Farmer’s Co-operative Packing Plant of Rockford – 1917 image, article

Source:  Rockford 1917, page 103; Issued by Rockford Chamber of Commerce   R917.7331 R682r 1917

the only co-operative packing plant in Illinois; farmer members kill, cure and market their own product.

Incorporated March 18, 1916. J.M. Chryst, F.A. Bingham, John Hrdlicka, Louis Kreuter and Thomas A. Nolan, directors. Promoted by George H. Horrell of Humbird, Wisconsin.

Plant located near Blackhawk Park, Rockford.  City Directory listed address as Peoples Ave. near Rock River,

Site shown in 1917 De Tissandier Atlas.  Formerly Schmauss Meat-Packing Plant, some years managed by Oake Packing Co., who wanted to put 300 men to work in plant. 1908 – 1916 sale.

Farmers Co-operative sold in 1923/1925 after massive fire. Purchase by Chappel Bros., Inc. canned horsemeat, sent to European market and used here as dog food.

Windsor Apartments, 902 – 910 N. Main St. – Frank Carpenter architect

Source:  Rockford 1920 and Beyond; Postcard History Series, by Eric A. Johnson