Source: Rockford Morning Star Mar. 20, 1938
Chicago Fire – Oct. 8, 1871 Jonas Peters was working in a furniture plant that fire destroyed, so he came back to Rockford and tried to find interested parties to produce furniture.
In 1874 Gilbert Woodruff interested Johnson and Anderson into starting Forest City Furniture. Began in 1875, pictured above. Rockford Chair and Furniture, Palace Furniture, Rockford Excelsior Furniture Co., Co-Operative Furniture and Standard Furniture Co. soon followed.