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Looking Back: July 16, 2014

The Colvin Park depot is shown in this undated photo. Colvin Park is about three miles north of Kingston. Thanks to the Kishwaukee Valley Heritage Society for the photo.
The Colvin Park depot is shown in this undated photo. Colvin Park is about three miles north of Kingston. Thanks to the Kishwaukee Valley Heritage Society for the photo.


July 17, 1889

There is a great discussion going on as to what should be America’s national flower. Some want the mayflower; the noble goldenrod is away ahead of all other competitors in the race, and there is a little band of advocates for the mountain laurel. What is the matter with the dandelion, the buttercup, the daisy, the pansy, and the gorgeous sunflower?

Still another newspaper has made its appearance in DeKalb County: The Kirkland Sun. The first issue was decently printed and the arrangement of the matter and grammar employed are a big improvement on Kirkland’s last newspaper. It will pay merchants there to give the advertising columns larger patronage.

John Masterson caused the arrest of about a dozen school children and had them brought to Sycamore Monday for stoning and committing depredations upon his house in Clare. It was found the youngsters were all under 10 years of age, and the suit against them was dismissed.

The state of Illinois makes no provision for the care of the incurably insane. McLean County has appropriated $25,000 to build an asylum for the insane of that county, and sooner or later every county in the state may be compelled to do the same thing.

Nothing has been heard of Professor Hogan, the aeronaut, who ascended at New York Tuesday in inventor Campbells air-ship and drifted out over the ocean.

Base ball and pop corn appear to be the popular craze at the present. Every town has one or two pop corn stands, and it is no uncommon thing to see a leading business man, attorney or physician walking along the street munching away at a bag of pop corn.


July 15, 1914

Ernest Shermell, the well-appearing, affable young man who was indicted for forgery in Sycamore and Hinckley, and who escaped from the Kane County jail, has written the DeKalb Chronicle a letter of three columns, declaring that he is a man of honor and will prove it by appearing for trial in September. If he is rearrested, however, he declares he will fight extradition. The letter was mailed at Providence, R.I.

Three persons met instant death on Thursday at the viaduct on the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul railroad west of Genoa. The man and women were standing on the track almost under the bridge by which the Illinois Central crosses over the Milwaukee to watch a train passing above and wave to passengers on the train. The roar of the train above drowned out the noise of the express train on the Milwaukee road.

A wholesale grocery man who has traveled the country over said Sycamore and DeKalb are the only cities in the United States where it is customary to combine in one store drugs and groceries.

A new order from the state rivers and lakes commission says the cities along the Fox River  must cease running raw sewage into that stream.


July 19, 1939

The decision of Judge William J. Fulton in the right of eminent domain in requisitioning property for air rights in Elgin is expected to establish new law not only for Illinois, but for the entire country.

Charles Long, speaking on behalf of 28,000 beekeepers in the state of Illinois and countless millions of honeybees, struck back at his adversaries with two unqualified statements: first, that honeybees are the cleanest insects in the universe, and second, that his bees do not swarm.

Mrs. Albert Miller received a surprise when she gathered the eggs to find a very large one, 7 1/2 inches in length by 4 inches in diameter. On opening it, she found it contained a whole egg surrounded by an egg white.

About 100 men and women of the British Interplanetary Society are making active preparations for an expedition to the moon.

Sycamore Chief of Police Dewey Harris apprehended a 10-year-old boy who said his name was Jack Stewart, gave his residence as California, and declared himself to be a fugitive from justice, having escaped from a United States deputy marshal on the west coast July 8. He also confessed the driver’s license he carried was not his own, the car he drove was stolen, and he had made away with a total of 10 autos on his trip eastward. The government wants him for stealing a car in a national park.


July 15, 1964

VerLynn Sprague of Sycamore, acting as personal representative of Gov. Otto B. Kerner, on Saturday accepted the gift of a horse from Lt. Gov. Jack Olson of Wisconsin. Lt. Abraham Lincoln was in Wisconsin 132 years ago Saturday in the Illinois militia fighting the Blackhawk War, and some spalpeen stole his horse. The gift is to compensate for the theft.

Several families in the Foy Addition have combined forces and are offering a $100 reward for the arrest and conviction of the vandals who ruined some of their best landscaped shrubbery.

County Clerk Ralph Joiner went to Wheaton to look over the DuPage County microfilm set-up. He plans a series of such inspections to determine what film mechanism is best for DeKalb County.

– Sycamore True Republican


July 19, 1989

The DeKalb County Board will inaugurate a new zoning process this week when Sycamore attorney Ron Klein changes hats for a few hours to become the county’s hearing officer. The hearing officer replaces the Zoning Board of Appeals, which was disbanded in May.

It became apparent that Oaken Acres Wildlife Refuge in Sycamore needed a larger vehicle to transport injured animals after director Kathy Westfall came to the aid of a deer which had run through a Perry Drug Store window in DeKalb last year. With the help of TEK Ambulance of Crystal Lake and several businesses from that area, Oaken Acres unveiled its animal ambulance at an open house July 16.

Northern Illinois University plans a multi-year centennial celebration, beginning on the 100th anniversary of its 1895 charter and continuing five years through the 100th anniversary of the enrollment of Northern’s first class in 1899.

– The MidWeek

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