“Rockford Gas, Light Firm Fathered Utility” – 1962 article

 October 12, 1923

Source:  Rockford Morning Star and Rockford Register-Republic “Century Plus 10” Special Edition, March 1962



Source:  Rockford Morning Star and Rockford Register-Republic “Century Plus 10” Special Edition, March 1962

Three Bankers, 1887 – Robertson, Sanford and Spafford

3-bankersLeft to right:  T. D. Robertson, G. A. Sanford and A. C. Spafford

Source: Picturesque and Descriptive History of the City of Rockford, 1887

T.D. Robertson, president Winnebago National Bank, 124 S. Main St., residence 601 N. Main St.

G. A. Sanford, president Second National Bank of Rockford,  S. E. corner Main St. and West State St., residence 407 N Main St.

Amos C. Spafford,  a resident since 1839, president,  Third National Bank of Rockford, 323 E. State St., residence Prospect St.

Source of text information: Dunn and Philippi’s Rockford City Directory for 1887-8



Main Street West Side (north) 400 Block

n e c North & Main  Beattie, John; Beattie, Alex. [203 North St.]

n w c Main & North  Sanford, R. A. [402]; Gaylord, Miss Julia

e s n of North  Checksfield, Thos.

e s n of North  Coleman, Chas.

e s n of North  Dickerman, W. A. [415]

e s n of North  Edwards, John; Edwards, Albert C.; Edwards, J. H. [421]

e s n of North  McKinney, Mrs. Mary, boards

e s n of North  Maloney, John

e s n of North Preston, Simon M.

e s n of North  Reeves J.,Reeves James W.

e s n of North  Rudd, G.W.

e s n of North  Sanford, G. A.[407]

e s n of North  Savery, H. H.

e s n of North  Smith, Melancthon

e s n of North  Squire, Danl.; Squire, Mrs. Mary

e s n of North  Tamling, Hervey

e s n of North  Wright, Miss Lizzie

e s opposite Fisher  Coleman, John S.; Coleman John

e s b North & Fisher  Hambright, G. F.; Hambright, Fred.

w s b North & Fisher  Clark, Rev. Anson

w s b North & Fisher  Clemens, S. A. [428]

w s b North & Fisher  Lowry, A. G.

w s b North & Fisher  Moulthrop, L.; Moulthrop, Mrs. M.

w s b North & Fisher  Searle, Geo.

w s n of North  Dewey, S. J.

n w c Main & Fisher  Blakeman, Benj. [450]

Rockford, Rock Island and St. Louis Railroad Company – 1870

R Tinker - 1

R Tinker - 2

Source:  Rockford Weekly Register-Gazette Mar. 19, 1870

Main St., North, 515

residence W.F. Woodruff

Source: 1894 – 1895 City Directory

Indian Terrace was originally built by G.A. Sanford in 1847

Source: Rockford Register Republic 6/17/1947 & Sunday Register Star 5/31/1981

Construction began on Christian Scientist Church in 1909, first service in April 1910. Church dedicated in 1919 when all debts were paid off church remodeled in 1954, front and also basement 1954 architect: Raymond Orput, contracter: Frank S. Pearce

Source: Rockfordiana: Churches: A-C

Christian Science Church

Source: 1914 City Directory

W.P. Force, emp, ET&Co, res E.R.

Source: 1880 City Directory

515 North Main Street

Source: 1911 postcard for sale on www.ebay.com

510 Indian Terrace

510 Indian Terrace

House, owned by Ralph Hinchcliffe, was razed in 1951

The original house was built in 1847 by Goodyear Sanford

An Indian Mound was on the property when the house was built

An identical house was listed at 505 North Main Street

510 Indian Terrace Before Razing in 1951
510 Indian Terrace Before Razing in 1951


Source:  Rockford Morning Star, 11/09/1951 and Rockford Public Library “Rockfordiana” files, “Historic Houses and Landmarks – 1”

Death of John Beattie

Death of John Beattie


“Rockford’s Aged and Wealthiest Contractor Dead”

Mr. Beattie was compelled to take a block of West State Street land, now worth $70,000, for a debt of a few hundred dollars.

Beattie was urged to erect a building on the block across from the courthouse that would stand as his monument when he was gone.

At the time he had completed some work on the courthouse and this property was given to him for his work.

On the day he became possessor of the property, he wept, thinking he had been defrauded payment for his work.

But Rockford grew and became a city, and an elegant courthouse supplanted the old one. Improvements were made all around Mr. Beattie’s property, until what he thought was not worth hundreds of dollars could be sold for $60,000. His North Main property is estimated at $50,000, at least.

In addition, he owned a number of houses in the city, fine farming land in Argyle, and a lot of mining land. His estate is estimated at $200,000 – $300,000.

He built G A Sanford’s House and Dr. Lane’s. John Beattie came to Rockford in 1837, in the company of D D Alling and William Peters.

Mr. Beattie lived in the house where he died for forty years. He purchased that property about the same time as the West State Street property.

Mr. Beattie had been in poor health for some time. He sprained his ankle last September.

He was born in the north of Ireland and was of Scottish-Irish descent. He came to America when quite young. He was opposed to change and was a very quiet, secretive man, quite averse to talking of his affairs and very cautious and slow in business affairs. He attended Second Congregational Church, but was a member of no societies.

He leaves a wife, two sons, Ed and George, both of Helena, Montana and men of large means, and two daughters, Misses Mary and Anna Beattie, both of Rockford.


Source: Daily Register, 12/04/1899