Looking Back

Looking Back: Sept. 25, 2013

Race car of Harry C. Ross of Sycamore, photographed at Prather Speedway in DeKalb, circa 1949. Thanks to Jim Ernest of Sycamore for the photo.
Race car of Harry C. Ross of Sycamore, photographed at Prather Speedway in DeKalb, circa 1949. Thanks to Jim Ernest of Sycamore for the photo.


September 26, 1888

J.C. Boyle has purchased the old Canady place, east of the mill, for $600; very reasonable, indeed.

Sycamore authorities caution all those going about the city after dark to guard against falling into the open trenches while the new water mains are being laid. The street lamps will be left burning all night and other lamps set along the line, so with reasonable precaution no accidents need occur.

It is said there are more than 4,000 people in the United States who are over 100 years of age.

Judge Davenport, of Kansas City, has decided that women can wear trousers wherever they please in Missouri.

James James of Santa Rosa, Mexico, is said to be the oldest man living. It is claimed he was born near Dorchester, S.C., in 1752.

This vicinity is well adapted to the culture of grapes; nearly every year bountiful crops of that luscious fruit reward the little labor necessary to spend on them.

For some unexplained cause tomatoes are not ripening. Vines hang full of nice, green fruit, but the housewife has trouble securing enough ripe ones to make a bottle of catsup.


September 24, 1913

Two weeks ago the mercury was up to 95. This week there was a real frost, with a temperature of 29 degrees. Those who complained most about the heat are now complaining most because of the cold.

The township of DeKalb has begun the work of laying a hard stone road from town to the northwest corner of the township.

Mr. and Mrs. F.S. Crane, who have been spending several weeks with relatives in Sycamore, will leave Wednesday for New Orleans before returning to their home at Long Beach, Calif. They are not pleased with our weather.

There are many hundreds of squirrels in Sycamore. The lively little rodents are so numerous they are regarded by many citizens as nuisances, and what were at first pets are now pests.

C.E. Stott of Genoa drew one of the claims for government land in the Fort Peck Indian Reservation at Glasgow, Mont.

The cave-in of earth above the underground pits of the Marquette Cement works at LaSalle caused two homes and a garage to fall about 30 feet into the ground and ruined several thousand dollars’ worth of property belonging to the Illinois Central Railroad. The Marquette company has been quarrying rock for many years to manufacture cement, burrowing under the city in various directions. No lives were lost.

Officer Ogden in Sycamore politely but firmly asked a young man to leave town. The man packed his trunk and left Friday. It is believed there will be no more scares from “ghosts” following young women around.

Elmer Little has been obliged to do away with his lunch counter to make room to supply the increasing demand of the patrons of his billiard parlors.


September 28, 1938

Sycamore’s 1938 Kids’ Day was a pronounced success, not only from the viewpoint of the kids, but the grown-ups as well. Free rides, races, a parade, a free motion picture show, and a dinner for the 14 Kid City Officials were the attractions.

The Charter Grove post office will be discontinued on Oct. 15. The Sycamore post office has been delegated to handle mail to and from Charter Grove. This is the second blow recently delivered to Charter Grove; several weeks ago the Illinois Commerce Commission permitted the Illinois Central to close its passenger station at that place.

The Chicago Motor Club has issued a new plea for an elevated highway from Chicago to the Fox River Valley. The highway could save 17 minutes in the trip from the western suburbs to the Loop and could carry 42,000 cars daily.

Flornas Blasch, a graduate of DeKalb Township High School who recently competed in Lithuania in Olympic-type games, will return to Lithuania Jan. 3 to direct all women’s sports activities, at the request of the Lithuanian government.


September 25, 1963

A new $60,000 building to replace the Sycamore Park bath house and concession stand is proposed by the Sycamore Park Commissioners. The need to replace the decayed and inadequately small wood bath house has been discussed for years but has been delayed repeatedly because of lack of funds and the unwillingness of the board to ask for any further tax assistance.

Last Friday, Beverly Sorrels called the sheriff’s office and said a trailer had been stolen from her backyard. About 24 hours later, she telephoned again, and was happy to report the trailer was back, but now was a pretty pink. Apparently someone heard her complain it needed painting and quietly beautified it.

Six different farms in the county have been growing tomatoes all summer for the huge Campbell’s Soup kitchen in Chicago.

Under a new law, motorists in Illinois must stop for school buses receiving or discharging children when approaching from either direction, in both rural and urban areas.

– Sycamore True Republican


September 28, 1988

With the Huskies gaining yardage not only on the field but in public interest, frustration is mounting that DeKalb-area viewers can’t watch Northern Illinois University football games on television. NIU sports are broadcast on Sportsvision, but Sportsvision is not available on the Warner Cable System that serves the DeKalb/Sycamore area.

An armed convicted murderer who had escaped earlier in the day from Pontiac prison, taking two correctional officers and one civilian hostage, was apprehended in a corn field north of Sycamore.

The 655-student drop in on-campus enrollment at Northern Illinois University this fall may mean direct losses to the area of more than $1.8 million, and far more in indirect losses.

– The MidWeek

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