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City wages restored to pre-Depression levels in 1938



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Updated: February 21, 2013 6:08AM

What was happening in Elgin during the month of January 100, 75, 50, 25 and 10 years ago?

January 1913

The annual Robert Burns Society banquet of the Elgin Scottish Society was held at the YWCA.

The most popular coasting hills, all three them iced, were on Villa, Center, and West Chicago Streets.

The parcel post system was inaugurated at the Elgin post office when J. G. Pauley sent a box of cigars to West Chicago. (In 1913 it cost 14 cents to send a ten-pound package anywhere in the first zone.)

The Grand Theater (formerly the Opera House) featured an all-girl vaudeville show starring the Herculean Sisters, a group of acrobats.

January 1938

The pay of city employees was restored to its pre-Depression levels. They had taken a 25 percent cut in 1933.

The second annual Golden Gloves boxing tournament opened at the Labor Temple with 36 bouts.

A postal survey disclosed there were only 105 vacancies out of a total of 10,293 houses and apartment units in the city, a result of a drop in building during the Depression. About 25 families of the McGraw Electric Co., moving here from Minneapolis, were expected to arrive in the city by June.

January 1963

Shakeproof Division of Illinois Tool Works occupied its new office building on St. Charles Road (Highway 25).

Judson College received its charter from the state.

One-cent stamps were big sellers at the post office after the first class postage rate was raised from four cents to a nickel.

January 1988

The 221-member Secretaries Union of School District U46, went on strike for three days. Pickets marched at the three high schools and the central administration building.

The Osco Drug Store, a fixture on South Grove Avenue since 1959, closed its doors.

Ground was broken for the Clock Tower Plaza shopping center. It will occupy 12 acres that were once part of the site of the Elgin National Watch Co.

January 2003

“Rooster Don” McCay and “Dubs” Davis filed petitions to run as candidates for mayor in the February primary.

A French horn virtuoso performed with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra at the Hemmens.

Elgin had three homicides in 2002; Aurora had 25.

The city council voted to annex 651 acres of land on the far west side.

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