Major league baseball players, a famous singer and others are buried here in Rockford area cemeteries.

Whenever I visit a cemetery, I can't help but read the names on other stones. I know I'm not the only one.

Each one of the stones represents an extraordinary life lived here on planet Earth. Each unique with it's own story.

Winnebago County is home to many cemeteries. While walking through you may stumble upon the graves of these famous individuals.

Greenwood Cemetery, Rockford

1. Roscoe Charles Barnes

  • May 8, 1850 - February 5, 1915
  • Barnes was a major league baseball player with Chicago in 1876. He was considered the league's finest player with many accomplishments. He won two batting titles in the National Association, he was the National League's first batting leader, he specialized in "fair-foul" hits, short bunts that landed fair and many more.

2. William Bebb

  • October 8, 1802 - October 23, 1873
  • Bebb was the Governor of Ohio. He also was an attorney as a partner of U.S. congressman John Woods. He was a devoted campaigner for the presidential campaign of William H. Harrison and John Tyler. He was also an advocate and supported racial equality.

3. John Theodore Buckbee

  • August 1, 1871 - April 23, 1936
  • Buckbee was born in Rockford and later became a U.S. Congressman. He played an important role in agriculture and horticulture over seas and established a seed business in Rockford.

4. Stan Campbell

  • August 26, 1930 - March 14, 2005
  • Campbell graduated from high school in Rochelle and went on to play football for Iowa State. He then was drafted by the Detroit Lions in 1952 and played as an offensive guard in the NFL for nine years. He played for the Detroit Lions (1952, 1955-58), Philadelphia Eagles (1959-61), and finished up with the Oakland Raiders (1961). He won three championships (Detroit 1952, 1957 and Philadelphia 1960) and missed out on another while in the service in the Army. He retired from football at 31 years old.

5. Julia Clifford Lathrop

  • June 29, 1858 - April 15, 1932
  • Lathrop was a friend of Jane Addams and worked as a county visitor and later served as a member of the Illinois State Board of Charities. She was appointed by President William Howard Taft to head the Children's Bureau, as part of the Department of Labor. She served as chief until 1912.

6. William Lathrop

  • April 17, 1825 - November 19, 1907
  • Lathrop was the City Attorney of Rockford in 1852, a member of the State House of Representatives in 1856-1857 then elected as a Republican to the Forty-fifth Congress serving until 1879.

7. Loyd Wheaton

  • July 15, 1838 - September 17, 1918
  • Wheaton served as a Major General in the Union Army and was awarded the Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor as a Lieutenant Colonel in the 8th Illinois Infantry for action at Fort Blakely, Alabama.

Arlington Memorial Park Cemetery, Rockford

8. Harold Gust Carlson

  • May 17, 1892 - May 28, 1930
  • Carlson was born in Rockford and on April 13, 1917 debuted as a pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He played with the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1917-1923, Philadelphia Phillies from 1924-1927 and the Chicago Cubs from 1928-1930. He pitched for Chicago in the 1929 World Series.

Floral Lawn Cemetery, South Beloit

9. Betty Everette

  • November 23, 1939 - August 19, 2001
  • Everette is best known for her 1964 hit "The Shoop Shoop song (It's in His Kiss). Other memorable songs include "You're No Good" and "Getting Mighty Crowded."

Rockton Township Cemetery, Rockton

10. Elon John Farnsworth

  • July 30, 1837 - July 3, 1863
  • Farnsworth was promoted from Captain to Brigadier General on the eve of the Battle of Gettysburg along with Wesley Merrit and George Custer during the Civil War.

Sunset Memorial Gardens, Machesney Park

11. Dottie Ferguson Key

  • February 17, 1923 - May 8, 2003
  • Key played 10 seasons with the Rockford Peaches in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. She was the muse for Mae "All the Way" Mordabito character in A League of Their Own played by Madonna.

Middle Creek Cemetery, Winnebago

12. Joseph Medill McCormick

  • May 15, 1877 - February 25, 1925
  • McCormick served in the House of Representatives from 1917-1919 and in the U.S. Senate from 1919-1925.

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