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Looking Back: August 7, 2013

This undated photo shows threshing along Baseline Road near Genoa. Thanks to the Kishwaukee Valley Heritage Society for the photo.
This undated photo shows threshing along Baseline Road near Genoa. Thanks to the Kishwaukee Valley Heritage Society for the photo.


August 8, 1888

The adoption of free trade and low wages in this country would send the temperance cause back a quarter of a century. Nothing so demoralizes people as low wages and poverty.

Several of the principal churches in Sycamore were closed last Sunday and the streets unusually quiet. Everyone needs rest in this hot weather, but at the same time pastors should remember that the devil never takes a vacation.

More than three-quarters of all the bakers in the United States are men of German birth.

During a recent thunderstorm, George Eaton of Paw Paw was struck by lightning while tending to the engine of a threshing machine. He fell to the ground, but soon regained consciousness and walked home. A few pieces of money in his pocket were melted a little, and a hole was burned in his pocket book. He is up and around, but somewhat blistered.

If any of our old bachelor or widower friends want a wife, here is their chance: Samuel Wheelock of Providence, La. advertises he “wants to sel his wife for cash or exchange her for a good work horse,” and further warrants her 41 years old and “good as the majority of church-going people.”


August 9, 1913

The Kingston village council recently passed an anti-spitting ordinance, which will be strictly enforced. So it stands all in hand to be cautious where and when we expectorate.

Ludwig, Nelson & Irish has elegant new honey, just as white and sweet as a real buzzy bee can make it.

A terrific thunderstorm between 9 and 11 o’clock Thursday night fairly shook the firmament, and the heavens were flashing almost continuously. Deafening crashes succeeded each other and there was no sleep for the weary. Rain, however, which was much needed, failed to come in any quantity in Sycamore.

The Great Western Motor Company is the name of Sycamore’s new manufacturing industry, organized by Fred A. Rose and Harry E. Bollinger.

Colonel F.S. Cody, the famous Anglo-American aviator, was killed in an aeroplane accident. Cody was trying out a new aeroplane when he met death.

When a tramp drifts into town and gets drunk, justices have been in the habit of rewarding them by committing them to DeKalb County’s new jail, where they get three wholesome meals a day, roomy, cool, clean quarters, shower baths, soft individual beds and toilet accessories. They breathe pure air scented with flowers, gaze through latticed windows at the beauties of nature, read current literature and daily papers and play cards with other guests.


August 10, 1938

Drastic action, which means shutting off the water service of delinquents who will not pay, was ordered by the Sycamore City Council Monday.

Sycamore Municipal Band will be one of the musical organizations to appear by invitation at the DeKalb Musical Festival to be held in Hopkins Park on Aug. 11. Other bands invited are DeKalb, Rochelle, Waterman and Hinckley.

The 51st annual Sandwich Fair promises its patrons a selection of attractions when they visit the grounds Sept. 6, 7, 8 and 9. In addition to the many amusements planned for everyone’s entertainment, there will be a large number of fine exhibits.

Twenty-five warning signs limiting speed in residential districts to 25 miles per hour will be placed by the Sycamore Police Department as soon as they are received.

Drink for the thirsty patrons of the Illinois State Fair was assured Wednesday when the Sangamon County circuit court issued a writ permitting the sale of beer on the grounds. This writ, for the time being, takes precedence over a ban on beer selling at the fair issued by the state liquor commission.

Funeral services were held for Rochelle’s last surviving veteran of the Civil War, Ed Valette, 89.


August 7, 1963

Two thefts miles apart in DeKalb County were solved late last week. Both involved boys and in both instances the older boys landed in jail cells.

Motorized vandals gave Sycamore police and firemen troubles through the entire night Monday. The climax came when firemen were called to halt a fire that appears to have been set in a truck by the roaming vandals.

Some spalpeen who sought to avoid paying fare to Chicago Saturday night stole at least two cars to make the trip. About 7:50 a.m. Sunday, Edward Safford reported his car stolen. Not long after, another car was found abandoned in the ditch about a block east of the Safford home that had been stolen from Roscoe. It is reasoned that someone stole the car and gave it up when it ran out of motor fuel. That kind of traveling is without much worry; if you run out of fuel you just steal a car that has some. Rather expensive if you get caught, but thieves don’t mind.

This week, Gov. Otto B. Kerner signed the law that sets Columbus Day aside as a legal holiday in Illinois. This means state offices will be closed Oct. 12. Schools need not consider it this year because it falls on Saturday.

– Sycamore True Republican


August 10, 1988

Despite Gov. James R. Thompson’s veto of a bil to fund a Northern Illinois University Engineering and Research Park, NIU officials said they will continue their efforts to establish the facility.

Three assistant state’s attorneys are leaving the DeKalb County office, making 11 assistants who have come and gone over the past three and a half years. Richard Schmack, the only assistant who has been with the office since State’s Attorney Philip DiMarzio was elected in 1984, is leaving to pursue political ambitions and private practice.

The DeKalb School District has received its largest federal allocation ever, which will cover about 90 percent of the district’s asbestos removal costs, saving taxpayers “a chunk,” Superintendent Jack Deere said.

– The MidWeek

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