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)

Chicago Street Bridge

Young Men's Christian Ass'n 

The building in the background of the postcard on the left is The YMCA (Young Men's Christian Association). It was there that a young woman named Lucy Page Gaston took up her tireless crusade against the evils of cigarette smoking. Gaston, a spinster school teacher, was raised by her parents with a background of abolition and temperance. Maintaining that cigarettes would lead to drinking and drinking would lead to crime, Gaston used the YMCA to launch her Anti-Cigarette League in 1910. She maintained that the burning of the cigarette paper and the tobacco created a gas which would have an adverse effect on the brain.

Gaston relied on others to help her make her case. Principal William Goble attested that no one who smoked ever received a high school diploma from Elgin High School. Superintendent of Star Manufacturing Company attested that "businessmen and corporations pick boys without yellow stain on their fingers" 

Despite all of her efforts, smoking rose from less than five million cigarettes in 1910 to over 73 million by the end of The First World War.  Today, we know that cigarette smoking is one of the leading causes of lung and throat cancer.


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
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