Clark, Swede

 

Source: Rockford Register Star 2/22/2011

Clark, John L.

Irish immigrants; 1857 went west to Illinois

Source: From Hardware Store to Clarcor 1904-1989 R338.76 F931

Source: Rockford Morning Star 10/14/1919 & Rockfordiana: Biography CL – COM through 1966

President of J.L.Clark Manufacturing Co., 939 No Second St., Naval Veteran of the Civil War. Wife: Mary Chaney Clark, 1871, one son, L. Harold Clark one sister, Rachel Twiss, California one step-brother, James Crocker, Glencoe, Il

born in Burlington, Vt. 5/15/1845, son of Patrick and Mary Clark. Died of apoplexy (stroke) while driving. Died 10/12/1919. Moved to Rockford when he was 12 graduate Rockford East High School. Served 18 months on monitor “Winnebago” served under Admiral Farragut. Saw action at fall of Mobile

learned tinner’s trade in shop of Israel Sovereign. Entered hardware business with Norman Robinson. Business Robinson and Clark, State & St Kishwaukee. Later in business for self

1905 established John L. Clark Manufacturing Co. 1910 plant moved to 22nd Ave.

alderman, city council, 2nd Ward. Served on library board served on Rockford College Board. active First Congregational Church then Second Congregational Church

Mason, Elk, G.A.R.

Source: Rockford Morning Star 10/14/1919

 

Wheat, Osee H. – photographer, obituary

Wheat obit

Source:  The Rockford Republic June 21, 1909

Illinois Central Railroad

Illinois Central Railroad

The wages were $1.25 a day to build the railroad

It was completed September 27, 1856, taking five years to construct

705 mile railroad

Connected the northern, southern and central parts of the State

The city of Centralia was named after the Illinois Central Railroad

Later, four additional railroads were built east to west

It expanded the social, political, and economic climate of the State

The 1836 legislature granted a charter to build a railroad from Cairo to Galena

$3.5 million was set aside from the State for the building of a central railroad

The work was halted by the financial panic of 1837

The concept was kept alive by Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas

The 1850 Douglas Act was signed by President Fillmore

The bill called for Illinois to receive Federal land to build a central railroad

4000+ miles were made available

The State granted the charter to the Illinois Central Railroad Company

2.5 million acres were transferred to the company

The railroad would have to pay 7% shipping tax

The groundbreaking was at Cairo, IL on 12/23/1851

By 1852 funds were raised via bond sales in England to build the railroad

The chief Construction Engineer was Col. Roswell Mason

Hundreds of German and Irish immigrants were recruited from Europe to work on the railroad

Iron rails at $45 per ton were floated from England via New Orleans and Chicago

The line crossed the Great Western Railroad

The state hired Andrew Carnegie’s company to build a bridge across the Mississippi River

The state of Illinois’ population grew 2.5 million from 1850-1880

Illinois Central’s income in 1861 was $4 million, and in 1865 it was $8 million

Illinois Central hauled 291 million tons of goods in 1870, and 1,302 million tons in 1890

In 1877, Illinois Central bought the Chicago, St. Louis and New Orleans Line

Illinois Central purchased the Havana, Rantoul and Eastern Railroad and the Iowa Line in 1887

In 1888, Illinois Central built a line from Chicago to Freeport

Illinois Central built a huge bridge at Cairo over the Ohio River; it was completed in 1889

The Illinois Central headquarters was in Chicago, IL

Illinois Central installed telegraph lines, and the telegraph operators could signal station masters up and down the line

Illinois Central built the first sleeping cars, three years before Pullman

They were the first railroad to establish Post Office cars

Illinois Central was the first railroad to develop refrigerated freight cars

They were one of the five largest railroads in the U. S. by 1900

By 1926 the suburban line trains converted from steam to electricity

 

Source:  “Historic Illinois”, Vol. 29, No. 4, December 2006, Pages 3 – 7, Rockford Public Library’s Local History Collection

Dannenmaier, Joseph H. ‘Danne’

Born Aug. 29, 1926 in St. Louis, Mo., the son of William Christian and Clara Anna (Hardwig) Dannenmaier,

Served in the U.S. Navy during WWII and was a member of the Navy V12 Group.

Graduate Culver Military Academy and Illinois Institute of Technology.

Master’s Degree from Oklahoma State University.

Was a Mason.

Private family service will be held in Oklahoma.

Died Aug. 4, 2014, Rockford.

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