Looking Back

Looking Back: April 24, 2013

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An unidentified girl rides a pony on the Ellwood estate in DeKalb. A portion of the Little House is visible in the background. Year unknown. Thanks to the Ellwood House Museum for the photo.
Photo provided An unidentified girl rides a pony on the Ellwood estate in DeKalb. A portion of the Little House is visible in the background. Year unknown. Thanks to the Ellwood House Museum for the photo.


April 25, 1888

The DeKalb schools are so crowded that teachers are unable to properly conduct the rooms. DeKalb should build ward schools for the primary grades.

If you wish to enjoy a pleasant day in Rockford, join the Odd Fellows’ excursion to that beautiful city Thursday. Both the Sycamore and DeKalb bands will accompany the excursionists.

Charles E. Hyde is bound for Wichita, Kan., concerning the abduction of his wife’s aged aunt. It seems the old lady, 82 years of age and in feeble health, was kidnapped by her stepson and an unknown man. He secreted her in an old hut in another part of the city. His object was to force from her a share of her large fortune.

The Tribune believes Louisiana would be overwhelmingly Republican on a fair and honest count. If that’s what the Tribune is depending on, it will be some years before it sees Louisiana a Republican state.

The Crown Prince Nicholas of Russia, 17 years old, is described as an affectionate, warm-hearted boy who is a great favorite of everyone and who possesses democratic notions. At the same time he has his father’s imperious will and does not like to have his plans interfered with.


April 26, 1913

The complete, model annex to the Sycamore Municipal Hospital, which nearly doubles the capacity of that institution, has been completed, and will probably be occupied next week. An imposing pile of substantial buildings is on the beautiful, spacious, shaded grounds on Somonauk Street.

William Hemenway sold a $50 Victrola to the Sycamore school for music work. It was paid for out of proceeds of school entertainments. There is no money left to buy records, and anyone with Victrola records they no longer care for would incur the gratitude of the school children if they would add them to the school’s meager collection.

At the election for school trustee in Kirkland last Saturday, Albert Haller was elected to succeed himself. Only 28 votes were cast; Mr. Haller getting 25 and E.O. Miller, 3.

Mrs. Margaret Swinbank will be 100 years old next Sunday. She is all the more remarkable because in spite of her great age, her mind is sharp as ever, she is up and about the house daily, walks alone, reads without the aid of glasses and is as spirited as one half her age.

Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Wassim of DeKalb recently secured a divorce. Each decided that life was filled with loneliness and not worth living unless they were living as man and wife, so they were remarried several days ago. The two children, too young to know the truth, thought their father was away on business.


April 27, 1938

Genoa pupils from seventh grade onward will receive tuberculosis tests next week. Mrs. Rose Phelps, county nurse, announced the beginning of a 10-year war looking to eradicate that dread disease in this county.

Landscaping of Sycamore Community Park is contained in a WPA project authorized by the park board Monday. The project includes planting a group of memorial trees as a remembrance to Civil War veterans and the placing of the old Dayton church bell, the first in the county, in the park.

The Sycamore Chamber of Commerce has asked its members to communicate their position on the new wage and hours bill to House members. The bill would fix a minimum wage of 25 cents an hour for one year, stepped up by 5 cents each year for three years, to the permanent minimum of 40 cents an hour; and fix a maximum work week of 44 hours the first year, 42 hours the second year and 40 hours thereafter. The Chamber has taken the position that any form of federal control over hours and wages is neither feasible nor desirable.

“Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” Walter Disney’s animated picture, versed on a well-known fairy tale, will be shown for the first time in DeKalb County at the Crystal Theatre in Genoa for five days, beginning this Friday evening and ending Tuesday of next week. DeKalb County residents have been waiting for “Snow White,” and they will not miss the opportunity to see this picture, which has had more unsolicited praise than any current Hollywood production.


April 24, 1963

Comparisons of vote totals in last Tuesday’s election make Sycamore’s low-voltage balloting more of a puzzle. In Sycamore, there were 752 people with ambition enough to push a pencil in making their “X” in the five wards. Our attention was called to the large totals drawn to Sycamore tax referendums in the past. A wag came up with the idea of setting up a referendum tax vote for every election. It might work.

James Paxton has filed a request to rezone 41 acres on the west side of Route 23 for a new trailer park. If all goes well, over a period of years, he expects to put a million dollars into the trailer city. He emphasized that he plans to accept only the most desirable of citizens as residents. ...The DeKalb County Board of Supervisors can see evidence of what the Sycamore trailer chief can do by visiting Evergreen Park on Route 64 on the east edge of Sycamore. His only trouble there is lack of space for parking. Otherwise, Evergreen Park appears to be a successful enterprise.

Over 50 weapons were stolen from a hardware store in Rantoul. If a stranger offers to sell you a gun at a very attractive price, it might be a good idea to consult the sheriff’s department first.

For the second time in recent weeks, a deceased infant was found in DeKalb County abandoned and wrapped in a towel.

– Sycamore True Republican


April 27, 1988

As many as 200 students who circumvented the spring semester registration process at Northern Illinois University face sanctions ranging from loss of credit to expulsion. Students apparently obtained registration stamps for high-demand courses, then authorized their own admission to those courses, NIU officials say.

Development of a back nine at River Heights golf course is under consideration.

– The MidWeek

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