Courier News Latest news from Courier News Online en-us (Editor) Courier News 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Days Gone By: No tango allowed, and dozens file for office in Elgin ]]> Lead story image

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 lighters, shaving cups, women’s button shoes, and player piano music. Teachers and students who had not been vaccinated were barred from Franklin School after a case of smallpox was discovered. The tango and hesitation were barred from the annual Policemen’s Ball. Dancing was limited to the two-step, waltz and Newport. The B. S. Pearsall Butter … ]]> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 13:45:06 -0500 <![CDATA[ Elgin merchants lit up over new ordinance in 1913 ]]>

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 Elgin. A sleet storm on the 20th of the month disrupted long-distance telephone service and electric power. A thick coating of ice on the wires downed hundreds of telegraph and telephone poles. Every hotel and rooming house was filled with stranded persons. Ads in local papers this month: Fatima cigarettes (20 for 15 cents), Studebaker … ]]> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 06:39:47 -0500 <![CDATA[ City wages restored to pre-Depression levels in 1938 ]]>

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 … ]]> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 06:08:44 -0500 <![CDATA[ Boy sought wig for dad in letters to Santa ]]> Lead story image

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 sales. The newly organized Elgin Motor Club, formed to improve road conditions, was attracting dozens of members. There was an unusual request among the letters to Santa Claus printed in the Elgin Daily News. One boy wanted a wig for his father’s bald head. December 1937 The foundation for Elgin’s new state armory at Gifford … ]]> Thu, 10 Jan 2013 06:28:22 -0500