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.

West End Furniture Co. – 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.


Climax Table and Slide Co – 1891

“Climax Table and Slide Co., Capitol Stock $50,000. B. A. Knight, President, E.R. Lahman, Secretary. Manufactures extension table slides and center tables. Annual output $50,000; employ 40 hands; payroll $26,000, factory (brick) 36×70, 3 stories high.”

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


“Climax Slide and Center Table Co., B A Knight, President; W W Sawyer, vice-prest. and treas.,  W I Weld, secy. Manufacturers of the Climax Slide and Table Centers, N Second.

Source: 1892 Philippi’s Rockford City Directory


???? Not confirmed: one of 2 unidentified buildings on Plate 15, 1892 Winnebago County Atlas immediately south of Rockford Desk and Furniture on No. Second St. B.A. Knight’s Subdivision area?????



Rockford Paint Manufacturing Co.

R Paint Mfr Co

Rockford Paint Manufacturing Company, Woodruff Ave between 9th and 10th Sts.

B. A. Knight, president; August Nelson, vice-president; C. G. Lund, secretary and treasurer

Manufacturers of mixed paints, paste paints and colors

Ad source: Philippi’s Rockford City Directory for 1892, page 365

Text source: Philippi’s Rockford City Directory for 1892, page 379