“Forest City Furniture Co. Rockford’s pioneer industry in the furniture line. The business was established in 1869 by A. C. Johnson, and the present company was incorporated in 1875. The officers are: Gilbert Woodruff, President; R. W. Emerson, Secretary and Treasurer. A. C. Johnson, Superindent. A General line of furniture and office desks is manufactured. The capital stock of the company is $150,000. The plant of th4e company includes four large four-story brick buildings, with a floor area of 150,000 square feet. They also have six acres of yard room for lumber storage. They employ an average of 240 hands and do business exceeding $300,000 a year.”
Source: “Industrial and Picturesque Rockford,” Eugene Browne and F. Ford Rowe, 1891
Source of picture: “Industrial and Picturesque Rockford,” Eugene Browne and F. Ford Rowe, 1891
“Forest City Furniture. Gilbert Woodruff, President; R.W. Emerson, secy. and treas., Wholesale manufacturers of bookcases, office desks, library cases, chamber suits, parlor desks, sideboards, table washstands, table beds, etc., R.A. ave. between Seventh and Eighth.”
Source: 1892 Philippi’s Rockford City Directory
Map from 1892 Winnebago County Atlas shows company on both sides of the RR tracks,, Railroad Ave. between 7th and 8th Ave.
The 1928 Sanborn Fire Insurance map is covered over and shows Forest City Phonograph Co. in this location. In 1919 Forest City Furniture was being sold to Forest City Phonograph Co. “400 men to be at work in sixty days.”