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Looking Back: Dec. 25, 2013

Published: Monday, Dec. 23, 2013 11:42 a.m. CDT
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The California Buffet, circa 1905. The business was located on South California Street in Sycamore, where Hinks Bar & Grill now operates. Louis E. Peck, owner of the buffet, is seated behind the driver. Fred Sibley is behind Peck, Jessie C. Weaver is the man with white vest is standing in the doorway of the buffet, and Rex Wilson is second from left. Other people in the photo are unknown. Thanks to the Sycamore History Museum for the photo.

125 YEARS AGO

December 26, 1888

We wish you a merry Christmas.

The Cortland Sunday school took hold with a will of their Christmas exercises. The result was a double Christmas tree, loaded with the good things that please little people.

A company has been formed in DeKalb for the manufacture of soft soap.

The village of Big Rock is torn up over a marriage between a widow and a man named Roberts. By their father’s will, the lady’s three sons are obliged to give their mother $300 a year, which they do not object to, but they do object to supporting Roberts, whom none of them like. On Saturday, boys and men from miles around surrounded the house of the newlyweds, armed with everything that makes a noise, and proceeded to make the night hideous. Some assert they will keep up the racket all winter or until Roberts ventures out, when they will take him away for a coat of tar and feathers.

The movement for separation from England is spreading in Canada. That is as it should be. The United States can entertain a petition from Canada for annexation.

Miss Julia Rhinelander of New York is the latest competitor for the honor of being the richest American spinster.

The lofty monument at Plymouth, Mass., to commemorate the landing of the pilgrims has at last been completed. It was begun in 1859 and has cost something like $200,000.

100 YEARS AGO

December 24, 1913

Genoa has let a contract for the installation of 20 art street lamps on Main Street. Work will begin as soon as the material can be placed in the ground.

Judge A.H. Frost of Rockford gave two days last week to hearing arguments of attorneys in the Alfred M. Barber estate. E.D. Shurtleff spoke for six hours in arguing the injunction on the estate should not be dissolved.

Frank Ashelford and Frank Binder will conduct an ice business in Sycamore. They will furnish lake ice for general purposes and artificial ice for those who demand the pure article.

The roads have been excellent, and a feature of holiday business in Sycamore is the many automobiles from a distance lining the streets in the business district.

DeKalb has been excited over the disappearance of Mrs. John Divine. Police have been on the lookout and the papers have contained scareheads for a week. Mrs. Divine’s daughter came from St. Paul because of her mother’s mysterious disappearance, and her son went to St. Louis in search of her. Mrs. Divine walked into the house on Friday evening. It appears she visited her friend in Rockford, and had no idea her absence was causing so much trouble until she read of it in the Rockford papers, when she took the first train home.

75 YEARS AGO

December 28, 1938

Automobile accidents over the Christmas holidays brought sadness to a number of people, although no fatalities.

Plans are being perfected for the first observance of Twelfth Night in Sycamore on Jan. 5. On that evening, discarded Christmas trees and other flammable material will be burned in a huge bonfire on the Central School grounds. The program will also include community singing.

Records for the amount of mail received and delivered were broken at the local post office during the Christmas season just passed.

An old-fashioned winter blizzard blew out of the northwest Monday, bringing the thermometer from a high mark of 40 Monday afternoon to 2 above zero early Tuesday morning.

Prices of farm commodities crashed to the lowest levels in four years in 1938, as dwindling demand and large harvests boosted surpluses.

50 YEARS AGO

December 25, 1963

Motorists and children will say sad goodbye Tuesday and Wednesday. Children will bid adieu to Santa, and motorists will wistfully see all that nice free parking gone until next Christmas time.

The thief who included $400 in credit card stamps in his loot of the Parkside Shell in DeKalb Friday will be disappointed. The cash he obtained is good, but the credit cards will be of no use to him.

Great clouds of smoke billowed all morning from what seemed like the center of Sycamore. Workmen were burning what remained of the old north section of the former Chicago & North Western rail station.

James Paxton, who owns and operates Evergreen Park trailer home court on the east edge of Sycamore, has asked the city to approve a project at old Electric Park corners. He has planned to set up a large home area especially designed for elderly people living on fixed incomes.

– Sycamore True Republican

25 YEARS AGO

December 28, 1988

In response to local demand for larger numbers of skilled manufacturing workers, Kishwaukee College is initiating a recruitment drive to enroll recent high school graduates into manufacturing technology training programs.

An opportunity to leave cold, dreary weather and sail to some enchanted Caribbean islands is offered to those who want a relaxing cruise and to donate to Kishwaukee Community Hospital.

– The MidWeek

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