Looking Back

Looking Back: May 29, 2013

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The Ellwood-Nehring mansion at 417 N. First St. in DeKalb, circa 1900. Thanks to the Ellwood House Museum for the photo.
Photo provided The Ellwood-Nehring mansion at 417 N. First St. in DeKalb, circa 1900. Thanks to the Ellwood House Museum for the photo.


May 30, 1888

There has not been a death in Sycamore in over three weeks.

Mrs. R.L. Divine agreed to sell the handsome residence on Somonauk Street last week to Mrs. A.W. Townsend for $12,000. The premises include two acres of land and a brick barn. It is one of the most desirable residences in Sycamore.

A drunken railroader from near Genoa came to Sycamore Saturday for a spree. He fell in with some Sycamore toughs who first drank his beer then knocked him senseless and took his money.

A full 27 years have now elapsed since the breaking out of the great civil war that for four years drenched our beloved land in blood, threatened the overthrow of our free institutions, took away the lives of numberless brave men, filled the land with lamentation and still shrouds many a household with deep mourning. We will remember our soldiers gratefully today as active participants in that fierce struggle which so nearly overthrew, yet which preserved our union.

The graduating class of 1888 of Sycamore High School is a large one and is composed of 14 students.

Laurence Welch, 72, of Sycamore was married on Monday last to Grace McMahon, 62, of DeKalb. In the evening all the riff-raff of the town called on Larry and his bride with tin horns, cow bells and other instruments generally used to torture newlyweds. Larry says they bombarded his house with stove-wood, tipped over a barrel of feed and carried off his wagon, which he has not been able to find. He feels that the boys imposed upon him.

A good piano player makes the best type-writer, but after six months practice on the typewriter no girl can pick out a tune on the piano. She runs to “dear sirs” and “yours truly” instead of notes.

It is said that Miss Annie McCormick can play two pieces on a piano and sing a third at the same time. Pity the neighbors.


May 28, 1913

A 5-year-old child met a tragic death in a strange manner last Sunday when the tombstone about which he was playing in Vandeburg cemetery near Kirkland fell on him.

A farmer along the Rock River below Rockford uses an island to pasture his cows, so the unusual spectacle is witnessed twice daily of Mr. Corey driving his cows to pasture in a boat. The river is so deep in the main channel that the cattle have to swim. The cows do not seem to mind their two daily baths; in hot weather and fly time it is their desire to dally in the stream.

At the risk of his own life and limb, Ralph Tasted leaped from a passing electric car Sunday, ran and grasped a runaway horse which had broken its tie strap and was running with a 4-year-old child the only occupant of the buggy. He was dragged and bruised and his Sunday clothing was torn, but he held on and stopped the frightened animal.


June 1, 1938

Expert burglars broke into the Hillquist Bros. Texaco service station at DeKalb Monday night, made away with $248 locked in the safe and escaped, leaving no clues.

On that day when the nation paid tribute to its soldier dead, County Judge Win G. Knoch of DuPage County took occasion to warn America of insidious propaganda that is surely urging us into another war.

What good is a new radio is most of the jokes that come in over it are the ones you heard in boyhood days?

Glenn Middleton had the misfortune to cut his forehead when the tractor kicked him while he was cranking it. He has been in the hospital for the past several days.

Dirt on Lincoln’s shirt on the bogus $5 bills now being circulated is a certain indication that the money is spurious, according to the president of the Federal Reserve bank, Philadelphia.

Lightning struck repeatedly in Sycamore during the heavy rain storm Wednesday. One bolt hit the new St. John’s English Lutheran Church, but was taken up by the lightning rod put on a week before. The bolt was packed with dynamic force. Fifteen men were in the building, and all were thrown to their knees.


May 29, 1963

Rockford, Rochelle and DeKalb educators have been named interim officers of the newly-formed Northern Illinois Educational Television Association.

Thievery continues to be the chief pestilence bothering Sheriff Field Utter and his forces. In recent days, the theft of pigs in the Somonauk area and the theft of tires and tools in the Sycamore realm have been reported.

Teen Town will be open this summer on Tuesday evenings during June and July.

Sen. Merritt J. Little, a former Sycamore man, has recovered from a recent illness that alarmed his many friends. He is so dedicated to his position in life that he took risks with his health to return to the Senate, even though he admits he is yet weak.

– Sycamore True Republican


June 1, 1988

Cele Meyer is retiring from the DeKalb School District, where she has been a social worker for 21 years, June 7. On June 11, she will leave for Nicaragua, where for five weeks she will study Spanish and work in child care centers. ...Meyer then hopes to take er Spanish to the Texas border to help Salvadorans and Guatemalans who are fleeing their countries’ death squads.

For the first time in several years, the DeKalb Classroom Teachers Association and the Board of Education have a contract settlement before the end of the school year.

The DeKalb Area Retirement Center (Oak Crest) signed an agreement May 16 for the construction of a new health center addition.

According to Vincent P. Brennan, vice president of career planning and placement at Pace University, jobs will grow 50 percent faster than the labor pool for the next eight years.

– The MidWeek

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