Thursday, March 2, 1882
The Chicago Tribune, March 6,1882, 5
Oscar Wilde Well-received In Rockford…Again
by H. Lee Murphy
"Wilde first became known to Americans during a long lecture tour. Indeed, he stopped to speak one March evening in 1882 at the Rockford Opera House, staying at the old Holland House and dining at the home of a Dr. Thomas Butler, according to the Rockford Daily Gazette account at the time.
The Gazette said that Wilde attracted a small but attentive audience at his Rockford appearance."
* While this is not a primary source in itself, it is the reporting of a primary source, and there is no reason to doubt it
113-117 North Wyman Street, Rockford, IL
SE corner of Elm and Main Streets, Dubuque, IA
Holland House (left foreground).