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Looking Back: May 14, 2014

Hinckley Community High School is pictured in 1932. Thanks to the Joiner History Room for the photo.
Hinckley Community High School is pictured in 1932. Thanks to the Joiner History Room for the photo.


May 15, 1889

Several persons were baptized in the creek just east of Sycamore on Sunday morning. Rev. Mr. Robbins of the Baptist church performed the ceremony of immersion.

Look out for Amoy oolong tea. The American Consul at Amoy says that it is such vile stuff it finds a market only in the United States.

The latest attraction for Maple Park (especiallly for the ladies) is Mr. Hale’s croquet set.

The painter’s brush has made the house of H.W. Wormley in Waterman present a very tasty appearance.

With but a few exceptions, in every home where there are children one can hear the effects of whooping cough.

The little village of Fielding can now boast of a new shoe shop, restaurant, and billiard hall. The billiard hall is a thing to mourn rather than boast, as the proprietor comes from Kirkland and has not the best of reputations.

Potter Post of the G.A.R. this week placed 11 handsome marble headstones over the unmarked graves of Union soldiers in Elmwood cemetery.

The city council of DeKalb increased the mayor’s salary from $45 per year to $300; the clerk’s from $250 to $400; the attorney’s from $75 to $125; and the treasurer’s from $40 to $75. At the last Sycamore council meeting, the council voted that hereafter the mayor and aldermen should serve the city entirely without pay.


May 13, 1914

It is being proposed by the influences that dominate the policies of the state to not only erect a new building at Springfield, but to erect a state house in Chicago and make that city a sort of sub-capital – and this without the vote of the people.

After the vote at the first regular meeting of the new city council, no liquor will be sold anywhere in Sycamore in the ensuing year, not even alcohol or remedies containing alcohol for medicinal, mechanical, or any purpose.

Oats is grown more extensively in DeKalb County than any crop except corn, yet W.G. Eckhardt, the county’s consulting agriculturist, has a poor opinion of oats as either a profit-producing or soil-improving crop, and advises the substitution of soy beans.

A.J. Plapp, Hinckley implement dealer who, after several fires in his buildings the last two years was accused of arson by state fire sleuths and later acquitted by a Kendall County jury, was the victim of the sixth serious fire early Monday when his rebuilt business block at Hinckley was partially destroyed.

Rural mail carriers are rejoicing over their increase of salary which goes into effect July 1. Their compensation after that date will be $1,200 a year, but it is not all clear gain. The carrier has to support at least two horses and keep his vehicles in repair.

A remarkable condition exists as regards crime in DeKalb County. For the first time in the memory of the present county officers, there are no prisoners in the county jail, no person bound over to the grand jury, and no person awaiting indictment.


May 17, 1939

Efforts of the United States Army to build up its reserve corps has resulted in Sycamore Mayor Ashelford appointing three Sycamore residents to help solve the problem.

Action for the installation of daylight time in Sycamore, begun last week, is meeting some opposition.

When Miss Lucile Morehead became the bride of Virgil Oakley at the Flora Methodist Church Wednesday afternoon, it was the first wedding ceremony that has ever taken place within the walls of the 75-year-old structure.

Band concerts in Sycamore during the summer of 1939 are definitely out.

A new all-time low in tuberculosis death rates for the entire country is indicated in 1938. Tuberculosis continues to take its greatest toll, however, between the ages of 15 and 45. It is still the leading cause of death in this age group.

The DeKalb City Council was petitioned by 323 employees of the piano factory to institute daylight time, but decided not to act now on the question.


May 13, 1964

A 20-year-old Sycamore man drowned Monday afternoon in the old gravel pit lake, known as Swan Olson’s gravel pit, west of Brickville Road. He and two friends had gone to the pit lake to spear fish, and he volunteered to swim out to retrieve the boat which had floated about 30 feet from shore.

The Hinckley village board voted May 4 on several articles pertaining to Prairie Pioneer Days July 15-19, commemorating the arrival of the first settler in that area 130 years ago. The mayor has proclaimed a ban on smooth faces, forcing male citizens of the area to raise beards. He also proclaimed a ban on all cosmetics until after the celebration; La Femme can’t even wear jewelry. No lipstick, nail polish or perfume can be used. The kangaroo court will fine ’em if they do.

The 1964 graduating class of Sycamore High School will be the largest in the school’s history, with 163 scheduled to receive diplomas.

Last Wednesday, 18 neighbors of R.W. Lindholm, a Clare-area farmer who has about 450 acres, mobilized themselves and 13 pieces of equipment and in one day prepared his land for summer crops. They felt their friend needed the help after his long illness which kept him in the hospital for a lengthy period.

–Sycamore True Republican


May 17, 1989

The DeKalb Plan Commission has advised the county to deny a rezoning request for a new DeKalb radio station to be located in a vacant building at the northwest corner of Dresser Road and North First Street, just outside DeKalb city limits.

Members of the DeKalb Human Relations Commission are cautiously optimistic that “sexual orientation” will be included as a protected class in the city’s human rights ordinance.

– The MidWeek

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