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ELGIN: DAYS GONE BY
Author: E. C. Alft

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Table of Contents

Title Page
Dedication
Copyright
Preface

ELGIN NAMES
Elgin's History on Signs
Other Elgins
Street Names
School Names
Vanished Names
 

MEMORABLE EVENTS
The Grave Robbers
Parade of the Horribles
Buffalo Bill
The Mysterious Airship
Street Carnivals
The Guardsmen
The Poultry Show
The Blizzard of '18
Miss Elgin of 1925
The Crusader
 

FOX RIVER
The Dam
The Great Flood of '81
Ice Harvesting
The Truesdell Bridge
A Bridge of Sorts
The Carrie Clark Hole
Goff's Island
Steamers and the Pearl Rush
Using the River
 

ANIMAL FRIENDS
Horsing Around
Cow Town
Some Lions and an Elephant
 

VETERANS
Memorial Day
The Last Leaf
The Old Reb
Maje
The General
Foes and Comrades
 

FAMILY TIES
Father and Son
Rovelstads Everywhere
Hoaglands
The Halls
Cedar Hill
Wings
The Adams Family
Forces
The House on Highland
The Bowling Westermans
 

GOOD OLD DAYS?
The Working Day
Epidemics
Medicine Men
Expectorating
Get a Horse
Boys
Fourth of July
The Black List
All the News
The Poor House
So What Else Is New?
 

THE UNEXPECTED
Predictions
The Washburne Marriage
Buster Brown's House
 

IMMIGRANTS & COLONISTS
Hanoverians from Winzlar
English Watchmakers
Jewish Clothiers
Elgin Colonies
 

10  THE SPORTING LIFE
The Bluff Citys of '75
Sparrows and Crows
The Driving Park
Walking
Kittens and Pirates
Cycling
Schneider's
Skating
The Loss to West
The Rat Hole
Pushmobiles
 

11  ELGINITES
The Record Keeper
Inventors
Poets
The Accident Man
Grace Topping
Dr. Mann
Two Graves
Virtue Is Its Own Reward
Footnotes to History
Arthur Newsome
Off Beats
Who's Who
Lloyd A. Hall
Kid Abbott
Gilbert M. Turnbull
Some Remarkable Women
The Non-Resident
 

12  LANDMARKS GONE
The Opera House
The Old Creamery
Grand Hotels
Private Schools
Cook's Whistle
The Airport
Horse Cars
The Arc Light Towers
The Gas Works
 

13  NEIGHBORS
Dundee
Spaulding
Almora
Aurora
Carpentersville
 

14  MUSIC MAKERS & ARTISTS
The E.N.W.F.M.B.
Hawaiian Guitars
Pianos and Organs
Two Artists
Tryg
 

15  CRIMINAL ACTS
Cupid's Corner
Preston Reduction
The First 100 Homicides
The Rippberger Collapse
 

16  CELEBRITIES AND PRESIDENTS
Famous Visitors
Lincoln Never Slept Here
Elgin's Favorites
Presidential Visits
 

17  ALL KINDS OF DWELLINGS
Introduction
Concrete Block Homes
Kit Houses
Garabungalows
Steel Houses
 

18  POLITICOS
The Mayors
The Township Collectors
The Pols and the Press
 

19  OUR GAL NETTIE
 

20  CLUBS
The Riverside
Odd Fellows
The Old Clothes Club
The Elgin Motor Club
The Y
 

21  BOUNDARY LINES
Across the County Line
The Buckrice Case
Cook and Kane
School Districts
 

22  IT TAKES TIME
Daylight Savings
The East Side North Western
Highway 58
Dancing
Salvationists and Witnesses
 

23  MADE IN ELGIN
The Automatics
House of Corrections
Malted Milk
Voting Machines
Miniature Trains
Coffee Mills
Chewing Gum
Windmills
Butter Tubs
 

24  AROUND TOWN
Gifford Park
Geneva Street Hollow
Walton Island
South Grove
Town Clocks
Smitty's
The Post Office
The Henrietta
Oak Crest
The Observatory
The Shoe Factory
Douglas Avenue
Parochial Schools
Old Main
 

25  THE END
Undertakers
Coffin Hardware and Caskets
Old Cem and Bluff City

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