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

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

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

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Aerial view of East State Street and the Spearing sugar farm, six miles north west of Belvidere. According to the donor, this was the only maple sugar producing farm in Winnebago County, and the Spearing family owned the farm from 1926-1950s.

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Maple sugar farm sugar shack at the Spearing Farm where sap is boiled down. According to the donor, this was the only maple sugar producing farm in Winnebago County, and the Spearing family owned the farm from 1926-1950s. The grove contains over 200…

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Spearing Family Farm buildings. According to the donor, this was the only maple sugar producing farm in Winnebago County. The Spearing family owned the farm from 1926-1950s.

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Farm scene with a corn crib at left, windmill in the center and a barn at right. A farm implement that is possibly a hay baler is near the barn.

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Two women on a wagon plow pulled by two teams of horses. An unidentified man is walking beside the farm implement. The horses have a white covering that drapes over their backs and has holes for their ears. This is likely protective covering during…

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Two teams of horses pulling farming equipment across field, possibly grain harvesters. Three men and one woman are standing near the horse teams. Handwritten on back: "Lloyd's team - Billy, Barney, Billy Sunday, Dick. Luthor team - Dewey, May,…

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A horse-drawn milk cart and four individuals covered with an umbrella advertising Tower Surface Cultivators. The wagon is filled with cream cans used to haul milk or cream from the farm to a local creamery to be made into various dairy products. The…

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Kelly Farm on East State Street near the Perryville Road intersection. In 2007 this site was occupied by Lowe's Hardware.

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Kuharske residence and Spring Creek Dairy Farm on Spring Creek Road. In 1915, the farm and home, owned by Edward and Edith Kuharske, is on Rural Route 3, which became Spring Creek Road circa 1922. Edith was the niece of Grover Cleveland (his…

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Aerial view of Willwood Cemetery, established in 1921 and dedicated September 24, 1923 on West State Road, which later became 7000 West State Street. It is surrounded by farms and fields.

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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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Cows grazing near a river.

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An unidentified farm house possibly in Harlem Township.

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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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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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Grain elevator at Harlem Township, Winnebago County, Illinois

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

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

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

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

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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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Harlem, Illinois stock yards.

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

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

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Entrance to Schifferer farm.

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

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

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

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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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