Isaac Ellwood was born in Salt Springfield, New York
After working for a few years as a teamster on the Erie
young Ike Ellwood set out for California and the gold fields.
1851 - 1852
Ellwood works in the gold fields.
1852 - 1855
He clerks in a Sacramento store.
At the age of 22, Ellwood moves to DeKalb County,
$2,600.00 in his pocket. He takes a a job on the Miller farm
Kingston. Later, with help from William Miller, Ellwood opens
a hardware store in downtown DeKalb. The store is in business
January 27, 1859
I.L. Ellwood marries Harriet Augusta Miller and by 1874
At the DeKalb fair, Ellwood observes an idea for barbed
For $265.00, Joseph Glidden sells Ellwood one-half
barbed wire invention. Production begins on Glidden's farm.
Ellwood and Glidden build their first barbed wire
Second Street in DeKalb. The factory building is still
Ellwood becomes a partner in the Washburn and Moen
Company of Worchester, Massachusetts.
Ellwood and Washburn and Moan build a new factory in
The factory extends from 4th to 6th streets on both sides of Locust
Street. Ellwood buys 1200 acres of land west of North First
April 1, 1879
Construction begins on the Ellwood house.
By a "secret deal," Jacob Haish comes to terms with
Ellwood begins purchasing 640,000 acres of Texas ranch
I.L. Ellwood and Company build their Wire and Nail Mill
Ellwood works long and hard to see that the new
State Normal School is located in DeKalb
I.L. Ellwood and Company is bought out by John W.
Gates, becoming part of the new American Steel and Wire Company.
After serving on the Governor's staff Ellwood has
the honorary title of "Colonel" by Governor John Tanner of Illinois.
Mrs. I.L. Ellwood dies at the age of 73.
Sept. 11, 1910
Col. I.L. Ellwood dies at the age of 77