Looking Back

Looking Back: October 31, 2012


November 2, 1887
Yesterday was the semimonthly payday at the Sycamore Preserve Works. Their payroll of late amounts to about $3,000 a month.

Mr. Charlie Brown has returned from his summer’s work in Montana. He brought with him a curiosity in the shape of the dried body of a papoose, which he discovered in a tree.

Mr. George O. Warren, the jeweler, has a large clock which requires no winding. It runs by electricity, and the only attention it requires is replenishing the battery once a year.

Hoyt & Rogers will pay you to see their art gallery. They have given away over 500 paintings in the last year. They tell us they will give their patrons the entire lot they have now on exhibition in the next 30 days.

Wealth is accumulating with the few, and the many are growing poorer. If this continues, we’ll be formed into two distinct classes: the few wealthy capitalists and the many poverty-stricken working men.


October 30, 1912
There will be 300 names on the official ballot this fall. There will be at least six columns of names and each column about a yard deep.

“Sycamore girls have use for no more than two adjectives,” said Miss Mehetabel Clementina Dee, who recently visited Sycamore. “They divide all objects into things they like and things they dislike, and everything is either ‘awful’ or ‘lovely.’”

A representative of the Illinois Children’s Home and Aid society has been in Sycamore this week in search of permanent homes for children. They have a number of promising boys from 5 to 8 years of age who want homes.

Armed with rifles, prison guards, Joliet police and posses of farmers searched Will County for three convicts who escaped from the Joliet penitentiary after midnight.

It is well to recall conditions in the city of Chicago under Mr. Dunne’s administration as mayor. He assessed city employees for election campaign funds, he permitted gambling without restriction, and at the conclusion of his term his chief of police and other appointees were indicted by the grand jury.

The banks will be closed on election day.

News of the death of Vice President Sherman was received in Washington with profound sorrow. The impression is that the vacant place on the presidential ticket cannot be filled before the election.


November 3, 1937
Drunken driving, judging from the attitude taken by Judge McEwen in the county court, will be met with stiff penalties. Three drunken drivers were fined, sentenced to jail terms and lost the right to drive their cars for periods from six months to one year Monday.

Careless hurling of a lighted cigarette stub into dry leaves at the side of the road is believed to have been responsible for a fire that threatened the Charles Townsend house on South Somonauk Street Saturday.

Illinois hunters carried war to migratory wild fowl this week, duck season having begun on Monday. Reports are that big hauls have been made throughout the state, casualties among the birds being heavy. The toll is not altogether on the side of the hunters; two fatalities – an accidental shooting and a drowning – ushered in the hunting season.

Three 15-year-old DeKalb County boys are in the county jail at Jeffersonville, Ind., awaiting removal to the Indiana state boys home, each to remain there until he is 21 years old.

Population of the county jail has been increasing of late. There are now 19 under the care of Sheriff Oscar N. Larson.

A three-day-a-week schedule for the reemployment office in the post office building has been announced. The office will undertake to place job seekers in all kinds of work.


October 30, 1962
None of the 20 ladies in the now-famous Sycamore Kitchen Band can read music, but they have just been accepted by the Ted Mack Amateur Show for the Dec. 2 show. They report they are booked for other shows almost a year in advance and have no openings until next September. ...Such things as washboards, broom handles, egg beaters and similar things are their instruments. The only real musical instrument used in the band is a piano.

Fireman Arthur Peterson and Police Officer John Garland have been appointed Sycamore’s directors of civil defense. Fireman Peterson wishes to notify the public a booklet regarding civil defense, “What to Know and Do About Nuclear Attack,” is available free of charge.

Ruth Townsend suffered a coronary thrombosis over a week ago and has been gravely ill in Sycamore Hospital. In spite of her illness, she mustered the strength to cast her ballot as an absentee. Her example should shame those able-bodied people who have their health and yet fail to vote.
– Sycamore True Republican


November 4, 1987
A unique opportunity to enrich the education of DeKalb students is the driving force behind the DeKalb Educational Foundation. The foundation has been promised a $50,000 donation from an anonymous donor, provided a matching $50,000 can be raised by Dec. 31.

To salute veterans on Veterans Day, The Illinois Department of Employment Security, in coordination with the MidWeek, is seeking local support in finding suitable employment opportunities for military veterans.
– The MidWeek

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