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Elgin Eagle Beer
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Old People's Home
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at Nite.
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Greetings From Elgin (1975)

Elgin Eagle Brewing 

In 1849, Charles Tazewell built a building on the west side of Kimball street near the Kimball street bridge, where he opened a brewery.  He would eventually sell it to German-born Casper Althen in 1868, who ran the business alone for many years.  In the early 1890's, his three sons, Louis, Emil and Edward would join him in the business.  Around that time, the business took on the name "Elgin Eagle Brewery".  

By 1891 the business was a full-time operation, and Althen employed 15 workers.  His brewery would produce between 5,000 and 6,000 barrels of beer a year, with "Casper's Superior" being one of the most popular.  

The Volstead Act (AKA Prohibition) would sound the death knell for Althen's business in 1920.  The sons would retool the operation and, for a short time,  distribute root beer, and ice cream.

The building was demolished in 1963, having been vacant for over 40 years.  It was reported as being one of Elgin's first landmarks.  


The story of The Elgin Eagle Brewing Company was commemorated by retired U-46 School Teacher and Former Mayor E. C. "Mike" Alft at the Elgin Area Historical Society's 18 Annual Cemetery walk.  More information (includng a video of Mr. Aft's presentation) is available about the Cemetery Walk at the Elgin Area Historical Society's Web site at: www.elginhistory.org  



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
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Lord's Park
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Upper Lake
Band Stand
Audubon Museum
Pavilion At Night
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Bear Pit
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Sulfur  Springs
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Swimming Pool
Band Concert
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Weldwood Country Club
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Bridge over Tyler Creek
Windmill on Aurora Elgin RR
Kelley Hotel
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Fox Hotel
Dairy Cows
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