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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,...Read MORE...

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

News  1868 - Fire in Alton, Ill.
Louisville, Ky., Tuesday,. Feb. 18. FLACKENECKER'S grocery-store, and three or four adjoining...Read MORE...

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...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...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...Read MORE...


Ancestors Who Were Born Here


Everts
flag  Blanche EVERTS (16 September 1872, Alton, Illinois, USA - 17 October 1962, Los Angeles, California, USA) gravestone

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

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

Ancestors Who Died Here


Scott
flag  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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