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Elgin, Kane, Illinois, USA - Elgin National Watch Factory
Elgin, Kane, Illinois, USA
Elgin National Watch Factory

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Elgin, Kane, Illinois, USA
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1864 - August 1 – The Elgin Watch Company is founded in Elgin, Illinois
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1878 - City of Elgin
With some unimportant changes in the relative positions of the savage hordes who occasionally made it their hunting ground, the land now occupied by the city of Elgin remained, in the early Spring of 1835, as it had been since the discovery of the continent.

Early explorations had been confined to the east and south, and, though Scott's army had cleared the way three years previously, the vast resources of this valley were at that date undeveloped; no cabin appeared with the curling smoke fro... Read MORE...

News 1880 - Suffrage Protection
Chicago, Ill., March 12, 1880

Judge Blodgett rendered an interesting decision to-day in the nature of advice to the United States Commissioner upon an election point.

At the recent municipal election at Elgin, Ill, about seventy voters employed in the mild condensing works were notified by their superintendent to vote the no-license ticket. The license nominee thereupon applied to Commissioner Hoyne for a writ of arrest, who, being in doubt, referred the matter to Judge Blodgett, who to-da... Read MORE...

News 1902 - Switch Left Open.
Elgin, Ills., Aug. 4 - In a streetcar collision here two cars were telescoped and several persons seriously injured. A switch to a siding upon which stood three empty cars was left open, and the car from Elgin to Dundee crashed into the standing cars, two being telescoped. The passengers were imprisoned for nearly an hour, and every one of the 15 on the car was more or less seriously injured. Those most seriously hurt were: Frank Warner, motorman, leg broken, badly cut and injured internally, ma... Read MORE...

News 1904 - Elgin Factory Burned
Elgin, Ills., Aug. 12. - Fire of unknown origin started in a pile of excelsior back of the brick vault on the second floor of the factory of the Fauber Manufacturing company, and an hour later only the walls of the building were standing. The factory plant was valued at $400,000 and $50,000 worth of finished automobiles were on hand.
The Daily Review
Decatur, Illinois
August 12, 1904

Elgin, Ill., Aug. 26 - The death of a driver and his mechanician[sic] when their big racing car turned a somersault going at eighty miles an hour and the injury of scores of spectators when a section of the grandstand collapsed, marked the second day of speed madness and record smashing at the great Elgin national road races to-day.

Crowd Wants Excitement.
One hundred thousand people treated death as a spectacular incident and the sport continued until the finish of the races, with LEN ZENGE... Read MORE...

Elgin, a city of Kane and Cook cos., Ill., on the Fox River, 36 miles WNW. of Chicago, on the Chicago and Northwestern and the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Rs. It has manufactures of watches and watch-cases, carriages, farm-machinery, shoes, silver-ware, condensed milk, and other articles. There is an extensive trade in butter, cheese, and agricultural produce. The Northern Hospital for the Insane, Elgin Academy, and St. Mary's Academy are located here. The river is here spanned by several br... Read MORE...

Special to The New York Times.

Elgin, Ill., March 28. - Eight people are known to have been killed and a hundred were injured when a tornado swept over this city shortly after noon today. The financial loss is estimated to be upward of $4,000,000. Virtually every building in Elgin was struck by the storm.
Late this afternoon a rumor came to Elgin that six persons thought to have been Chicagoans, who were motoring at the time the cyclone passed, were killed on a country road three miles east ... Read MORE...

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