Rockford Industrial Athletic Association – R. I. A. A.

Rockford Industrial Athletic Association – R. I. A. A.

Organized in 1910 (1909-1910 season)

The oldest and largest group of its kind in the nation

Basketball, the first sport organized, was dropped in the 1940’s

The charter members were the Ashburn Company, Andrews Wire and Iron Works, and Rockford Mitten and Hosiery Company

In 1913-14, the group split into Commercial and Factory leagues


Source: Rockford Register, 12/24/1955, Rockford Public Library’s “Rockfordiana” files, “Sports – 1”

Rockford’s Hosiery Mills in WWII

“Hold Existing Stock for Army; U.S. Calls on Knitting Firms for Inventory of Supplies on Hand”

Silk Famine to Curb Hosiery Mills

“The order, expected within a short time, will probably provide for a deep initial cut in silk consumption, followed by gradually diminishing allocations to mills until the civilian use of the imported fibre is virtually halted, it was said.”

“The BZB Knitting company, 330 So. Wyman St., and the Contour Hosiery Mills, 1618 So. Main St., would be directly affected by any curb in the distribution of raw silk: Both firms are users of raw silk.”

“Jobs of 360 workmen in the two plants would be endangered if a silk ban were made effective.”

“Burson Knitting company, South Main and Cedar streets, also will be affected by the priorities order, but probably will not feel the pinch as soon as the Contour and BZB firms do because the Burson company uses spun, or waste silk rather than raw silk. The Burson firm has between 300 and 400 employes.”

“Nelson Knitting company, Forest City Knitting company and Rockford Mitten and Hosiery company would not be affected by a silk ban.”

“Military uses, including parachutes and power bags, normally account for only about 5 or 6 per cent of this consumption, and both war and navy department have reported that stocks appear ample, considering that rayon or other substitutes could be adapted for parachute use.”

The actual article is much longer.  Rockford Republic newspaper, July 31, 1941