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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Black and while aerial view of Elco Tool and Screw Corporation and the surrounding area.

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Black and while aerial view of Elco Tool and Screw Corporation and the surrounding area.

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Black and while aerial view of Elco Tool and Screw Corporation and the surrounding area.

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Black and white photograph of one of Elco's production areas. While there are no employees present, a variety of equipment and supplies can be seen throughout the image.

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Black and white photograph of an Elco employee reaching in to one of four large spinning drums. Ten full pails of products (possibly screws) can be seen lined up along the floor in front of said drums, possibly waiting for their turn to be spun.…

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Black and white photograph of two Elco employees working in the production area. Even though their backs are facing the camera, several pieces of equipment and supplies like "Chromic Acid" barrels can be seen throughout the image.

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Black and white photograph of an Elco employee as he pulls a cage filled with product out of a watertub. This was presumably the last stop before the product was sent for its final inspection. This image is an alternate view of another photograph…

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Black and white photograph of an Elco machine that was used in the manufacturing of screws. While no employees are present in the photograph one is able to see screws falling off the line into metal buckets. At least two full buckets can be seen in…

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Color photograph of Elco Tool and Screw looking towards the building from Samuelson Road.

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Color photograph of the "visitor entrance" for the Elco Tool and Screw building on Samuelson Road. This entrance was used by visitors, executives, or some staff to access the front office.

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Color photograph of the "employee entrance" from the main parking lot at the Elco Tool and Screw building on Samuelson Road. The canopy was later removed and the building was expanded.

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Color photograph of Elco Tool and Screw manufacturing plant. This particular view shows the employee parking lot and cars in a variety of colors, styles, and body types can be seen.

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Black and white photograph of Elco employees, William Starnes (middle) and Darwin Miller (right), examining a machine that Starnes suggested a modification for. According to a Rockford Register-Republic article from April 16, 1971, "Stearns,. . . a…

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Black and white photograph of an Elco machine that employee, William Starnes, suggested a modification for. According to a Rockford Register-Republic article from April 16, 1971, "Stearns,. . . a 14-year veteran with Elco, suggested use of a rotating…

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Black and white photograph of Elco employee, William Starnes (middle), being awarded his "suggestion" check of $504.75. Also included in the photograph is Darwin Miller (right) who was Director of Manufacturing during the 1970s.
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