Rockford Drill Girls softball league champions – 1945, R.I.A.A.

Same photographs, 2 versions of lightened up from microfilm. Rockford Morning Star 8/26/1945

Caption reads: “Rockford Drill girls, champions of the National division of the girls’ Industrial softball league, took a one-game lead over the Barber-Colman girls, American loop title winners and defending champions of 1944, by defeating the B-C team 6-5 of the first game of the championship series played last week.  The second series game will be played next Thursday evening. Pictured above is the Rockford Drill squad with Sophie Harezlak and Lou Johnson absent when the picture was taken. Top row-left to right- Delores Carlson, Dorothy Goubas, Helen Young, Josephine Castelli, Nat Giardini and Irene Picavet.  Bottom Row – left to right- Fern Krugjohann, Betty Solar, Leona Rager, Manager Floyd Johnson, Capt. Lillian Holmberg, Angeline Spadacini, Ida Mae Schweiger.



Rockford Clutch, a Division of Borg Warner – From Ox Carts to Jets

Borg Warner 1

From Ox Carts to Jets; Roy Ingersoll and the Borg Warner Story by Will Oursler, Prentice Hall, Inc., 1959

Shelved in Local History Collection

Bord Warner 2Page 197

Borg Warner 3Page 235


Ingersoll also knew Emerson-Brantingham’s Charles Brantingham, pp 91-92,

The third great producer of Gslesburg-made Discs, was Rockford Drilling Machine, which eventually became part of Borg-Warner.  p 140

“The Mechanics Universal Joint Co., formerly the Mechanics Machine Co., produced the Universal Joints which went into millions of automobiles, and, in those early days, began yo make automotive transmissions. The company was greatly helped at its start by a Rockford Industrialist and investor, P.A. Peterson, who was to become a part owner and, in 1906, president.”   pp 1982-3

“In 1914 they signed an agreement to produce 25 transmissions a day for the Chevrolet Automobile Co,”       p 183






War Effort Publicity – 1943

War Effort Publicity

Source:  Rockford Morning Star Sept. 5, 1943

Sparacino – Arbisi Wedding – 1945


Source: Rockford Register Republic July 5, 1045