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  • Elgin auto repair shop marks 75th anniverary Dec 29, 2014 8:25 AM
    Starting a new business during the nation’s worst depression might not sound like a good decision, but that didn’t stop Herman Kellenberger from using his life savings of $300 to launch an auto repair business in the fall of 1939 in Elgin.

  • Turnquist: Remembering Elgin’s Civil War veterans Nov 10, 2014 9:23 AM
    A decade after the Civil War, Elgin dedicated a large memorial containing the names of the 68 veterans who perished during the conflict. Over the years, time obliterated many of the names.

  • Top Elgin headlines 50, 75 and 100 years ago Nov 6, 2014 6:24 PM
    Jerry Turnquist looks at the history of Elgin -- through newspaper headlines from 50, 75 and 100 years ago.

  • Elgin area veterans are needed for special video project Oct 8, 2014 12:42 PM
    Elgin area veterans are sought for a video that's now in production. The tribute video will feature stories, photos and memorabilia shared by local veterans.

  • Chickens in Elgin? Not so rare 100 years ago Aug 25, 2014 2:39 PM
    Elgin’s current city ordinances are quite to the point when it comes to maintaining farm animals in the city. “Cows, horses, pigs or chickens” and other such creatures are simply not allowed. This may change slightly in the near future as Elgin considers joining other communities in allowing chickens to be raised within the city. Here’s a look at how the 1907 city ordinance addressed such animals within the city confines.

  • The summer of 1914: Top news stories in Elgin Aug 21, 2014 4:10 PM
    What do gumball machines, saloons, race cars and doctors have in common? They were all among the top news stories in Elgin 100 years ago. Here's a look at the top headlines in the summer of 1914.

  • Elgin Armory marks 75th anniversary May 22, 2014 6:30 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.

  • Liquor laws among Elgin’s top headlines in early 1914 Apr 30, 2014 1:43 PM
    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.

  • Vintage photos mystery: Are these your relatives? Mar 26, 2014 1:42 PM
    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.

  • What’s a ‘maroon?’ Elgin HS looks to adopt mascot Mar 10, 2014 4:01 PM
    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.

  • Test your knowledge of 1950s-60s Elgin Jan 9, 2014 2:18 PM
    Test your knowledge of 1950s-60s Elgin and Fox Valley area history with this quiz by Daily Herald columnist and local historian Jerry Turnquist.

  • Charity ball marks 125th anniversary Nov 13, 2013 4:04 PM
    One of Elginís 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 groupís history, but will continue the tradition of a well-known community event that benefits needy children and women.

  • ‘Secret War’ veterans to be honored in Elgin Nov 1, 2013 8:18 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.

  • Elgin dedicates addition to Veterans Memorial Oct 10, 2013 10:26 AM
    Under beautiful clear blue skies, Elgin Mayor David Kaptain cut the ribbon on Sept. 28, dedicating the ďPhase IIĒ, or waterfront addition, of the Elgin Veterans Memorial Park.

  • Elginís riverfront plans, then and now Sep 16, 2013 1:58 PM
    The construction of a multimillion dollar riverfront promenade in Elginís 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 veterans attended 1913 Gettysburg reunion Jul 2, 2013 12:12 PM
    ďI canít wait for the time to come. I want to be on the way,Ē said Elginite Fred Kohn, 80, about his upcoming trip to 50th anniversary of the Civil War Battle at Gettysburg in July 1913.

  • Confederate captain led Elginís 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.

  • How well do you know Elgin history? Take this quiz Dec 31, 2012 2:47 PM
    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 ago Dec 21, 2012 4:00 PM
    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.

  • Elgin native shares WWII veteransí stories Nov 7, 2012 10:50 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.

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