St. Charles Free Press
Pertaining to Our Esteemed Fellow Townsman,
Henry T. Rockwell
It gives us considerable pleasure to publish the picture of Mr. Henry T. Rockwell, and the details pertaining to his successful and honorable career.
Our esteemed friend was born September 13, 1835, in Clarendon, Orleans Co., New York. He was the son of D. J. and Ruth Keeler Rockwell, who were highly respected residents of their community.
Mr. Rockwell was educated in the school of his vicinity and in due time w a s graduated from the high school located at Akron, New York. It is of interest to note that his first visit to St. Charles took place way back in 1854. He informed us that he remained only one week, a n d roomed at the Stone Hotel, a building which formerly stood o n the White Front Hotel site. He spoke in an interesting manner about his sojourn in St. Charles, whichpart of the year. It is timely to remark that his first school was located at Ball Mound, and his last position as a teacher was held at the Whitney School, near Wasco. Another very interesting feature of the career as a school teacher
has to do while
located at the
Camton T o w
ship school. One of his scholars was Miss Mary A. Stone, who became his wife on April 18, 1860. To this union were horn two chiIdren, Frank Rockwell and Hattie Rockwell, who is now Mrs. E. J. Baker.
The married life of Mr. and Mrs. Rockwell was happy in every particular, but death intervened and the departure of Mrs. Rockwell occurred' April 12, 1871. She was a woman of high ideals and beloved by all who knew her.
Mr. Rockwell, according to his own affirmation, was married again January 15, 1872, to a woman of a Bunn y disposition, and the possessor of fine traits of character. S h e
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occurred so many years ago. In 1855, Mr. Rockwell again came westward, locating in Blackberry Township, Kane County. He remained there for a number of years and taught school in winter and farmed during the other
was Emma C. Osgood, and a sister to one of the prominent merchants of St. Charles. This splendid woman passed away in 1922, after many years of happy married life. She was a
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