Looking Back

Looking Back: Sept. 12, 2012


September 14, 1887
There will be a general change of color of postage stamps after this week.

A boom in building in Sycamore must be expected. There are now four lumber yards.

A license has been issued for the marriage of Mr. Peter O. Brunson, aged 77, and Mrs. Sarah A. London, aged 70, both of Sycamore.

Next week will witness the 18th annual opening of the Sycamore Fair.

The Kirkland hotel is finished, and is to be formally opened to the public with a grand ball and banquet Sept. 19.

The authorities at Tolono, Ill. have decided to enforce the state’s compulsory education law and have instructed the police to arrest, without warrants, any children between the ages of 6 and 14 found upon the street during school hours and incarcerate them until their parents give satisfactory assurances they will be kept at school.

Boston has 1,400 lawyers, but as far as income in concerned, General Butler heads the list. His practice nets him considerably over $100,000 a year.


September 11, 1912
In Sycamore, the subject of cutting Ottawa Street through the block between Locust and Walnut streets, which has been considered off and on for several years, was again brought into prominence by a petition of property owners in that neighborhood who asked that the street be put through.

Aviator Bud Mars was injured when his biplane dipped and crashed into a fence on Wednesday.

C.E. Walker, president of Citizens National Bank, wrote to the president of the Great Western company and stated that Sycamore has a beautiful modern courthouse, a new jail, new library, fine asphalt streets and the handsomest public lighting system in the west, and suggested the railroad should have a better depot here.

Mike Minovich, a witness in the circuit court, emphasized his testimony with oaths and was told to omit that kind of language. When he later repeated it, he was fined $5, which amount he paid.

The U.S.A. is full of multimillionaires who have lost friends, hair, digestion, self-respect, sense of proportion and the love of their fellow man and would be happier, really happier, in jail. When the brakes will not work, even a collision is a relief.
Z.B. Mitchell takes one of his sons on his motorcycle with him and tows the other on a bicycle.

“Kissing,” a popular subject, will be the topic of discourse by the pastor in the Congregational church next Sunday.

DeKalb County is the first county in the state to consolidate rural schools. Before winter comes there will be completed a $30,000 school building in Paw Paw, to be followed by a $5,800 teachers’ residence. Ten acres for farm experiments and playgrounds have been set aside.


September 15, 1937
Election after election for more than half a century John Rohde of Sycamore has been casting his ballot. Then at the age of 72 he discovered, when he applied for an old age pension, that he was not a citizen of the United States.

Two men are under arrest and a third is being sought by deputy sheriffs of DeKalb and Kane counties as the result of alleged intimidation that has halted remodeling of the Ronin building on West State Street. One of the men arrested is Charles Getz, whose strongarm tactics as a labor leader have several times previously resulted in his arrest in this county.

Conferences to consider the erection of an airport in DeKalb County are expected to begin within a few days.

A group of chemists and engineers from Chicago arrived here today to begin an exhaustive survey of the type of installation needed to treat industrial waste from the Sycamore Preserve Works.

A city-bred Aurora boy, John Chrissee, turned over a half-acre of stubble better than eight farmers did Saturday and won the 60th annual Wheatland plowing match, the oldest farm classic of its kind in America.


September 14, 1962
Due to an insufficient appropriation by the General Assembly, school bus transportation claims will be paid at the rate of 89.96 percent of the amount claimed by each district. It is hoped at the next session of the Legislature, an appropriation will be made to pay the claims in full.

Because it has been reported that pigeons may have contaminated the inside of Sycamore’s old water tower tank, a specialist in water reservoir conditions has been asked to take a look.

Sycamore Township Supervisor Walter Lenschow has won his fight to have the Foy subdivision road name changed. As soon as signs can be changed, Foy Road will disappear. In its place will be Maplewood Drive.

A bicycle in excellent condition and of expensive make arrived mysteriously in the Sycamore police station about a week ago. No one has claimed it and Chief of Police Richard Mattis thinks it is odd that someone hasn’t reported it stolen.
– Sycamore True Republican


September 16, 1987
Eight applications, five with local interests, have been filed with the Federal Communications Commission for the new FM channel allocated to DeKalb.

By all indications, the automated teller machines (ATMs) are here to stay. According to one recent estimate, the number of ATMs has increased from 14,000 to over 65,000 during the 1980s.

Stan Thomas of Kirkland will challenge incumbent Maureen Josh for the Republican nomination for circuit clerk.
– The MidWeek

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