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

The Red Garter 308 East State 1958 owners Bob Salamone and Phil Salamone

Source: Register Republic  February 1, 1958  pg.16

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Rockton Centre, 3100 North Rockton Ave. shops

Source: Rockford Morning Star, June 28, 1963