Looking Back

Looking Back: June 5, 2013

During World War I, the Ellwood family was a leader in the local Red Cross efforts. Here the Ellwood House mansion in DeKalb prominently displays a Red Cross flag. Thanks to the Ellwood House Museum for the photo.
During World War I, the Ellwood family was a leader in the local Red Cross efforts. Here the Ellwood House mansion in DeKalb prominently displays a Red Cross flag. Thanks to the Ellwood House Museum for the photo.


June 6, 1888

The DeKalb High School graduation exercises will be held in the Methodist Church on June 14. The class of ‘88 numbers seven: six girls and one boy.

The strawberry festival to be given by the ladies of the Universalist church was announced to be on Thursday, but that was a mistake. It will be on Wednesday. Note the change of date and govern yourself accordingly.

While workmen were digging for sand near Kankakee Saturday, they unearthed the bodies of six men that are supposed to be those of an extinct race of giants.

Another dastardly attempt was made to burn L.M. McEwen & Co.’s grain elevator last Saturday night, but before the fire companies could reach the spot – and it didn’t take them long – men living in the immediate vicinity had smothered what promised to be a disastrous conflagration.

A shoemaker of Malta is at present the guest of the sheriff. Not content with a protracted spree of several days, during which time his wife and babe were left without a morsel of food, on Monday he tried to test his dexterity by playfully tossing stones through the window at the long-suffering woman. He was arrested and now languishes.

Jules Marcon, the well-known geologist and geographer, has published a statement to the effect that America owes its name to an Indian word which means “the land of the winds,” and not at all to Vespucci.

What is the matter with Kirkland’s fire company? They have not made an appearance on the street all spring. A little training would not be a bad idea.


June 7, 1913

Had the pump in either the well or the cistern been in good working order, the dwelling on the farm belonging to Mrs. Louisa Seaman of Sycamore could have been saved Wednesday morning. As it was, the house was totally destroyed by a fire which started in the chimney.

The city of Sycamore has decided to pave Cross Street from State Street to DeKalb Avenue, Elm Street from California to Governor street and Maple Street for a single block, from State to Elm street.

Charles E. Walker purchased a handsome Velie Dispatch five-passenger car with all the latest accessories. The automobile runs as quietly and smoothly as a sewing machine and is as comfortable as a feather mattress.

Starting on the crowning achievement of his long and notable walking career, Edward Payton Weston faced the long hike of 1,500 from New York to Minneapolis with the courage and apparent stamina of his younger years. He is now 74.

All dogs in Sycamore not tagged with a city license tag will be shot after June 1.


June 8, 1938

A record-breaking crowd of 263 took advantage of the good weather to play golf at Sycamore Community Park on Sunday.

The Genoa Fire Department has completed plans for a celebration scheduled for June 16 and 17. It will include a carnival with four rides, many stands and concessions; Anderson’s Accordion Band and some acrobatic acts; a big parade; a water fight; an amateur contest judged by the audience; a band concert and a dance.

St. John’s English Lutheran Church will be purchased by the Sycamore Christian Science Society as of July 1. The society began holding meetings in the Odd Fellows hall 14 years ago and have used that place since that time.

Posters advertising a DeKalb show this week were torn from telephone poles by Sycamore Mayor Ashelford. The mayor said the posters had not obtained a permit to put up the cards and besides, there was no need to advertise DeKalb shows in Sycamore.


June 5, 1963

St. Mary’s in Sycamore entered into nine days of mourning Tuesday, following the death of Pope John XXIII. The front of St. Mary’s will be draped in black for the nine days.

Part of Sycamore’s sewage disposal plant was put out of operation last Wednesday. A truck driver had forgotten to lower the truck box after tilting it to dump a load of rubbish at the city dump. The top of the tilted box snagged the electric cables, cutting power to the lift stations on the east side of the disposal plant. The plant was put back into operation after a few hours.

Holub Industries purchased the former Chicago & Northwestern Railroad property at the corner of DeKalb Avenue and Sacramento Street in Sycamore. This includes the depot, warehouse, railroad siding and all the land north of these buildings for about one block. Part of the old landmark will be razed, while other portions will be remodeled into an attractive, modern structure for manufacturing and warehousing.

Because gravel pits are notoriously dangerous, the sheriff and his staff will, from now on, issue arrest warrants for any people, young or old, found using any pit in DeKalb County as a swimming hole.

Barry Schrader, 22, Genoa, who graduates from the Northern Illinois School of Journalism this month, jumps into the heated cauldron of the professional news world June 10. He becomes executive editor of the Van Sickle’s Publishers, Inc. He assumes responsibility for The Byron Tribune, Kirkland’s DeKalb County Journal, The Leaf River Register and the Stillman Valley News.

– The Sycamore True Republican


June 8, 1988

Fresh from “The Donahue Show” the day before, Sen. Paul Simon was in DeKalb last Thursday, stumping no longer for presidential votes but for health-care legislation he is sponsoring.

Sheriff Roger Scott has issued an alert asking farmers to beware of marijuana producers looking for farmland to buy.

Supermodel Cindy Crawford, valedictorian of the DeKalb High School class of 1984, is on the cover of the July Playboy, which hit newsstands last week.

– The MidWeek

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