Fitting during Women’s National History month that we share an example of the influence Rockford’s women had on the village. The Ladies’ Union Sewing Circle was in existence prior to 1871. This group met at the Presbyterian church, however was made up women from all denominations. The ladies were involved in projects and raised money that would benefit the whole community. The longest lasting project was the purchase of a 600lb bell in 1871. Church bells were used to begin church meetings, sabbath school, or when there was urgent need to alert the townspeople. At the time three different denominations were using the Presbyterian church as their house of worship. The Ladies’ Union Sewing Circle would continue to raise money and be active in Rockford for many years. By the looks of the church and the structure supporting the bell I believe this photo is from 1872 or 1873. Thank you to the Reed family for sharing this photo.