Looking Back

Looking Back: March 20, 2013

The office building and barns of Ellwood Green; a horse breeding and sales business 
located on the Ellwood estate in DeKalb in the late nineteenth century. Thanks to the 
Ellwood House Museum for the photo.
The office building and barns of Ellwood Green; a horse breeding and sales business located on the Ellwood estate in DeKalb in the late nineteenth century. Thanks to the Ellwood House Museum for the photo.


March 21, 1888

Milkmen and farmers throughout the state say the heavy snowstorms this winter will prove a great blessing to Illinois. The two years of dry weather had about exhausted the moisture of the earth.

A hen was seen to make its way deliberately up the stairs of the National Bank building the other day and enter Judge Lowell’s office. It is supposed she wanted to consult the judge about bringing action against butcher Dyer for false imprisonment.

The WCTU ladies have put on their war paint and are going for Genoa’s back-door saloons. We hear they have given two parties notice to stop selling and plead guilty or take their chances in court.

Kirkland certainly has good cause to be proud of the Morris Hotel, and the citizens take pleasure in pointing it out to the stranger or chance visitor in their lively little village.

Florida expects to ship 1 million boxes of oranges this year.

All railroad clerks leaving Kansas City are now supplied with arms and ammunition.

Among the attractions at a Youngstown, Pa. wax-work exhibit was a figure of the Princess Marguerite of Italy. The exhibition closed when it was divulged the princess was not wax, but a real flesh-and-blood maiden who had, during the show, demonstrated her ability to pose gracefully, hold her tongue and keep her mouth shut.


March 19, 1913

After one of the busiest weeks on criminal trials in years, circuit court adjourned on Saturday until Wednesday. Three men were sent to the penitentiary and five were given jail sentences.

Don’t fail to see Kent’s trained seals at the Grand Theatre this Tuesday and Wednesday. They do everything but talk.

Fifty detectives are at work in New York trying to run down the cracksmen who robbed Martin Simons & Sons’ pawnshop Sunday of more than $250,000 worth of jewelry – one of the most daring and successful robberies committed in this city in memory.

Because his mother-in-law compelled his 16-year-old bride to return home with her the day after the elopement, and forbade the young woman seeing her husband, Roy V. Cary, 18, has brought habeas corpus proceedings against Mrs. John Cole to effect the return of his wife.

The first automobile accident of the year occurred Wednesday. Dr. Thompson was driving on State Street at a moderate speed, when Leonard Gustafson, so intent on catching a ride home on a passing hay rack, neither saw the automobile nor heard the whistle. His wound is not considered serious.

The fellows now call him “Skunk” Davis, because one of his first acts as a clerk at the post office was to accept a skunk skin as mailable by parcel post. It nearly drove everyone out of the office and was finally deposited in the alley, and the next day taken back to the sender on a rural route.

A terrific wind storm passed through Thursday, doing much damage. Several windmills were twisted so they fell, the stockyards were torn to pieces and the barn on the Mrs. Brown place was moved several feet and twisted out of shape. ...On the Joe Wadley farm, the roof and ends of a large barn were lifted, leaving 10 head of cattle and 12 horses standing in the storm unharmed.


March 23, 1938

Tentative plans for an addition to the Sycamore Community High School building were discussed by the high school board. Plans would provide more classrooms to relieve congested conditions, better toilet facilities and an adequate gymnasium.

New Lebanon, an almost deserted village advertised for sale this winter, was purchased by Col. Al Young of Chicago and will be turned into a “frontier town of the old West,” with an adjoining dude ranch.

A few weeks before Mr. Olle passed away, his granddaughter took some moving pictures of him playing with her little daughter. These pictures are very good and are treasured by the family.

The Nazis have finally extended their benign guidance to what used to be Austria, and gay, dreamy Vienna henceforth may be about as gay and dreamy and Philadelphia on a dreary winter Sunday.

The state highway district engineer has decided the five-mile stretch of road from the county line into Belvidere shall be black top, while the road and bridge committee of the Boone County supervisors is just as insistent the road should be of concrete. Farmers and others who travel between Genoa and Belvidere are waiting anxiously for some decision so another may not roll by with nothing done.


March 20, 1963

Jerry Thomas of Sycamore, 6-foot-3 and 200 pounds of pitching power, did right well in an exhibition game between the San Francisco Giants and the Chicago Cubs. Sportswriters on the scene described Jerry’s pitching for the Giants as brilliant.

Three Sugar Grove children won one of the largest damage awards in the history of Kane County this week when a court found Kaneland School District 302 guilty of negligence in a school bus accident of 1958. The court awarded a total of $270,000 damages to the three children.

Three Sycamore boys, 16 and 17 years of age, are alleged to have committed at least nine thefts over approximately a year of time.

A lone bandit robbed Lyle’s garage near Waterman Wednesday. He got away with more than $300 in cash; no trace of the gunman has been found.

– Sycamore True Republican


March 23, 1988

Alloyd Co., Inc. of DeKalb will build a 90,000-square-foot addition to the sprawling 97-year-old manufacturing plant at the corner of 14th and Pleasant streets.

– The MidWeek

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