Maghielse & Company

Reader identifies mystery machinery

October 1, 2009 // 0 Comments

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL Denise and Steve Maghielse of Maghielse & Company hosted this past July’s Rockford Chamber After Hours event. The couple had made a bold move in the prior year. They had moved their thriving and ever-growing real estate business and their team of eight professionals from a crowded office in their home to a newly purchased property on Courtland Street. The evening’s get-together of Rockford Chamber of Commerce members and guests had a three-fold purpose. One was the regularly scheduled “After Hours” networking event itself, the second was a celebration of the one-year anniversary of the couple’s newly remodeled 5 Star Real Estate brokerage located at 117 Courtland in downtown Rockford, and last was the announcement of a contest to identify a piece of machinery that had been left in the building’s basement by a previous owner or tenant. Somewhat resembling a medieval torture device, the Mighielses were clueless as to what it could be. Prior to the opening their new office, Steve and Denise had to completely revamp the antiquated interior of the little storefront property. Found in the basement were years of accumulated “stuff.” One of the items found was a nondescript hand-cranked and gear-driven piece of equipment. Denise wanted to throw everything out but said, “Steve is a pack rat. He won’t throw anything away.” So in a compromise, she allowed Steve to keep the mystery machine and an antique toilet. So it came to pass that the couple hit upon the idea of holding a contest to (hopefully) identify the piece. Entrants were invited to view the “press” and submit their guess. The person or persons who could properly identify the “press” and its use would win a prize. Through research and input from Joan Bunn of Joan & Associates—Estate Sales and Appraisals, it was determined the “press” was a “padding” press. Bunn told us, because of its age and mechanical operation, it may well have considerable value. Padding presses are still somewhat in use today but are electronic and hydraulically operated rather than hand-crank/gear-driven. Their primary purpose is to make tear-off pads of paper such as the legal pads we are all familiar with. In use, stacks of paper are placed into the press and compressed […]

Maghielse after hours a tour and a mystery

July 16, 2009 // 0 Comments

  Now is a great time to invest in real estate, and on Monday, July 13, Steve and Denise Maghielse showed off a recent investment of their own. The building at 117 Courtland is the newly remodelled office of Maghielse & Company and was the location of July’s Rockford Chamber After Hours. In a short speech, Steve told business men and women of the Rockford area about their decision to purchase “the smallest office in Rockford,” and how pleased they are to own their own downtown location. Steve said now is a historical low in interest rates and buying power-a great time to purchase a business building or home. He said many people know that first-time buyers get an $8,000 tax credit for their purchase. “Most people think of that as kids with their first home, but an older couple who have been enjoying the country by RV for the past three years also qualify. Most people don’t know that,” he said. The Mahielse’s also showed off a “first-generation window display” that is installed on the window of the office. Available 24 hours a day, the automated display is interactive and provides a audio and video of available homes. Just enter the code and listen and watch the discription. The couple plan to include their properties in the west coast of Florida so future snowbirds can see what is available there right from the Rockford office front. Finally, Denise said she knew from old pictures that the building at one time was a barber shop. However, in the basement they found an old piece of equipment that has intrigued them. With a patent of 1918 and a plaque calling it a press, the old hand-geared item is a puzzle. If anyone (except Squire reporters Cliff and Nancy Hill, who already figured it out) can correctly identify the item, they will be entered into a drawing for a dinner to Grill One Eleven. The item can be seen behind the office at 117 Courtland. If you think you know what it is, write the information down and drop it off in the office on Monday to Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. After hours, put your guess in the brouchure box next to the item in […]