1920 – 100 YEARS AGO
Westlake still has plenty of apples and potatoes all grade, at cheap prices at the corner of Lincoln Highway and Fifth Street. Bring sacks. Phone 597.
Five residents of DeKalb have signified their intentions of becoming naturalized citizens of these United States of America and their petitions have been filed with the clerk of the city court. The petitions will be heard by Judge McEwin in the June term, the exact date being June 17. The five desiring citizenship are: Joseph Cervincki, native of Russia; Joseph Martikanas, native of Russia; Rapolis Chiplis, native of Russia; Johan Edward Udd, native of Finland; and William Charles Parkins, native of England.
WANTED – A cook and second maid at 335 College Avenue.
The last sad rites over the remains of the late Joseph Glidden, whose death occurred Monday morning were held this afternoon at 2:30 o’clock from the Glidden home on South Second Street. The Episcopal service was read and the remains were taken to the Afton Cemetery for interment in the family lot.
Phillip Swanson is in Chicago this week receiving instructions in the installation of the new line of electric refrigerators which he is going to handle this season. Phillip has arranged to handle the Isko machine and is learning how to put them in.
Mrs. Minne Jackman, who has for some months conducted the Star restaurant under the Lewis & Palmer store is to move to the building at the corner of Sixth Street and East Lincoln Highway where she will have her establishment in the future.
Bright and early Monday morning fond mammas all over DeKalb will breathe long sighs of relief when Willie all buttoned snug and warm and mittened against any possible bum weather contingencies starts to school.
A thick coating of ice covering the rails of the DeKalb-Sycamore interurban line beyond the Normal gate on West Lincoln Highway was the cause attributed to a peculiar accident which occurred about six o’clock Saturday evening. Since the heavy fall of snow last week, the cars have been going only to the vicinity of the Normal gate. When the car due to leave here at six o’clock attempted to go beyond that point the wheels simply left the track and the car started in a direction almost at a right angle to its original direction and landed in the Normal woods about 60 feet from the street line.
1945 – 75 YEARS AGO
It is estimated that in DeKalb County there are 700 or more boys of the specified ages who are classified as 2-C, which means they have been deferred because of their utility on farms. In some cases, it is pointed out, some of these boys are not now employed on farms, and as this state is believed to be far below the quota, the farm helpers will be inducted. It is also understood that other boys classified as 4-F, also will be called for re-examination, and some of these will be classified for limited service.
Ann Swanson has returned to her secretarial duties at the States attorney’s office after a few days absence because of the return of a severe cold.
It has been discovered in a roundabout way that some residents of Sycamore who have no children nor kin in the service, have paid little or no heed to the saving of fats and greases, and not one instance have they placed waste paper out for either the Scouts or the Legion. This is unpatriotic, and should be corrected.
Youngsters on sleds are a real menace to motorists at the present time and Chief of Police B. F. Peck stated this morning that drastic action would have to be taken unless the youngsters stop the practice of sliding in the streets. Several bad accidents have been narrowly averted and only good fortune has prevented serious injury or possible fatal accidents.
Completely informed as to their duties after a three-day school of instruction held at the city hall in DeKalb, enumerators for the 1945 Census of Agriculture are preparing to start their duties in this county on January 8. B. W. Gordon, supervisor of this district believes that DeKalb County has been most fortunate in securing not only well qualified individuals for the work, but enumerators who have shown exceptional aptitude, the result of tests revealed. The farm census is taken each five years and started in 1840.
While Monday, New Year’s Day, is usually a holiday, it was just another day to work for the employees of the Anaconda mills and the Turner Brass Works. Both industries it is said, are working on war orders and had received orders to keep production up to the limit, and thus there was no time off for the first day of the new year.
Earle W. Joiner, county clerk, whose house was seriously damaged by fire Tuesday afternoon, stated yesterday that as quickly as the insurance adjusters had completed their work the task of again converting the building into suitable living quarters will be started. Mr. Joiner stated the building was fully covered by insurance.
1970 – 50 YEARS AGO
The DeKalb Fire Department is offering to help some skateless ice skaters enjoy skating on the Northern Illinois University lagoon. The fire department has some 30 pairs of ice skates that will be loaned to skaters for the winter season.
One of the jobs that doesn’t lend itself too well to sub-zero weather is that of the mailman who is dedicated to delivering his mail on time, rain or shine, or in this case, COLD! Such is the case of Russ Peterson, 23-year veteran mail carrier for the Sycamore Post Office as he made his round in the downtown business area Wednesday afternoon when the temperatures remained below zero.
The 1970s were welcomed by party goers all around town early Thursday morning, but nowhere so psychedelically as by the Men’s Club of the Northern Illinois Jewish Community Center. Arriving members and their wives had to wind their way through a maze filled with multicolored balloons and rubber strips suspended from the ceiling. Strobe lights flashed. Weird music poured out from behind plastic sheeting and colored lights, increasing the effect of the entrance way. Some took over a minute to navigate their way in.
1995 – 25 YEARS AGO
The 1995 road construction season for the county officially got underway Thursday night with the county board’s transportation committee reviewing the projects for the upcoming year. Topping the list of county projects will be the extension of Peace Road, north from Route 64 to the Freed Road intersection, just under one mile. DeKalb County Assistant Engineer Gary Sale said the work will include construction of the road and a three-span concrete bridge over the east branch of the Kishwaukee River.
The Sycamore/DeKalb Junior Women’s Club is accepting entries for its ninth annual Valentine Baby photo contest to be held Feb. 3-15. Any child from DeKalb County under 4 years of age is eligible. Photos will be displayed, and voting will take place at Henderson’s in Sycamore and J.C. Penney’s in DeKalb.
Lyn Bute of Sycamore sculpted Smokey Bear with snow and paint near the sledding hill at Russell Forest Preserve in Genoa Saturday. Bute donated his time to build the bear to honor 50 years of Smokey Bear delivering fire safety messages to the nation.
• Compiled by the Joiner History Room, DeKalb County Archives.