Springfield Furniture Co.

A portion of the former furniture/shoe factory complex, 2013 (SCHS photo)

A portion of the former furniture/shoe factory complex, 2013 (SCHS photo)

The Springfield Furniture Co. was formed in 1890. Original directors included such Springfield luminaries as George Black, C.C. Brown, Alfred Orendorff, John McCreery and George Pasfield.

Prospects seemed good, the new board was told, “as almost every factory of any size in this part of the country was behind in its orders owing to the recent strikes….”

A selection of Springfield Furniture products

A selection of Springfield Furniture products (Illinois Capital Illustrated, 1898)

Springfield Furniture specialized in office, school and church furniture, but the optimism about its future turned out to be misplaced. The company ran into financial problems by at least 1899, and  its factory on North 10th Street had been abandoned by April 1901.

The complex eventually was taken over by the Desnoyers Shoe Co. and then by the International Shoe Co. After International Shoe shut down the plant in 1964, the facility became the headquarters for the local Goodwill Industries.

SourcesIllinois State Journal, Oct. 29, 1889Illinois State Register, May 23, 1890;  Illinois State Journal, April 26, 1901 (Lincoln Library microfilm collection).bridge

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