Main St., South, 107-111

Dow Block: W.H. Cook, genl. contractor, D.C. Dow, office, Idlers Club, I O O F Hall, Arthur T. Johnson, tailor, James T. Joslin, insurance, loans, real estate, I.G. Lutz, fire extinguishers, W.H. Sovereign, real estate, R.E. Turney, insurance

Source: 1911 Rockford City Directory

Dow’s Block: W H Cook, general contractor, D.C. Dow, office, I O O F Hall, A T Johnson, tailor, Rockford Chauffeurs Club, Oscar Schubert, millwork, Te-A-Kun-Kha, B.E. Wade, investments, H.J. Wilcox, real estate

Source: 1916 Rockford City Directory

Dow’s Block

Source: 1921 Rockford City Directory

Dow’s Block: Mrs. Augusta Kreth, beauty parlor, Rockford Window Cleaning Co., Mrs. Maria Stahl, Van’s Saxaphone Shop, W.T. Grant Co.

Source: 1926 Rockford City Directory


Bureau to aid girls in finding rooms

Source: Rockford Morning Star 10/24/1919

” Y.W.C.A. Board has Meeeting on Tuesday”

Source: Rockford Morning Star 9/10/1944




“New Home of YWCA” from Rockford Morning Star March 4, 1906

The new home of the Y.W.C.A. cost $20,000, built from the plans of architect Frank A. Carpenter, general contractor W.H. Cook. Solid brick building with trimmings of Bedford Stone.  The brick are laid in the pattern known as Flemish bond.  The buildings dimensions are 41 x 78.  Floors are all oak and the trim in Georgia pine.      The house is heated with steam and wired and piped for illuminating purposes. The roof of slate and dark mortar are well chosen from an aesthetic standpoint.

Source: Rockford Morning Star 3/4/1906

“Directors Named at Y.W.C.A.’s 50th Meeting” met for dinner at the Y and 50th annual meeting, 50th annual meeting Mrs. Harry A Severson, chairman of the golden jubilee observance

Source: Rockford Morning Star 1/28/1942