“Local War Products at Front in 48 Hours” – 1944

Source:  Rockford Register-Republic Sept. 7, 1944

36th Annual RIAA Banquet – 1973, Henrici’s

36th RIAA - 1

Source: Copy of Program courtesy of Jack Rinaldo

36th RIAA - 2

36th RIAA - 3

36th RIAA - 4

Rockford Clutch, a Division of Borg Warner – From Ox Carts to Jets

Borg Warner 1

From Ox Carts to Jets; Roy Ingersoll and the Borg Warner Story by Will Oursler, Prentice Hall, Inc., 1959

Shelved in Local History Collection

Bord Warner 2Page 197

Borg Warner 3Page 235


Ingersoll also knew Emerson-Brantingham’s Charles Brantingham, pp 91-92,

The third great producer of Gslesburg-made Discs, was Rockford Drilling Machine, which eventually became part of Borg-Warner.  p 140

“The Mechanics Universal Joint Co., formerly the Mechanics Machine Co., produced the Universal Joints which went into millions of automobiles, and, in those early days, began yo make automotive transmissions. The company was greatly helped at its start by a Rockford Industrialist and investor, P.A. Peterson, who was to become a part owner and, in 1906, president.”   pp 1982-3

“In 1914 they signed an agreement to produce 25 transmissions a day for the Chevrolet Automobile Co,”       p 183






“War Products to Jam Temple” – March 1944

War Products - 1

Source:  Rockford Register-Republic   March 18, 1944

War Products - 2

War Products - 3



WWII Army Air Forces Schwanke, Staff Sgt. Arthur R.

photo; in hq squadron of B-24 Liberators based in Italy cited for accomplishments in bombing strategic nazi targets. A 1927 graduate of Rockford High School. Entered Service January 1943. Son of Mr. and Mrs. G.A. Schwanke, 1712 Ridge Ave. Bombing in France, Italy, Austria and Southern Germany active in affairs at St. Paul’s Lutheran an employee of Mechanics Universal Joint Co.

Arthur R. Schwanke

Source: Rockford Morning Star 9/10/1944

Sparacino – Arbisi Wedding – 1945


Source: Rockford Register Republic July 5, 1045

Mechanics Universal Joint – 1928 Association Picnic

Mechanics U.J. picnic

Source: Rockford Morning Star July 22, 1928