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Portrait of Progress — Part 2

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George McShane speaks at the Founder’s Day Birthday Bash at Booker T. Washington Elementary School in Elgin Aug. 20.   Courtesy photo  The 1956 Washington High School girls basketball team won the district championship.   Courtesy photoWashington High School’s band from 1953 is shown here. Courtesy photo

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.Let me take you to high school.Now, high school was a brand new world. We only had three sports: football, basketball and track. And, we also had New Farmers of America. And, we had the New Homemakers ...

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