• Duensing Home at 308 S. Main St.

    The Duensing home as it looked in 1895. Arnold Duensing is shown on his bike at the age of 4.

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  • The Way We Were - Algonquin Founders Days, August 7-11, 1974

    Historical booklet featuring information about historical structures and people from Algonquin. Includes an excerpt from the diary of John Hamilton Cornish recounting his visit to the area in 1845 to…

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  • Schoolroom

    Children pause from their lessons for a photograph.

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  • James Philp

    A prominent man of town during the 1800's, James Cornelius Philp came to America From England in 1851 with his wife, Jane Cornelius Philp. He ran the Smithy, was Justice of the Peace, school director…

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  • E.W. Vette General Merchandise

    Duensing's Dry Goods Store shown prior to 1915 when it was known as Vette's. Arnold & Fred Duensing went into business in 1915 and closed it out in 1960, at which time the building was removed to make…

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  • Aftermath of the Great Flood of 1898

    Townspeople ponder the aftermath of flood waters that washed out the bridge across the Fox River. The structure on the corner is the property located at 104 S. Main Street, known at different times as…

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  • Algonquin the Beautiful: A History of Its Pioneers and Settlement In Commemoration of Its 100th Birthday ALOGNQUIN MCHENRY COUNTY ILLINOIS 1935

    Millar, H. Percye

    A History of Its Pioneers and Settlement In Commemoration of Its 100th Birthday.

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  • Ambrose Dodd

    One of Algonquin's early settlers.

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  • John Peter - First Mayor of Algonquin

    John Peter, the first mayor of Algonquin after its incorporation in 1890. Mr. Peter married Lida Helm and had three children; Grace, Edward and Willis.

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  • Ida Wernecke Gehl and William Wernecke Jr.

    Childhood photograph of William Wernecke Jr. and Ida Wernecke Gehl. William was former owner of Main Street Meat Market started by his father, William Sr.

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  • School children

    1st Row - Left To Right: Clarence Berkley. Fred Vette, Irwin Meyer, Alfred Vette, Alfred Mohdenhower, Charles Michealis. 2nd Row - Sabina Bau Kublank, Minnie Holtz, Clara Michealis, Freda Reimler Wern…

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  • John Peter Home, 1973

    This property, located at 301 S. Main St. in Algonquin, received an historic plaque award in 1973 on the basis of age, preservation and representative architecture from the 1800s.. The home was built…

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  • South Main Street

    Early 1900 view of South Main Street showing Estergren Home and Duensing Home.

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  • William Wernecke Sr.

    William Wernecke Sr., One of Algonquin's first stone masons and his helper, Joey Rupp

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  • Rattray Family Portrait, 1901

    Top row: William Rattray, Minnie Rattray, Louisa Diercks, Jenny and Silas Jayne (Parents) Frederick and Christina Diercks, Jenry Diercks, (baby) Laura Diercks, Minnie Diercks, Zella and Mirtie Jayne,…

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  • Algonquin State Bank (1902-1955)

    Interior view of Algonquin State Bank located on the corner of East Main and Washington Street. This building served the village for 53 years until it was replaced by a more modern structure in 1955.

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  • Old Pyott Farm

    Corner of Huntley Blacktop and Pyott Road. Below the bluff lies the approximate location of the Cornish homestead.

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  • Philp Family Portrait

    Philp Family (L to R) Elizabeth Philp Chapell, Jennie Chapell Getzelman, Squire James Philp. Seated: Great-grandmother Ann Philp with great-granddaughter Eunice Getzelman.

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  • Arnold Duensing on Horseback

    Arnold Duensing, the Legion's mounted commander in 1935. Arnold and Fred Jayne led the Centennial Parade

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  • 1878 Peter Home

    Historic photograph of the Sculley-Merril Home (Est. 1878), also known as the Peter Home, located at 301 S. Main St., Algonquin. John Peter, the first mayor of Algonquin after its incorporation in 189…

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