Sock Patent – U.S. Patent Gazette/www.USPTO.gov

Sock Patent

The U.S. Patent office formerly issued annual volumes of patents that year.  Many of those patents are now on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office website, www.USPTO.gov .  A weekly  Official Gazette for Patents is published in 2015.

One source online is through HathiTrust.org  http://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/000498155 .

**Notice that William Burson’s and John Nelson’s signatures are both on the patent above.  For a time the two men were in business together.  Eventually each ran his own business: the Nelson Knitting Co. and the Burson Knitting Co.  John Nelson’s sons operated the Forest City Knitting Co.

Rockford Industrial Athletic Association – R. I. A. A.

Rockford Industrial Athletic Association – R. I. A. A.

In the 1913 Factory League: Andrews Wire, Kurtz Action, Free Sewing Machine Company, Hess and Hopkins, Barber-Colman, and Trahern Pump Company

In the 1913 Commercial League: Rockford Malleable, Clark Manufacturing Company, Rockford Watch Company, Central Union Telephone, Printers, and Burson Knitting Company

Source: Rockford Morning Star, 08/13/1913, also in Rockford Public Library’s “Rockfordiana” files, “R. I. A. A.”