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.
Rockford Brass Works, D.E., H.R. and F.B. Trahern, proprietors, founders and finishers of bronze and brass castings, aluminum bronze, and aluminum brass castings. Copper castings for electric motors and dynamos, Mill St. on Water Power.