Friday, December 30, 2016

Elva, Illinois-- Part 1: Developed By Barb Wire Inventor Joseph Glidden

In yesterday's Looking Back, I wrote about an auto accident in Elva, Illinois, near DeKalb.  I have never heard of this town.

ELVA   From Wikipedia

An unincorporated community in DeKalb County, Illinois, about five miles south-southwest of DeKalb.  It is shown on maps as early as 1892 and has a famous grain elevator and train station.  Joseph Glidden of DeKalb, inventor of barbed wire, developed it and named it after his daughter.   A 1910 map referred to it as Elva Station.

--Cooter

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