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Forest City Wholesale Grocery Company Records (Rockford), 1907-1974

Collection Overview

Title: Forest City Wholesale Grocery Company Records (Rockford), 1907-1974

ID: RHC/RC/132

Extent: 0.75 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 02/15/1981

Languages: English [eng]

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Forest City Wholesale Grocery Company Records partially document the history of a regional grocery wholesaler from 1907 to 1974.  Although the collection lacks materials describing the company’s organization in 1902, a nearly complete set of Directors’/ Stockholders’ meeting minutes (1907-1974) reveal corporate policy throughout most of the company’s existence.  The minutes contain information on elections of officers, stock issues, dividend payments, and the annual financial condition of the business.  A general ledger provides additional financial data, detailing company income and expenses just prior to the firm’s sale to Consolidated Foods Corporation in 1966.  Finally, a stock certificate book (1907-1953) lists stockholders and issue dates.

Researchers should note that Box 1, File 1 contains company historical information.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions: There is no restriction on access to the collection.

Use Restrictions: Property rights in the collection belong to the Regional History Center; literary rights are dedicated to the public.

Acquisition Source: Mr. Scott Webster

Acquisition Method: Mr. Scott Webster of Roscoe, Illinois donated the Forest City Wholesale Grocery Company Records to the Northern Illinois Regional History Center on February 15, 1981.

Related Materials: Also, researchers may wish to consult the Central Market Records collection (RC 72) held by the Regional History Center for further information regarding the grocery industry in northern Illinois.

Box and Folder Listing

Box 1
Folder 1: Historical Information, 1950, 1960
Folder 2-5: Directors'/Stockholders' Minutes, 1907-1974
Folder 6: Stock Certificate Book, 1907-1953
Box 2
Folder 1-2: General Ledger, 1960-1966
Folder 3: Warehouse Floor Plan, 1955