Looking Back

Looking Back: Aug. 28, 2013

Northern Illinois State Normal School in DeKalb – later Northern Illinois University – looking west to Altgeld Hall.áNote the owls perched on the "No Hooting" sign. Thanks to the Joiner History Room for the photo.
Northern Illinois State Normal School in DeKalb – later Northern Illinois University – looking west to Altgeld Hall.áNote the owls perched on the "No Hooting" sign. Thanks to the Joiner History Room for the photo.


August 29, 1888

Everybody is going to the Farmers Picnic tomorrow. It will draw together a crowd of people numbering from 5,000 to 10,000.

Mrs. M.J. Wood filled the reservoir of a gasoline stove while the stove was burning. An explosion followed, and Mrs. Wood’s clothing was set on fire. She is about 50 years of age, and one would think old enough to know better.

A shark of the man-eater species, weighing 400 pounds, was caught on the Hudson River recently.

At Jacksonville, Fla., they have been trying to paralyze yellow fever microbes by the concussion of cannon fire. May plate glass windows have responded to the treatment.

A heavy traction engine, used for running threshing machines, fell through a bridge over the Kishwaukee near Plank’s farm, about two miles south of DeKalb. It struck on its side in the bottom of the creek. The operator escaped uninjured.


August 27, 1913

A growing and prosperous industry is the Nehring Insulated Wire factory. Since beginning operations only last November, it has doubled its capacity, yet is so crowded with orders it will double its capacity a second time.

Miss Ethel Chatfield of Sycamore was the sensation of the annual tourney of the Homewood Golf club in Chicago Monday. She led the field of 92 women golfers by bettering par for the course by 10 strokes.

Following complaints by the housewives of Aurora, 21 men equipped with tested scales trailed ice wagons in the city Saturday, stopping in each house immediately after the ice man’s call and weighing the ice he left. According to their report, 71 of 156 cakes of ice were under weight. Drivers and assistants were promptly arrested.

A nationwide search has begun for the robber who coolly walked off with two sample cases containing jewelry valued at $25,000 from the balcony of C.D. Peacock & Co. in Chicago.

The Knights of Columbus picnic will be held on Labor Day at Electric Park. Bill Sullivan, catcher for the White Sox, will umpire the baseball game between DeKalb and Belvidere. The soccer foot ball game will be between the Western Electrics and the Pullmans, two well-known Chicago teams.


August 31, 1938

Jobs for WPA workers in Sycamore will be provided throughout the winter, on sidewalk projects and the proposed sewer in the North Avenue district.

Surrendering themselves to authorities last Friday, Col. A. Young, promoter, and his bride, the former Mrs. Mae Peterson, were held on $10,000 bonds each on charges of taking $5,000 of Lombard grade school funds. Young is known for his scheme to found a frontier town and dude ranch near New Lebanon.

Thirty-five Sycamore ladies were afforded a treat Friday afternoon when they were invited to the Freeport home of Mrs. Florence Furst to view paintings by English, American, French, Dutch, Russian and German artists which she had collected to adorn the walls of her residence.

Lyle George, while wrestling with his brothers the other day, unfortunately broke his thumb, which will somewhat incapacitate him when school opens.

More than 3,000 people attended the annual Hinckley Homecoming picnic.

Tables, electric sewing machines and other equipment for the new home economics room at Kingston High School have arrived and been installed.

A number of Sycamore residents took advantage of the free rides in a trimotored Ford airplane offered Wednesday by six merchants.

C.W. Hicks of Roberts, Ill., owner of a string of service stations, has taken over the one known as the Coast Inn, just west of Sycamore on Route 64.


August 28, 1963

The DeKalb County Tuberculosis Association is sponsoring the state’s mobile X-ray unit in the area today through next Wednesday.

Workmen have just completed removing the last of the trees on the west side of the courthouse. Monday they moved into the front lawn at the south. It is a sad sight to watch the elms disappear. The young maples set out a year ago are thriving, but it will be many years before their beauty will match theá massive shade of the beautiful elms.

Business history is in the making at the southwest corner of State and Main streets in Sycamore, where the 40-year-old Standard Oil service station has purchased the car lot south of the station and seeks to expand.

An alert night police patrol in Sycamore nabbed a pair of strangers Monday allegedly in the act of removing hub caps from a car in the alley behind the hotel.

Cruelty is a characteristic most people despise. So we wonder how the person or persons who poisoned two dogs in Sycamore a few days ago can look even their friends in the eyes.

The Sycamore Board of Education has authorized transportation of students residing more than 1 1/2 miles from the school they attend, even if living inside the city limits.

One large group of farmers and others interested in agriculture will miss the opening day of the DeKalb County Fair in Sandwich. The annual farm management tour has been scheduled for the same date the fair opens.

– Sycamore True Republican


August 31, 1988

According to two city reports, DeKalb has been a “hot” town in terms of industrial, commercial and residential construction.

When the Summer Olympics begin in a few weeks, 12-year-old Jason Peterson of Malta will be watching with anticipation that in 1996 he could be an Olympic competitor in track events.

– The MidWeek

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