Murder And Mayhem in Rockford





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Murder & Mayhem in Rockford, Illinois

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I recently read a book I bought on my Amazon Kindle called “Murder and Mayhem in Rockford, IL” by Kathi Kresol.

I thought it might be a good read about our history in the area. I am glad I did buy it and read it. I was very impressed with the book.

I was impressed by the in depth research that she did, for her book. She has put a lot of time and effort into the research and history of Rockford. I definitely learned a lot from her book.

Stuff I learned from the book: When Rockford was founded, how it was founded, the first murder happened a year after it was founded, a lot of violent crimes have happened over the years in the Rockford area. The Courthouse collapsed. A Sheriff was murdered. They even held public executions at the Winnebago County Courthouse. This is barely the tip of the iceberg of what is inside this amazing book! This book was well written and a lot of history in it.

Murders that happened locally, went nationwide.  Crimes so violent that you would think that it was in the movies. But it reality, they happened here in Rockford.

I would highly recommend this book to everyone.

Check it out on her website and many local bookstores.

This is by far one of the better books I have read recently.  And I personally recommend you reading her book.  She has also came out with other books, which I am actually about to buy and read soon.

Not only did I learn a lot, but I am also supporting a Rockford artist/author!

Her website is http://www.hauntedrockford.com/
Alot of great information on her websites also

Also at http://kathikresol.com/


Murder & Mayhem in Rockford is a collection of never-before-published articles on the history of Rockford, Illinois.  Written by local historian, and owner of Haunted Rockford, Kathi Kresol.

excerpt from Book Back~

“Rockford rightly prizes its prosperous heritage, earned by manufacturing concerns like the Rockford Watch Factory and the Manny Reaper Company. But the town once named Midway also harbors a history of crime and calamity. Gunfire broke out in the streets when networks of Prohibition informants slid sideways. In 1893, John Hart forced his own sisters to drink poison. Three years later, James French shot down his wife in the street. Over the years, a courthouse collapsed, a factory exploded and trains collided. Join local historian Kathi Kresol as she explores the mayhem milling about in Rockford’s past. ”

Kathi Kresol

I want to close this out by sending her a shout out for putting all the time and effort into her research and sharing it with everyone in this book.

She did an amazing job on it and I learned a lot. It is pretty cool to learn the history of our area. Many kudos!

I was impressed with her work and plan on buying more of her books.

It is good to know there are talented people in the area and I am always happy to support them.





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Rickie Traeger Blog: Amateur Radio & Storm Spotting 2, Just Finished Reading And My Personal Review on It





I just got done reading a book called Amateur Radio and Storm Spotting 2.

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Figured I would write a quick review on it.   I would rate it a 3 star, out of 5.

Before buying the book, I was reading the reviews from people online.  So I had a lot of expectations going into it.  Based on the reviews.

I use a Amazon Kindle Paperwhite, as my reader. Very good Kindle!

The Bad: When I hit the 64% mark, the main book ended!  I was like WTF!!!  The rest was appendix!  This is my main reason for the 3 star rating.  I was expecting it to be a lot longer than it was.  The appendix area was alot. I personally feel that the main book itself should have been longer.  Based on the reviews and what I was reading from other readers, it was a long book. Well, I flew through this book pretty quickly.  Literally.

Also, the information was so-so.  I am a trained storm spotter for many years now, so I guess I should toss this information out there. So I knew everything that was in the book already pretty much.  So it was easy for me to read through and understand.

If you are just starting out, it is a good book and might be a little too much to take in at times. But there are several areas that do provide some good education to learn from.  It gives you the basic outlines on the in’s and out’s.

To be honest, you could probably learn more from a simple google search.  But I still do recommend people buying this, to help support the authors.

The Good:  There were some areas that I did learn some stuff.  Even though I know alot, I did learn some new stuff.  I do like how they posted the links to the sources and in the appendix gave you a tutorial on how to do live maps.  I been wanting to learn how to do the live maps, but never really took the time to learn yet. So this book did spark that interest once again.  I did enjoy how one of the authors is kinda local, out of the Woodstock area. 2 Counties over.  That was another cool thing I did enjoy about it.  I also liked how they provided some examples of the AAR (After-Action-Report) and also their personal experiences.  So it kinda made it a little more personal while reading the book.

Overall:  I do recommend people buying the book to support the authors.  I had a high expectation going in to read the book based on other reviews.  So I wanted to be open and honest on my review, without doing spoilers.  The book is shorter than I expected. But at times, it had some good knowledge. If you already know alot about weather, then you might want to pass on this.  If you are just starting out or wanting to start your own Skywarn group, then buy this.  They do provide some good links and examples in the book.  And I like how they did positive re-enforcement in the book as well.  They are right, no situation will ever be identical. You will always be learning. If you say you know “everything”  then you are lying.  Because even though you may know alot, you will never know everything.  So, there is always room for improvements and training.  I do like how they pointed this out, because it is true!

 

 

 

 

 





 

Rickie Traeger Blog: President Trump Sending Us Back To The Moon, Trailer Park Boys, Tattoo, Vacation, Etc….





I just straight up binged watched The Trailer Park Boys, LOL.   Oh man I love that show.   I won’t say much because I don’t want to spoil it for others. But if you have not watched The Trailer Park Boys, yet. You are missing out!

We finally got snow that stuck around for awhile now.  I was going to try building a snowman, but the snow is not packing. Guess we will have to wait until another snowfall to do it.  The temps really dropped. Talk about cold, brrrr.  Yes, I can hear you know saying we live in the Midwest and we are supposed to be used to it.  You may be used to it, but I am not. I like my warm weather 🙂

Awhile back ago, I got a tattoo. Yes, I have many. But the one on my right arm is not finished. The guy who was supposed to finish it, never did.  So now I am going to go on the hunt to see if someone will finish it.  If you know of a good tattoo artist, let me know.   I like BEAR, but I have no idea where he is these days.  If you know someone who is a tattoo artist, that does sleeves, let me know.

I been looking online for places to go for a vacation.  I so need one.  It be nice to get outta dodge for awhile and kick back and relax and not work all the time.  I didn’t sleep for awhile cuz I was working alot.  I ended up getting 4 hours in last night, so I am kinda good to go for awhile today.

Places I want to go to a vacation at. You might laugh at a few, but I am serious when I say these 😛    Roswell, the #1 place for UFO’s,  not real UFO’s just the history.  I think that be a badazz place to visit. Because I am into the paranormal and it be cool to check out.   I am almost finished reading Witness To Roswell.  An awesome and informative book!   The other place I want to go to is a warm beach.  OMG what I would give right now to be on a warm beach!!!

I am watching a thing about Voyager.  Pretty interesting to see what it has done and saw. So advanced for its age.  Speaking of, I love the NASA website.  Many cool photos and videos on there.  I like watching the NASA TV and the launches.

OH GREAT NEWS,  President Trump told NASA to go back to the moon!  It will be a few years, but man o man that is going to be an awesome day when that happens again!  They said 2022 it will happen, so its a few years away.  But heck, I am sooooooo looking forward to that day!   I am super excited he is focused on the space program again!

I am not to political on here, but I am liking President Trump a lot!  I think he has done a lot of great things since he was taken office. I think he does it his way and that is making America great again.  Yes, there is stuff I do not agree on, but realistically he is doing a lot of great things for us Americans. Especially with all the BS he goes through daily.  Our economy has bounced back, stocks rose, public relations have risen, etc…  He does it his way and that is straight forward and not the “normal rules”  And that is what America needed.

Some Rockford Scanner news: I want to personally tell everyone who sent in their snow photos and videos, Thank You!  I am going through them all here shortly and will have them posted later on today.  Many great photos!  Keep up the great work!

Also, Sad to see people out there robbing others! As you know I hate liars and thieves!  I hope one day they try that crap on me.  Hard working people earning there stuff, probably living paycheck to paycheck are robbed by low life scums trying to get something for free.  Yesterday someone knocked on a door, then beat and tied them up and robbed them on Charles st, then later on a good Samaritan gave someone a ride that ended up being a setup  for a robbery.  I do now wish ill on anyone, but I sure hope I work the story of good guy wins!

Todays National Holidays:

December 12

  • National Ambrosia Day
  • National Ding-a-Ling Day
  • Gingerbread House Day
  • Poinsettia Day
  • Chanukah Begins – Changes Annually

I will end this by posting this historic photo of President Trump signing the thing for NASA to send us back to the moon 🙂

Representatives of Congress and the National Space Council joined President Donald J. Trump, Apollo astronaut Jack Schmitt and current NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson Monday, Dec. 11, 2017, for the president’s signing of Space Policy Directive 1, a change in national space policy that provides for a U.S.-led, integrated program with private sector partners for a human return to the Moon, followed by missions to Mars and beyond. Credits: NASA/Aubrey Gemignani

 

 





 

Rickie Traeger Blog: Cyber Monday





 

November 27th
National Craft Jerky Day
National Bavarian Cream Pie Day
Cyber Monday – Monday After Thanksgiving

 


I am hoping to get some “Cyber Monday” deals on some e-books for my kindle!

I am currently reading “Witness to Roswell”  a darn good book I might add!  But, I am hoping to get some books for when I finish it.

I read non fiction mainly. I enjoy reading that, because I learn.   All though I like Stephen King books, so that’s why I said “mainly”, LOL.   I was reading the reviews on his new book he wrote with his son. I was really looking forward to reading it, but the reviews are really mixed, most of them are saying it is not all that good.

I guess I will have to get it and judge for myself 😛  So, hopefully they have Stephen King or some good non-fiction books on sale for Cyber Monday!


I watched the Walking Dead earlier as much as I like the show, that episode wasn’t all that.  Considering only a few episodes left, I thought maybe it would have been more action packed.  Maybe they are leading up to it?