Winnebago County, Illinois
Some Brief Sketches From Rockford Register-Gazette
ECLIPSE GAS STOVE CO.
The officers of this company are George D. Roper, president; W.H Gaffney, secretary and treasurer; M. J. Green, superintendent. Mr. Roper is also manager, and gives personal supervision to the operations of the company. The plant is two stories in height, covering a ground area of 1,000 feet by 200 feet, and is located at Tinker street and South Main street near the Illinois Central depot. They employ about two hundred and fifty people and have a force of traveling salesmen who reach every gas-consuming city in the country. Agencies are established at all important point and many of the products of the factory reach foreign markets. They manufacture gas stoves and ranges of all sizes and descriptions. They have been awarded the gold medal, they highest award for the superior excellency of gas cooking stove and range by the Louisiana Purchase exposition at St. Louis. Their shipping facilities are of the best, having the Illinois Central and the Milwaukee tracks at their doors, with the Northwestern and the Burlington close by. The economy and convenience of gas stoves and ranges has appealed to the general public to such an extent that they are reasonable in price and apparently indestructible.
FOREST CITY ENGRAVING CO.
During the past few years the half-tone and zinc engraving business has made rapid strides in many ways and the man who would keep up with the procession must possess not only superior business qualifications, but he must also be an artist at heart. Few people outside of the newspaper profession realize the requirements of the business, chief among which is perfection and speed. The Forest City Engraving company has been enabled to meet all these demands. It was established 10 years ago. There was a good field here for the business and the result has been that it has been going forward by leaps and bounds, and there has hardly been a day since the doors were opened that it has been able to supply the demands made upon it. Four people are now employed and there is 13x125 feet of floor space required. Mr. N. J. Becker, the proprietor, has been a resident of the city for fourteen years. No. 116-118 North Main street is the location.
FRANK E. DARROW
One of the Most Extensive Dealers in Hardwood Lumber in the Northwest
Frank E. Darrrow, the well know dealer in hardwood lumber, came to Rockford in 1889 from New York city and has made an enviable record for himself. He is one of the best posted lumber men in the country and his customers are among the substantial firms of the city. He sells mostly to the factories and as they are large buyers his business runs up into the thousands, selling from 500 to 1,000 cars a year. He ships direct from the mills in carload lots only. Mr. Darrow is a substantial stockholder of the American Lumber Co. of New Mexico, manufacturers of white pine; the mill is located at Albuquerque, N.M., also interested in the San Pablo Co. of Old Mexico, manufacturers of mahogany and Spanish cedar, rubber, chicle and other fancy hardwoods. The output from this mill is shipped from their track direct to New York and London and from the New Mexico mill to points in all parts of the country. Mr. Darrow is a member of the National Hardwood Lumber association, is a 32nd degree Mason, Knight Templar, Shriner and Elk
MECHANIC’S FURNITURE CO.
Is One of the Forest City’s Most Thriving Concerns--Their Line of Goods Most Attractive and Up-to-Date in Style
It is difficult to correctly state what inducements Rockford originally had for the furniture business, but the obvious fact remains that this is one of the greatest centers of this industry in the United States. The Mechanics’ Furniture company has for the officers Hon. L. M. Noling, president; Emil Engberg, vice president; A.P. Floberg, treasurer and J. Aug. Johnson, secretary. Their plant covers two acres of ground used for their buildings, yards, lumber sheds and drying kilns. The main building is four stories high with basement, 80 feet by 150 feet, and fitted out with machinery suitable for the production of high grade furniture. Their line of work is advertised as medium and high grade furniture in oak, birch, and mahogany which is sold to the trade only through 24 traveling salesmen who reach all the important places in the United States. Besides this the foreign trade takes a fair proportion of their output and there is an annual increase in their business in all directions. The amount of sales reach about $180,000 yearly. They make a specialty of sideboards and buffets and some of the most elaborate and artistic work in the land is the product form their factory located at the corner of Seminary and Keith streets.
ROCKFORD CHAIR AND FURNITURE COMPANY
One of the City’s Big and Growing Furniture Industries--Plant Covers Much Ground and Many Men Find Employment in it at Good Wages.
This immense establishment was founded in 1880 and is officered by C.A. Newman, president; Andrew Shelgren, vice-president. And Robert C. Lind, secretary and treasurer, who are all old residents and highly respected citizens, in the prime of life with a long future of usefulness before them. There are really two establishments known as Plant A and Plat B, being separated by a distance of about two miles. Plant A has a factory comprising the machine building 50 feet by 150 feet and a finishing department 100 feet by 100 feet, both being four stories in height, besides a storehouse 59 feet by 150 feet. The floor space utilized is about 125,000 square feet. Plant B comprises two mammoth four story buildings 90 feet by 300 feet with a floor area of 150,000 square feet. Both plants are well supplied with sheds, drying rooms, and years covering over five acres of ground. There is no machine of practical utility in the manufacture of furniture that is not installed in these plants and it requires three hundred and fifty employes to carry on the operations of the factories. Their track age and shipping facilities are of the best.
Mr. Newman, the president, is an expert designer and it is in a great measure owning to this fact that the company has been leaders in turning out the most artistic furniture in the markets of today. They do a business of $500,000 per year and cover the entire United States, Canada, and Mexico and their goods have a national reputation.
Robert C. Lind, the secretary, looks after all business and it is through his acute knowledge and conception of the requirements of the American people that they have acquired such a large trade covering such an extensive territory. Another important factor in this firm’s success is Alexander Johnson, the superintendent, who has lived in the city for thirty-five years and has been with the company for twenty-two years. He is a man of great practical intelligence and an expert in his line.
ROCKFORD SCREEN COMPANY
Manufacturers of Screen Doors, Window Screens, Frames and Mouldings of All Sizes and Varied Designs--Modern Machinery Recently Installed
This prominent factory, located on South Wyman street, has an extensive planing mill in which special modern machinery, appliances and shafting has within a comparatively short time been newly installed. The mill covers an area of 30 feet by 105 feet and is two stories in height, in which fifteen employes are actively engaged. They do an extensive wholesale business extending west to the Missouri river and north in Wisconsin. They are manufacturers of screen doors and window screens, frames and mouldings of all sizes and varied designs. They make a specialty of various attractive innovations which were modeled in their own mills from ideas of their own. Outside of their wholesale business they are equipped for general jobbing in all departments pertaining to a first class and completely appointed planing mill. The officers of the company are Chas. Reitsch, president; Geo. S. Briggs, vice president; C.J. Swanson, secretary and treasurer. Mr. Swanson is also the active manager. Mr. Briggs was born and raised in the city and brought up in the manufacturing business and has been and is now engaged in various enterprises tending toward the city’s progress and his own prosperity.
ROCKFORD STANDARD FURNITURE CO.
One of the Great and Growing Industries of the Southeast End--Gives Employment to a Large Number of Hands
Rockford is one of the leading furniture centers of the world and it is such firms as the Rockford Standard Furniture company that gives the city its greatest prestige. This company was established in 1887 and has always advanced in the face of shrewd commercial competition. The officers are all old residents of the city, large real estate owners and representative citizens who have been foremost in pushing Rockford and Rockford industries and products to the front. They are P.A. Peterson, president; F.E. Lundgren, vice president; J.E. Swanson, secretary and treasurer and Oscar Warner, superintendent. The president, P.A. Peterson, is one of the best known men, having the largest varied industrial interests of any man in the city. They occupy two acres of ground area extensively covered with large buildings, lumber sheds and yards. There are two main buildings of brick, four stories in height, 80 feet by 125 feet each and thoroughly equipped with necessary machinery and appliances which are kept in constant operation by 165 expert employes. The total floor space covers an area of over 100.000 square feet. They are wholesale manufacturers of combination cabinets, library book cases, china closets, library desks, parlor desks, folding beds, buffets, etc.
WEST END FURNITURE COMPANY
Their Products in Active Demand in All Parts of the Country--Is Conservatively and Ably Managed.
This large concern is of great credit to the city, giving employment to one hundred and forty of Rockford’s thrifty people. The factory is located at the West End, as the name implies, and their buildings are large and substantial brick edifices, four stories high, 80 feet by 144 feet and 80 feet by 115 feet. Their line of manufacture includes both medium and fine grade of desks, buffets, book cases, folding beds, fine tables, etc. Their goods are of the finest quality and all woods entering into their manufacture are thoroughly seasoned and inspected. The extreme care and beauty of design have increase their trade so that the factory output reaches $225, 000 in annual sales. They are represented throughout the entire United States and Mexico by thirty traveling salesmen, besides having exquisitely appointed salesrooms in Chicago and New York city. They have been established fourteen years and the officers are C.R. Mower, president; Oscar Day, vice president; J.H. Lynn, secretary and treasurer. Mr. Lynn is also manager and gives his entire time to the supervision of the plant. The officers are all residents of the city and with their constant outlook for new and attractive ideas they are always foremost in the markets.
[The Register-Gazette’s Historical, Biographical, Industrial Edition, December 16, 1904, Pg. 69]
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