Manny’s reaper, from the Official Retrospective Exhibition of the Development of Harvesting Machinery for the Paris Exposition of 1900

Source: Official Retrospective Exhibition of the Development of Harvesting Machinery for the Paris Exposition of 1900.

Ralph Emerson Bio – Rockford To-Day 1904

Ralph Emerson Bio – Rockford To-Day 1904

Source: Rockford To-Day 1904     Published by The Rockford Morning Star

Rockford Plow Co. – 1891

Rockford Plow Company.  The present company was incorporated in 1883, with a capital of $125,000.  The officers are E. L. Woodruff, President; B.A. Knight, Vice-President; T.M. Carpenter, Secretary and Treasurer. The company’s plant is located on Mill Street, on the water power, and includes a main building built of stone , 50×140 feet in size, and four stories high. There are six other buildings for warehouses and finishing purposes.  The company employs an average of seventy-five men, and does an annual business of $200,000.  Their pay-roll averages $30,000, and they manufacture plows, planters, cultivators, seeders and other agricultural implements.

Source: “Industrial and Picturesque Rockford,” by Eugene Browne and F. Ford Rowe, 1891.