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Looking Back: Feb. 6, 2013

Boxcars for Ellwood Manufacturing Company, maker of the Glidden wire, circa 1905. Thanks to the Ellwood House Museum for the photo.
Boxcars for Ellwood Manufacturing Company, maker of the Glidden wire, circa 1905. Thanks to the Ellwood House Museum for the photo.


February 8, 1888
Some local people who have kidney complaints are getting water at the C&NW well at the Sycamore depot. They state that the water possesses rare medicinal properties.

Quite a company of Swedish people left Sycamore Friday for a new home in Seattle, Washington Territory.

George Letheby has sued the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad Company for being pushed from a moving freight train at Malta. He was thrown under the cars and his right arm had to be amputated. He had procured a ticket at Malta and the station agent told him to take the first train. The first train, which he boarded, did not carry passengers. A brakeman pushed him off, with the above result.

The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has decided a person may fry onions, regardless of the inconvenience the odor gives to the neighbors.

A sewing machine of solid silver, enriched with sapphires, was given to the Empress of Russia by the Society for Promoting the Use of Russian Materials. The czarina has taken great interest in this organization. Her enthusiasm, however, will probably not cause her to use the sewing machine.

The prisoners in the Kane County jail made a nearly successful attempt Tuesday night to escape.

Amos J. Snell, the Chicago millionaire, was killed by burglars, and his son now offers a reward of $20,000 for the detection of the murderers. This is the largest reward of the kind ever offered.


February 5, 1913
Mrs. Louis J. Tichacek trains servant girls in her own home to be wives for her sons. She has made three of these matches, and they have been so sucessful that she has plans for keeping her personal matrimonial system in operation until her nine sons have all taken wives.
A bride under quarantine at home on account of her brother having smallpox slipped out of the house and was seen with her sweetheart, but disappeared before police learned she had broken quarantine. Her arrest has been ordered by the board of health if she tries to enter church for the wedding ceremony.

The women of Hahnaman Township, south of Sterling, have a remarkable organization known as the Parent-Teachers Organization. The organization is doing some very remarkable work.

Mrs. Amanda Alquist, who was arrested in DeKalb yesterday afternoon for being drunk and disorderly, was released when she had sobered up. Inside of a couple of hours the police had her again. She said she was going to Chicago to make her home with her daughter, so was put on the 7 o’clock car this morning and told to “beat it.”

Valentine Sauter fired a shotgun at a crowd of striking garment workers demonstrating in front of his factory in Rochester, NY. One girl striker, 17, was killed by the shot, and three others were injured.


February 9, 1938
The Esmond community is seeking a solution to a mystery: the identity of the person whose skeleton, encased in a box, was found under the farm home on the Phelps place. Carpenters made the find when they were remodeling the farm house. It appears the skull may have been struck with an ax.

Seven Republicans and one Democrat have filed nomination papers to be candidates for sheriff.

Mother Nature was responsible for a freak storm Thursday, a thunder and lightning display while sleet rattled on rooftops and pavement.

Donkey basketball will make its debut at the Sycamore Civic Center on Feb. 20. There will be four teams, with five men and three donkeys on a side. The donkeys go under the following names: Shirley, Olive Oil, Popeye, Grumpy, Joe Palooka, Joe E. Brown, Mae West and Robert Taylor.

An appeal fo funds to be used for the relief of millions of suffering people in China is being made by the DeKalb County chapter of the American Red Cross in cooperation with the American Red Cross national chapter.


February 6, 1963
St. Mary’s School seems to be the first in Sycamore to complete arrangements for the care of its children in case of war or other disaster.

Elmer Musekamp of Genoa tangled with adventure Thursday morning. He is night patrolman with the Marengo police department and surprised burglars in a Marengo store.

Parents are urged to attend a meeting tomorrow evening dedicated to the study of safety for children. The program is aimed at prevention of all possible harmful things that can happen to a child.

Sheriff Field Utter announced Wednesday that he and his department, aided by state troopers and Chicago police, had recovered half of the $4,000 to $5,000 of stolen merchandise taken from the Carlson dress shop in Hinckley on Jan. 29. No arrests have yet been made.

The United States has set a grim all-time record in highway carnage. The National Safety Council tells us that the 41,000 traffic deaths of 1962 is 22 percent greater than the total number of battle deaths during the entire war in Korea.
– Sycamore True Republican


February 10, 1988
A downtown property owner is leading opposition to a special services taxing district proposed for DeKalb’s central business district.

The DeKalb Tourism Council has invited more than 100 persons from around the county to an informational meeting. Chairman Chuck Siebrasse hopes the outcome will be the formation of a county-wide tourism council.

As one of its last official acts, the DeKalb County Sesquicentennial Committee plans to ask the county’s Transportation Committee to look into the feasibility of changing the name of a section of Rich Road back to the original name, Coltonville Road.
– The MidWeek

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