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Looking Back: March 26, 2014


A spark from a passing locomotive ignited a haystack on the premises of N. Roose, and the hay was destroyed, but adjacent property was saved.

J.H. Luther has noticed that candidates who have been nominated at the town caucus have not always been successful at the polls and he has decided to not go into the caucus but to go directly before the voters on Tuesday.

The Fireside Patriot was a good paper last Saturday. We are quite sure of this because it contained a column of local news taken almost word for word and without credit from the True Republican. Read Deuteronomy 5:19.

A  man with a cinnamon and a brown bear was on the streets in Sycamore Monday. The animals drew a big crowd of children, who excitedly watched the antics of the brutes in Court House Park.

W.W. Griffin of Maple Park has a Chinese purple wisteria climbing plant which is 32 feet high. This is its year for flowering.

Cortland School is closed on account of prevalence of the measles. Also, Dr. Lewis reports three children of Pierce have scarlet fever.


March 25, 1914

Residents of Newark who have been wondering what has happened to Samuel G. Durant, the imposing financier who disappeared just as he was building their new railroad, learned yesterday they need not expect him for some tim. Mr. Durant, alias Samuel Graham, alias Samuel Bondurant, told the Kendall County friends he was ill in Chicago. Instead, he is spending 15 months in the federal penitentiary for fraud.

The Borden’s Condensed Milk company’s big delivery wagon was turning a corner in Sycamore Saturday morning when an axle broke and the wagon fell over on its side. The driver escaped with slight bruises, but the curb ran full of milk and cream.

Even scandal and differences in religion have started fewer neighborly rows which have grown into lasting enmities and embittered neighbors than have pesky chickens running at large.

A case in court might involve a million dollars, or might involve principles of the greatest importance to mankind, or a great array of distinguished talent might be employed, but no such case will attract the attention of a case involving the unsavory details of a case now on trial, in which man is charged with a serious crime against little girls.

Judge “Bing” Mitchell has been suggested to the mayor as a proper person to fill the proposed position of mounted police, because Bing is not only vigilant, but he has one of the highest-power motorcycles hereabouts and is not afraid to let it go when conditions require.


March 29, 1939

Some damage has been done to the DeKalb County end of the Genoa-Belvidere Road, one of the finest specimens of blacktopping in northern Illinois, by heavy trucks. Though this road has been posted regulating the weight of trucks, the truck drivers, it is charged, have not been careful to pay attention to the warnings.

Robert Gordon Sproul, president of the University of California, rejected a proferred $36,000-a-year post as president of the Anglo-California National Bank when 3,000 students massed and demonstrated against his leaving the school.

We would think that it is U.S. 30, and not Illinois 71, that will be continued west this summer to Rock Falls. It looks, at that, like Shabbona and Waterman will have plenty of traffic when this is completed because it will probably be the main highway between the Tri-Cities, Davenport, Moline, and Rock Island, and Chicago.

Efforts of the DeKalb County Board of Supervisors to provide blacktop surfaces for four short auxiliary roads with the $84,000 left over from completing the Annie Glidden and Sycamore-to-Sandwich highways have been halted by the refusal of the United States Bureau of Good Roads to cooperate.

Following his recent dictum to the effect that slot machines were illegal and must be ousted from the state, Illinois Attorney General John E. Cassidy has held that pinball games are also illegal.


March 25, 1964

Sycamore  Mayor Harold L. Johnson and aldermen were electrified Monday evening when Troy Holt announced plans for a possible $300,000 banquet and convention hall that may be built on the west side of the city.

A new wonder on a man’s sightseeing tour starting in 1965: sometime in 1965 a mighty stadium, covered with a dome that will easily permit all sports under a roof, will open in Houston, Texas. ...There will be no wet balls, no chills, no wet fields, no sunstroke. There just won’t be any excuse for missing a tackle or dropping a high one batted into right field.

– Sycamore True Republican


March 22, 1989

The rise in DeKalb’s crime rate is “directly related to the drug scene,” said Police Chief Don Berke.

With Kishwaukee College taking the lead, a state-funded networking project has been extended into DeKalb County to help convicted felons begin the process of building a new life for themselves.

– The MidWeek

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