Motorcycle road races in Elgin attracted riders in 1913
By Mike Alft For The Courier-News July 19, 2013 2:16PM
Updated: August 22, 2013 6:24AM
What was happening in Elgin during the month of July 100, 75, 50, 25 and 10 years ago?
❚ The International Motorcycle Road Races were held in Elgin and attracted more than 40 riders. The winner completed the 200-mile course in 4 hours, 32 minutes, and 52 seconds.
❚ The arc light tower on the Elgin Academy grounds was blown over in a violent storm.
❚ The Barnum & Bailey circus was hauled into town by four trains.
❚ Police raided a disorderly resort on Spring Street and arrested the keeper and an inmate.
❚ Elgin’s population, according to the annual school service, was 23,754.
❚ A local committee was formed to work for a paved highway from Chicago to Galena, passing through Elgin, Belvidere, Rockford, and Freeport.
❚Because blacks were excluded from the bathing pool in Wing Park, the city council discussed a bathing beach for the “colored” population along the Fox River.
❚ Work was continuing on the new water treatment plant for aerating and purifying the water and removing odors and sediment.
❚ Cards explaining the new zip code system were delivered to every patron of the Elgin post office.
❚The city council approved the development of a mobile home community along the Fox River north of the city.
❚ The two local movie theaters, the Grove and the Crocker, featured films starring Rock Hudson, Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, John Wayne, Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner, and David Niven.
❚ The city purchased the Labor Temple for the site of a proposed parking garage along Spring Street.
❚ Sherman Hospital celebrated its 100th birthday with a gala party attended by about 5,000 guests.
Police and city inspectors raided an alleged “drug house” on South Liberty Street and arrested more than two dozen people who had been living there illegally.
❚ School District U46 sold 140 acres of the former state hospital property for commercial and manufacturing development.
❚ Riders of “ordinaries,” bicycles with one giant wheel in the front and a smaller wheel in the back, held a convention in Elgin.
❚ William Ryan, Elgin’s postmaster, retired after 36 years on the job.