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Looking Back: April 23, 2014

Published: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 10:33 a.m. CST • Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 10:37 a.m. CST
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Piano technician Jere DeBacker is looking for more information on this photo, showing the Melville Clark Apollo player piano factory in DeKalb. The photo is likely from between 1911 and 1913, and an inscription on the back says the man in the middle was named Herb. Anyone with information is invited to email jere@jeresppc.com, write to DeBacker at 9360 E. Center Ave., Unit 5A, Denver, CO 80247, or call 303-570-6243.

125 YEARS AGO

April 27, 1889

The superintendent of the Boston, Mass., public schools says he does not advise the complete abolition of corporal punishment, but so far has it gone in Boston that it has become “excessive, unreasonable, and injurious.” There have been, he says, over 18,000 cases a year for the last three years.

There are a great many improvements going on in DeKalb just now, and carpenters, masons and painters are having a busy time of it. There are many evidences of growth, prosperity and general advancement to be seen on every hand.

Two carloads of Sioux Indians with their squaws, papooses and other traps passed through DeKalb Wednesday en route to the Paris Exhibition. They will come back in the fall with a French accent and a barrel of money.

Wells, Paw Paw’s famous catcher, will do the backstop work for the DeKalb boys in the game with the Chicago Maroons. Will Bristow will do the twirling; it is thought his terrific speed and deceptive curves will keep the Chicago boys guessing.

“No tickets for children of tender years unless accompanied by a proper escort” will be the dictum from railroad companies in a few days. The practice of shipping these tender buds in care of conductors has grown to such an extent that the companies are determined their employees will one and all rebel against furthering the offices of traveling nurses.

John Harmon’s little girls were badly scared Wednesday night by a strange man who entered the house while both their parents were downtown. They scooted out the back door and screamed, attracting the attention of a dozen neighbors, who found the cause of the commotion had disappeared.

100 YEARS AGO

April 23, 1914

Thirty-five persons are reported to be trapped in the shaft of the Empire coal mine in Colorado and are in grave danger of death from fire. Twenty-five other persons are in another shaft and are said to be facing a similar fate. A thousand armed strikers are cutting off all relief from the mines and threatened to wreck a troop train on the way to the scene.

Lts. Hayden and Elving Wagner are among the DeKalb people who may be affected by the situation in Mexico. The regiments to which they belong are so situated as to bring them into action should the war department decide to call in more troops.

Mr. E.J. Wiswall of Wiswall & Wirtz advocated a plan to the Commercial Club of shutting up every mercantile institution in DeKalb a half-day each week and allow the workers a holiday.

According to a dispatch received from Vera Cruz, Leon Decatur Robinson, a Sycamore boy, was slightly wounded in the fighting on the streets of that city Wednesday and is now on the hospital ship Solate for treatment.

The American public can now witness the only troupe of lions trained by a lady. The first American appearance of this wonderful troupe of wild animals will be at DeKalb May 5.

Woman, lovely woman, is the boss in politics now. In four of the ward divisions in our handsome young city, she got out and voted her fair head off, and when she was done, she swayed the balance to at least four of the aldermen and probably closed the theaters on Sunday.

75 YEARS AGO

April 22, 1939

Government reorganization, stunted by years of dispute between Republican and Democratic presidents and congresses, was about to begin today.

Germany questioned the 31 nations mentioned by President Roosevelt in his peace message as to whether they feared aggression by Germany. Romania, in an astonishingly frank reply, said “Germany is in a better position than Romania to know her own intentions.”

Col. Charles A. Lindbergh, piloting a new army pursuit plane, left Washington today to begin field work on his assignment to aid development of the greatest aerial fighting force in America’s history.

A boxing tournament has been started at Sycamore High School. Coach Leland Strombom is supervising the tournament. The Sycamore mentor instituted boxing as part of an extensive intramural athletic program at the school over a year ago.

Two more boys fled from the St. Charles state school for boys last night, bringing the total who have escaped from the school since the first of the year to more than 40.

50 YEARS AGO

April 23, 1964

The Justice Department reports that there were 1,340 civil rights demonstrations in the United States in the last three months.

Heavy rain lashed a 13-state area from Texas to the eastern Great Lakes and swelled rivers to the brink of flood stage.

A bridge in Rochelle has become a favorite dumping spot for burglars’ loot the last few years. Two men who admitted to robbing the Stengly grocery store of $500 in change said they hid their loot there, but when police looked under the bridge, they found nothing. Police Chief Frank Danekas said children playing near the bridge may have found the money.

Police are searching for five bandits who tied up employees at a Polaroid Corp. warehouse in Melrose Park and escaped with $200,000 worth of cameras.

– DeKalb Daily Chronicle

25 YEARS AGO

April 26, 1989

If enough school districts around the state join the effort, the DeKalb Board of Education will declare May 10 an emergency day and close schools to demonstrate to state legislators that the crisis in education funding can no longer be ignored.

Construction of Cortland’s 125-gallon elevated water tank is expected to be completed in June. Mayor Ken Hetchler’s dream of installing a water system for the town began in the early 1980s, and he hopes each of the 320 homes and businesses in town will have water available to it in the next four years.

– The MidWeek

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