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.
Jones, Woodruff & Co. The manufacture of pumps, windmills and electric fire alarms is carried on at 117 and 119 South Court St., and was established in 1874. A capital of $25,000 is invested in the business, and an average of fifteen hands are employed. The business transacted will aggregate $40,000, with an annual pay-roll of $6,000. The buildings occupied are of frame, one 22 x 70 feet, two stories, and the other, 22 x 50 feet, one story high.
Source: “Industrial and Picturesque Rockford,” by Eugene Browne and F. Ford Rowe, 1891
Jones, Woodruff and Co., (Samuel N. Jones, E. L. Woodruff, and Watson T. Pierpont, owners) (Rockford Construction Co.) Manufacturers of the I.X.L. wind engines and iron pumps. Steam, hot water and gas fitting. Telephone No. 165. Office 117-19 So. Court St.