Looking Back

Looking Back: Nov. 20, 2013

The Swedish Lutheran Church in DeKalb is pictured in this photo looking west from the intersection of Pine and Sixth streets in 1898. This church would eventually become the seed warehouse for the DeKalb Agricultural Association. Thanks to the Joiner History Room for the photo.
The Swedish Lutheran Church in DeKalb is pictured in this photo looking west from the intersection of Pine and Sixth streets in 1898. This church would eventually become the seed warehouse for the DeKalb Agricultural Association. Thanks to the Joiner History Room for the photo.


November 21, 1888

Mr. Frank Langlois and family are now occupying their stylish new residence on the corner west of the Ward House. It is one of the prettiest houses in the city, and in its prominent location is a decided ornament to Sycamore.

Many Sycamore parents have fallen into the careless habit of permitting their children to frequently absent themselves from school.

Test the purity of your drinking water with a saturated solution of permanganate of potash purchased at a drug store. A test of this kind may save you a run of diphtheria or typhoid fever.

In a sale last Thursday, a buffalo robe which has been in use over 10 years sold for $16.75, which recalls the fact that the buffalo has become extinct and there are no new buffalo robes to be found in the market at any price.

The official count shows that Gen. Harrison shook hands with 210,000 people during the campaign.

Under the laws of France a person who is reported dead by a legal official  must remain dead, no matter how much he comes to life. If he wants to live he must take some other name.


November 19, 1913

Virgil has been making extensive plans for a successful and interesting dedication of the new, $12,000 Catholic school there.

Effort is again being made to prevent the contamination of the west branch of the north fork of the Kishwaukee River, which has its source near DeKalb.

Frank A. Vanderlip, president of the biggest bank in America, said at a dinner of the Economic Club last week that with a single exception, the boyhood of all officers of that bank had started in poverty.

Sparks from a locomotive set fire to the grass in the Catholic cemetery at Earlville, and about all the surface was burned before the fire was extinguished. No particular damage was done except to blacken some of the stones.

William G. Eckhardt, DeKalb County’s consulting agriculturist, is interested in the increase in productions other than crops. To Mr. and Mrs. Eckhardt Sunday night was born their second son.

His many friends will be glad to know that W.V. Henrie has gained enough strength to sit up every day, and was able to walk downstairs on Thursday. It has been a year since he was laid up.


November 23, 1938

A new fruit and vegetable market, the “Showland,” has opened in the Maeser building, 234 W. State St. in Sycamore. The building was built and owned by the late E.C. Chandler, whose cigar, the “Belle of Sycamore,” was known in many states a quarter of a century ago.

The big dish of today is the streamlined turkey of 1938, the product of government experimentation. It has shorter legs, a broader back and a plumper body than the old-type turkey that adorned the groaning board spread by our grandmothers. The old-time bird weighed 24 to 26 pounds. The streamliner will weigh 12 to 14 pounds.

John Jursich and his daughter, owners of a farm south of Woodstock, will not lose their property upon which a 17,000-gallon still was raided by federal agents, according to a ruling by the United States Circuit Court of Appeals.

A new drive has started to obtain for women the right to serve on juries in this state. The Illinois Committee for Women on Juries has the ambition to make Illinois the 24th state in the union to qualify women for jury service.

A sudden cold snap has stopped 70 men from working on a city-WPA project to replace sidewalks in Sycamore. Mayor Ashelford said the men will be employed on building a bridge over a small creek on DeKalb Avenue and Charles Street.


November 20, 1963

One of Sycamore’s most unique and hilarious charity events is the annual Elks Days of 1849 party. The theme of this year’s party is “Howdy Podner.” Western or pioneer garb is required; those who appear in 1963 duds will unmercifully fined.

Five vacancies must be filled on the staff of the 2nd Battalion of 1st Brigade of 33rd Division, Illinois National Guard, Sycamore. The best part of it is the new officers will enjoy the benefit of an increase in army officer’s pay that went into effect in October.

That four-way basketball tournament involving Sycamore, DeKalb, Belvidere and Kaneland presents as exciting a mystery as any paperback “whodunit.” Sherlock Holmes, J. Edgar Hoover and Scotland Yard combined would have trouble determining the outcome at this time.

Several young people aged 40 to 60 have asked the True Republican to help stir interest in the formation of The Funorama Society, a disorganized society or club for the purpose of getting acquainted and exploding a fun bomb.

Two young men, one from Joliet, the other from DeKalb, must come before Judge R.E. Millet Nov. 29 and face sentencing for a 100 mph drag race on June 30.

– Sycamore True Republican


November 23, 1988

Kmart’s Children’s Tree will be unveiled Friday, bringing the good news that several hundred needy DeKalb County children will be remembered this holiday season.

With DeKalb High School enrollment expected to drop below 1,000 within the next couple of years, school administrators are questioning whether the school should remain in the Upstate 8 Conference, where every school except DeKalb has enrollment of 2,000 or better.

Greg Sparrow has announced he will seek a third term as DeKalb’s mayor.

Northern Illinois University will, for the first time, engage in a cooperative research program with universities in the Soviet Union.

– The MidWeek

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