Portrait of Progress — Part 1 Posted in: Lifestyle The City of Elgin is hosting a yearlong Sesquicentennial celebration in honor of the community’s founding in 1872. 2022 is a year for the entire community to commemorate, educate and celebrate the rich history and highlight the cultural fabric of the last 150 years. The Elgin Courier is generously sharing a weekly “Sesquicentennial Story,” intended to provide new perspectives, pay tribute to the past, and help the community join together throughout the year and beyond.I’m George McShan, a 1965 graduate of Booker T. Washington High School. The most senior and oldest graduate and alumni that graduated is here today — my uncle, Shifton McShan, who graduated in 1950.It is certainly ...PLEASE LOG IN FOR PREMIUM CONTENT. Our website requires visitors to log in to view the best local news. Not yet a subscriber? Subscribe today!