Source of photograph: “Industrial and Picturesque Rockford,” Eugene Browne and F. Ford Rowe, 1891
Van Wie (The) Gas Stove Co., George S. Roper, prest.; George D. Roper, secy. and treas. Wholesale manufacturers of gas, cooking and heating stoves, hot water generators, etc. Huffman Boulevard. Source: 1892 Philippi’s Rockford City Directory
Van Wie Avenue is one block south of Fulton Ave. and may indicate location of factory. See 1892 Winnebago County Atlas below. The factory was on th east side of Huffman Blvd., about a block south of the Railroad Tracks, between Van Wie and Fulton Ave.