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  • A picture of Illinois National Guardsmen called up in March 1941 in advance of World War II hangs in the Elgin Armory lobby.

    Elgin Armory marks 75th anniversaryMay 22, 2014 12:00 AM
    Proclaimed a “civic dream come true” when it was dedicated, the Elgin Armory — the longtime home to the Illinois National Guard — is about to celebrate its 75th anniversary.

     
  • Members of the Elgin High School basketball team of 1914 were warned by their coach to make a choice between playing on the team or going to dances.

    Liquor laws among Elgin’s top headlines in early 1914Apr 30, 2014 12:00 AM
    A proposed tent city for tuberculosis patients. An upcoming election to decide whether Elgin would allow the sale of liquor. Government officials being exempt from federal income tax. These were among the top headlines in Elgin news 100 years ago.

     
  •  Elgin photographer Ferris Moorhouse is shown in a self portrait with his Speed Graphic camera. Moorhouse, who took photos of many area weddings in the 1940s and 1950s, did not label his files, and his son, who owns the collection, is trying to identify the photos.

    Vintage photos mystery: Are these your relatives?Mar 26, 2014 12:00 AM
    Dale Moorhouse of Elgin has hundreds of wedding pictures he’d like to identify. The only trouble is, he’s not sure who to ask. “My father, Ferris Moorhouse, took photos at many Elgin area weddings in the 1940s and ‘50s,” said Moorhouse. But Ferris died in 1998, and Dale inherited his father's images -- which are not labeled.

     
  • For most of Elgin High School’s existence, the school was simply known as the “Maroons” as shown in this 1971 yearbook picture. A committee is looking for a mascot that might tie in with these longtime school colors.

    What’s a ‘maroon?’ Elgin HS looks to adopt mascotMar 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    So, just what’s a “Maroon? Well, it’s someone from Elgin High School — one of the oldest high schools in the state. In recent times, the idea of adopting a new mascot is gaining consideration. One of those at the forefront of the effort is Paul Pennington, the school’s athletic director and a 1991 graduate of Elgin High School.

     
  • Service was interrupted in 1957 on the Chicago, Aurora and Elgin interurban railway. Do you know why? Take this quiz and find out.

    Test your knowledge of 1950s-60s ElginJan 9, 2014 12:00 AM
    Test your knowledge of 1950s-60s Elgin and Fox Valley area history with this quiz by Daily Herald columnist and local historian Jerry Turnquist.

     
  •  From left, ball co-chairwoman Mary Ellen Beckmann, Elgin Mayor David Kaptain, ball co-chairwoman Linda O’Connor and Fideliter Club President Brenda Morrissy pose with a replica of the Elgin Tower Building. Sponsors for notable Elgin buildings are being sought as part of this year’s fundraiser.

    Charity ball marks 125th anniversary Nov 13, 2013 12:00 AM
    One of Elgin’s oldest and most prestigious charity balls is about to turn 125 years old. The annual Fideliter Club ball to be held on Saturday, Nov. 16, will not only mark a milestone in the group’s history, but will continue the tradition of a well-known community event that benefits needy children and women.

     
  • Chin Keomuongchanh, left, poses with state Rep. Keith Farnham at the Elgin Veterans Memorial Park. Keomuongchanh is working with Elgin and state officials to provide greater recognition for Lao veterans who assisted the United States during the Vietnam War.

    ‘Secret War’ veterans to be honored in Elgin Nov 1, 2013 12:00 AM
    The efforts of Lao soldiers during the Vietnam War are about to gain more attention in Elgin. On Friday, Nov. 1, a resolution signed by Gov. Pat Quinn recognizing the contribution of these soldiers will be read in Elgin. A week later a similar one will be read by Elgin Mayor David Kaptain at the Nov. 6 Elgin City Council meeting.

     
  •  The new addition to the veteran’s park extends memorial 25 feet toward the riverfront. This will allow for more dignified waterfront services held for years on the Highland Avenue Bridge and which now occur at the memorial.

    Elgin dedicates addition to Veterans Memorial Oct 8, 2013 12:00 AM
    Under beautiful clear blue skies, Elgin Mayor David Kaptain cut the ribbon on Sept. 28, dedicating the “Phase II”, or waterfront addition, of the Elgin Veterans Memorial Park.

     
  •  A view of Elgin’s riverfront today, looking north along the Fox River from downtown.

    Elgin’s riverfront plans, then and now Sep 16, 2013 12:00 AM
    The construction of a multimillion dollar riverfront promenade in Elgin’s downtown is transforming the area into a showpiece for the region. But plans for redevelopment of this Fox River community are nothing new. An even grander plan was proposed by an Elgin mayor in the early 1930s.

     
  •  Elgin Union veterans pose in a 1908 picture. In 1913, eight local veterans attended a reunion at Gettysburg.

    Elgin veterans attended 1913 Gettysburg reunion Jul 2, 2013 12:00 AM
    “I can’t wait for the time to come. I want to be on the way,” said Elginite Fred Kohn, 80, about his upcoming trip to 50th anniversary of the Civil War Battle at Gettysburg in July 1913.

     
  •  Former Confederate Captain William Creighton of Elgin, center in gray uniform, led Elgin’s 1913 Memorial Day parade accompanied by a Guard of Honor. A few days earlier, Creighton saved the life of Elgin’s oldest Union veteran.

    Confederate captain led Elgin’s 1913 Memorial Day parade May 23, 2013 12:00 AM
    Former Confederate Captain William Creighton of Elgin led Elgin's 1913 Memorial Day parade accompanied by a Guard of Honor. A few days earlier, Creighton saved the life of Elgin's oldest Union veteran.

     
  •  The Elgin National Watch Company clock tower, located at National Street and Grove Avenue near the current Grand Victoria Casino, was an Elgin icon for decades. The factory was demolished in the 1960s, but what happened to the clock mechanism? Take this quiz to learn the answer to this and other questions about Elgin history.

    How well do you know Elgin history? Take this quiz Dec 31, 2012 12:00 AM
    How well do you know Elgin history? Take Daily Herald columnist Jerry Turnquist's quiz and find out. This column marks his 17th year with the paper. During this time, a regular — and often requested tradition — has been a year-end column with questions taken from his past Elgin area history stories. And, whether you are a regular reader or not, read on. This quiz is meant for all.

     
  • Streetcar hooligan arrested in Elgin, 100 years agoDec 21, 2012 12:00 AM
    The last streetcar to leave the Dundee area for Elgin each night was called the "Owl Car" and some of the "rowdy" behavior that went on in 1912 finally led to an arrest. Here's a look at this and other stories that made Elgin area news in late 1912.

     
  •  Clarence ‘Jack’ L. Dobbs, who was interviewed by Jeff Meek for “They Answered the Call,” was a gunner on a B-29 bomber in the Pacific. He flew 15 missions, primarily destroying Japanese oil refineries.

    Elgin native shares WWII veterans’ stories Nov 7, 2012 12:00 AM
    "Every time another World War II veteran dies, it's like another piece of a library burned out," says Jeff Meek, author of "They Answered the Call." Meek, who grew up in Elgin and graduated from Larkin High School, was prompted to write his compilation of 75 World War II veterans stories when his son Jeff went into the U.S. Marines. He will speak about his book at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11 at the Gail Borden Public Library, Elgin.

     
  •  President Woodrow Wilson, shown throwing the first pitch at an opening day baseball game in 1916, was the winner of the 1912 presidential election, but in Elgin, the majority of voters supported Progressive (“Bull Moose”) party candidate Theodore Roosevelt.

    Elgin deserted the Republican Party in 1912 Nov 5, 2012 12:00 AM
    Elgin broke a long tradition in 1912 and voted for a presidential candidate who wasn't a Republican. Also making news: a "free love" marriage contact crafted by an Elgin man, a request by high school students to hold dances, and the escapades of a man dubbed as "Jack the Peeper." Here's a look at those stories and others that made Elgin news in the early fall of 1912.

     
  •  First United Methodist’s second building constructed in 1866 was demolished in 1923 to make way for its current structure.

    First United Methodist of Elgin celebrates 175 years Oct 11, 2012 12:00 AM
    First United Methodist Church of Elgin has been proudly celebrating its 175th anniversary this year and will host a special service at 3 p.m. Sunday. According to church records and early newspaper accounts, the church’s roots can be traced to what is probably Elgin’s first sermon, which was one preached by a Methodist minister in 1835.

     
  •  From left, Elgin Woman’s Club President Linda Fagan poses with Dr. Ian Jones, vice president of clinical performance at Sherman Hospital; Pat Heitman, Illinois president of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs; and Georgia Ross, past president of the Elgin Woman’s Club, during a recent anniversary function.

    Elgin Woman’s Club marks 125 years of service Sep 10, 2012 12:00 AM
    Can you imagine starting a new club for women with just an ad in the newspaper and expecting the group to last 125 years? While the odds might seem against you, that's exactly how the Elgin Woman's Club, which is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year, got its start.

     
  • ... and now. This year’s race will be held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, along Larkin Avenue and will feature vintage cars.

    Road races and gas prices dominated Elgin headlines in August 1912Aug 15, 2012 12:00 AM
    Gasoline jumped four cents a gallon over the summer a century ago, and motorists were asking what could be done. Voters were talking about upcoming elections, wondering who would be the next U.S. president. In other news, more than 30 cars of all makes and sizes, including Stutz, Mercedes, and Dusenberg, arrived in Elgin for the running of the third annual Elgin Road Races. These were among the top headlines in Elgin in the late summer of 1912.

     
  • Top headlines of Elgin in the summer of 1912 Jul 30, 2012 12:00 AM
    A heated battle as whether or not Elgin theaters should be open on Sundays came to a climax 100 years ago when citizens were given the opportunity to vote on the question. Here's a look at those and other stories that made Elgin area headlines during summer of 1912.

     
  •  The Board of Education’s decision to rename Elgin High School to “Central” 50 years ago prompted a major controversy in the city. School officials cited a 1938 yearbook picture, when some high school students were housed at Abbott School on the west and the east side campus was called “Central,” as justification for their actions.

    How Elgin High School nearly lost its nameMay 31, 2012 12:00 AM
    What's in a name? Apparently everything when it comes to a high school. At least that was the case 50 years ago this spring when the U-46 Board of Education, then commonly known as the Elgin Public Schools, announced it was going to change the name of Elgin High School.

     
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