Source of photographs: Jan Carter June 2013
Original owners: Victor M. Johnson, wife Louise, vice-president Free Sewing Machine Co., vice-president and general manager Industrial Potash, resides 615 Garfield Ave. Source: 1922 Rockford City Directory
The same as above plus sec and treas Groveland Farm Sales. 1923 Rockford City Directory
1926: Mr. and Mrs. Armer Johnson, 615 Garfield, will entertain on the occasion of the 25th Anniversary…
1927: Mrs. Armer Johnson, 615 Garfield Ave., won a women golfers’ putting contest at Harlem Hills Country Club……..
Owner since July 2014 Brent Phillips, house sold at $128,000.
It was 1948 before the first home was built in the subdivision at 2335 Harlem built by one of the officers of Free Sewing Machine Co.
Source: Rockford’s Harlem Park The People and the Time 790.068 B152r
Source: Rockford Morning Star June 17, 1945
Source: Rockford Morning Star Sept. 5, 1943
Rockford Industrial Athletic Association
Factories include: Andrews, Free Sewing, Barber-Colman, Trahern Pump, Hess and Hopkins, Kurtz Action
(Trahern Pump was replaced in 1914 by Haddorff Piano)
Commercial Loop includes: Clark Manufacturing, Rockford Watch, Rockford Malleable, Burson’s Knitting, Central Union Telegraph, Rockford Printers
(Rockford Printers was succeeded in 1914 by Woodward Governor)
Hal Carlson went on to play for the Chicago Cubs, and Fred Schulte went on to play for the Pittsburgh Pirates (Both were from the Free Sewing Machine Company)
“Turk” Skurski of Amerock was a top player, and Lou Coletta and Tony Vella of Barber-Colman were minor leagers
Source: Rockford Register, 12/24/1955
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.”
1120 Harlem Boulevard
Residence of John S. Williams and wife, Jean M. Williams
Assistant Manager at Free Sewing Machine
Source: 1949 Rockford City Directory
Illustration source: “Rockford 1917” p 94
Free Sewing Machine Co., W C Free president, P A Peterson v-president, V M Johnson, secretary, A E Johnson treasurer, C O Wester, supt., F J Kelley, general sales manager, 18th Ave. and 13th ST.
Text source: McCoy’s Rockford City Directory 1918
Free Sewing Machine Co. manufactured government-contracted Depth Charges during World War II
Source of advertisement: Rockford Register-Republic Sept. 13, 1943