochelle News-Leader, April 30, 2002

87 years ago John Tilton was "too keen" for his own legal well being. Rochelle News, April 28, 1932.
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87 years ago John Tilton was "too keen" for his own legal well being. Rochelle News, April 28, 1932.

Rochelle News-Leader, April 20, 2000.
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Rochelle News-Leader, April 20, 2000.

88 years ago you could walk into Barker & Sullivan's and walk out with a caddy bag and four clubs for only $9.50. Rochel...
04/17/2019

88 years ago you could walk into Barker & Sullivan's and walk out with a caddy bag and four clubs for only $9.50. Rochelle News, April 16, 1931.

On October 11, 1937, demolition of the old (1869) Central School began and was finished by December 2, On December 11, 1...
04/16/2019

On October 11, 1937, demolition of the old (1869) Central School began and was finished by December 2, On December 11, 1937 the official spike driving ceremony signaling the beginning of construction of the new Central School was performed and by October 2, 1938 the new school was open to the public. On January 13, 1939 Central School was officially dedicated. PWA programs were aimed at reducing the staggering unemployment of the Great Depression and the building of public schools was one option. UNEMPLOYMENT DURING THE GREAT DEPRESSION -
1929 = 3.2%
1930 = 8.7%
1931 = 15.9%
1932 = 23.6%
1933 = 24.9%
1934 = 21.7%
1935 = 20.1%
1936 = 16.9%
1937 = 14.3%
1938 = 19.0%
1939 = 17.2%
1940 = 14.6%
1941 = 9.9%
1942 = 4.7%
1943 = 1.9%
1944 = 1.2%
1.2% in 1944 is the lowest unemployment ever recorded since records have been kept.

From 1930 to 1939, the U.S. averaged 18.2% unemployment ( with the New Deal intervention beginning after 1933 and throttled back by Republican opposition ).

“From 1933 on, the American economy gradually – very gradually – recovered. Unemployment, which had reached a peak of 25 percent of the civilian labor force in 1933, was down to a towering 17 percent in 1936. It was only an appalling 14.3 percent the following year. In 1936, production – Gross National Product in real terms – reached the 1929 level for the first time in the depression years. The sound men in the Roosevelt Administration, those of accredited financial acumen, said it was now time to assert the ancient principles and truths.
Conservative finance should again be the order of the day. Accordingly, the Federal Reserve raised bank reserve requirements, tightened up on bank lending and allowed interest rates to rise. Steps were taken to reduce the federal deficit – from $4.4 billion in the fiscal year ending June 30, 1936, to $2.8 billion the following year and to $1.2 billion in fiscal 1938.
It was a conservative and anti-Keynesian triumph, and would have been so celebrated except that the economy went into another ghastly slump. Within the depression there was now a recession – a new term.”
John Kenneth Galbraith
A Life in Our Times, 1981
p. 93-94

On October 11, 1937, demolition of the old (1869) Central School began and was finished by December 2, On December 11, 1937 the official spike driving ceremony signaling the beginning of construction of the new Central School was performed and by October 2, 1938 the new school was open to the public. On January 13, 1939 Central School was officially dedicated. PWA programs were aimed at reducing the staggering unemployment of the Great Depression and the building of public schools was one option. UNEMPLOYMENT DURING THE GREAT DEPRESSION -
1929 = 3.2%
1930 = 8.7%
1931 = 15.9%
1932 = 23.6%
1933 = 24.9%
1934 = 21.7%
1935 = 20.1%
1936 = 16.9%
1937 = 14.3%
1938 = 19.0%
1939 = 17.2%
1940 = 14.6%
1941 = 9.9%
1942 = 4.7%
1943 = 1.9%
1944 = 1.2%
1.2% in 1944 is the lowest unemployment ever recorded since records have been kept.

From 1930 to 1939, the U.S. averaged 18.2% unemployment ( with the New Deal intervention beginning after 1933 and throttled back by Republican opposition ).

“From 1933 on, the American economy gradually – very gradually – recovered. Unemployment, which had reached a peak of 25 percent of the civilian labor force in 1933, was down to a towering 17 percent in 1936. It was only an appalling 14.3 percent the following year. In 1936, production – Gross National Product in real terms – reached the 1929 level for the first time in the depression years. The sound men in the Roosevelt Administration, those of accredited financial acumen, said it was now time to assert the ancient principles and truths.
Conservative finance should again be the order of the day. Accordingly, the Federal Reserve raised bank reserve requirements, tightened up on bank lending and allowed interest rates to rise. Steps were taken to reduce the federal deficit – from $4.4 billion in the fiscal year ending June 30, 1936, to $2.8 billion the following year and to $1.2 billion in fiscal 1938.
It was a conservative and anti-Keynesian triumph, and would have been so celebrated except that the economy went into another ghastly slump. Within the depression there was now a recession – a new term.”
John Kenneth Galbraith
A Life in Our Times, 1981
p. 93-94

88 years ago on April 13, 1931, the Federal Bankruptcy Court put the assets of the Geo D. Whitcomb Company up for sale. ...
04/13/2019

88 years ago on April 13, 1931, the Federal Bankruptcy Court put the assets of the Geo D. Whitcomb Company up for sale. Those assets were then purchased by the newly formed Whitcomb Locomotive Company, a fully owned subsidiary of the Baldwin Locomotive Works.

90 years ago a brave man decided that the second week in April was warm enough for a swim at Spring Lake. Rochelle Home ...
04/09/2019

90 years ago a brave man decided that the second week in April was warm enough for a swim at Spring Lake. Rochelle Home Journal, April 11, 1929.

Memorial Park 41 years ago and kids were risking life and limb on the merry go round. Rochelle News, April 4, 1978.
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Memorial Park 41 years ago and kids were risking life and limb on the merry go round. Rochelle News, April 4, 1978.

Spring is here and we'll get walking again in May!
04/07/2019

Spring is here and we'll get walking again in May!

The reference to stock yards in Rochelle appear in Sanborn maps starting in 1886 and last seen in the 1922. They are lab...
04/06/2019

The reference to stock yards in Rochelle appear in Sanborn maps starting in 1886 and last seen in the 1922. They are labeled as belonging to the CB&Q and beginning in 1893 as the C&NW RR.

The reference to stock yards in Rochelle appear in Sanborn maps starting in 1886 and last seen in the 1922. They are labeled as belonging to the CB&Q and beginning in 1893 as the C&NW RR.

Here the Kennedy stock yards can be viewed from 1893. Also the railroad turntable where a locomotive fell into the pit.
04/06/2019

Here the Kennedy stock yards can be viewed from 1893. Also the railroad turntable where a locomotive fell into the pit.

Bridge over Kyte Creek before the creek was dredged. Today this is now a concrete bridge on 1st Avenue .
04/06/2019

Bridge over Kyte Creek before the creek was dredged. Today this is now a concrete bridge on 1st Avenue .

Bridges
04/06/2019

Bridges

72 years ago this is how kids played when Spring warmed up. Rochelle Leader, April 4, 1947.
04/05/2019

72 years ago this is how kids played when Spring warmed up. Rochelle Leader, April 4, 1947.

73 years ago the Rochelle fire department got to try out their new contraption - Carbon Dioxide extinguishers. Rochelle ...
04/04/2019

73 years ago the Rochelle fire department got to try out their new contraption - Carbon Dioxide extinguishers. Rochelle News, April 3, 1946.

73 years ago the RTHS band was dressed for competition. Rochelle News, April 3, 1946.
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73 years ago the RTHS band was dressed for competition. Rochelle News, April 3, 1946.

64 years ago the new water tower was going up. Rochelle Leader, April 1, 1955.
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64 years ago the new water tower was going up. Rochelle Leader, April 1, 1955.

32 years ago on this day The Shoe Rack was calling it quits. Rochelle News, March 31, 1987.
04/01/2019

32 years ago on this day The Shoe Rack was calling it quits. Rochelle News, March 31, 1987.

A special thank you to all of our supporters who made our Champagne brunch a success.
04/01/2019

A special thank you to all of our supporters who made our Champagne brunch a success.

Our current display of William Cultra's wood carvings.
04/01/2019

Our current display of William Cultra's wood carvings.

03/31/2019
73 years ago, the tragic death of two elderly sisters who were poisoned by leaking methyl chloride from a refrigerator d...
03/28/2019

73 years ago, the tragic death of two elderly sisters who were poisoned by leaking methyl chloride from a refrigerator demonstrated the dangers of early refrigerants. Methyl chloride was a common refrigerant until concerns over its toxicity discontinued its use. Rochelle News, March 27, 1946

50 years ago this was the Frosh-Soph cheerleader lineup. Rochelle News, March 26, 1969.
03/27/2019

50 years ago this was the Frosh-Soph cheerleader lineup. Rochelle News, March 26, 1969.

33 years ago Charles McGrath (1982 RTHS graduate) was serving on the USS Coral Sea aircraft carrier when things got hot ...
03/26/2019

33 years ago Charles McGrath (1982 RTHS graduate) was serving on the USS Coral Sea aircraft carrier when things got hot with Lybia. Rochelle Leader, March 27, 1986.

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Rochelle Flagg Township Museum's cover photo
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Rochelle Flagg Township Museum's cover photo

30 years ago the Beacon advertising in the Rochelle Leader. March 23, 1989. This Monday night, March 25, 2019 - Scott St...
03/23/2019

30 years ago the Beacon advertising in the Rochelle Leader. March 23, 1989. This Monday night, March 25, 2019 - Scott Stavrakas is presenting a program at the museum on the history of the restaurant. Cost is $2, starts at 7, should be done by 8. Part of Chautauqua week at the museum at Fourth Avenue and Sixth Street.

46 years ago on this day, buildings were getting torn down to make way for Hardee's. Rochelle News, 3-21-1973.
03/22/2019

46 years ago on this day, buildings were getting torn down to make way for Hardee's. Rochelle News, 3-21-1973.

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