125 YEARS AGO
May 7, 1887
DeKalb has a very sensitive fire alarm, which goes off so often it has ceased to alarm.
The Elgin Democrat has a long article booming the village of Genoa. We hope that pretty little place will prosper, but it takes something besides talk to accomplish.
Lew Gross was compelled to close his school at Cortland last and this week on account of scarlet fever being very bad close to the school house.
Women have taken to sparring as exercise. What will they take to next?
In 1786 Congress authorized an inscription for the monument to the memory of Gen. Nathaniel Greene at Washington, but it was not until 1877 that an appropriation was made for the purpose and the work of actually chiseling the inscription on the monument was only started a few days ago.
A Remington typewriter of the latest model has been purchased for use by the high school at Earlville. The National Educator says the typewriter is a machine with an educational future and that whenever it has been introduced into schools, its success silences objections.
100 YEARS AGO
May 4, 1912
A big automobile carrying surveyors was in Sycamore Monday gathering data and making preliminary plans for placing this city along the route of the transcontinental automobile route.
Five more cases of typhoid fever were reported in St. Charles the past week and physicians and authorities are renewing efforts to discover the source of the dread disease and stamp it out.
The first wave of horror at the Titanic disaster has been followed by the stunning, depressing revelation that it could have been averted by ordinary caution and seamanship. No mackerel boat off the Banks would have jeopardized its season’s catch by crashing through that part of the ocean at its maximum speed.
Charged by the police with maintaining adulterous relations, Vernon Holcomb and Andra Melrose were arraigned in police court Saturday morning.
The death list as the result of a tornado that swept part of Oklahoma and Texas is expected to reach 60. The injured list will run into the hundreds.
At the suggestion of Miss Jane Addams, the Cook County Suffrage Alliance is laying plans for a great parade of women during the Republican national convention in Chicago as emphatic proof that women want the ballot.
75 YEARS AGO
May 8, 1937
There is a need for more room at Sycamore Community High School, and one of the next public building projects must be the construction of an addition to the present building.
The sweet symphony of hammers and saws is emanating from another store on State Street. The Central Illinois Light Company has begun remodeling the old Citizens bank building.
A men’s glee club is one of the projects planned by the Sycamore Elks club.
One of the smallest babies ever born in this section was ushered into the world at St. Joseph’s hospital in Belvidere Tuesday. At birth, he tipped the scales at 3 pounds and 7 ounces. The baby was placed in an incubator and is doing nicely.
Illinois needs a driver’s license law before the adjournment of the present session of the legislature.
The news that Leland Strombom has been engaged to become director of physical education at Sycamore High School was met with rejoicing throughout Sycamore this week.
The epidemic of scarlet fever in Illinois has been traced to the use of unpasteurized milk.
50 YEARS AGO
May 4, 1962
A jury found three Sycamore businessmen not guilty of violating the DeKalb County zoning ordinance. Maurice Foy, Otto Ritchey and Edward Danielson are free to continue using an area north of Sycamore for discarded auto refuse.
Marlyn Majorettes have been selected to appear in the 500 Parade in Indianapolis, Ind., preceding the annual 500-mile auto race.
The Shell Oil Company has developed an experimental process that may solve the Dutch elm disease problem in Sycamore.
On Monday, Sycamore sent eight firemen and three rigs to DeKalb to help battle a $200,000 blaze that gutted the abandoned DeKalb hotel, Secor’s drugstore and Murphy’s department store.
Firemen arriving at the Ron Jo Motel east of Sycamore on Route 64 Monday found the blaze had such a good start there was no saving a shed and a 1954 Pontiac automobile. The loss would have been greatly reduced if firemen had been called sooner, but people making the call ran into party line trouble which prevented them from reaching the fire station.
– Sycamore True Republican
25 YEARS AGO
May 6, 1987
Vencare would like to replace obstetrical services at Sycamore Hospital with a long-term rehabilitation program.
Vencare’s departure from Sandwich Community Hospital is a $5 million blow to the community, Sandwich Hospital administrator Marvin Tice said.
Parents should think twice about condoning liquor at teen parties now that a new DeKalb ordinance makes it easier for police to arrest those who knowingly allow underage drinking.
It’s estimated in 10 years fully 80 percent of women from 25 to 44 will work outside the home.
– The MidWeek