Rockford Chair and Furniture – June 1925

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Source:  Rockford Furniture Herald, The   June 1925

Rockford Chair and Furniture Co., wholesale manufacturers of furniture,  C A Newman, president, M A Kjellgren, v-pres; R C Lind, sec and treas., 920 – 9th St.  Source: 1925 McCoy’s Rockford City Directory

“Chicago Fire Had Role in Launching Furniture Industry Here”

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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.


Rockford Chair and Furniture Co. – 1889, 1892, 1918

Rockford Chair and Furniture

Source: Album of Rockford, Ills. 1889; Vertical File

Rockford Chair and Furniture:  Andrew Kjellgren, president; Alexander Johnson, vice-president; Robert C. Lind, secy and treas., Wholesale manufacturers of medium grade furniture. Railroad Ave. between Ninth and Tenth Sts.

Source: 1892 Philippi’s Rockford City Directory

Rockford Chair and Furniture, C. A. Newman, president; Andrew Kjellgren, vice-president, R C Lind, secy and treas.; Office 920 9th St.; Factory A Railroad Ave. between 9th and 10th  Factory B 315 Peoples Ave.

Source:  McCoy’s Rockford City Directory for 1918

Rockford Furniture Map (1925)

Furniture Map

Source: Rockford Furniture Herald, April 1925