Looking Back

Looking Back: March 5, 2014

Staff of the Sycamore Municipal Hospital are pictured in this undated photo. Thanks to the Sycamore History Museum for the photo.
Staff of the Sycamore Municipal Hospital are pictured in this undated photo. Thanks to the Sycamore History Museum for the photo.


March 6, 1889

The prairie chickens were heard on Tuesday morning “hum-boo-woo”ing their welcome to spring.

It may be possible to experience a more mild, pleasant winter than the past one has been, but it will never be in Illinois.

Four weeks from next Tuesday is town election day, and two weeks thereafter occurs the city election.

One of the mistakes in the conduct of human life is to suppose that other men’s opinions will make us happy.

Don’t tell what you could have done under favorable circumstances. What the world is interested in hearing is what you have accomplished under unfavorable circumstances.

Lola Kirk of Kirkland is now able to attend a feast and do her share of the feasting, but she looks as though her sickness was not at all fun.


March 4, 1914

The bursting of a frozen water pipe last Saturday resulted in serious damage to the stock of goods in the W.M. McAllister department store, and there was a lot of lively hustling when the deluge was discovered. The large stock of new shirt waists and muslin underwear was soaked.

For the city primary election next Tuesday, there are 10 different kinds of ballots in each of Sycamore’s four wards, making 40 different ballots, yet the primary will serve no useful purpose whatsoever.

Prof. Mark Harrington, a former resident of Sycamore, astronomer at Michigan University, ex-chief of the United States weather bureau and head of the state university of the state of Washington, is recovering his reason after 15 years of mental incapacity.

A resolution calling for the establishment of a federal employment agency for the relief of the unemployed has been adopted by the National Conference on Unemployed in New York City.

Farmers do not relish the flooding of this country with corn from South America and wheat, flour, oats and potatoes from Canada.

On Saturday, 800 saloons in Tennessee closed their doors and every vat in the state’s breweries was drained. Tennessee is probably the “driest” state in the Union.

Madeleine and Suzanne Durand, born last November, are living separate lives for the first time. These “Siamese twins” were separated by a delicate operation, and surgeons believe they will survive, though other twins joined at birth died after operations separated them.


March 8, 1939

Peterson’s “death curve” on old Lincoln Highway claimed another victim Monday evening at 8:30 p.m.

Charles Jones, alias Wayne Kelley, arrested in DeKalb a week ago, has confessed to stealing seven autos in Illinois and to be wanted in California for a violation of his parole.

A schick test, a test of skin to show the presence of diphtheria germs, will be made on pupils in Sycamore schools who request it with the consent of their parents.

Fire, origin undetermined, which started in the kitchen, did approximately $300 of damage to the tavern at Richardson run by Clyde Lee Thursday morning.

Efforts to capture Arthur Stolb of Sterling, extending over a period of almost two months, were nearly successful this week when he was seen at a race track at Hot Springs, Ark. Before he could be apprehended, however, he escaped.

The Winnebago County Board of Supervisors went on record favoring state legislation that would permit counties to prohibit the sale and use of fireworks outside of incorporated cities and villages.

DeKalb County had 25 aliens on the WPA rolls, according to a check made by the American Legion. The 25 aliens have been dropped.


March 4, 1964

The Lenz Pharmacy, 211 W. State St. in Sycamore, is to be completely rebuilt inside, the first remodeling the structure has undergone in its 60 or 75-year existence. It is the most extensive change in a downtown store in Sycamore since Henderson’s department store expanded and remodeled.

The Sycamore Preserve Works, the oldest industry in Sycamore, did not renew several hundred thousand dollars worth of cornland contracts this year. The plant is ceasing operations.

A hardware store building in Aurora, 113 years old, is to be torn down this week. A parking lot will appear there. It points up the changes wrought as the motor age moves in and the country store disappears.

Win a free used car loaded with free groceries. Register for the contest at Kroger.

A new farm implement and light industry service and sales business will open some time in the spring or early summer along Route 64, east of Sycamore and east of Evergreen Park.

Death and damage accompanied a short, violent March storm Wednesday evening. As a direct result of the blast of rain that turned to snow and strong winds, a 70-year-old woman died of a heart attack while shoveling snow.

– Sycamore True Republican


March 1, 1989

Shabbona Community Unit School District 424 is reviewing projected enrollments for next year and is seeking public input. The high school enrollment is expected to be about 110 students, less than 50 percent capacity.

Genoa Police Chief Dennis Leifheit is expected to resign at the city council’s meeting this week. Leifheit may then run for Ward 2 alderman as a write-in candidate on the April 4 ballot.

Opportunity House has been recognized by the Illinois Supported Employment Project for being one of the top 10 supported employment programs in the state.

– Theá MidWeek

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