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Looking Back: April 17, 2013

The Jacob Haish house in DeKalb. Year unknown. Thanks to the Ellwood House Museum for the photo.
The Jacob Haish house in DeKalb. Year unknown. Thanks to the Ellwood House Museum for the photo.


April 18, 1888

Eggs are selling for 1 shilling a dozen. Cheap enough.

Mr. George Marsh has traded his handsome residence on Somonauk Street to J.E. Ellwood for the latter’s residence on California Street.

A rare bird was shot near DeKalb last week and none who saw it have ever seen anything like it before. Some called it a buzzard and others a vulture.

The barn belonging to Stephen Nichols was struck by lightning Sunday and enveloped in flames. The building contained 14 cows, four horses and eight calves, besides hay and utensils. After keeping his cattle and horses through a severe winter and scarcity of feed, to have them thus destroyed when spring is at hand made the catastrophe still more unfortunate for the owner.

Mr. and Mrs. Frank E. Stevens’ little daughter, 6 years old, is recovering from a severe attack of scarlet fever which has left the child entirely deaf.

Under new rules at the penitentiary in Joliet one convict cannot tell another where he came from, what his crime was or how long he has to serve.

The Chinese treaty recently signed at Washington prohibits entrance of Chinese laborers to this country for a period of 20 years.


April 16, 1913

One of the largest real estate transactions in Sycamore this season was the sale of the 373.85-acre Coolidge farm. The transaction involved nearly $110,000.

Three hundred feet of Haish Avenue adjoining the present hospital site on the west, have been secured, and the trustees have applied for incorporation for the Joseph F. Glidden Hospital in DeKalb.

Navigation has been opened between Sycamore and DeKalb. Yesterday Prof. and Mrs. C.W. Whitten made the trip between the two cities via boat – a collapsible canvas canoe – probably the first time that this has ever been done, at least the first reported time.

The will of the late Elihu Griswold, 87, wealthy Kendall County farmer, by the terms of which the Old Ladies’ Home of Aurora was bequeathed nearly $50,000, is to be contested by the son, John Griswold of Plano.

As part of extensive improvements made by Charles Cooper to his residence one mile north of Rochelle was the the installation of a gasoline engine to furnish electric lights for the house and barns. An explosion of exhaust gas from the engine destroyed the large front porch of the home last Wednesday.

A well-dressed man of 25 years fired three shots at King Alfonso of Spain as he was riding through the streets of Madrid, but none of the bullets struck the monarch.


April 20, 1938

Friends, patrons and wellwishers of Emil E. Johnson paid visits to his rehabilitated furniture store and funeral parlors in numbers Saturday afternoon, the opening day.

A Malta man is dead and five other persons seriously injured as the result of a head-on collision on Route 23.

The Crystal Lake Community High School situation was split wide open this morning when approximately three-fourths of the student body went on strike following the dismissal of one of the teachers.

Burglars, believed to be the same as those halted by tear gas at the Farmers Grain Co. in Sycamore earlier in the week, broke into the safe of the Farmers Mercantile Co. at Waterman Friday and made away with $75. They overlooked between $300 and $400.

Dr. Arthur Newell Talbot, one of the four members of the first class to graduate from Sycamore High School, in 1875, was honored at the University of Illinois Thursday when the Material Testing Laboratory was rededicated as the Arthur Newell Talbot Testing Laboratory. He has been associated with the university for nearly 60 years.


April 17, 1963

The DeKalb-Ogle Telephone Company reported that a telephone booth outside of the Piggly Wiggly store on the shopping center premises near DeKalb was carted off during the night Wednesday or early Thursday morning.

Chief of Police Walter Miller in Sandwich called the sheriff’s office late last week to report the theft of a propeller from a small plane. The plane was in a hangar in the Sandwich area.

Flags on government buildings throughout the nation have been at half mast for the past week in somber tribute to the 129 officers and men who died in the submarine Fletcher, lost off the eastern seaboard one week ago today.

The display of the work of local artists in the windows of Henderson’s department store this week is the only event that can pass as an art show in Sycamore. ...We will mention a few of the works in the show because they happen to strike us as exceptionally good. It is highly probable no one in the United States will agree with us, but if we stir your interest enough to take a look just to start an argument with us, we have at least caused you to think about art and culture in general, and that will satisfy us.

The Genoa Department Store will be in its new building May 1. The structure is west of the Lankton building on West Main Street. It is completely modern and air conditioned. It has 3,000 square feet of floor space.

–Sycamore True Republican


April 20, 1988

About 300 DeKalb High School students mourned the death of education April 14 in a rally sponsored by Students Concerned About Reductions in Education – SCARED. The rally was planned to draw attention to the state legislature’s lack of funding for public schools.

Two Northern Illinois University students face multiple charges in connection with an April 13 demonstration on West Lincoln Highway that resulted in 79 arrests. A crowd of about 200 persons blocked traffic for about 90 minutes following a rally at the Holmes Student Center to protest lack of state funding for higher education.

– The MidWeek

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