Looking Back

Looking Back: June 19, 2013

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A DeKalb baseball team, The Dirty Seven, pictured about 1900. Thanks to the Ellwood House Museum for the photo.
Photo provided A DeKalb baseball team, The Dirty Seven, pictured about 1900. Thanks to the Ellwood House Museum for the photo.


June 20, 1888

The Chronicle says that DeKalb will not celebrate (July 4) this year. Sycamore people attended DeKalb’s celebration last year in large numbers, and this year will cordially welcome and generously entertain all who come from DeKalb. Sycamore will celebrate as she never celebrated before.

On Monday, G.H. Denton had his office and residence connected by telephone.

The showers during the present week have boomed vegetation of all kinds. Corn will be knee-high by the Fourth of July.

Wanted: An intelligent young woman to learn typesetting and a boy at least 16 years of age to learn the printing business. Strangers will be required to give references.

C.O. Boynton says he “would like all the setters, chair-bottomers and liars who have been lying about me for years, more especially those who pretend to know more about my business than I do myself, to come to the meeting of the town auditing board June 25 and be shown how little they know and what big liars they are.”

A Danville horse broke from the buggy last week and ran through the length of a drug store with the shafts attached, between show cases, down into the cellar and up another stairway without damage to himself or anything else.

Mrs. Tom Shaff died and was buried in West Virginia a few days ago. After the ceremony, the minister publicly invited any couple who wished to be joined in matrimony to step forward, whereupon the 57-year-old widower and a 13-year-old girl stepped out of the funeral train and were united in marriage. The affair created quite a sensation.


June 18, 1913

Two barns were burned, three horses met with death, several dwellings were struck by lightning and other damage was done in the storm last Saturday night.

That handsome new auto fire engine, the pride of DeKalb, which cost $7,000 only a short time ago, is a mass of junk as the result of a thrilling accident Tuesday forenoon.

Z.B. Mitchell and his son left Sycamore at 5 o’clock last Saturday morning, both on the same motorcycle, at 5 o’clock that afternoon they had reached Anamosa, Iowa, 176 miles away. They left Anamosa Monday morning and that afternoon arrived home by the same convenient and rapid conveyance.

Eleazar Fisher, who would have been 103 years old on Sept. 25, and was the oldest resident of DeKalb County, died at his home in Sandwich Monday. He was in remarkably good health, walking easily and doing chores until last week, when he fell and broke his hip.

The man who tries to hide behind a woman’s skirt is likely to be discovered. Some of the skirts nowadays are scarcely able to hide what is inside them.

On his way home from a bad day fishing, a man entered the butcher shop and told the clerk, “Stand over there and throw me five of those fish.” “Throw them? What for?” asked the clerk. “So I can tell the family I caught them. I may be a poor fisherman, but I’m no liar.”


June 25, 1938

DeKalb County’s frontier village and, perhaps, its highly-publicized “dude ranch,” is about to come into being.

Claud Lundgren and Joe Kolkay of DeKalb, who robbed the Hillquist Texaco station and several other places in DeKalb, pleaded guilty Monday to petit larceny. Each was sentenced to spend eight months in the county jail and to pay a fine of $1 each plus costs.

The back-to-the-farm movement continues undiminished, according to indications of a 1938 survey just released. One in every nine farms reported persons who had not resided on a farm five years previously.

The Anaconda Wire and Cable company has again furnished tickets for the swimming pool at Sycamore Community Park to all employees’ children between the ages of 6 to 15. This is the fourth consecutive year Anaconda has given complimentary tickets, and some 200 employees’ children are privileged to enjoy the pool.


June 19, 1963

In an outstanding example of the loyalty of its employees to Delnor Hospital in St. Charles, the staff of about 150 people has pledged $10,000 to the hospital building and improvement fund.

Five Hinckley boys were arrested for damaging rural mailboxes. Justice Cliffe assessed fines of $150 and court costs on each, but suspended the fines for 30 days. During that time, they boys must go to each farm where mailboxes were harmed, apologize and either do a good job of repairing the box or replace it. Failure to do so means the fines may be ordered paid.

One of the greatest claims to sports fame in Sycamore’s history occurred June 15, when Nancy Smith and Janice McGaughey both captured individual first-place championships in national gymnastics competition.

An attempted vandalism was discovered by a Malta farmer when he became curious about an object on Kilbuck Bridge Wednesday night. Law enforcement officers found it is a homemade bomb which failed to explode.

ZIP Code, the Post Office Department’s revolutionary new system of improved mail dispatch and delivery, goes into effect July 1.

Total pumpage of water from underground sources in the northern Illinois region far exceeds the natural replacement rate and poses a serious problem for the future, says a Northern Illinois University professor of earth sciences.

– Sycamore True Republican


June 22, 1988

If there is no significant rain within the next two weeks, northern Illinois may be looking at its first crop failure ever.

The county state’s attorney’s office has warned six DeKalb businesses to remove illegal pornographic materials from their shelves or face prosecution. The complaints originated from a new organization, DeKalb Area Citizens Against Pornography.

– The MidWeek

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