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Looking Back for Sept. 4, 2019

Horse Day sale, circa 1890, on Lincoln Highway in DeKalb between Second and Third streets. Thanks to the Joiner History Room for the photo.
Horse Day sale, circa 1890, on Lincoln Highway in DeKalb between Second and Third streets. Thanks to the Joiner History Room for the photo.

1919 – 100 YEARS AGO

The fire department had a run today to the basement of Kaiser, the tinner, on East Lincoln Highway where some rags had caught fire and smoke began to roll through the basement of Ed Hitchcock. The alarm was sent in at 8:30 and one little chemical tank was sufficient to squelch the flames.

Mr. and Mrs. John Lundberg this week received a letter from their soldier son, Phil, who was thought to be enroute home, saying he is still in Siberia, and he, with the 27th infantry, have moved farther inland instead of towards an embarkation port. It was hoped that Lundberg would be sailing for home shortly, in fact for a time the relatives here believed he was on the way, but the letter yesterday settles all disputes.

A program of exceptional merit is being appeared at the Star playhouse these two days. Alice Joyce, one of the screen’s greatest actresses is starring in “The Cambric Mask,” Robert W. Chambers’ famous novel, and Tom Mix, our greatest cowboy actor, and his famous horse are appearing in “Tom and Jerry Mix,” one of his best two-reel western comedies.

Get in the auto and come to Franklin Grove. You can find no better place to spend a vacation. We are going to look for you.

And now comes the raise in telephone rates, effective today! What next! And you must pay whether you talk to people or not! And we are only renting telephones, we don’t want to buy them! Well, the raise is probably just, but Man, Man, isn’t “raise” a dreadful word? It has entered into our lives at every turn of the road lately.

LOST – Red steer weighing 600 or 700 lbs. If found call Nels Johnson. Telephone 930-5.

Sometime during last night, of the wee small hours of this morning robbers entered the Montgomery barber shop at Malta and the total loss is estimated at about $100. The men used skeleton keys to affect an entrance as not a window had been touched. Several razors, clippers, shears, and other tools, together with what cash there was in the shop, made up the loot of the night marauders. At noon today no clues had been found that would lead to the discovery of the thieves.

1944 – 75 YEARS AGO

Tomorrow, Sept. 6, the 57th annual Sandwich fair will open and will continue through Friday, the three-day event to attract large crowds from this vicinity. Those attending will be able to see an outstanding display of animals raise by Illinois breeders. A grand cavalcade of prize-winning stock will be held at noon on Friday. There will be a show of horsed, cattle, hogs, sheep, poultry, grain, fruit, flower, and product of home, kitchen and dairy.

Harold Harriman, eight years old, son of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Donahue, of North Main Street was at play in the company of others near the tracks, it is reported, when a car was accidentally moved and the Harriman boy had the toes of one foot seriously injured. Police and railway authorities warn the small boys and girls about playing around railway tracks at any time, as it is dangerous.

Twelve Scouts of Troop 28 of the First Congregational Church gathered at Hopkins Park last evening to enjoy swimming at the pool and eight remained for an overnight camp.  One of the highlights of the evening was a most successful “snipe” hunt.

Carpenters, electricians and other tradesmen are making fine progress on the new store buildings recently purchased by the Sycamore Hardware Company at California and State Streets. It will be several days yet before the work will be far enough along so that the store owner, S. L. Staskey, can start moving operations. The formerly owned Fargo store which were bought by Mr. Staskey are being converted into an ideal place for the new owner.

At the meeting of the DeKalb Kiwanis Club this evening at the Rice Hotel, a film, “The Grain That Build the Hemisphere” will be shown as the program of the evening. The movie is a Walt Disney production and has been secured for the showing this evening through the courtesy of Russel Rasmussen of the DeKalb Agricultural Association.

CHILD’S SNOW SUIT – And coat. Size 12. All wool. Both like new.  Phone 1780.

Although the voting was light in the special election in DeKalb Tuesday, the proposition to raise the library tax from 1.2 mills to two mills carried by a wide majority, 151 to 12.

DeKalb County still has a fighting chance to obtain the Jap Zero plane which will be awarded to the first county in the state to complete all three war bond quotas. Two of the three quotas have been reached and everyone must concentrate on the sale of “E” bonds.

1969 – 50 YEARS AGO

It has been said that no man is a hero in his own country and this is perhaps true of the DeKalb County Fair being held this week in Sandwich. Few DeKalb County residents realize that their Fair is not only one of the oldest in the state (this is its 82nd year) but also the largest outside of the State Fair at Springfield.

In the Illinois State Baton Twirling competition held at Olympia Fields recently, the Marilyn Majorettes Juvenile Corps, which includes girls aged six to 10, won a second place in their division. Their captain is Nancy Brantner.

Harold Barnes, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Barnes of Victor Township, spent a week recently at Premier Boys State, Springfield. Here the 1,200 boys were organized into counties and cities with two equal political parties, the Federalists and the Nationalists, of which Harold was a member. He was also nominated and elected one of eight supervisors of his county.

WANTED – woman to make salads and sandwiches, evenings. Permanent position, good wages, hospitalization. Apply in person KENDALL’S RANCH, 4 miles east of Sycamore on Route 64.

1994 – 25 YEARS AGO

An unidentified woman became the latest fatal victim of a Chicago Northwestern train as it passed through DeKalb Sunday morning. According to Lt. Richard Moudy of the DeKalb Police Department, the engineer of the train saw a woman sitting on the tracks and he sounded the whistle and horns.

Youths of Maple Park will have to be in their homes or on private property after 9 p.m. since the adoption of a curfew ordinance at the meeting of the village board. Youths under the age of 18 years may not be on any public property such as streets, parks, etc., unless accompanied by an adult, from 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. Saturday through Sunday.

Labor Day weekend didn’t mean a day off Saturday for construction crews working on Castle Drive at NIU. While many were already enjoying the first of three days off, operator Roger Allen spent the beginning of the long weekend running a backhoe to tear out and haul away the old street surface in preparation for repaving. The work is scheduled to be completed prior to October Homecoming festivities.

• Compiled by the Joiner History Room, DeKalb County Archives.

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