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Looking Back: April 2, 2014

Charlie Overton by the old post office at the corner of First Street and Lincoln Highway in DeKalb, headed south on his way home to Shabbona Grove in about 1910. Thanks to Eloise Overton for the photo.
Charlie Overton by the old post office at the corner of First Street and Lincoln Highway in DeKalb, headed south on his way home to Shabbona Grove in about 1910. Thanks to Eloise Overton for the photo.


April 3, 1889

At a recent meeting of the directors of the Sandwich Fair Association, the finance committee was instructed to plant shade trees in front of all sheds.

There was quite an excitement in the town of Pierce last week over the alleged kidnapping of a child by his father. The boy’s mother had died and her father took charge of the boy, who wanted to stay with him. For some cause this was not satisfactory to the lad’s father, who got the boy into his carriage and was away with him before the folks knew what had happened.

A Canadian paper wants to know why 5 million Canadians pay more to be governed than 60 million Americans pay.

Keep your blood pure and you will not have rheumatism. As a blood purifier, Dr. Jones’ Red Clover Tonic stands above all remedies.

An ingenious chicken raiser has devised a way for preventing chickens from scratching up his garden. He crosses the long-legged Brahmas with short-legged Bantams, and the result is a new breed of fowls with one long leg and one short leg. When they raise either leg to scratch they lose their balance and come to grief. After a few demoralizing attempts, they desist.

Squire Sumner’s school children have been extending their vacation by having the mumps.

Ex-President Hayes has contributed to the fund for the Confederate Soldiers’ Home. He takes the ground that Union soldiers should receive large amounts in pensions, and the disabled soldiers of the other side, who are now citizens of our common country, should be generously aided by voluntary contributions.

A party from Sycamore will leave next week for Oklahoma, Indian Territory. Some of the company expect to locate there permanently.


April 1, 1914

The legislature gave the women of Illinois the right to vote for candidates for certain offices, but for other offices, the state constitution outlines the manner of election. The legislature having no power to abrogate the state constitution, there are a number of offices for which women cannot vote.

About 500 tracts of land, containing the principal canyons of the Illinois River, will be added to Starved Rock State Park.

A former DeKalb County girl residing at Waukegan gave her housemaid some small change on a grocery account, put on her outdoor garments and left the house apparently on some brief errand. She has not been seen or heard from since that time two weeks ago. She left a happy home and two little children; no incentive for her departure has been suggested by anyone.

Next Tuesday, April 7, will be held the annual town election, when the question, “Shall this town become anti-saloon territory?” will again be submitted to the voters, and, for the first time, women will vote.

On Friday evening, a voting school for women will be held. Competent instructors will be present, and every woman who desires to vote right and encourage others to do so will be welcome.

It is said that the public drinking fountains will be turned on the day after elections.

The last day of March the frogs warmed up and started their evening trills.


April 5, 1939

Reports of stolen harness and clover seed have been prevalent recently. Farmers are advised to keep their harness and clover seed in their houses.

George Mitchell, manager of Luxton’s meat market, has leased the apartment in the southwest corner of Strain’s grocery building and will open an ice cream parlor.

Families in Sycamore and vicinity pay $296,088 in hidden taxes annually on their retail purchases alone. This figure does not include sales tax revenues.

Every Saturday morning the True Republican will give away 25 free tickets for the Sycamore Fargo Theatre to the first 25 people who make a purchase of 50 cents or more from one of the advertisers found in the Friday issue.

With 41 of the 44 DeKalb County precincts voting for the Forest Preserve Tuesday, that project was carried approximately 5 to 3. The precincts that voted against the project were both Cortland precincts and the fourth in Sandwich.

Elimination of the “death curve” near the Peterson farm on Route 30 east of DeKalb is planned by the state highway department. The state also plans to eliminate a bad curve between DeKalb and Maple Park.


April 1, 1964

Special equipment is being installed at NIU that will provide a complete exchange all its own, with telephones in dorm rooms that have access to long-distance lines, and the ability of faculty and staff to make conference calls.

Northern Illinois communities have been experiencing a wave of unethical and, in some cases, illegal operations of roaming solicitors, dealers and contractors.

Two daylight thefts from cars in industrial parking lots miles apart indicates two things: thieves have become very bold, and watchmen are needed on an around-the-clock basis for parking lots.

– Sycamore True Republican


March 29, 1989

Northern Illinois University experienced a 136 percent jump in the number of minority students enrolling under regular admission standards, from 145 in 1983 to 342 in 1987.

Four candidates remain in the race for DeKalb mayor. Two candidates are running for mayor of Sycamore, three are seeking the Genoa post and two are running for mayor of Cortland.

– The MidWeek

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