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Looking Back: Feb. 26, 2014


February 27, 1889

Yesterday the death of the eldest son of Phineas Joslyn of Cortland was reported. We are not in possession of any particulars, except that his death was caused by measles. Sixteen cases of measles are reported at Cortland.

An old-fashioned school entertainment will be produced at Ward’s Opera House in a short time. It promises to be an entertainment that will entertain.

Monsieur Eiffel, who is building the great tower, already up to over 700 feet, for the coming Paris Exposition, says he will look for no better monument; it will be the height of his ambition. It should be called the “Eiffel-utin.”

An electrical invention of recent origin has been proved a failure. This clever mechanism threw out a deluge of sparks and corscations intended to create ozone and destroy all germs and impurities in the air. The machine was very pretty as a curio. ...(But) it heated the air and produced a queer odor of something burning, and it magnetized the watchworks, knives and keys of everyone in the room.

For the second time in the past few weeks, last Thursday morning some miscreant hurled a railroad coupling pin through a parlor window at Dr. Braffett’s house in Paw Paw. The doctor and his wife have incurred the enmity of the rough social element of their town by active participation in the temperance crusade.


February 25, 1914

As the state is required to maintain all state-aid roads constructed under the Tice road law, the State Highway Commission will require those roads be constructed of the most durable material and in the most permanent manner possible.

A love-lorn Marengo painter and trapper who threatened the life of Miss Esther Thorne because she would not marry him received on St. Valentine’s Day a valentine in the shape of a commitment to jail.

Mrs. Fred Beach has the distinction of being the first woman in Sycamore to be a candidate for a township public office. She is a candidate for the office of tax collector.

Constable Anderson of Cortland, who was battered up in the face in a free-for-all fight a week ago, caused three men to be arrested on the charge of disorderly conduct.

Charles Webb Murphy is out of baseball. He has sold his stock in the Cubs and has resigned as president and director of that organization. “Mr. Taft ordered me more money for my 53 percent of Cubs stock than I thought there was in the world,” Murphy said. “I am through with baseball and its controversies and squabbles. I’m the happiest man in the world tonight.”

Novelist Jack London announces that he will accept the Prohibition nomination for president of the United States if it is offered to him.


March 1, 1939

Indications now are that the citizens of DeKalb County will get an opportunity to approve or disapprove of the proposed forest preserve at the township elections on April 4.

Grandma Linden of Cortland Road is in exceedingly poor health. She is being tenderly cared for by her daughter and her family.

The Kane County state’s attorney and sheriff have launched an investigation into the unreported shooing on county territory of a 17-year-old inmate of the St. Charles School for Boys by an overseer on Monday. The boy was attempting to escape at the time.

St. Mary’s parochial school is closed this week, due to the illness of so many pupils.

Traffic records show that 19 deaths from auto crashes occurred in DeKalb between Feb. 1, 1938, and Feb. 1, 1939. A twentieth death resulted from an accident in Lee County, near the DeKalb County line, the victim dying in a DeKalb hospital.

Only six of the 12 boys on the Kingston basketball squad were able to go to Hampshire for the tournament Thursday evening. They were eliminated by Maple Park.


February 26, 1964

The Sycamore Veterans Memorial Home Association is sponsoring a Sadie Hawkins dance on Leap Year Night, Feb. 29. Those preparing for the event insist it will be a hilarious success if everyone does his or her part; the vets are supposed to come in rural mountaineer costume, and their ladies the same. Party participants will be replicas of Li’l Abner and Daisy May.

In a weekend of odd and freakish accidents, everything from a cow to a pole to a viaduct bridge suffered damage.

You won’t need a lease to take advantage of DeKalb County’s latest method of solving the housing shortage. Next week will be the grand opening of the remodeled second floor of the DeKalb County jail.

The second break-in of a doctor’s office without a theft in Sycamore in four days has provided police with a genuine puzzle.

For the first time in 20 years or more, the once-popular recreation of pool and billiards will flourish on State Street in Sycamore. Arthur Geithman hopes to open a billiard hall in the Lahti building next week, with a pool and billiard table repair shop in the basement.

– Sycamore True Republican


February 22, 1989

The city of DeKalb’s ambitious effort to rid the community of dilapidated structures has been temporarily thwarted by a shortage of space at the DeKalb County landfill.

With the construction boom at DeKalb County’s door, local contractors are looking forward to much new business, and are trying to form the Kishwaukee Contractors Association.

– The MidWeek

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