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Looking Back: July 9, 2014

Sycamore High School cheerleaders in 1942, from left, Marian Strack Henigan, Doty Jansen and Joan Adams. Thanks to the Sycamore History Museum for the photo.
Sycamore High School cheerleaders in 1942, from left, Marian Strack Henigan, Doty Jansen and Joan Adams. Thanks to the Sycamore History Museum for the photo.


July 10, 1889

The city marshal became offended at Alderman Knipp on Tuesday and slapped him. The marshal pleaded guilty to the assault and Police Magistrate Dean fined him $3 and costs.

While taking gravel out of a pit on the West farm yesterday, James Foster and William Sivwright were buried by the gravel and earth caving in. They managed to extricate themselves with some difficulty.

Mr. and Mrs. I.L. Ellwood will leave July 9 for New York, where they will embark on I.L. Ellwood’s new steam yacht for a two-month cruise along the Atlantic coast.

George M. Bell, a resident of Deadwood for 11 years, has been reported dead six times since he went to the Black Hills, and is still hale and hearty.

About a dozen of Sycamore’s fair young ladies indulged in a picnic all by themselves last Friday in the woods near Henrietta.

Forty-nine maids became bachelors at Vassar’s commencement. This seems absurd, to a degree.

Under the police rule in Russia an officer can enter any house at any hour on the excuse he thinks a suspicious person may have entered there to talk sedition. He can arrest the whole family and keep them in prison a year.


July 8, 1914

The will of Mrs. Mary E. Stevens, who died last Tuesday, reveals that she was even more generous in death than in her life, and no one in Sycamore ever gave more liberally to religious, charitable, and educational work.

Although she did not begin attending school until she was 10 because of ill health, Lucille Hartzell of Sycamore graduated recently from the Wendell Phillips high school of Chicago at the early age of 16 years.

This year, 131/4 inches of rain fell in May and June, twice the normal precipitation for these two months.

Although John Bollinger has handled a hair comb many times daily for 30 years and never met with an accident, he was combing his hair last Tuesday when he turned his head suddenly to better hear what some person was saying, and stuck a sharp tooth of the comb into his eye, sustaining an injury so serious the other eye was affected and he was hardly able to see for several days. He is now nearly recovered.

For the second time in 15 months, a barn burned on the same site on a farm east of Somonauk. Both fires were in broad daylight and of unknown origin.

Twice in about two weeks, seven members of the Storm family north of Genoa were taken deathly sick soon after eating their meals. Much mystery surrounded the case. ...The fact that a 16-year-old cousin staying with the family had not been taken sick aroused suspicion. He was questioned by the doctors and said he had stolen a box of poison at a drug store and mixed it with the butter. ...Mr. Storm does not care to prosecute, nor does he want him in the family longer. It is the plan to get him away and keep a close watch on his actions.


July 12, 1939

Sycamore Mayor Frank E. Ashelford took issue with the Sycamore Chamber of Commerce in regard to the statement that better street lights are needed downtown. The mayor contends the city cannot afford to spend money for a new system of street lighting.

Legislation adopted by the general assembly may cost elementary schools of the county a total of $12,000 and may result finally in the closing of some of the schools.

Under the provisions of an amended ordinance, it shall be unlawful for anyone in Sycamore to keep bees within 500 feet of any residence and 200 feet from a property line.

Revival of the campaign to have a four-lane bridge erected over the Kishwaukee River on Route 64 west of Sycamore has been announced, coupled with a twin movement to obtain a permit from the state highway department for a stop-and-go light on Route 64 somewhere in Sycamore.

The Genoa baseball team played at Newark on Sunday. We hear the score at the end of the game was in their favor.

Sycamore is in line to become the Illinois Emergency Relief Commission distributing point for DeKalb and Kendall counties, it having been decided to move the depot from Plano.


July 8, 1964

The intersection east of Sycamore where Route 64 is crossed by Route 47 has the dubious distinction of maintaining the highest accident rate, percentage-wise, in Illinois.

When the National Republican Convention opens in San Francisco July 13, Mrs. Charlotte T. Reid, congressman from the district that includes DeKalb County, will be one of the opening speakers. Mrs. Reid will give a short talk on “The Role of Women in Congress.” She is one of four women members of the House.

The publishers of the Genoa Republican announce the sale of the newspapers and printing business. Barry Schrader, former Genoa man now living in Byron, has bought the weekly newspaper and will take over the operation Aug. 1 as editor and publisher.

– Sycamore True Republican


July 12, 1989

Local emergency services personnel are ringing with support for a countywide enhanced 911 system. Voters will decide if the system is worth a surcharge of 84 cents per phone line in a November referendum.

One more mystery has been solved in the incredible Jane Doe case that came to a tearful conclusion July 1 when the family of Elizabeth Sue Grabow was able to properly say farewell to the daughter, sister and cousin last seen in 1976. Barb Burkart, administrator of Fairview Park Cemetery, said she couldn’t figure out who had been putting flowers on the Jane Doe grave for the last 13 years. The flowers were placed on the grave by former sheriff Wilbur Scott and his wife, Jone, who came to the cemetery often to visit the grave of their infant daughter. Scott was sheriff when the murder victim was found in a Sycamore field.

– The MidWeek

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