Looking Back

Looking Back: Oct. 16, 2013

A group of DeKalb ladies at the Mayo home, year unknown. The witch's hats suggest the photo was taken about Halloween. Seated in front are Harriet Miller Ellwood and her daughter Harriet Ellwood Mayo. Thanks to the Ellwood House Museum for the photo.
A group of DeKalb ladies at the Mayo home, year unknown. The witch's hats suggest the photo was taken about Halloween. Seated in front are Harriet Miller Ellwood and her daughter Harriet Ellwood Mayo. Thanks to the Ellwood House Museum for the photo.


October 17, 1888

Sycamore has laid pipes to the city watering trough, so our farmer visitors can water their teams without working the pump handle. This is an improvement that will be appreciated.

Mrs. Wheeler of Aurora recently visited her son in Sycamore, and the good old lady was greatly elated on finding that this son, who had always been an ardent Democrat, is now a most enthusiastic Republican laboring for the success of Harrison and Morton.

A traveler relates that he “caused a crowd of savages to flee in terror by playing an accordion.” Human nature seems to be the same the world over.

An example showing where two extremes meet was illustrated by a walk on State Street in Sycamore yesterday: a prohibition rally poster hanging in a saloon window.

Lockjaw has carried off an old Sioux scout named Mahpeahwakosin at the age of nearly 100 years. He was probably trying to pronounce his own name.

W.D. Wood & Co. of Pittsburgh, Pa., intend to remove every boy employed in their mills who is under 14 years of age and urge him to attend school. If his parents are too poor to purchase him the necessary books, the firm will do it.


October 15, 1913

Serious effort is being made to establish an autobus line between DeKalb and Sandwich by way of Hinckley.

The people of Sycamore, by a large majority, are in favor of a public park Proposed sites are on State Street adjacent to the Northwestern tracks; the Haley lot on East State Street; and the Marsh park.

On Friday night DeKalb will have a parade of automobiles, bands and floats, the whole illuminated by red fire, and other doings in celebration of the installation of their new street lighting system.

Mrs. Myers was at work with the family ironing Wednesday when she was interrupted by a caller and went to another part of the house. They were engaged in conversation when a loud explosion was heard. The gasoline flat iron Mrs. Myers had been using had exploded. The force of the explosion would have caused serious injury to a person in the room, and Mrs. Myers regards the interruption as a most fortunate accident.

The National Polish Catholic Union recognized women’s rights at its convention, in direct contrast to a rival convention at Detroit, which refused to give women a share in the work.

George Pierce of Shabbona has made good with the Cubs, and is expected to pitch in one of the games in the championship series in Chicago.

Fire destroyed much of the business portion of the village of Fairdale about 3 a.m. Friday. The fire destroyed the meat market, post office and other buildings up to the store in the brick building.

People who have been removing electric light bulbs from Charles Hallberg’s shooting gallery have been spotted and will be prosecuted.


October 19, 1938

All of the incomes over $5,000 in this country, if put together, would pay for the cost of government for less than four months.

One million direct and indirect jobs in the horse and buggy business have been replaced by an estimated 6 million jobs making, selling, and servicing automobiles.

The annual DeKalb County corn husking contest will be held five miles north of Hinckley on Oct. 25. The contest is preliminary to the state contest, which will be held in Macoupin County on Oct. 31. Last year, John Timm of Genoa Township broke the county record by nearly five bushels.

Heavy demand for 1938 models has required increased production at Buick plants, and will result in the return to work of 1,200 additional employees.

Driving steadily toward its goal of active women’s groups in every city and town in the state, 16 additional Illinois communities have joined the nationwide war on taxes.

The end of high school “all-star” games was regarded as imminent when the assistant manager of the Illinois State High School  Athletic Association declared a ban on the contests was among amendments to be presented to the annual state conference.


October 18, 1963

Total enrollment in DeKalb County public schools climbed from 7,032 in the school year of 1949-50 to 12,631 this year. That is an increase of 5,599 in 14 years, and does not include private or parochial schools.

Rotarians visiting the DeKalb-Ogle telephone company building in DeKalb saw for the first time dial radio-telephone mobile units which will be offered to DeKalb-Ogle subscribers in about 30 days. A 169-foot tower is being erected on the premises for this service, which will enable users to place local and long-distance calls from their cars the same as from their homes.

Bishop Charles W. Brashares termed racial exclusiveness “totally contrary to Methodist discipline and laws” and referred to the arrest of three girls on the steps of a Mississippi Methodist church as a “tragedy which belittles American democracy and Christian witness around the world.”

– Sycamore True Republican


October 19, 1988

The Student Association Recycling Station at Northern Illinois University is now accepting magazines and phone books at its drop-off site. Also accepted at the center are newspaper, glass with caps and rings removed, aluminum and plastic milk cartons. “This is very significant in that the DeKalb County landfill, at its present capacity,  has less than one year of life left before it is full, said Sandy Delery, SA recycling director.

Fourteen people who testified at a public hearing on homelessness in DeKalb County, including one homeless person and one former homeless person who is now a PADS volunteer, unilaterally identified the lack of affordable housing for low-income persons as the critical problem.

– The MidWeek

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