First Harley Davidson and First Gas Driven Truck in Rockford

Baseball Team Rides in the City’s First Gasoline-Driven Truck

The Ironbrew Bottling works owned the first gasoline driven truck in Rockford-a two-cylinder Rapid dated 1906. Members of the old Maroon baseball team are passengers in the truck, among them Hal Carlson, later a big league player, and Hilding Nelson, who played with the Three-I league. Everett Russ, son of E.T. Russ and part owner of Russ and company, is in the driver’s seat, and beside him is his sister Gertrude, now Mrs. Theodore Nells, 315 N. 3rd st. The first Harley Davidson motorcycle in Rockford, pictured at the rear of the truck, is manned by Carl Bladstrom.

Source: Register Republic  June 16, 1952  p.46

Car barn building, 128 Kishwaukee St., demolished, December 2020

Car barn building, 128 Kishwaukee St., south side of the building, on First Ave.

Car barn building, 128 Kishwaukee St., southwest side of the building

Car barn building, 128 Kishwaukee St., north side of the building (from East State St.)

Taken from the East State Street side, facing south, Dec. 5, 2020

Sources: First three photos,, images captured May 2019, the fourth photo taken by Jean Lythgoe, December 5, 2020

Aerospace Industry


Source:  Rockford Register Star, Ken DeCoster.