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Certificate of four shares of the Winnebago County Agricultural Society, held by C.I. Horsman.

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Seed list grown and offered by George S. Haskell and Company, 112-114 Main Street.

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Bill of sale to Mrs. C.I. Horsman from George S. Haskell and Company, Seed Farmers and Merchants, 112-116 Main Street.

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Bill of sale to C.I. Horsman from George S. Haskell and Company, Flower, Field and Garden Seeds, 112-114 North Main Street.

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Invoice to C.I. Horsman from G.V. Orton for drilling a well at the farm.

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Bengt Nelson Farm possibly located at 2107 East State Street. Myrtle (born in 1899) is at the left with five children standing at right.

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The Thomas Garrett homestead in 1943, located at North Mulford Road. The Garrett family were early pioneers in Rockford acquiring the farm in 1841. St. Mark Lutheran Church purchased the Garrett farm July 1961. Members of the church congregation…

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Edward Easton farm on the south side of Harlem Road. The house is plain with decorative elements focused on the porches.

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The farm of David W. and Emma Evans located at 7515-7519 North Second Street. The house is a simple two-story with a front gable roof. The small porch that is an elongated roof over the front door and supported by posts. A barn directly behind the…

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The farm of David W. and Emma Evans located at 7515-7519 North Second Street. The house is symmetrical with the size and position of windows mirrored on the opposite side. The back door of the house is covered by an extended roof and appears to be…

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View of a road along the edge of a field with a log cabin in the background. Possibly Blackhawk Park.

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Workers on the Orville P. Thomas farm operate a threshing machine. The Thomas Farm was in Owen Township, north of Rockford.

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John Thomas, center, with horses, barn and car built in the early 1900s. Another man is holding two horses and a boy is seated on the running board of the car.

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Mr. & Mrs. Orville P. Thomas and their son John at their farmhouse in Owen Township, north of Rockford.

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People, possibly the farm family, are posed in front of an unidentified barn. A man and woman are seated in a buggy while another buggy holds a girl seated and boy standing. A man and a woman stand with a horse and pony.

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A horse drawn carriage with two women is in a newly cut hay field with bundles of hay in rows.

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Men posing with teams of horses hitched to harvester reaper equipment.

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Stalker farm. A man and woman are in front of the house. The house is located west of Stillman Valley, Illinois. The man and woman are probably Walter L. and Charlotte Cardine Gates Stalker.

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House and barns at the far end of Spring Brook Road on north side.

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A Big Four prairie tractor pulling equipment in a field. The Gas Traction Company, headquartered in Minneapolis, launched the Big Four tractor in 1910 and it became one of the earliest successful tractor brands. The Big Four, named for its…

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Sheep in a farm yard with farm buildings at the left and right

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A bridge in winter. Farm buildings are in the background. The barn has a hay hood at the right which is a peaked extension of the gable roof. The hay hood is a feature in prairie or Western barns built in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The hay hood…

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Steam tractor in a ditch. The large drive wheel on the side was used with a belt to power the thresher machine that is behind the tractor. Possibly an early Rumely tractor.

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Entrance to Schifferer farm.

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A farm in winter on Rural Route 3, which became Spring Creek Road circa 1923.

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Breckenridge family farm. South east view from Mulford Road showing the new garage that was built in 1924.

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Breckenridge family farm. North view at Spring Brook Road showing part of the garage between the house and the horse barn. The garage was built in 1924.

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Threshing Bee. A steam engine is in the foreground. Horses pulled the portable steam engine to the field where it operated as the power source for the thresher. The two machines were connected with the long drive belt.

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Harlem, Illinois stock yards.

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D. W. Evan's River View Farm in the snow. Located at 7515-7519 North Second Street.

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D. W. Evans in his oat field. His farm was located in Harlem Township at 7515-7519 North Second Street.

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Bottom view of a windmill. Farm buildings are in the background. Writing on the back of the photograph says " Sanitorium is now located in back of the windmill - windmill gone." It is unknown if this was the Rockford Municipal Sanitarium that was at…

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Cows in pasture at the Charles Larson farm, Roscoe, Illinois.

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Horse drawn threshing machine, circa 1880s. Being made of wood indicates that it is an early model of a thresher. The development of threshers was reliant on the availablity of power to run the machines. Horses pulled this machine to a field where…

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The Holdridge Farm in Winnebago County. William Holdridge moved his family to this farm in 1905. It covered an area from Clifford Avenue south to River Park Road; it went west from North Second Street. The Holdridges sold the farm to Fred Burr in…

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The Holdridge Farm in Winnebago County. William Holdridge moved his family to this farm in 1905. It covered an area from Clifford Avenue south to River Park Road; it went west from North Second Street. The Holdridges sold the farm to Fred Burr in…

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An unidentified man is at a water hand pump at the Central Park Addition garden, Rockford, Illinois.

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An unidentified man and woman pose in front of a barn. Possibly the Lake family in the Bell School Road area. The man is standing near a cow. The woman stands next to an unsaddled horse. A three-horse team hitched to a wagon is positioned between…

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Unidentified man standing with a herd of cattle. Possibly Lake family farm in the Bell School Road area.

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A barn and silo with crop fields in the foreground. Possibly the Lake family farm in the Bell School Road area.

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John P. Manny Mower Company located on Race Street in the Rockford Water Power District. In the 1850s the John P. Manny Company manufactured the knife sections for the reapers produced by John H. Manny and the Manny Reaper. In the 1860s John P. Manny…

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Grain elevator at Harlem Township, Winnebago County, Illinois

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Two horse-drawn buggies sit in front of the creamery on Harlem Road in Harlem Township, Winnebago County, Illinois. One of the buggies is loaded with cream cans used to haul milk or cream from the farm to a local creamery to be made into various…

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Steam engine used to power a threshing machine in the field. Note the large belt at the right. This belt was attached to the thresher machine.

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An unidentified farm house possibly in Harlem Township.

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Cows grazing near a river.

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An Avery tractor, the first internal combustion tractor used on Guilford Township roads. Photo was taken on Guilford Road east of Mulford Road. The tractor is pulling a road grader.
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