Clifton Ave., 1401

Photos Source: Staff member at Rockford Public Library

original owners & occupants of house were Seth Trufant and wife Florence (Fannie,Adele), 1888

Source: 1888 Rockford City Directory

Seth and Florence married 5/3/1876


Seth moved here at age 10 with his parents David B. and Martha Trufant. Parents, brother George and sister Grace all born in Lunn, Massachusetts. Florence, Fannie, Adele was born in Fulton Co., Illinois, daughter of W.W. Burson. Her Father owned and was president of Burson Knitting Co.,

Source: 1880 Federal Census

Seth worked 10 years at Rockford Watch Co., a few years at Barmes Mfg., then at Burson Knitting

Source: obituary and Rockford City Directories

1900 Fed Census list Seth and Adele with 3 daughter: Grace 19, Norva, 16, and Hettie, 12

Source: 1990 Federal Census

County Clerk lists baby girl born 10/9/1879, Norva born 5/4/1884 and baby girl born 1/12/1888


Two daughters didn’t marry here. Grace married here in parents’ home

Mrs. Trufant is survived by her mother, Mrs E.S. Burson of Los Angeles. Mrs Trufant survived by her brothers, E.E. Burson, Los Angeles, and Wilson W. Burson,  (wife Hettie) v-pres B-Z-B Knitting, 1403 Harlem Blvd. (1920 City Directory) Niece Florence Burson, who married Maurice Hazzard (1920). Two daughters survived, Norva, still at home, and Mrs Grace Treadwell of Chicago. A third daughter, Mrs. Hettie Sparies, died in Alabama in 1915. Mr. Trufant died at home of Bright’s Disease. He came to Rockford at age 10. When gold was discovered at Pike’s Peak, he joined the westward rush. On his return to Rockford, Mr Trufant took charge of the pattern cylinder department

Source: Obituary

House listed to Norva Trufant

Source: 1920 Rockford City Directory

Mrs. G. Treadwell

Source: 1921 – 1925 Rockford City Directory

1935-37 tenant, Henri Wuhrmann, fireman, W F and John Barnes

Source: 1936 – 1937 Rockford City Directory

1938-39 Mrs. Grace Treadwell, Anthony Remencius (Virginia) grinder

Source: 1938 – 1939 Rockford City Directory

1940, 1941 Mrs. Grace Treadwell, Clifford Rogers laborer

Source: 1940 – 1941 Rockford City Directory

1944 – 1965 Mrs Grace Treadwell, no boarders

Source: 1944 – 1965 Rockford City Directory

1968 – Dennard Rubin

Source: 1968 Rockford City Directory

1969 – Andrew Guerin

Source: 1969 Rockford City Directory

1970 – 1979  Richard Hawkins, asmblr Chrysler Corp.

Source: 1970 – 1979 Rockford City Directory

No listing in 1980, 1981, 1982 Rockford City Directory

Source: 1980 – 1982 Rockford City Directory

1984 – listed as Apartments

Source: 1984 Rockford City Directory






“Frank Ward Lies on Death Bed” – 1908


Source: Rockford Daily Republic July 30, 1908

Christian Henry

Christian Henry, died last night at 8:20 p.m. of Brights disease after a long period of suffering.

“For the last 2 weeks, he has had no use of his right lung.”

“He was 49 years old and came to Rockford in 1860. At that time he was a member of the band belonging to Miles Orton’s circus, which disbanded here, and together with August Dedrickson resolved to make their home in Rockford. He has been engaged in the restaurant and saloon business in the same location of East State St. for 16 or 17 years.”

“He was born in Bavaria and came o this country when he was about 19.”

“He leaves a wife and five children; 3 boys.”

“Deceased was a member of Germania Gesang Verein, and that organization will attend to the obsequies in a body.”

Source: Rockford Daily Register-Gazette Nov. 7, 1881