Talcott Building, 1926 – Howard Shaw Associates, architects

Source: Rockford Daily Register-Gazette, Sept. 18, 1926

Work of clearing the site for the proposed 12-story Talcott building in the 300 block on West State St., where now stands the former

Armstrong store, will be started early next month.  The proposed building will be erected in two units, the first to be six stories high,

but with foundation and walls to permit an extra 6 stories.



Masonic Halls

There are two Masonic Halls in Rockford, the one on the West Side being located at 317 West State street, and the one on the East side at northeast corner of First and East State streets. Both are elegantly furnished, having everything necessary for these “peculiar” institutions. The name, number of lodges, chapters, etc., with principal offices will be found below.

Rockford Lodge, No. 102, A.F.&A.M.  Regular communications first and third Thursday of each month. Northeast corner of First and East State streets. Officers, S. Perry, W.M.; T.G. Lawler, S.W.; T. Sully, J.W.; E.B. Perry, treas.; J.B. Nash, secy.

Star in the East Lodge, No. 166, A.F. & A.M. Regular communications first and third Friday of each month, 317 West State St. Officers, J.C. Norton, W.M.; Wm. Bowdoin, S.W.; Walter Derwent, J.W.; Chas. H. Emerson, treas.’ G.H. Trufant, secy.

E.F.W. Ellis Lodge, No. 633, A.F. & A.M. Regular communications the second and fourth Thursday of each month, 317 West State street. Officers, J.T. Lakin, W.M.; J.C. Garver, S.W.; G. Treadwell, J.W.; J. Gerber, secy.; Joseph Burns, treas.

Winnebago Chapter, No. 24, R.A.M. Regular meetings on the first and third Tuesdays of each month, 317 West State street. Officers, E.K. Conkling, H.P.; B.A. Weber, E.K.; J.C. Garver, E.S.; H.D. Frost, secy; W. Van Arnam, treas.

Crusade Commandery, No. 17, K.T. State conclaves the first and third Mondays of each month, Asylum 317 West State street.Officers, Rufus C. Bailey, E.C.; J.H. Manny, Genlo; J.D. Hamilton, Capt. Genl; J.P. Largent, treas.; F.D. Emerson, secy.

Source: Brainerd’s Rockford City Directory of 1876