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Looking Back: April 16, 2014

The Kirkland Depot on the Milwaukee line is pictured here in 1974. Thanks to the 
Joiner History Room for the photo.
The Kirkland Depot on the Milwaukee line is pictured here in 1974. Thanks to the Joiner History Room for the photo.


April 17, 1889

During the storm of Thursday night last week, lightning struck the asphaltum walk near Belendorf’s house and tore it up. A barn belonging to Mildemow had the roof partly taken off, but it did not catch fire.

Ex-Senator Tabor of Colorado reached Paris wearing $60,000 worth of diamonds, a red necktie, and a pair of bottle-green kid gloves. They are thinking of exhibiting him at the Jardin des Plantes.

The shabby old man with white beard and a Bible, who exhorted a crowd on the streets of Sycamore last week Wednesday, was at Rockford the day previous, where he said the world would surely end in nine days. He said he was commissioned by the Almighty to declare the news.

Mr. D.C. Green has been presented with a newspaper printed on wallpaper during the siege of Vicksburg, one day before the capture of that city by Union forces. ...This interesting paper will probably be framed and hung in the G.A.R. hall.

Dr. Nesbitt had a setter dog he traded to Clem Scott, who took it to Chicago, where he lived. Some months ago the animal disappeared. Dr. Nesbitt and other visitors at the fancy dog show in Chicago last week recognized one of the dogs exhibited there and marked “Valued at $1,000” as the missing canine.

The agricultural implements the Oklahoma settlers are taking with them consist mostly of Navy revolvers and Winchester rifles.


April 15, 1914

The contract for the erection of the new post office building in Sycamore was let last week, and provides the building must be completed in 15 months. ...The government bought the site two years ago, at the corner of State and Main streets, from which Frederick B. Townsend is now removing the historic City Hotel, the first building erected in Sycamore. It will be removed to a lot in the rear of Mr. Townsend’s residence, at the corner of North Maple and Page streets.

Great discoveries have been made the last few years, and it is agreed the greatest cause of diseases is through mosquitoes, rats, and especially flies. The ordinances of the city of Sycamore are not all they should be, in view of this recent knowledge, but ordinances can be amended.

Within five minutes after the fire was discovered Wednesday, and before an alarm could be turned in, the big Stark hay press building was a raging furnace. Sparks and firebrands were scattered blocks away, and the sky was illuminated so the glare was seen for many miles around.

In no other occupation are girl workers better sheltered and better cared for than in the telephone exchange.

Two years ago, the village of Kingston was voted dry. The wets petitioned to have the question submitted to the voters on April 21, but if the village should be voted wet it would avail them nothing, as the drys control the entire township territory of six miles square for the next two years.

Mr. and Mrs. Ira Nichols and Mr. and Mrs. Frank Parke are enjoying the comforts and pleasures of a new five-passenger Ford automobile. Mr. and Mrs. Edward Dibble are in style with a five-passenger Overland.


April 19, 1939

A 17-year-old parolee of the St. Charles School for Boys, who brutally beat the 77-year-old wife of his benefactor, was captured by Chicago police. Denton had worked for the woman less than one day, and said he struck her when she said if he quit the farm she would notify the boys home.

Six persons narrowly escaped death Tuesday when a bolt of lightning struck a giant cottonwood tree on North Cross Street in Sycamore. The bolt tore the heart out of the tree, undermined the kitchen foundation, and blew the windows out of nearby residences.

Little folks can be taught the first points of money management even before they start school, says an extension specialist in child development and parent education at the University of Illinois.

Two weeks ago, Hinckley farmer Thomas F. Austin gathered seven friends for a meal, the menu of which was products raised on farms in this vicinity and the prices of which have been depressed by surpluses on the market. A week ago, 40 gathered to eat the same type of meal. The third Eat Away the Surplus meal was given last night, when 170 persons sat down to dinner.


April 15, 1964

For some years court house employees and jurors have grumbled about parking around the courthouse. The Sycamore City Council voted Monday to remove parking meters on the west side of Main Street between State and Exchange and to replace 15 of the meters on State Street with new meters with a 5-cent rate for every four hours.

The state of Arizona’s courts do not believe in petting their criminals. Two young men charged with burglary and theft of an auto in Sycamore were taken to Arizona state prison to begin terms of 14 to 15 years.

The time has come for removal of pots, pans, cans, bottles and other debris in Sycamore. ...The public is instructed to set out cartons and barrels containing rubbish to be discarded at the curb. ...This is not garbage pickup, and garbage should not be included with the rubbish. 

– Sycamore True Republican


April 12, 1989

Officials investigating the March 21 helicopter crash at Huber Park have verified that engine failure caused the accident, which injured two men.

The cost of demolishing Wolohan’s 10,000-square-foot showroom will turn out to be much more than expected, because the DeKalb County Landfill refused to take any of the debris. The landfill is running out of space. “We haven’t gotten the bill from the haulers yet, but it won’t be any small amount when you’re talking about the amount of debris we had (to haul away),” Wolohan’s general manager, Nate Kitterman, said.

– The MidWeek

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