Atwood Marks 50th Year, 1959 – “Honor 3 Atwoods as 50th Anniversary…”

Source:  Rockford Morning Star Sept. 20, 1959

Time Museum – ” Time Tells Many Tales” 1970

Time Tells many

Article, above, from Sunday Rockford Register-Star June 7, 1970

Time Museum bk

Above: Movement, Breguet et Fils, No. 2555 started 1809

Source: The Time Museum Catalogue of Chronometers




Harlem Blvd., 2121 – Seth G. Atwood, 1956

Atwood house

2121 Harlem Blvd.; built for Mr. and Mrs. Seth G. (Glanville) Atwood

“$97,000 House Permit Issued”  City building department today issuead a permit to Harry V. Johnson and Sons for a $97,000 single-family residence at 2121 Harlem blvd.”   Rockford Register Star June 28, 1956

Conscience stricken

Source: Rockford Register Republic April 3, 1958

2013 taxes were paid by Seven Group LLC

Current owner/trustee (2015) Anne Eikenberry; Steven Eikenberry

Cap, Gown

Source:  Rockford Register Republic Feb. 22, 1962

Atwood, Patricia

Source: Rockford Register Star July 11, 1980







Atwood Vacuum Machine Tool Company

Atwood Vacuum Machine Tool Company

Founded in 1909 to manufacture vacuum cleaners

Run by Seth B. Atwood from 1909-1952

In 1953 Seth B. Atwood became President of the Board of Directors and Seth G. Atwood became President

Eventually the company manufactured automobile hardware


Source:  Rockford Register Star, 02/25/2010


Seth G. Atwood

Seth Glanville Atwood, son of Seth B. and Helen Mae (Glanville) Atwood

Died Sunday 02/21/2010 at age 92, the longtime leader of the Atwood family business interests

He introduced “The Scanlon Plan”, a type of gain sharing plan that paid a bonus to employees

He served on dozens of boards, was a longtime leader in civic causes, especially education

He was on the Community Education Task Force, formed in 1992, and was an early backer of charter schools

He was a collector of over 3,000 timepieces, and opened the Time Museum in 1970

The Time Museum closed when the family sold the Clock Tower Resort

Seth G. Atwood
Seth G. Atwood

In 1910, brothers James and Seth B. Atwood (father of Seth G. Atwood), moved to Rockford

They formed Atwood Vacuum Machine Tool Company

Seth G. Atwood took over the family industries in 1953

In 1985 he sold Atwood Industries to John Anderson of Anderson Industries

He had an MBA from Harvard University in 1940, and a BA from Stanford University

He managed several family businesses from banking to venture capital to and real estate

He was involved in developing a three wheeled, energy efficient car at the 1984 Chicago Auto Show

In 1971 he founded the Time Museum, located at the Clock Tower Resort

When the museum closed in 1999, the timepieces were sold to the City of Chicago for $20 million

He was a founding member of the American section of the Antiquarian Horological Society

Seth G. Atwood
Seth G. Atwood

Survived by children Mr. and Mrs. Seth Lang (Connie) Atwood of Boulder City, NV; Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Triner (Patricia) Atwood of Rockford and Mr. and Mrs. Paul (Diane Atwood) Reilly of Chicago

Predeceased by wife Patricia J. Lang Atwood of River Forest and sister Barbara Mae Atwood of Rockford

A memorial gathering will be held at Rockford Country Club, arrangements by Olson Funeral Home and Crematory, private graveside service at Greenwood Cemetery, memorials to The Independent Institute, Oakland


Source:  Rockford Register Star, 02/24/2010

Seth G. Atwood

Seth G. Atwood

Son of Seth B. Atwood

Took over Atwood Vacuum Machine in 1953

Diversified company’s operations into banking and land development

Purchased former Henrici’s Hotel; renamed it the Clock Tower Resort

Established the Time Museum

Sold museum in 1999 to Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry

The rest was auctioned by Sotheby’s


Source:  “Rockford Big Town / Little City”  977.331  C973r, Rockford Public Library