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Days Gone By: No tango allowed, and dozens file for office in Elgin

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What was happening in Elgin 100, 75, 50, 25 and 10 years ago this month? February 1914 Downtown merchants lured out-of-town shoppers in a big seven-day sales event by re-funding all or part of their railroad fares. Among the bargains awaiting them: talking machines, cigar …

Elgin merchants lit up over new ordinance in 1913

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What was happening in Elgin during the month of February 100, 75, 50, 25 and 10 years ago? February 1913 Merchants vigorously protested a new local ordinance that required lights on all vehicles after sundown. They claimed it would drive the farm trade away from …

City wages restored to pre-Depression levels in 1938

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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, …

Boy sought wig for dad in letters to Santa

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What was happening in Elgin during the month of December 100, 75, 50, 25 and 10 years ago? December 1912 For the first time in years there was no 10-day holiday shutdown at the watch factory. The prospect of uninterrupted pay checks brightened local retail …