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History of Elgin, Illinois, USA

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Elgin, Illinois, USA

Elgin, Kane, IL

"In 1835, James T. and Hezekiah Gifford, along with Samuel Jewett Kimball, settled a city that they would name "Elgin" in the state of Illinois, 38 miles west of Chicago. Situated on the Fox River, Elgin is directly between the lead mines of Galena and Chicago. Gifford, being a devoutly religious man, named his new city after a Scottish psalm. "I had been a great admirer of that tune from boyhood", he once stated, "and the name Elgin had ever fallen upon my ear with musical effects". Over the next 165 years, Elgin would be music to the ears of a great many people and industries, including one of the largest watch making factories in the world, the largest producers of dairy products in the Midwest, including the home of The Borden Milk Company, as well as the manufacturing of cars, shoes, bicycles and religious printed material." – Author James McDunn

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  • 1854 - Elgin
    Elgin, a post-township in the N. E. part of Kane county, Illinois. Population, 2859.

    Elgin, a thriving post-village in the above township, on Fox ...Read MORE...


  • 1864 - August 1 – The Elgin Watch Company is founded in Elgin, Illinois

    www.wikipedia.org
    August 1, 1864

  • 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 t...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...Read MORE...


  • 1895 - Elgin
    Eigin, El'jin, a city of Kane co., Ill., on Fox River, at the junction of two railroads, 36 miles W.N.W. of Chicago. It contains 15 churches, 3 nation...Read MORE...


  • Elgin, Illinois, USA
    Elgin National Watch Factory

    "The Elgin National Watch Company, commonly known as Elgin Watch Company, was a major US watch maker from 1864 to 1968. The company sold watches under the names Elgin, Lord Elgin, and Lady Elgin.

    For nearly 100... Read MORE...

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  • Elgin, Illinois, USA
    Pavilion in Lord's Park, Elgin, Ill.
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  • 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 s...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 Faube...Read MORE...


  • News 1911 - 2 KILLED IN ELGIN AUTO RACE - GRANDSTAND COLLAPSES
    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 ...Read MORE...


  • Elgin, Illinois, USA
    Chicago Street
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  • 1916
    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 ...Read MORE...


  • News 1920 - EIGHT KILLED, 100 HURT AT ELGIN IN STORM CAUSING $4,000,000 LOSS. TORNADO WRECKS BUSINESS SECTION AND DAMAGES VIRTUALLY EVERY HOME - WORSHIPPERS CRUSHED IN CHURCH - CITY PARALYZED - NOW UNDER MARTIAL LAW.
    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 ...Read MORE...




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Elgin National Watch Factory

"The Elgin National Watch Company, commonly known as Elgin Watch Company, was a major US watch maker from 1864 to 1968. The company sold watches under the names Elgin, Lord Elgin, and Lady Elgin.

For nearly 100... Read MORE...

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Elgin, Illinois, USA
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Pavilion in Lord's Park, Elgin, Ill.
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Elgin, Illinois, USA
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Chicago Street
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History and News of Elgin, Illinois, USA

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  • 1854 - Elgin
    Elgin, a post-township in the N. E. part of Kane county, Illinois. Population, 2859.

    Elgin, a thriving post-village in the above township, on Fox ... Read MORE...

  • 1864 - August 1 – The Elgin Watch Company is founded in Elgin, Illinois

    www.wikipedia.org
    August 1, 1864
  • 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... 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... Read MORE...

  • 1895 - Elgin
    Eigin, El'jin, a city of Kane co., Ill., on Fox River, at the junction of two railroads, 36 miles W.N.W. of Chicago. It contains 15 churches, 3... 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... 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... Read MORE...

  • News  1911 - 2 KILLED IN ELGIN AUTO RACE - GRANDSTAND COLLAPSES
    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 ... Read MORE...

  • 1916
    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 ... Read MORE...

  • News  1920 - EIGHT KILLED, 100 HURT AT ELGIN IN STORM CAUSING $4,000,000 LOSS. TORNADO WRECKS BUSINESS SECTION AND DAMAGES VIRTUALLY EVERY HOME - WORSHIPPERS CRUSHED IN CHURCH - CITY PARALYZED - NOW UNDER MARTIAL LAW.
    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 ... Read MORE...

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