Looking Back

Looking Back for Nov. 6, 2019

Esmond Methodist Church along Main Street, 1963. Thanks to the Joiner History Room for the photo.
Esmond Methodist Church along Main Street, 1963. Thanks to the Joiner History Room for the photo.

1919 – 100 YEARS AGO

The local beagle trainers P.A. Peterson, R. H. Cole and H. W. Prentice, returned the first part of the week from their annual trip to the field trials and bench show of the Western Beagle Club, held at Bass Lake, Ind. Mr. Cole took a first and second and several minor places in show and trial and Mr. Prentice also brought back a few ribbons.

Chester Reynolds was about the most popular boy in the Glidden school today and most of the little folks wished they were in Chester’s room for he was host to the eighth grade at a theater party at the Armory this afternoon. The room was dismissed at 2:30 that boys and girls could attend the matinee performance of “Heart of the Jungle” and witness the act of the trained monkeys.

The remains of Louis Mizel arrived in Waterman Monday from Siberia, where the young soldier died of pneumonia last year. Brief funeral services were held Tuesday at the Leland cemetery where the body was interred. A large concourse of friends were gathered at the cemetery to pay their last tribute to this American soldier. The floral offerings were beautiful.

LOST – Side curtain for a Ford car between Cortland Lumber Yards and residence. Robt. Whitaker, Cortland. Phone 988-11.

The cement foundation for the new ornamental lighting system in the horse shoe addition was being set today by the force of the contractor in charge. The work of the digging of the trenches which will hold the conduits for the wires to the lights will next occupy the attention of Contractor Anderson and is expected that it will be finished in the course of a couple of weeks.

The Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Relief society has purchased two handsome bronze tablets which will be a part of the magnificent new memorial clock which is to be installed here as soon as the devoted ladies succeed in raising sufficient funds for their enterprise.

Ghost’s headquarters were located at the Fant home on West Lincoln Highway Saturday night where Elmer Fant was host to 18 friends at a hard times party. Guests approaching the home were met by a ghost and told to follow a string given them. Obeying the demand, they were led to the back yard where ghosts and spooks of all sizes and shapes were holding a meeting to frighten the company.

1944 – 75 YEARS AGO

Grass fires are becoming numerous in this city of late, the fire department being called three and four times a day to use brooms to put out incipient blazes, which if allowed to burn, would endanger buildings close by. The last one yesterday afternoon was at 440 West Lincoln Highway.

Cpl. Phil Kaesser, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Kaesser, was a member of one of the bands that participated in the Liberation Day celebrated in France, following the successful invasion by the Allies. Cpl. Kaesser now is in Belgium on a rest period and the natives of that country are just as appreciative of their liberation. In his letter to his grandmother, Phil says “I don’t believe I’ve ever been kissed by so many people in my life before.”

MEN! HERE IS A JOB WITH VARIETY – 3 days mild delivery route, 3 days plant work. Steady employment. Apply Milk Consumers’ Assn.

While some of the city officials were censured because they spent $25 or more for the construction of a pigeon trap to be placed on the top of the bank building, it is interesting to learn that the trap has rid the city of 160 birds in the short time it has been in use.

R. E. Curry, commander of Sycamore Post, No. 99, of the American Legion, announced yesterday that a program is being outlined for the proper observance of Armistice Day, although not all details have been completed. It is said the stores will close during the ceremonies but the day will not be a holiday in Sycamore.

One of the most delightful Halloween parties of the week was that participated in by the Fortniters the fore part of the week at the Guild Hall. To be different, it was decreed that the women appear in men’s attire, while the men were to be dressed in women’s garb. Many of the costumes were laugh provoking, but the evening was a most enjoyable one for all who attended.

1969 – 50 YEARS AGO

The Chicago & North Western Railway is in the process of crossing rejuvenation on Fairview Road near the intersection with South Seventh Street in DeKalb. This track is the Spring Valley line and carries only freight trains.

Someone who has apparently failed to “kick the habit” Wednesday broke into the Hillside Restaurant, 121 N. Second St., and stole about $35 in cigarettes and cigars. According to DeKalb police reports, the “smoking” burglar entered the restaurant through a window on the east side of the building. Ignoring the federal government’s health warnings, the burglar took two cartons of cigarettes and three boxes of cigars.

A water polluting cross-connection at the Northland Plaza Shopping Center has been removed as ordered by the DeKalb City Air and Water Pollution Commission, it was announced today by City Manager Don Crawford. Previously, untreated sewage would flow through the cross-connection, by-passing the treatment plant – and eventually dump untreated sewage into the Kishwaukee River.

The eighth annual Pumpkin Festival is over. Despite the rain, the pumpkin displays were viewed by more than 25,000 people. “At one time I counted approximately 800 people viewing the display,” said Walter Thurow, co-chairman for the festivities. “The parade was tremendous,” he said, “I think it’s the best we’ve ever had.”

1994 – 25 YEARS AGO

Nada and Teofik “Bugy” Selimbegovic talk about their life in Sarajevo, Bosnia, sitting in the dining room of the home of Curtis and Karen Lang in Sycamore. The couple explained in order to leave Sarajevo, they had to nearly crawl through an 800-meter tunnel made for soldiers and used to smuggle food and weapons into the city. It is the only way out of town, according to Nada. The couple joins their son Srdan, who came to the area on student visas in September, 1993. He has been living with the Langs since that time.

The Sycamore Fire Department, rich in talented and dedicated men, is also rich in history, and is celebrating its 75th anniversary as a motorized, paid department this month. Jim Lyon, a firefighter with the department and an “unofficial historian,” has uncovered much of the fire department’s history, including large fires. Some of the larger fires can be documented back to 1910 with a fire at the Sycamore Mop Factory. “The factory manufactured oiled dust mops and damage was estimated at $100,000,” Lyon said.

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

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