Garfield Ave., 605 – Thayer house

Garfield Ave., 605 from Ridge

Side view from Ridge Ave. Photo 9/20/2013 Jan Carter

1920 – 1938*   Home of Warren B. Thayer and wife, Emma. treasurer and manager of Thayer Action Co., reside at 605 Garfield.  Thayer Action Co. was located at 18th Ave. and 10th St.; they manufactured piano actions and parts. He died January 7, 1939, at home.

In 1928, Warren Thayer was also treasurer of Rockford Savings and Loan Association.

More photos of house below.

Thayer obit

Source: Rockford Morning Star, January 8, 1939


Garfield Ave., 605 tunnel

Source of above: 1928 Sanborn Map; shows tunnel from house to garage; also that it has Fireproof Construction except the third floor partition and roof.  This was important as the house was built before there was fire service or hydrants to that subdivision.

Garfield Ave., 605 front

Front of house, as seen from Garfield Ave. Photo 9/20/2013, Jan Carter