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May 13, 2004
4:20 PM
Is there anyone that might have some information on the Elgin family from the Tampico area or anyone that might be able to help with the Elgin family.
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May 16, 2004
12:57 PM
We have Elgin families living here now. I will check our family files at the museum as well as post the names/addresses/phone #s of local Elgins. Give me a day or two, though.
60 posts
Jun 07, 2004
4:31 AM
Dear Anonymous,
If you watched your local news - You may have seen two of your relatives being interviewed (re: Reagan's passiing). They do not "do" email, so you will need to give me a method of communication for me to pass on to them. ~
Denise, Tampico Area Historical Society
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Sep 22, 2009
10:23 AM
ok, I am an Elgin from Tampico, I would be happy to help!!!
453 posts
Sep 22, 2009
10:40 AM
Great! Welcome aboard! I sure wish "anonymous" would have registered and left a contact #.
Again, thanks for signing in and offering to help!
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Feb 21, 2010
1:41 PM
I am an Elgin who has been looking for information on the Elgin family recently. I managed to find my Great Grandparents gravesight in Yorktown IL. I also talked to a few locals and learned there were still Elgins around the area. If you have any information please pass it my may. I will be willing to share all of the info that I know as well.
517 posts
Feb 24, 2010
9:57 AM
Erik, I have emailed "erinshank4" and asked if she can offer more help for you. You need to give more information, such as the names, birth/death dates, etc. of your gr-grandparents, as you did in your personal email to me. Here are the names of the Elgin's buried in the YT cemetery:
Bertha G. - 1884-1943
Child of Henry E. - d. 1917
Floyd, d. 1930
Henry J., b. May 9, 1889, d. 1937
Lloyd (of B.) no dates, buried in section 36
Mary, d. 1924
Richard, b. 1928-1937

I did not have a lot of luck finding obits for them in the Sterling Gazette newspaper index. I will see if I can find something in our Tornado newspaper, but it will take a while since there are not complete dates. I' get back to you if I find anything. Below are SOME of the listings in the Sterling Gazette

Elgin, Lloyd John (Margaret Sibley) obituary 1 Aug 2000;A2;2
Elgin, Bertha Wetzell (John Henry) obituary 27 Apr 1943;5;3
Elgin, Richard obituary / killed in car accident 22 Dec 1930;6;1
Elgin, Henry John 12, obituary 14 Aug 1912;Standard;6;4

Elgin, Ronald L. weds Anita K. Peach 8 Dec 1979;2;1
Elgin, Lauren weds Janet Weinger 19 Sept 1986;B2;1*

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Feb 25, 2010
2:40 PM
All of this is great. Here is some information that may help. My Grandpa's name was Lloyd and my Grandma's name was Margaret (she was a Sibley). My Great Grandparent's names were John Henry Elgin and Bertha. There are a few articles from the Sterling Gazette that would be great to read. Are all of these articles saved somewhere?
519 posts
Feb 25, 2010
3:00 PM
Hi Erick,
The STERLING GAZETTE INDEX is available online. Just click on the link I provided. The Sterling Gazette Newspapers are archived on microfilm at the Sterling Library. The index is very helpful because it gives you the issue date, page # and column #. You can then read it on the microfilm reader and transcribe it by hand or make a copy. You can also call or email the library and request they make you copies and mail them to you. They charge a small fee for the service. You can find contact information for Sterling Library on our TABLE OF CONTENTS page > scroll down to Libraries and Historical Societies and click on link for Sterling Library. There were more listiings for the ELGIN surname in the Gazette Index, so you may want to do your own search.

Let me know if you need some help.

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Feb 25, 2010
7:56 PM
i am also an Elgin looking for the history of the Elgin family. My family has many old photographs of the Elgins and also the Sibleys. My Grandfather (Elgin) married a Sibley. I will take some time and look through all the photographs as some have names of the people written on them and i will post their names on this message board if it will help anyone out. I would also like to add Erick on this message board is my brother. seeing as he lives in Indiana and I live in Minnesota I would post on this message board to share information with not only him, but also with anyone else wanting information.

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Feb 26, 2010
3:28 PM
I briefly looked through a bunch of old newspaper clippings and a journal my Grandmother kept and came up with a few names and dates. I'm listing what I have found so far.

John Henry Elgin B: 1889 D: Aug.30, 1937
Bertha Gertrude (Wetzell) Elgin B: March 7, 1884 D: April 26, 1943
-John and Bertha married these are the children I could find:
Mildred (Elgin) Whittington
Violet (Elgin) Riley - this one I am not sure of, only saw this name come up once from a newspaper clipping from 1943
Evelyn (Elgin) Thompson B: Feb. 26,1914 D: April 20,1982 Married: June 7,1941
Hilda (Elgin) Clayton or Hill (found different last names from two different newspaper clippings) B: May 23, 1921 D: Dec. 6, 1974
Llyod Elgin (my grandfather) B: Aug. 8, 1904 D: 2000.
I also found another name of Bernice (Elgin) Miller from yet another newspaper clipping.
One newspaper clipping also stated Bertha had a step daughter by the name of Mamie Galt or Gaulrapp
If I read one clipping correctly John and Bertha had a child that died in infancy.

Heres another name:
Edward William Elgin B: Nov. 30, 1898 D: April 18, 1974. Had two children: Vernan F. Elgin and Kenneth M. Elgin. Edward's parents names are William and Elizabeth Fritz Elgin

Yet another name:
Vernon Elgin married to Bernadine Anderson Dec. 18, 1951 They had five children: Janice, Ronald, Darryl, Marvin, Lauren.
I believe that Vernon is the son of Edward

This is what i have so far from the Illinois region. I also have Llyod (son of John and Bertha) and Margaret Elgin (my Grandparents) childrens names and dates of birth if anyone is interested in that. I am going to continue looking through all the old photographs and journal entries. if anyone has any more information on any of the people i mentioned that would be very helpful. I am also trying to find John and Bertha's parents names as well. I kind of hit a dead end with them.
520 posts
Feb 26, 2010
5:27 PM
Hi Craig,
How wonderful of you to share the info. Very helpful to anyone interested in the Elgin family lines. If you are willing, you can scan an of the information you have and I can either transcribe it to the site or file it at the Historical Society. It would be nice to start an Elgin Family album on the site, so if you want to send any photos, I will post them.

Ron & Laren and Vernon still live in Tampico. I think one of the posts on this thread is from that family line.

Thanks again!
522 posts
Mar 09, 2010
12:44 PM
Here is the obit for Henry (aka: John Henry Elgin)
Thurs, May 6, 1937
p. 4

Funeral services were held at the Parent Funeral Parlots

Tuesday afternoon for Henry Elgin, 68, who passed away suddenly

from a heart attack Sunday about 12:30. Rev. L. B. Beals, pastor

of the Methodist church, conducted the service. Burial was in

teh Yorktown cemetery.
He is survived by his widow, formerly Miss Bertha Wetzell, and

six children:Lloyd of Tampico, Mrs. Mildred Whithington of

Hooppole, Mrs. Evelyn Harding of Rock Falls, Mrs.Maymie Powell

of Sterling and Violet and Hilda at home. His first wife,

Elizabeth Wetzell, preceded him in death.

I also have the Funeral Log info I will post.
3 posts
Mar 10, 2010
7:34 PM
This information gave me a couple answers I was looking for. thankyou very much. I was wondering if you would be able to find out who John Henry's parents were. Ive looked through all the information i have and have been unable to come up with any names. I will continue to look. Thanks
525 posts
Mar 11, 2010
8:00 AM
Craig, Let me check the funeral log. I ran out of time whenI was there last time. If you don't hear back from me in a couple of days, feel free to give me a "nudge."

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527 posts
Mar 11, 2010
12:58 PM
Click on this photo to enlarge. You will see a magnifying glass in upper right. Click on that to super enlarge and pan photo.
John Henry, b. Jan. 17, 1869, d. May 2, 1937. This information is different than what Craig shows.
Father: John Elgin, Germany; Mother: Annie Dorie, Maryland.
528 posts
Mar 11, 2010
1:48 PM
GENEALOGY TRAILS has obit for daughter of Mildred Whittington:
MABLE (WHITTINGTON) ZUIDEMA , 72, of 17788 Bunker Hill Road, Morrison, IL, died Saturday, January 7, 2006 at her home. Mabel was born May 31, 1933 in Hooppole, IL, to Harley and Mildred (Elgin) Whittington. She attended the Hooppole, IL grade school and Morrison, IL high school. Mabel married Arnold "Arkie" Zuidema on October 27, 1950 in Morrison, IL. He died May 14, 1997. She was employed with General Electric in Morrison until 1977. She later owned and operated "The Place" in Morrison. Survivors include two sons, Roger Zuidema of Morrison, IL and Denis (Millie) Zuidema of Clinton, IA; three grandchildren, Cody Zuidema, Lindsay Zuidema, and Jason Zuidema; one great grandchild, Jack Zuidema. She was preceded in death by two sons, Arnold, Jr. and Gary Zuidema; two sisters, Helen Francis and Alice Noble; and one brother in infancy.

BERT W. ELGIN , 54, died at 2:30 a.m. Tuesday at his home in Como. He had been in poor health for several years. The funeral will be held at the Trouth funeral home Thursday at 2 p.m., Rev. C. A. Kalkwarf, pastor of St. Paul Lutheran church, officiating. Interment will be in Maple ridge cemetery, West Jordan. The Veterans of Foreign Wars will conduct the military services at the grave. Mr. Elgin was a veteran of World War I. Friends may call at the funeral home. Bert W. Elgin was born in Emerson June 25, 1894, and lived in Hopkins township all his life. He was married to Edith Barnett of Como and had made his home in Como ever since his marriage. He is survived by his widow, one son, one daughter, two grandchildren, five sisters and one brother; also by several nieces and nephews.
Contributed by Margaret Mangers from the Oct. 19, 1948 Sterling Gazette

WILLIAM F. ELGIN , Funeral services were conducted at the Wheelock-Allen Funeral Home for William F. Elgin at 1 p.m. Thursday with Rev. Harry E. Shiffer, pastor emeritus of the Rock Falls Christian Church officiating, with burial in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rock Falls. Mrs. Wayne E. Larson was organist, and Wayne E. Larson sant The Old Rugged Cross and Beyond the Sunset. Pallbearers were Harold Parks, Lee Carrico, Floyd Wellman, John Pieerce, Ray Hand and John Cheshier. Flowers were cared for by The Rebekah Lodge Members, including Mrs. Orville Deets, Mrs. Art Nelson, Mrs. William McKinzie and Swartley's. Out of town relatives were from Annawan, Rochelle, Morrison and Walnut.
Contributed by Melva Taylor from The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois May 6, 1960 - Friday, pg 6, col 4

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Mar 11, 2010
1:57 PM


THOMPSON, Evelyn H (Elgin) 26 Feb 1914 20 Apr 1982 Bert A Thompson

also -
GAULRAPP, Mamie (Elgin) 11 Sep 1898 20 May 1958 Wendel Gaulrapp (Oak Knolls Cemetery)

ELGIN, Lois J (Fredricks) 01 Jan 1923 21 Dec 1979 Raymond C Elgin
ELGIN, Raymond C 03 Apr 1906 01 Sep 1960 Lois J Fredricks

BOOK, Rose Marie (Krug)
Obituary 24 Apr 1928 06 Mar 1971 Robert W. Book James and Mamie Elgin Krug
OBIT: ROSE MARIE (KRUG) BOOK - Funeral servicses for Mrs. Robert W. (Rose Marie) Book, 1713 Griswold Ave., Sterling, will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Melvin Funeral Home. The Rev. Luther H. Cooperrider, pastor of St. John's Lutheran Church, will officiate and burial will be in Oak Knoll Memorial Park Cemetery. A memorial has been established in her memory. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. Mrs. Book died Friday evening (6 Mar 1971) Hospital, Monroe, Wis., after an extended illness. She was born April 24, 1928, in Henry County, Illinois, the daughter of James and Mamie Elgin Krug. She graduated from Sterling Township High School, class of 1947, and was united in marriage to Robert W. Book July 3, 1947, in St. John's Lutheran Church in Sterling. Mrs. Book was a member of the Amvets Auxiliary. Surviving besides her husband are three sons, Jerry, Larry and Michael Book of Sterling; one sister, Mrs. Fern Brown, and her step-father, Wendell Gaulrapp of Sterling.
Conributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois March 29, 1971 - Monday pg 2

Route 40, Sect. 20, Jordan Township
Sterling, Whiteside Co. Illinois

ELGIN, Burt W.
Obituary 25 Jun 1894 19 Oct 1948 Edith Barnett Adopted son of Edward & Millie Bryson (WW 1)
ELGIN, Edith (Barnett) 1892 1974 Burt Elgin


Last Edited by on Mar 11, 2010 2:16 PM
734 posts
Mar 15, 2010
9:26 AM
Craig & Erick,
I have emailed you both. I hope this information is helpful.
Best of Luck!
Denise Wranik McLoughlin
Family History Coordinator
Tampico Area Historical Society

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