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Elgin, Kane, Illinois, USA

"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 national banks, 1 other bank, an academy, a high school, public schools, and a manufactory of watches (the Elgin National Watch Company), which employs 3200 hands and produces watches valued at about $4,000,000 annually. It has also manufactures of carriages, shoes, watch-cases, condensed milk, and other articles. Elgin has an extensive trade in butter and cheese, its sales in these articles amounting to about $2,500,000 a year. Nine newspapers are published here. The river is here spanned by several bridges, and affords extensive water-power. Pop. in 1880, 8787; in 1890, 17,823."

Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ...
Joseph Thomas
January 1, 1895
J.B. Lippincott

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

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    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...


  • 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...

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