Local history book due in 2013

DeKALB — A committee of DeKalb County residents, including 15 authors, has been working for the past two years to complete an updated history of the county titled, “Acres of Change,” covering 50 years from 1963 to 2012. This will be a sequel to an earlier book “From Oxen to Jets,” published in 1963, covering the history of the county up to that time.

Organized by the DeKalb County Historical-Genealogical Society, the project will result in a 304-page hard-cover book with some 300 color photos to be published in August 2013 in time for release at the Sandwich Fair.

Chapter topics and the authors completing the writing at the end of 2012 include: the late Al Golden and Sue Breese on agriculture, Clark Neher on arts and entertainment, Terry and Sherrie Martin on education, Bob Hutcheson on county government, Roger Hopkins and Paul Borek on industry, Ron Klein on law, Rob Dancey on libraries, Jerry Smith and Barry Schrader on media, Sharon Emanuelson on medical, Marcia Wilson on religion, Jerry Smith on service organizations/community service, Joan Hardekopf and Averil Schreiber on townships and municipalities, plus sidebars on landmarks and museums by Steve Bigolin and Schrader.

Editor of the book is Kate Schott, a former editor at the Daily Chronicle, now the managing editor of projects and investigative reporting for Shaw Media in Crystal Lake.

The book is being partially funded by private donations and grants from several foundations around the county. Sponsorships are still available by contacting the book’s committee chair Terry Martin at 815-756-4030.

Advance orders can be made for the discounted price of $34.99 plus shipping until March 15 from the society by picking up an order form any public library in the county or the Joiner History Room on the second floor of the Sycamore Library. Forms may also be obtained by going to the Joiner History Room Facebook page or its website at Credit card orders can only be handled by the publisher at

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