Looking Back: July 17, 2013
125 YEARS AGO
July 18, 1888
Farmers are suffering the loss of cows from milk fever.
Quass, the fermented cabbage water of the Russians, is their popular tipple. It is described as resembling a mixture of stale fish and soapsuds in taste.
It will take at least five pounds of corn fed to a pig in a pen to make one pound of pork. When allowed to have all the grass it will eat, one pound of corn fed to a pig will make it thrive and two pounds a day will cause it to fatten.
100 YEARS AGO
July 16, 1913
During the terrific disturbance of the elements about 3:30 Monday morning, lightning struck the wires of the DeKalb County Telephone Company and entered the central exchange in the city. The operator, Mrs. Cora Eddy, had barely time to escape before the room was filled with flames. From three to four weeks will be required to put the system in operation, and in the meantime, some 10 operators will enjoy a vacation at the expense of the company.
Merely the draught from the outer world entering a chimney makes a wheel revolve. That is the principle of the latest perpetual motion device as worked out by three young men from Lee.
Recent heavy rains have thoroughly saturated the earth and everybody is hoping for no more rain for some time. The heat remains intense.
The Sycamore Equal Suffrage Association suggests a plan whereby all women of Sycamore, irrespective of cult, creed or club, may work together to promote civic purity and harmony.
The United Societies of Christian Endeavor are working for national prohibition as the 18th amendment to the constitution, with “Prohibition in 1920” their slogan.
The rising tide of anti-Americanism in Mexico has culminated in an anonymous threat to blow up the American embassy.
Because it is charged by the police that the practice in Evansville, Ind. of riding girls on crossbars, handles and extra seats of motorcycles is responsible for an increase in immorality, the Evansville Motorcycle Club has forbid its members to carry feminine partners.
Excessive speeding and reckless young drivers are the cause of nine-tenths of automobile accidents. Young people who would not be trusted to drive a horse are frequently seen driving automobiles.
A gopher made his way into the court house Wednesday and was first noticed in the county clerk’s office on the second floor. The clerks tried to induce Mr. Gopher to visit other offices and meet the ladies of the building, but he objected and started back down the main stairway. The exit was not so easy, and the visitor slipped and fell several times.
DeKalb made arrangements to entertain 300 motorcyclists en route to Denver, Colo. Sunday night, but only four put in an appearance.
75 YEARS AGO
July 20, 1938
The DeKalb County Board of Supervisors Monday defeated a motion to purchase the First National Bank Building for $20,000. While in the mood, the board also defeated a motion to equip the courthouse with elevators and a motion to turn the room occupied by the supervisors into quarters for the county treasurer.
Peter Paul Bell, a 29-year-old Louisiana farmer, arrived in Seattle toting his motherless 2-year-old baby boy. Carrying the child, Bell hitchhiked some 2,500 miles. He crossed 13 states and Bell estimates he applied for work not less than 2,500 times, getting a few jobs, but none for more than a day or two.
Forty-five cars, carrying between 180 and 200 persons, made the Route 64 Goodwill Motorcade from Chicago to Savanna a success Wednesday.
The Communist Party in the United States is “part and parcel” of Communist International, Earl Browder, party secretary, admitted in testimony before a legislative committee.
The city council of DeKalb passed an ordinance that will ban the sale or explosion of fireworks within the corporate limits of the city.
50 YEARS AGO
July 17, 1963
Avoid watching the eclipse of the sun Saturday afternoon. There is a grave danger of blindness if an attempt is made to watch the phenomena directly. All are in agreement that the safest method to watch the mighty blackout is by television.
Reports of a mountain lion having been seen on Barber Greene Road 10 days or more ago are not apt to cause any mass fright hysteria, but a great many questions arise.
The Northern Illinois Steam Power Club is sponsoring its seventh annual old-time Threshing Bee next month.
Automation has arrived in the Sycamore Public Library, but it will not cause any unemployment problem. What it will do is create a more efficient and speedier handling of books going and coming at the main desk.
When Louis Dunn closes the doors of his empty stores at 303 W. State St. in Sycamore, he will be ending over a half-century in textile and retail business.
– Sycamore True Republican
25 YEARS AGO
July 20, 1988
The DeKalb Chamber of Commerce has officially changed its name to the Greater DeKalb Partnership, and by week’s end the new organization may fill one of its two management positions.
First National Bank of DeKalb has waived service charges on the city of DeKalb’s interest-bearing checking accounts as a result of a recommendation from the city’s auditing firm.
Sycamore Hospital is working with the American Cancer Society to provide a low-cost method of detecting or preventing early breast cancer. This method, known as mammography, is available for a fee of $50.
An increase of more than 10 percent in TransVAC trips and over 20 percent in MedVAC trips has provided the busiest year in the history of the Voluntary Action Center.
– The MidWeek