Looking Back

Looking Back: June 12, 2013

May Gurler Ellwood, seated on the far right, and friends in DeKalb eating bananas while posing for pictures in 1892. Thanks to the Ellwood House Museum for the photo.
May Gurler Ellwood, seated on the far right, and friends in DeKalb eating bananas while posing for pictures in 1892. Thanks to the Ellwood House Museum for the photo.


June 13, 1888

Corn is small and weedy.

Sneak thieves entered Sivwright, Palmer & Irish’s store Sunday and tapped the till of about $20. ...The theft was doubtless committed by local talent.

William Tucker of Malta was bitten last week by a rabid dog. His neighbors are making arrangements to send him to Paris to be treated by Pasteur.

About everything in the world is unhealthy, except the uncomfortable things which nobody cares for.

The graduating exercises of Sycamore High School drew such a crowd Thursday that, long before the beginning of the exercises, the large opera hall was filled to suffocation. It was so full, this editor, in company with many others, failed to gain admittance.

The inspector of butcheries in Paris reports that the consumption of horse flesh has increased to an extraordinary extent.

A 6-year-old girl in Wayne County, West Virginia, weighs 230 pounds. This is believed to be the largest child of its age in the world.

Prof. Hillger has been in Kirkland this week performing magic tricks and giving away silverware.


June 11, 1913

Most automobile accidents are caused by carelessness of drivers and could be avoided. While there are yet no statistics showing the number of these accidents, it is likely the number this season will almost equal the accidents on the railroads.

A remarkable range of temperature was that from last Friday to Sunday. The temperature on Friday reached 91, then it dropped to 43 on the night of the same date. There was a slight flurry of snow Saturday morning. On Sunday night the mercury went down to 35 and frost occurred in low places, though no appreciable damage was done.

A St. Charles man suffering from rheumatism was told by a friend alcohol and turpentine would bring relief. After thoroughly saturating his limbs, body and underclothing with the mixture Thursday, he lit a cigarette for a short smoke. Instantly his body was a mass of blue flame. He died Friday evening at the Colonial hospital in Geneva.

Physicians attending William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody say his condition is grave.

The home of Mrs. Lilly Powers is saddened by the death of two children from scarlet fever. More are afflicted with the much-dreaded disease.

In these days of frenzied politics and freak legislation, thinking people are demanding reliable information and sensible, fair discussions of public affairs in the press.

Woman and her cause triumphed in the House of Representatives in Springfield when the suffrage bill was passed by a vote of 80 to 58. The bill will go to Gov. Dunne, and when he signs it, Illinois will take its place as the first state east of the Mississippi River to give considerable voting power to women.

A civil suit to have the Quaker Oats company declared an unlawful monopoly was filed in U.S. district court.


June 15, 1938

The county board of supervisors reduced fox bounties from $3 to $2 each, following a discussion and the receipt of a petition with 158 names asking that the bounty be discontinued altogether.

Imagination flared high in the mind of the 14-year-old son of a Fairdale farmer, who told police he had been accosted by a masked man who robbed him of $2.50, kept him prisoner for four hours and pushed him from his car. ...Later the young man broke down and admitted he had run away from home and, fearing the consequences, had fabricated a well-sounding story. His parents took him home. He probably got “what for.”

Since action was taken against gypsy bands who robbed two aged DeKalb County men last fall, they have given Sycamore a wide berth.

John Henry Seadlund, who kidnapped aged greeting card manufacturer Charles S. Ross following the latter’s dinner in the Fargo hotel, must die under the Lindberg law. The seventh circuit court of appeals overruled an appeal by Seadlund’s attorneys, who challenged the law was unconstitutional.


June 12, 1963

Edward Millard, 27, was arrested Saturday after a chase by Sycamore Chief of Police Richard Mattis. DeKalb County is holding the suspect for the FBI on a charge of larceny of doctors’ bags from their autos.

The board of supervisors voted to rezone 15 acres of land at the intersection of Brickville and Whipple Roads northwest of Sycamore from farming to neighborhood business. Sam Salemi, owner, states that he plans to build apartment buildings on the land.

Whoever wins next Tuesday when the Sycamore Sons attempt to bump the Genoa Merchants will face an angry outfit when they meet again. There was a time when the Sons belonged to the same league that Genoa did, but the Sons broke off diplomatic relations years ago and a sort of cold war has existed since that time.

The 12 people from Sycamore who graduated from Northern Illinois University Saturday morning were among 952 graduates and undergraduates who comprised the largest class in NIU’s history.

The city council of West Chicago has done an unprecedented thing. West Chicago will be the first community in many years to reduce the total number of its parking meters. ...The council’s second action will have other aldermen in northern Illinois talking in their sleep: West Chicago has banned parking meters throughout its business district on Friday evenings.

– Sycamore True Republican


June 15, 1988

Associate Judge Richard Larson will be a candidate in 1990 for a new circuit court judgeship in DeKalb County.

Momentum is building in Springfield in support of an income tax increase to fund education.

– The MidWeek

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