Schools & Churches
Elgin Academy
Elgin High School
Franklin School
1st. Congregationalist Church
St. Mary's Church
St. John Ev. Lutheran Church
Ev. Lutheran Church of Holy Spirit
Methodist Church
 Episcopal Church
Grant School
Borden Library
City Hall
Cook Publishing
Brethren Publishing 
Dunham's Castle
Elk's Club
Ill. State Armory 
Home Bank Building
Professional Building
Post Office
Sears Academy
Selz Shoe Factory
Masonic Temple
H. Kind 
Hubbard Block
Cromwell Shoes
Judge Botsford's Residence
Fire Barn # 1
Fire Barn # 5
Elgin Eagle Beer
Sherman Hospital
Resthaven Sanitarium
St. Joseph's Hospital
Larkin Children's Hospital
Elgin State Hospital Annex
Old People's Home
Grove Ave.
Grove Ave 
at Nite.
North on Grove
Douglas Ave.
Chicago Street
Villa Street
Highland & Larkin Avenues
Modern Elgin
Grove Ave. (Mod)
Aerial View
Elgin Skyline
Greetings From Elgin
Greetings From Elgin (1975)

Brethren Publishing House

By the start of the 20th century, Elgin was booming but that boom did not happen by accident. Through the negotiations of business developer William Grote, funds were raised to attract The Brethren Publishing Company to Elgin from Mount Morris, Illinois in 1899. The publishing company set up shop in a three-story building on State Street near West Chicago Street. Before long, The Dunkards, as they were originally called, were holding church services there.

By 1903, the operation expanded. A fourth story was added, along with a courtyard for better illumination for the workers. In addition to printing the weekly church flyers, the presses also produced lessons, song sheets and other religious materials. They eventually became the second highest producer of book-class mail in Elgin. The only company who produced more second class mail was D.C. Cook Publishing.

The plant was abandoned in 1959 and eventually burned down in 1991, but the congregation still meets in Elgin. The Highland Avenue Church of the Brethren is an offshoot of the Baptist denomination with over 140,000 members (See photo under "Elgin Today"). One of their premises is to conscientiously object to war and to work with various organizations to achieve that goal.


 Elgin Today


Fox River
Chgo St Bridge
Chgo Bridge at night
Kimball  Bridge
Walton Island
Pumping Station
Elgin Nat'l 
Watch Co.
West & Front Wing
Noon at Factory
The Main Entrance
National House
Elgin Watchmakers College
Il. Watch 
Case Factory
Eppenstein's Home
N. Y. World's Fair
My Elgin's All Right
Gifford Park
Veteran Monument
Lord's Park
Scenic View
Upper Lake
Band Stand
Audubon Museum
Pavilion At Night
Pavilion in Wintertime
Bear Pit
Trout Park
Trout Park  Amusement Park
Sulfur  Springs
(Wing Park)
Wing Park
Swimming Pool
Band Concert
(Wing Park)
Weldwood Country Club
Central Park
Bridge over Tyler Creek
Windmill on Aurora Elgin RR
Kelley Hotel
Hotel Fosgate
Fox Hotel
Dairy Cows
Other Elgins
Elgin, Texas
Elgin, Minnesota
Elgin Oregon
Elgin, Arizona