Northwestern Bolt Works

Source: 1872-73 Rockford City Directory, page E in front and also on page 37

Wilkins and Marcellus, proprietors, have enviable position in their line.

Burned down “Shortly ago” and was rebuilt in 30 days

Manufacture all kinds of carriage, plow and machine bolts, and also hot pressed nuts.

*Manufactory, Water Power indicates a factory in the Water Power District on the West Side of the Rock River, south of the Railroad Bridge and north of the Morgan St. Bridge.  There was a race, i.r. a man-made canal area where water was diverted from the river and a mill, and these generated power.  Mill St. and Race St. were in this area and still are.  Many factories were located there.


Trahern Pump Works – 1891


Trahern Pump Works 1891

Source: “Industrial and Picturesque Rockford,” by Eugene Browne and F. Ford Rowe, published 1891

Trahern Pump Waorks, O. P. Trahern, President, J.A. Lewis, secretary and treasurer. Manufacturers and wholesale dealers in iron and brass pumps. Office and Works, Mill St., on Water Power.

Source: 1892 Philippi’s Rockford City Directory