Looking Back

Looking Back: May 7, 2014

Ohio Grove Grange and Chapel on Barber Greene Road in Cortland Township in 1951. Ohio Grove Cemetery can be seen in the background. Thanks to the Joiner History Room for the photo.
Ohio Grove Grange and Chapel on Barber Greene Road in Cortland Township in 1951. Ohio Grove Cemetery can be seen in the background. Thanks to the Joiner History Room for the photo.


May 8, 1889

A change from bracing March weather to summer’s heat occurred this week, and vegetation has begun growing with surprising rapidity.

With several cases of typhoid fever in Sycamore, it behooves all to use extra precautions against the spread of the disease.

Isn’t it about time the new city council committee on streets and alleyways investigate the necessity of depositing ashes, garbage, old bottles and oyster cans in the alleys, to say nothing of defunct sheep heads and half-decayed chickens?

George Byerhoff and family have been sadly afflicted. Five out of 10 children who have been sick have died of diphtheria.

Mr. Elmer Sowers entertained a large party of his young friends Saturday, who helped him to celebrate the day of his birth appropriately. Miss Mamie Lane kept the same day in a similar manner.

The much-talked about depot on the Central Road is at length in process of construction in Genoa.


May 6, 1914

The mayor ordered the chief of police to throw an alderman from the council chamber, and refused to put motions, and the motions were then put by another alderman, and there were threats and intimidations and language “unfit to print” and other exciting occurances at the first meeting of the new city council at DeKalb  Saturday night.

The season for catching and killing frogs closed April 30. The closed season will last for the months of May and June. Small boys who delight in catching these amphibians and fishermen who believe they make good bait are warned.

The mayor and city council at Harvard propose to raise the water rates to make up the loss in city revenues by closing the saloons.

Two burglars who work with chloroform have terrorized St. Charles.

That part of the Lincoln Highway which passes through Aurora will be marked at the turns so that a stranger coming along the route in the night will be not drive off the road and become confused.

If the men of Sycamore were as active in organized effort for the betterment of the city as are the women, great results would follow.


May 10, 1939

Sycamore Day, sponsored by the Sycamore Chamber of Commerce, will be observed Saturday. A theater party for rural children was to be held at the same time as the spring opening, but there was fear that children who assemble in a crowd might contract a disease, so it was decided to postpone the free show for rural children until a more auspicious time.

Efforts to check a gang of professional thieves that breaks into school buildings and steals typewriters are being begun by the sheriff. Their latest depredations were reported by the Kirkland high school authorities.

George Williams, 19 years old of Oakland, Calif., arrested by Marshal E.E. Crawford of Genoa in a railroad box car last week, confessed on Friday that he had entered at least 150 places and stolen things from them.

Sleeping sickness has been increasing in horses in Illinois at an alarming rate the last few years. Even humans have been known to contract the disease.

The society wrestled with the following question: Which is the most fun, to see a woman drive a nail or a man thread a needle?

Boys have been taking advantage of the high winds recently to fly kites from near the Sycamore Community Center. Weldon B. Wade sent up a box kite that was attached to 1,500 feet of string before it broke. Franklyn Robbins attached five kites to one string and flew them all at the same time.


May 6, 1964

Sycamore’s fire siren, the only siren of city-wide broadcast power, will not be used in the Tuesday morning Civil Defense tests. Sycamore’s director of civil defense, fireman Arthur Peterson, said the fire siren could be sounded for emergencies but not used for tests. He also expressed the opinion people would not pay any attention to the tests anyway.

The Greyhound bus line, the only public transportation for long haul that remains in and out of Sycamore, has revised its schedule for summer.

At about 5:50 a.m. Wednesday, officers found a woman in a wrecked car on Rollo Road near Suydam Road refusing all aid until her husband could arrive. The sheriff’s report does not explain why nor does it show what became of her.

The Sycamore Little League Baseball project for 1964 may be abandoned. If people fail to show to the next meeting in proper numbers or if they shy away from offering their services in the work, there will be no Little League.

James Franklin reports that he believes his dog was stolen from under his porch overnight. The dog had been chained under the porch. He found the chain but no collar. The vaccination tag had been removed from the dog’s collar and snapped onto the chain.

– Sycamore True Republican


May 10, 1989

In dedicating the Joiner History Room at the county courthouse May 4, current county clerk Terry Desmond praised former county clerk Ralph Joiner for having the foresight to preserve county records state law would have allowed him to destroy.

A DeKalb contingency will be in Springfield May 10 to lobby for better funding for education, but Supt. Jack Deere and the board of education decided against closing schools for the day.

Local police officials say they “don’t anticipate the need” to join the growing number of Illinois police departments opting for larger and more powerful gun arsenals.

– The MidWeek

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