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Looking Back: Dec. 18, 2013


December 19, 1888

Royal Green died at his home in Sycamore Friday at an advanced age.

The Forbes Dramatic Company will appear at the opera house tonight in the sensational melodrama “Escaped from Sing Sing,” one of the most interesting, exciting and amusing plays ever witnessed.

We would like to see the city marshals arrest every person, old or young, regardless of who they are, who so openly violate the law by jumping on trains. Soon one of these lads will get mangled beneath the wheels; it would be better to arrest a dozen of them in advance.

The “Auditorium” in Chicago, the great 10-story building – 17 stories with the tower – will be 240 feet high, one of the largest buildings in the world erected for business purposes.

According to the patent office, there have been patents issued to about 2,000 women in the last 79 years. This is a good showing when it is considered that woman has had very little encouragement to go into that field of activity.

Don’t go to bed with gum in your mouth. A young lady in Connecticut was choked to death by a piece of gum which slipped down her throat while she was asleep. When slumber deadens the senses, the weary jaws are likely to seek repose, too. Stick your gum on the bedpost while you sleep, or don’t chew gum at all.


December 17, 1913

The Geneva police chief had $10 placed in his Christmas stocking Sunday when he captured two girls who had escaped from the Geneva Girls’ Home as they passed along the highway south of his residence. The girls were attired in the state school dress and covered with mud from their long walk. They told the chief they intended to go to Peoria to spend Christmas with their relatives.

A thief who ran out of J.C. Ranbow’s jewelry store with a diamond ring valued at $275 was later arrested in Chicago. The ring was recovered from a pawn shop.

Henry Spencer, murderer of tango dancer Mildred Allison-Rexroat, will not hang Friday, as Gov. Dunne granted him a stay of execution for four weeks to give time for an appeal to the Supreme Court of the state. The news made no appreciable effect on Spencer. “I didn’t want this job delayed unless they call it off,” he said. “I don’t like this confinement.”

Dr. O.J. Brown is organizing a stone-picking bee to clean the road from DeKalb to Maple Park of the little obstructions that annoy automobilists.

With mild, cloudy weather, dandelions in bloom and grass fresh green, it is hard to realize that Christmas is only about a week away.

The movement to erect a monument of boulders at Coltonville to mark this important place in the earliest known history of DeKalb County has recently received new impetus.


December 21, 1938

Work of repairing toys to be given to underprivileged children this Christmas is going on steadily at the Sycamore Community Center. Already 300 toys have been rehabilitated. The toys are repaired, painted, and made to look like new.

The county clerk of DeKalb County has been named a defendant in a suit filed by the Aetna Casualty and Surety Co. to recover $18, 849.89 paid in the famous Kishwaukee drainage case.

Arrest of Joe Polka, alleged leader of a gang of petty thieves and small-time robbers, is believed to have ended the activities of that gang.

The smartest Christmas cards this season are essentially simple, with sentiments that reflect the deeper significance of the day. Fantastic modernistic designs, ornate motifs, bizarre color schemes and wisecracking comics are, generally speaking, missing.


December 18, 1963

The DeKalb-Ogle Telephone Company has acquired the corner lot and home adjoining the company’s general office at 112 W. Elm St., Sycamore. This makes room for the continued growth of the departments in the general office.

The first day of winter arrives on Saturday, but below-zero temperatures last week along with a mess of snow have almost convinced most of us that the fall of 1963 is practically history.

The long hoped-for and long-planned Sycamore Rural Fire Protection District was made legal and sure Saturday when 167 voters voiced in favor of such a district while only 72 said “no.”

Fred M. Glassford, vice-president of Chrysler, said the new plant in Belvidere is to be completed in 1964, and the building of 1966 models will begin in August 1965. There will be between 4,000 and 5,000 production workers plus approximately 1,000 on the office staff.

Flags will rise to the top of the mast again Monday. The period of official mourning for President John F. Kennedy will end in the nation Sunday.

Cortland voters will vote on Jan. 18 on a proposed rural fire protection district.

– Sycamore True Republican


December 21, 1988

Osco Drug is negotiating to buy Dick’s 1009 Tavern in order to acquire a liquor license for the Jewel-Osco addition on Sycamore Road.

The DeKalb County Board has received an offer on the county farm property that is likely to stir up an old controversy. Wilmorite Inc. wants to buy 113 acres at the intersection of Sycamore and Barber Greene Roads for a 350,000-square-foot enclosed shopping mall.

Briarwood Development Co. has announced plans to develop a retirement community of luxury apartments at the former Wurlitzer corporate headquarters on Gurler Road in DeKalb.

– The MidWeek

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