Looking Back

Looking Back: October 2, 2013

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Threshing at Carl Greeley's farm in Clinton Township, circa 1930. Thanks to the Joiner History Room for the photo.
Photo provided Threshing at Carl Greeley's farm in Clinton Township, circa 1930. Thanks to the Joiner History Room for the photo.


October 3, 1888

Seven hundred fat steers and cows were unloaded at the Sycamore feeding yards Sunday, besides 24 carloads of sheep.

Nutting parties are now all the rage. Never was there a fall when the trees hung more full of walnuts, butternuts and hickory nuts, and the youth who does not secure a winter’s supply this season surely is lacking in enterprise.

By the terms of an ordinance lately passed by the city council, no church society or other organization can have a concert, lecture or other entertainment for gain, where a majority of those taking part are not residents of Sycamore, without taking out a license.

Captain Andrews, who attempted to cross the ocean in a little dory but abandoned the trip halfway over and returned to New York in a steamer, said he was scared by a sea serpent.

A measurement was taken last week of the Great Elm on the Everett farm west of Dixon. One foot and a half from the ground, it measured 23 feet and 9 inches in circumference.

The citizens of Plano are disgusted with the careless manner in which the mail bags are thrown off the fast mail trains at their station, as they like to get their mail occasionally.


October 1, 1913

Plans are in embryo by the Illinois Centennial Commission for the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the admission of Illinois to statehood. The anniversary does not occur until 1918, but to assure an exhibition commensurate with the importance of the occasion, the last General Assembly created the commission.

If anyone doubts the wisdom of a legislature, this item from the 1913 session laws of Kansas should dispel such misapprehensions: “When two trains shall approach a crossing, both shall stop, and neither shall go ahead until the other has gone by.”

Sycamore will have practically a new theater, the Lyric, on California Street, which has been remodeled and under new management will offer high-class pictures and vaudeville nightly except Sundays.

There is a whole lot of trouble in Burlington because a school teacher punished a boy. The teacher is defendant in an action for assault and battery brought by the mother of the 14-year-old boy who was punished.

A number of young men have leased the Townsend gymnasium and will put in additional equipment for recreation and physical improvement.

The police force of Rockford met a tartar the other day in the person of Mary, a female of pugilistic proclivities who refused to further reveal her identity. ...As the sergeant began to question her, she drew back “Big Liz” and let go, catching him flush on the jaw. ...A whole squad of peace guardians, fearing that deadly right, closed in on her and, after a lot of wrestling and puffing, got her hors de combat.  Then she lashed the whole bunch with her tongue. ...The day of woman has dawned at last. Everybody look out for Mary when she’s mad.


October 5, 1938

The Sycamore post office hung up an all-time record for net postal receipts in September, the total being $6,602.

Sugar beet growing has become an industry of sizeable proportions. It is estimated the crop will bring in at least $25,000 in revenue to growers. A total of 2,800 tons are being sent to Janesville.

High school sophomores in Kingston held an interesting party for freshmen Friday evening at the school. Boys dressed in girls’ clothing put on backward and the girls wore male attire backward. There were prizes for the most ludicrous costumes.

George W. Ault of Kirkland raises turkeys as a hobby. This year he has 10,200 of them. ...It’s a great life and the silly birds apparently think it will last forever, but it won’t. They have about six weeks to live. Meanwhile they gobble and gobble and the public bides its time.


October 2, 1963

Last year, when Sycamore began hanging Christmas decorations downtown, there were several spells of bad weather and it wasn’t until almost the last minute that everything was ready. This year, the Sycamore Chamber of Commerce has voted to begin stringing lights this month, but they will not be lighted until the real Christmas season opens after Thanksgiving.

The task of remodeling the second floor of the DeKalb County jail has begun. There will be three new prefabricated steel cell blocks. One will provide for women who must be jailed. This will be an entirely new arrangement at the jail.

Sycamore police warn the city’s young people that hazing will not be tolerated here. The warning was prompted after a parent complained it had been necessary to have his son treated by a doctor after a recent hazing episode.

A Sycamore man called the sheriff’s office at 7:05 Saturday morning to report his station wagon stolen. He called again at 10:39 the same morning to say the car had been returned. His wife had taken it for a ride. End of investigation.

The Sycamore Lions Club will sponsor the second annual Halloween Pumpkin Festival in Sycamore Oct. 26 through 31. All are agreed this will be bigger and better than the similar show of a year ago.

– Sycamore True Republican


October 5, 1988

DeKalb City Council members called a news conference Sept. 27 to denounce the behavior of the Seventh Ward alderman and demand his resignation.

Positive ideas for future change and vehement criticism of past procedures were aired at a three-hour DeKalb Youth Baseball meeting last week that drew approximately 27 people.

Angry parents showed up at a DeKalb school board meeting to question the temporary freeze on busing of their sons from DHS to Northern Illinois University’s Huskie Stadium. DeKalb School Board Superintendent Jack Deere told parents of DHS football players cost is the reason the high school doesn’t have its own stadium.

– The MidWeek

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