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Alton, Illinois, USA
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Where is Alton, Illinois, USA? 

Alton, Madison, Illinois, USA

Alton was developed as a river town in 1818 by Rufus Easton, who named it after his son. Easton ran a passenger ferry service across the Mississippi River to the Missouri shore. Alton is located amid the confluence of three significant navigable rivers: the Illinois, the Mississippi, and the Missouri. Alton grew into a river trading town with an industrial character...wikipedia


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News  1857 - Destructive Fire At Alton, Ill.
Chicago, Saturday, April 18. A destructive conflagration occurred at Alton, Ill. On Thursday, destroying the planing Mill of MORRISON & BEAL, the Methodist Church parsonage house, and doing great damage to the WAVERLEY HOTEL, Piazza house, and the warehouse of HOLLISTER & COFFER. Total loss was...Read MORE...


1858 - Alton was the site of the last Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas debate in October 1858.

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News  1868 - Fire in Alton, Ill.
Louisville, Ky., Tuesday,. Feb. 18. FLACKENECKER'S grocery-store, and three or four adjoining buildings in Alton, Ill., were burned on Sunday night. The loss is about $15,000. The insurance has not been ascertained.
The New York Times
New York, New York
February 19, 1868
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News  1885 - DAMAGE BY FIERCE STORM. HOUSES WRECKED, CROPS INJURED, AND LIVES LOST.
Alton, Ill., May 25. - This city was struck last night by a tornado, which burst from the southwest, sweeping across the river with terrific fury. Several large buildings on the river front were damaged, some of them seriously. Among them were the National Mills, the Roller Mills, J. A. RYERIE'S...Read MORE...


News  1923 - NINE KILLED, 25 HURT IN POWDER EXPLOSION
ALTON, Ill., July 10 (Associated Press) — Nine persons were killed and twenty-five injured in an explosion this afternoon in the metallic shell department of the Western Cartridge Company plant at East Alton.

Three of the dead are women — Miss Anna Gorman of Alton, Miss Ruth Green of East Alton...Read MORE...



News  1926 - FOUR MEN KILLED, FIVE INJURED, IN REFINERY BLAST. EXPLOSION, CAUSE OF WHICH IS UNKNOWN, OCCURS IN LIQUID ASPHALT MIXING TANK OF PLANT.
Alton, Illinois, June 14. - (AP) - Four men were killed and five injured in an explosion and fire at the refinery of the Standard Oil Company of Indiana at Wood River, near here, today. According to a statement by company officials, the explosion, the cause of which is unknown, occurred in the...Read MORE...



Ancestors Who Were Born Here


Everts
America/USA  Blanche Everts (16 September 1872, Alton, Illinois, USA - 17 October 1962, Los Angeles, California, USA)

Moulton
 America/USA  Everts Moulton (14 June 1898, Alton, Illinois, USA - 28 October 1982, Long Beach, California, USA)
America/USA  John H Moulton (13 September 1900, Alton, Illinois, USA - 31 October 1990, Nokomis, Florida, USA)
America/USA  Ruth Moulton (12 June 1908, Alton, Illinois, USA - 30 May 2006, Santa Barbara, California, USA)

Olin
 America/USA  John Merrill Olin (10 November 1892, Alton, Illinois, USA - 8 September 1982, East Hampton, New York, USA)
 America/USA  Spencer Truman Olin (20 August 1900, Alton, Illinois, USA - 14 April 1995, Jupiter Island, Martin, Florida, USA) gravestone
 


Ancestors Who Died Here


Scott
America/USA  Mary Elizabeth Scott (27 November 1837, Maumee, Ohio, USA - 18 November 1921, Alton, Illinois, USA)
 


Ancestors Who Were Married Here


1896
John Henry Moulton (14 July 1870 - 28 August 1974) & Blanche Everts (16 September 1872 - 17 October 1962)
married 2 December 1896
 




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