|Mabel Brown Hibbard Collection
Rock Hibbard was a member of the Frank
Howard Grand Concert Co. as a musician
and business manager.
Nortthrope Woodruff Hibbard was the son of Cora Woodruff and Rockwell Northrope "Rock" Hibbard. Rock was born 21
Aug 1850 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Albert Hibbard (son of John Hibbard and Mariah Clark) and Mary A. Rice (daughter of
Allen Rice and Hannah Stanton). He first married Cora Woodruff, who died in 1883. In 1897, Rock married Susan M. Kuney.
The Hibbard line goes back the immigrant ancestor, Robert Hibbard, who was born in Salisbury, Hampshire, England, in
1613 and died in Beverly, Essex, Massachusetts, in 1684. Rock's maternal line goes back through the Stantons to the
immigrant, Thomas Stanton, Indian Interpreter for Connecticut, co-founder of Hartford and Stonington, Connecticut.
This picture was simply labeled "Hibbard boys." It may be Rock and his older brother,
John Adam Hibbard, who was born 21 May 1846 in Milwaukee, WI, and died 29 Oct
1918 in Elkhorn, Walworth County, WI. If anyone can confirm this is or is not Rock
and John Hibbard, please contact me.
1916 Post Card from Rock Hibbard to
his son, Nort, in Kiefer, OK
June 16 - Spent yesterday at Buffa?
Co and Niagara Falls. Fine time. Now
on board steamer sailing down the
Hudson. Beautiful! Arrive New York
this eve. Stay there tomorrow and
steamer tomorrow night for
1913 Post Card from Rock to Nort.
Here's the finest bunch that ever came over
the pike! First trip out with "parcel post." We
are having the finest weather ever. Sunshine
every day and autos running both well. Father.
Sunday, Jan 19, 1913
Rock Hibbard and Susan in front of
their home in Arlingon, Iowa, in 1916
Kuney, visiting family in Pawhuska, Oklahoma
Rockwell - also "Rock" or "R.N." Hibbard - was a prominent, active citizen of Arlington, Iowa. He was elected Mayor twice.
The last time he was elected, he died before he could take office again. He was also a performer and was active in the
arts. Here is a letter he wrote to his son on stationery from the Arlington Opera House in 1898.
Following is text from his obituary:
Rockwell Northrope Hibbard, was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, August 21st. A. D. 1850, and departed this life April 3,
1922, aged seventy one years, seven months and thirteen days.
On August 20, 1877, he was married to Miss Cora Woodruff, of Savanna, Illinois, to this union were born two children,
Northrope Woodruff, now of Okmulgee, Oklahoma and Leta Cora, now Mrs. W. B. Shepard, of Wickford, Rhode Island.
Mr. Hibbard came to Arlington (then Brush Creek) in 1881, as station agent for the Railway company, and continued in that
capacity until abut 1896. On October 7, 1883, Mrs. Hibbard died leaving the two small children above named.
On June 26, 1897, he married Miss Susie Kuney, of this place, making an ideal and happy union.
"Rock" as he was familiarly known to everyone was a general favorite, an enthusiastic lover of beautiful flowers, of which he
always had a great profusion around his beautiful home on Main street, from which his figure will be sadly missed, as also
from the horse shoe pitching grounds, close by. For many years he was the leading spirit in every social affair and there his
cheerful voice and brilliant chat will not soon be forgotten. He was, for a number of years, one of the faithful mail carriers on
the rural routes out of Arlington, only resigning a few years ago to enjoy a more leisurely life in his declining years.
In 1895, he being then Mayor of our little city, was chiefly instrumental in bringing about the change of name from Brush
Creek to ‘Arlington.’
On Monday, March 27th, just one week before his death, he was elected Mayor, without opposition, but did not live to qualify
for the office.
He leaves to mourn his loss his widow, one son, one daughter and five grandchildren, besides a host of friends.