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Looking Back: March 19, 2014

The Sycamore United Methodist Church is pictured in this 1970s-era photo. Thanks to the Sycamore History Museum for the photo.
The Sycamore United Methodist Church is pictured in this 1970s-era photo. Thanks to the Sycamore History Museum for the photo.


March 20, 1889

Several farmers are sowing wheat this week. It is most too early for oats, but wheat will be all right if well put in.

M.N. Gardner says he will bring suit against the city of Sycamore for damages for a fall on the sidewalk. He does not assert that the walk was defective, but it had some ice on it upon which he slipped and fell.

The train men became so careless about stopping at the C.& N.W. and C. St. P. & K. C. that a flagman has been stationed at the junction. All trains now have to conform to the law and come to a full stop at the required distance.

Two freight trains collided about a mile west of Maple Park Sunday morning, wrecking both engines and badly smashing a large number of freight cars. The engineers and firemen on both trains jumped and thus escaped serious injury.

It is said Mrs. Wm. Culver will sue Sycamore for damages because one dark night the lamps were not lighted and she stepped off a high sidewalk and received injuries.

Eight or 10 new cases of measles are reported at Cortland; in consequence, the schools are closed.

The Genoa Horse Thief Detective Club meets on Saturday evening this week.

Three of the Kirkland boys who left last week returned as soon as predicted. The “wild west” was not what they expected.

Some sneak stole into the school house in Kingston and defaced the beautiful crayon work in each room. Much pains had been laid out in the work.


March 18, 1914

Do the people of Sycamore want to continue the Mid-Winter Fair? Every voter in the city will be given the opportunity at the coming election to decide.

It is announced that women cannot be compelled to work on the roads, even though they as voters fail to pay a poll tax. The possibility of being required to labor on the public highways with picks and shovels has caused some women to hesitate in their request for the ballot.

Samuel Barr, 40, of Newark, NJ, was arrested by federal detectives on the charge that he sent an insulting letter to President Wilson regarding the president’s stand on the Panama canal question and the Mexican situation. ...The letter contained no threats, but was couched in such language the matter was taken up with postal authorities. When arraigned, Barr admitted writing the letter but said he did not know it was a violation of the law to tell a man, even the president, what he thought of him.

The mayor of Buenos Aries shipped a llama to Secretary of State Bryan as a gift. The animal became ill at sea and arrived in New York alive but considerably the worse for wear. Now, can anybody tell the troubled secretary of state what to do with a llama?

A new type of telephone directory coming into general use is a big improvement over former directories; one directory contains the names of subscribers in from six to 12 different towns.


March 22, 1939

Sycamore citizens will vote April 18 on the question of raising money for the maintenance of a municipal band. Should the proposal carry, the band tax would be lower than that of Genoa and much lower than that of DeKalb.

There is a craze for wooden shoes and wooden jewelry. We wonder if it was brought on by Charlie McCarthy.

The coldest weather of the month, 8 above zero, was recorded here on Friday.

It would be a much better world if people would spend less time trying to keep their names out of the paper and more time trying to keep out of trouble.

The important part that color plays in spring wardrobes will necessitate women having a harmonizing hat for each costume.

So successful was the school of instruction held for township officers by States Attorney Latham Castle that many officers have asked that it be made an annual affair.


March 18, 1964

Mrs. Olin W. Mussell, chief librarian at the Sycamore Public Library, remarked that she commissions one or two new books almost daily. She disclosed that 543 were bought last year alone. We became a bit awed when we realized that it means 5,000  new books were added to the shelves over the last 10 years.

John H. Lindstrom of Sycamore is among those who have reported seeing large flocks of geese headed north. Others have reported the first spring flowers, snowdrops and crocus, and many robins and other birds are quite numerous now.

Dr. Joseph Evans, chairman of the Committee on Racial Justice Now of the United Church of Christ, told some 140 women at the Northern Association Women’s Fellowship Rally that the church cannot justify segregation if it heeds the injunctions of the Bible, yet the segregated way is the American way.

If it weren’t for the weather, 90 percent of us wouldn’t be able to start a conversation.

– Sycamore True Republican


March 15, 1989

Frank Paciga hopes to go to the Appellate Court in Elgin this week to get his name back on the ballot for Genoa mayor. But if this final appeal fails, he will wage a write-in campaign for the April 4 election.

Changes will be made at Clinton Rosette Middle School next year to make the transition from fourth grade easier for incoming fifth graders. Rosette became a fifth- and sixth-grade middle school in 1987 to address overcrowding at the elementary schools, enrollment drops in the middle schools and the need to trim costs.

State Rep. John Countryman has filed a bill to create a separate governing board for Northern Illinois University.

Dr. Neil Levin, a DeKalb-area podiatric physician, has begun a campaign to collect new and used shoes for distribution to homeless persons in Illinois.

– The MidWeek

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