Ed Roos Cedar Chests

By mwilcox


The Roos Cedar Chest factory was established in 1918, in Forest Park, Ill. a suburb of Chicago. By 1928 their brick building on Harrison Street exceeded 85,000 square feet. It was at one time the largest industrial concern in Forest Park, employing 400 people. Three million feet of cedar a year were used by the roos factory, which which required 1,200 trees per day to be cut. The production of Roos Chest were second only to the Lane company, which is also best known for its cedar chests.

The Roos company ceased production in 1951. Cedar Chest like this were mass produced items, none of them are considered rare or particularly valuable in the current market. At auction comparable examples to this one often sell at auction for less than $150.00.