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Looking Back: Jan. 29, 2014


January 30, 1889

Of course the United States does not desire war with so powerful an empire as Germany, or any other nation for that matter, but standing up for the flag will no more lead to war than will a cowardly silence. If it does, then let war come, but unresented insult, never.

State institutions are inadequate in size to furnish asylums for all whom sanity has bereft of reason. Many are being returned to their friends, and those who have no one to care for them are consigned to the county poor houses. This should never be permitted. Surely Illinois is rich enough and willing enough to provide suitable asylums for her insane.

David Curry has opened a shooting gallery under Hamilton’s restaurant.

There is a decided movement in West Virginia in favor of changing the name of that state. It’s promoters say that every state should have a distinct name of its own, that no confusion can arise. Curious enough, they all agree that “Kanawha” is the name for the state.

Some DeKalb citizens think that flag men or gates at the principal railroad crossings would be a good thing.

The 3-year-old daughter of John Johnson of Hinckley died Saturday after a few weeks illness of measles. Three more of his children are lying in critical condition with the same disease.

The proprietor of one of Hinckley’s dram shops was arrested for selling liquor to a habitual drunkard, and a fine of $75 and costs was imposed. The defendant appealed to higher courts, and the village authorities, to check further violations, had his license revoked and his business closed.


January 28, 1914

It is not often that a lone wolf will attack a human being, but Herman Benson shows a large rend in his coat he says was made by a timber wolf he shot. He brought the wolf pelt to Sycamore on Tuesday and received the $10 bounty.

Quite a sensation has been caused by the arrest of A.J. Plapp, a prominent Hinckley implement dealer, who is charged with arson in setting fire to his own implement store house in Plano last October for the purpose of defrauding the Hartford Insurance Company out of $1,800 insurance on the building and its contents. While only this one charge has been made against Plapp, three blocks owned or occupied by him in Hinckley and Plano have burned down in the last few years.

The local plant that supplied power for the lighting system at Kirkland has been abandoned, and power is now supplied from the utilities plant at Waukegan.

Fred Soost suffered an attack of acute neuralgia of the heart last Saturday morning. He remained in a dangerous condition until that evening, when his ailment surrendered to medical skill and he recovered.


Feb. 1, 1939

DeKalb County escaped the fury of a snow storm which swept out of northwestern Canada Monday and paralyzed traffic east of the Fox River Valley. Buses and trucks found snow barriers in Kane, DuPage, Will and Cook counties, and only the railroads, hampered at times, maintained a sort of schedule.

Leo Johnson rescued a live pigeon buried in 15 inches of snow on Monday.

Some of the classrooms at Sandwich High School were decidedly crowded when 140 persons were present for the first regular sessions of adult education classes.

Defective sight took on a new and grave significance as a danger factor in automobile driving with the report today by the Illinois highway division that 95 percent of the failures of driver’s license examinations were due to faulty vision. ..So far, 1,800 of the 400,000 persons who have applied for licenses have been examined. Of those, 1,530 were granted restricted licenses, 36 completely failed, and the remainder passed successfully.


January 29, 1964

Flames ruined the Alida Young Temple and Lee Hagen’s Ace Hardware store Jan. 24. It was the most serious downtown fire in Sycamore since the last Hagen store fire in 1958. ...DeKalb, Genoa, Cortland and Maple Park sent trucks and men; at one time 56 firemen and four chiefs were in the front line.

The Western Union Telegraph Co. has asked permission to discontinue wire service to Hinckley. If permission is granted, emergency and routine messages in and out of Hinckley will be taken care of by telephone to and from Aurora.

Don’t be surprised if members of the Sycamore Police Department look as if they would like to kick a hole through the side of a suitcase. What with a prowler causing such nervousness that a housewife calls police if she hears a sparrow turn over in bed, this week there was added the mystery of, “Who stole the telephone from the Baptist church?”

Veterans appearing at the annual Old Soldiers Ball tomorrow night must induce their wives to sew buttons and seams quite tight or pay a heavy fine. All former service people who fail to appear in original military uniforms will be subjected to a cash penalty. The money will go to the March of Dimes.

– Sycamore True Republican


January 25, 1989

The DeKalb County Board may have temporarily killed the sale of the county farm, but that will not deter a shopping center developer with plans to build a mall in DeKalb.

“Charlie Rangers,” a nonfiction paperback which follows the lives of two of America’s best-trained soldiers in Vietnam, is at No. 47 on B. Dalton’s best seller list. Coauthors Don Ericson of Sycamore and John Rotundo of Naperville said they never imagined getting together after 17 years to write a book. “Who ever thought that people would want to read about what really went on in the jungles of Vietnam?” Ericson said.

Sycamore residents are now able to use Northern Illinois University’s Huskie Bus Line. A DeKalb-Sycamore route began service last week.

– The MidWeek

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