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  • Elgin deserted the Republican Party in 1912 Nov 5, 2012 2:04 PM
    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 of Elgin celebrates 175 years Oct 11, 2012 7:47 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.

  • Elgin Woman’s Club marks 125 years of service Sep 10, 2012 11:10 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.

  • Road races and gas prices dominated Elgin headlines in August 1912 Aug 15, 2012 8:07 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 2:33 PM
    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.

  • How Elgin High School nearly lost its name May 31, 2012 2:55 PM
    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.

  • Blackhawk War veterans to be honored in Elgin on Memorial Day May 28, 2012 6:13 AM
    One hundred and eighty years ago this summer, two U.S. Army soldiers were among a contingent passing through the Fox Valley in route to northwest Illinois. The two died of cholera and were buried near the Fox River in what is now the Jon Duerr Forest Preserve near South Elgin. The pair are among the oldest and lesser known veterans in the area. That will change this Memorial Day as the Elgin Patriotic Memorial Association pays tribute to the Blackhawk War and the men who were part of it.

  • 100 years ago: Elgin residents’ reactions to sinking of Titanic Apr 20, 2012 4:20 PM
    "Did you hear what the Elgin agent for the White Star Lines said about the Titanic?" I'm not sure the Elgin school superintendent is doing the right thing about the sexual hygiene classes." These are some of the comments people might have made after reading the Elgin newspapers of a century ago.

  • Elgin’s ‘dark side’ made news in 1912 Mar 28, 2012 12:09 PM
    The dark side of Elgin appeared to be making news a century ago. This included stories of risqué motion pictures, dances involving drunkenness and debauchery, and men who were part of the black list. Heres a look at those and others stories that made headlines in March 1912.

  • Elgin mother, daughter shared leap year birthday in 1912 Feb 27, 2012 12:24 PM
    A mother and daughter from Elgin celebrated a special birthday in 1912 in Elgin that few families could boast. They were both born on Feb. 29 in leap years. Here’s a look at these and other stories that made Elgin area headlines in February 1912.

  • Earthquake, divorce rocked Elgin in 1912 Jan 30, 2012 3:37 PM
    Elgin was rocked by both a sensational divorce as well as an earthquake a century ago. The police department banned three new dances in the city, while the school superintendent said “no” to a new club from forming at the high school. Here's a look at those and other stories that were making Elgin area newspapers in January 1912.

  • Pillars of Honor lauds actions of Elgin citizens in WWII Jan 19, 2012 12:05 PM
    The upcoming “Pillars of Honor” program, set for 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22, at the Gail Borden Public Library, provides an ideal time to reflect on the contributions of Elgin citizens during World War II. Not only did men and women from the community serve in all major theaters of the war, but the citizens at home supported the troops in a manner unmatched by few communities.

  • New alumni coordinator hopes to reunite ECC students Dec 30, 2011 2:49 PM
    Are you an alumnus of Elgin Community College who has lost track of a former classmate? Or, perhaps you’re a one-time ECC student who has an uncanny knack for remembering people you went to school with? Either way, there’s someone looking for you.

  • Electrified drunks, ‘evil’ Scouts made Elgin news in 1911 Dec 8, 2011 11:27 AM
    Chicken coops, black lists for alcohol sales, and high school dances: take a look at some of the top headlines in Elgin newspapers in November and December of 1911.

  • Veteran says Merchant Marine shorted recognition it deserves Nov 10, 2011 9:07 AM
    When it comes to recognizing those whose efforts and sacrifices helped bring about the Allied victory in World War II, Mike Natale of Elgin says there is one group that doesn't get the credit it deserves -- the Merchant Marine. As one who served aboard one of the thousands of ships used to transport supplies, arms, and troops during the war, Natale proudly shares his story and that of the Merchant Marine.

  • A look at Elgin headlines 100 years ago Oct 25, 2011 7:56 AM
    “I can’t believe they dropped that sacred vow from wedding ceremonies.” “No matter what Elgin does it can’t control drinking with a ‘Black List.’” “With over 100 policemen on the street tonight, I sure hope they can stop the Halloween vandalism.” These are some comments people might have made after reading the Elgin-area newspapers of a century ago.

  • Elgin man fondly recalls neighborhood store he owned Sep 20, 2011 9:14 AM
    Roland “Joe” Josephson operated one of the most commonplace of all businesses in the 1950s -- a neighborhood grocery store. Now among a dwindling number of people who were part of this unique time in history, Josephson looks back upon the period with nostalgia, sadness and even a bit of relief.

  • Road Races, whooping cough among Elgin headlines in 1911 Aug 18, 2011 3:33 PM
    Historian Jerry Turnquist takes a look back at Elgin's top news stories in July and August 1911 including the Elgin Road Races, the shocking use city officials were making of an empty museum in Lords Park and the ill-mannered behavior of the “Newsies,” or boys selling newspapers.

  • Quiz yourself: Elgin in the 1950s Jul 14, 2011 4:41 PM
    How much do you know about life in the Elgin area in the 1950s?

  • Top Elgin headlines from 1911 Jun 30, 2011 1:01 PM
    The “death cup” would be eliminated in 1911 while teachers said those newfangled motion pictures were causing some students to cheat. Here’s a look at the stores that made Elgin area headlines in early summer, 1911.

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