Looking Back

Looking Back: June 18, 2014

Clark Motor Sales at the corner of Seventh and Oak streets in DeKalb in 1952. Thanks to the Joiner History Room for the photo.
Clark Motor Sales at the corner of Seventh and Oak streets in DeKalb in 1952. Thanks to the Joiner History Room for the photo.


June 19, 1889

Weeds about the streets in front of churches and residences are unsightly, unhealthy, and unnecessary for happiness and comfort. Removing the weeds in front of the lots will add greatly to the tasty appearance of our city.

The old buildings on the Mason-Odd Fellows lot in downtown Sycamore were sold at public auction Saturday. The buildings were sold subject to immediate removal, for the erection of the new block.

Mayor Abram Ellwood and his wife are the parents of a baby boy born Monday morning. This happy event sets to rest fears that the name of Ellwood will die out. This new arrival is the only male of his generation descended from any of the seven well-known Ellwood brothers.

It is estimated that some women carry 40 or 50 miles of hair about on their heads.

Gov. Foraker of Ohio has announced he did not want a renomination to that office as he believed it was “time to give somebody else a chance.” That is good. Let others pass the sentiment along.

Cease labor and trouble for one day and go to the excursion next Tuesday. You will live longer and happier.

In New York they are trying to organize a “caterpillar day,” when every man and boy will be asked to lay aside other business and spend the day destroying these pests.

The superintendent of New York prisons received a letter in which the writer offered “to act as a victim to science” to test the new electrical apparatus for killing criminals, conditioned his family be paid $5,000.


June 17, 1914

Some 1,500 yards of earth have been hauled from the excavation for Sycamore’s new post office building, most of it to Frederick B. Townsend’s lots a block east of the post office site on State Street. Rumors are to the effect that there will be a public park there someday.

Dr. Hemenway has an acre strawberry patch in Genoa, from which the daily pickings average 400 quarts.

Another case of smallpox has developed in Sandwich. The patient is Mrs. Larson. She is being cared for by her husband in a tent at the city limits.

Mrs. Scott, wife of James Scott, candidate for sheriff, is traveling about the county with her husband and helping him in his campaign work. This probablly marks the entrance of DeKalb County women as workers in the political field, and ought to make the other candidates sit up and take notice.

A year ago, the beef trade from the Argentine to the United States was a negligible quantity. ...With conditions as they now stand, there is no doubt that in the future many American citizens will be fed and raised on beef from the Argentine Republic.

A Sandwich man addicted to chewing tobacco has been cured of the habit by chewing alfalfa. He discovered it makes a fine substitute.

Police officers responded to a report that a crazy man was wandering about the fields, jabbing some instrument into the earth and examining it. People of the neighborhood had gathered at a safe distance to watch. ...It was later revealed the state soil survey had begun.


June 21, 1939

The DeKalb County Jail was approved as a place where federal prisoners may be kept.

The Fargo Theatre’s new air conditioning system was turned on Sunday, much to the delight and comfort of its patrons.

The Annie Glidden Road will be blacktopped its full length of approximately 12 miles by Wednesday evening.

The Fourth of July will not be celebrated in Genoa this year, but on the 21st and 22nd of July the Genoa Fire Department will sponsor a Genoa Community Day.

William Banks of DeKalb, is the possessor of a tin tobacco can which contains $1,200, it was discovered this week. Banks was committed to the state hospital and asked to pay court costs, but refused on the ground he had no money.

Route 64 has been extended to Omaha, Neb. The route is being marked, and may yet become a great transcontinental line.

Youth of this nation, spending their vacation hiking about the Midwest, have been making use of the Youth Hostel located between DeKalb and Sycamore.

The state supreme court paved the way for a speedy test of the constitutionality of the new law enabling women to serve on juries. A ruling is expected before the fall term.


June 17, 1964

A car found in a gravel pit not far from Earlville was identified as one stolen two years ago. It was found by boys swimming in the gravel pit lake.

For the past 10 days, Sycamore police have been investigating the theft of $955 from a cash register in Brown’s Supermarket.

Some time late Saturday evening, the Cortland Methodist Church was broken into by pushing in an entire window glass, frame and all. All the burglars found in the place was $1 in small change.

Three fatalities in an auto crash Friday caused the DeKalb County traffic bell to toll 13 deaths so far this year.

– Sycamore True Republican


June 21, 1989

Recycling is no longer being done by just the ecology-minded; it is a necessity for everyone.

DeKalb County’s Labor/Management Committee will not accept the union’s invitation to attend negotiation sessions to help speed up a settlement that is still nonexistent after 10 months.

The Association of Mid-Continent Universities expanded to 10 Division I major institutions June 14, when the athletic conference voted to accept the University of Akron and Northern Illinois University to its ranks.

– The MidWeek

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