Residence of Oscar Nelson – 1891, 702 Seminary

Residence of Oscar Nelson

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

Nelson, Oscar; vice president and supt. of Forest City Knitting Co., res 702 Seminary St.  Source:  1892 Philippi’s Rockford City Directory



Alfred Nelson and patents – 1887

Alfred - 1

Source: U. S. Patent and Trademark Gazeteer for 1887

Alfred - 1.5


Alfred - 2

Source:  Rockford Daily Register Dec. 7, 1887 (above)

Alfred - 3

Source:  Rockford Daily Register January 21, 1887




Sock and Sock Monkey History in Rockford

Sock Monkey History

Source:  Rockford Register Star April 9, 2006

Knitting Industry Timeline

Knitting Industry Timeline

Knitting District Timeline 2

knitting Timeline

Knitting Industry Timeline 4



Forest City Knitting Co. – 1894

Forest City Knititing Co.

Photograph source: “Rockford, Illinois Photo-Gravure Views and Brief Descriptive Sketch of the Forest City,”  Published by the Rockford Real Estate Exchange, 1893    R917.733 R 59

Forest City Knitting Co., Wm. Nelson, Prest.; Oscar Nelson, vice-prest.; F. F. Nelson, sec’y. and treas.; Manufacturers of fine Nelson knit seamless hosiery. Factory and office Catherine, west of Seminary st.

Source: Philippi’s Rockford City Directory for 1894-1895, p 192