'Nelson' the sock monkey brings inspiration to River District

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Sock monkeys “Building Rockford” by Doug Adcock (bottom), “Symbol/Sock Monkey” by Deb Stromsdorfer (center), and “Faces of Rockford” by Mary Rosandich (top) adorn the pedestrian mall in the River District. The pop culture icon has its roots in Rockford’s John Nelson, a Swedish immigrant who relocated to Rockford in 1852. Nelson invented the sock knitting machine and founded Nelson Knitting. The fiberglass monkeys will be showcased through October by Midway Village & Museum Center.

From the June 29-July 5, 2005, issue

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