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Elgin Woman’s Club members July 4 parade marshals

Updated: July 22, 2013 6:12PM

ELGIN — The city of Elgin and the Downtown Neighborhood Association, in conjunction with presenting sponsor Advocate Sherman Hospital, has announced that members of the Elgin Woman’s Club will serve as grand marshals of the 2013 City of Elgin Fourth of July Parade.

Representatives from the Elgin Woman’s Club will ride in a vintage convertible to kick off this year’s parade, at 9 a.m. Thursday, July 4, beginning at the intersection of Slade and Douglas avenues.

The theme of this year’s Elgin Fourth parade is “Elgin Marching Through Time” — a timeline-based community celebration of the individuals and organizations who have contributed to Elgin’s rich history as well as an acknowledgement of the landmark anniversaries that several area businesses and groups are celebrating, according to a release from the Downtown Neighborhood Association.

This year marks the 125th anniversary of Advocate Sherman Hospital’s founding, which the Elgin Woman’s Club was instrumental in orchestrating.

Founded by more than 30 women in June 1887, the Elgin Woman’s Club’s first project was to establish and run a hospital in the booming and prosperous town of Elgin, the release noted. Henry Sherman — a farmer, Elgin businessman and part-owner of the Elgin National Watch Co. — learned of the club’s plan and agreed to donate a two-story house to serve as the hospital’s site. Thanks to the efforts of the Elgin Woman’s Club, Sherman Hospital opened its doors on July 7, 1888, and the two organizations have been community partners ever since.

More information about the 2013 City of Elgin Fourth of July Parade — Presented by Advocate Sherman Hospital is available from DNA Managing Director Jason Pawlowski at 847-488-1456 or e-mail

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