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Looking Back: August 6, 2014

The Chicago, Burlington & Quincy railroad, 2 1/2 miles south of Shabbona enroute to Paw Paw. Thanks to the Joiner History Room for the photo.
The Chicago, Burlington & Quincy railroad, 2 1/2 miles south of Shabbona enroute to Paw Paw. Thanks to the Joiner History Room for the photo.


August 9, 1899

About the item going the rounds in the papers that the 17-year locusts will appear in northern Illinois this year, we have to say that they were here in 1888 and will not be here again until 1905.

Probably the most terrible deed ever committed by the hand of man in DeKalb County was that which was committed in a little farm house southeast of Cortland village last Saturday evening, when a man deliberately shot his former wife dead and then killed himself in the same manner.

William K. Vanderbilt Jr. made 3 1/2 miles in six minutes in an automobile at Newport, R.I.

The world’s bicycle record for 1,000 miles was broken in Minneapolis by A.A. Hansen, who covered the distance in 92 hours and 44 minutes.

The Yaquis Indians in Mexico are on the war path and have killed 50 Americans and Mexicans near Ortiz.

Eddie Peterson had an experience at the canning factory last Saturday that came near ending his existence on this terrestrial sphere.


August 5, 1914

P.M. Alden of Sycamore, agent for the two principal steamship lines, has received notice to sell no more tickets for passage to or from Europe, because of the great European war impending. ...It is announced that the government will undertake to secure enough vessels to bring all citizens of the United States marooned in Europe home to this country, if they are unable to secure passage by other means.

Deep grief came to Mr. and Mrs. Swen Stenstrom on Monday when their baby son, 15 months, left in charge of his little brother for a few minutes, tipped head first into a jar of water and drowned.

Although the weather is always hot and often dry in July, this year broke all records for heat and drought.

The Woodstock-Genoa gasoline car started from Genoa at 10 o’clock as scheduled, but at Chamberlain corner, the engineer was unable to develop enough power to round the curve. The car was run back to Genoa, and the passengers were brought to Sycamore in the company’s automobile, arriving about 1:30 a.m.

Andrew Miller, the dealer in confectionery and soft drinks, departed Monday for the country of his nativity, Greece. He returns voluntarily to do what he considers his duty and enter the army.

The great question, after all, is whether Sycamore is a community or a freight station.

The government has sent $100 million of currency to New York to aid the national banks. Restrictions which limit the issue of currency under the Aldrich-Vreeland law to $500 million would be removed by an amendment to the banking act agreed upon Monday by the senate and house banking committees.


August 9, 1939

Cash! Beautiful gifts! Fame! All these will belong to the winners of the Baby Bathing Beauty contest to be held on the stage of the Fargo Theatre on Thursday evening. Every young lady between the ages of 2 and 5 in Sycamore is eligible to enter this contest to find “Miss Sycamore of 1950.”

Four Rochelle boys questioned by state’s attorney Latham Castle Thursday on the theft of ornamental hybrid corn signs have been disciplined. They were admonished about the evils of appropriating the property of others, told to remain home after 9 o’clock each night except Saturday, and to report to the Rochelle chief of police once a week for three months.

Lawrence Rogers of Aurora was slightly hurt and his car badly damaged when he drove into a telephone pole on East High Street Sunday night. The pole was sheared off.

Efforts to prevent cars from parking along Route 23 near Hopkins Park, a dangerous spot, are being made by Sheriff Runnells. He said the law permits the parking of vehicles on the shoulder of a highway in the case of an emergency, but it does not contemplate the use of the shoulder as a regular parking spot.

Provision for women jurors serving in DeKalb County courts of record will be made at the September meeting of the board of supervisors, but what this provision will be has not been worked out.

The old City Hotel property and the large barn in the rear at Main and Emmett streets, Genoa, will be torn down and replaced with a modern super service station. The City Hotel was built by Henry Durham about 97 years ago; the bricks were made from clay deposits found in the northeast part of the village, and most of the lumber was hewn from native timber.


August 5, 1964

Bo, a 9-year-old Boston bull terrier of Belvidere, buys his own ice cream daily. Every afternoon, when the roaming ice cream chariot sounds its warning, Bo’s owner wraps a dime in a bit of paper. Bo takes the dime in his mouth and scurries to the curb, where the vendor prepares him an ice cream cone.

The Quinn building being removed from the Standard Oil filling station at State and Main will not be entirely destroyed. Contractor Paul Swedberg will knock off the second story of the building and haul the first floor away, intact, to South Locust Street, where he will make a headquarters building out of it for his own business.

– Sycamore True Republican


August 9, 1989

Pinkerton security guards have been released from duty at a six-story apartment complex in DeKalb, where a malfunctioning fire alarm system and numerous life-safety violations forced city officials to place the building under a fire watch three weeks ago.

Kirkland civic leaders have embarked on an ambitious effort to honor those who have served in the armed forces and to build something other people will want to visit. A $60,000 fundraising effort will start Aug. 15 for the construction of a Northern Illinois Veteran’s Memorial.

– The MidWeek

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