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Marengo historians talk Curtiss Candy Farms, WWII-era camp

Published: Sunday, March 10, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

MARENGO – Residents can learn about a historical World War II-era camp’s connection to the Marengo Curtiss Candy Farms today.

The Marengo Society for Historic Preservation is hosting the free program at 2 p.m. inside Marengo City Hall, 132 E. Prairie St., about Rockford’s Camp Grant, one of the largest U.S. Army training centers in World War I and World War II.

The 18,000-acre camp later served as a prison for World War II German prisoners of war, who were transported to work at the huge Curtiss Candy Farms in Marengo. Terry Dyer of Roscoe will provide the presentation.

Residents are encouraged to attend to share stories about Curtiss Candy Farms. Parking is available by the rear entrance of City Hall.

– Stephen Di Benedetto

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