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.
West End Furniture Company. Located corner of Factory street and Johnson Ave; organized July 7, 1890, with a capital stock of $50,000. Present officers are: B. A. Knight, President; O. W. Haegg, Vice-President and Secretary; Paul Schuster, Treasurer. They are manufacturers of book-cases, side-boards, hall trees, tables and chiffoniers; give employment to 150 hands, with an annual pay-roll of $80,000, and estimate their output at $200,000 per year. The factory is 80 x 144 feet, five stories and a basement high, and built of brick.
Source: “Industrial and Picturesque Rockford,” by Eugene Browne and F. Ford Rowe, published 1891.