Looking Back

Looking Back: Aug. 13, 2014

The Prescott Building at Sixth Street and Lincoln Highway in DeKalb in 1941.  To the right (east) of the building is the Fargo Theatre complex. Thanks to the Joiner History Room for the photo.
The Prescott Building at Sixth Street and Lincoln Highway in DeKalb in 1941.  To the right (east) of the building is the Fargo Theatre complex. Thanks to the Joiner History Room for the photo.


August 14, 1889

When finished, Alida Young Temple will be dedicated by a banquet and entertainment on a scale in keeping with the generosity and enterprise of the two orders which have erected this magnificent structure.

The Sycamore Electric Light Company started up last evening, and most of the city’s business places will hereafter be lighted by electricity.

Mr. Hans Fielseth is building a residence on the street which runs from DeKalb Avenue south to the east side of the cemetery.

Fred Waterman leaves on Monday for a month at Twin Lakes, Wis., where he goes to escape the hay fever which annually claims him for one of its victims.

Miss Claire Lattin sends word from California that she is too delighted with the climate of the coast state to leave it and return to the irksome duties of school teaching for the next year, so she tenders her resignation as teacher.

The Standard Oil Company has been foiled in its efforts to form a national gas trust. There are some natural products that this great monopoly cannot corner, one of which is natural gas.

The water in the Rock River is lower than it has been for a dozen years, and the manufactories at Rockford are suffering much inconvenience, several of them being obliged to shut down for want of water power.

The knapsack, by which the weight of the burden is transferred to the hips from the shoulders, has been under trial for some time by the War Department. So favorable have been the reports from officers testing it that 2,000 have been ordered for use in the army.


August 12, 1914

A bold burglary was committed in Paul Feustel’s saloon nine miles east of Sycamore Wednesday night, when two men who arrived in a Ford automobile broke into the building and stole four cases of whisky, two cases of beer and 90 cents from the telephone money box.

A cablegram on Sunday announced that Miss Ruth Rumely of Sycamore is safe and well in Italy. Miss Rumely had been in Germany, in the midst of the war zone. As Italy is neutral. Miss Rumely will be able to sail from that country. W.M. McAllister, wife and daughter of Sycamore were reported safe in England and were to sail Saturday from Liverpool.

A farmer residing near Milledgeville was struck by a train and thrown to his death while he was driving an automobile. He was blind in the right eye and could not see the approaching train, and was unable to hear the warning calls of onlookers because of his deafness.

Oscar Johnson of DeKalb was buried by a cave-in while digging in the sewer ditch Friday. The ditch was down 10 feet and it was feared he had been killed. When he was finally liberated, to the surprise of everybody, Johnson got onto his feet, filled and lighted his pipe and indicated he was ready to resume work. He was calmer than the onlookers.


August 16, 1939

DeKalb County has joined Kane in the forming of an organization to safeguard funds appropriated by the state legislature for the construction of superhighways and to prevent any attempt to use the money for any purposes other than the construction of highways.

Illinois sheriffs are committed to a campaign that has as its objective the abolition of the law that prevents an incumbent of that office from succeeding himself. This action, looking toward the time when a sheriff can stay in office as often as he can be elected, was taken at a meeting in Peoria last week.

The National Bank & Trust Co. announced on Sept. 1 it will provide a new service, a night deposit system. There has been installed in front of the bank a chute leading to a safe in the basement.

Charles Emerson, Rockford convict whose escape from the state penitentiary at Joliet caused a wild hunt through DeKalb, Boone, and Winnebago counties, was peacefully captured early Friday morning by prison guards who formed a reception committee at his home.

More than 80 young people attended the county youth “dry” rally in the Cortland Methodist church Tuesday evening.

Efforts to save the Sycamore Preserve Works and continue it as a packing and processing industry go on, as the time for the sale ordered by the United States District draws near.

DeKalb County elementary schools got a break this week when the state sent additional funds of $2,458 to pay money owed from 1931, 1932 and 1933.


August 12, 1964

The ruined Alida Young Temple will be removed within a few weeks. The vacant space will then be fenced in until a time comes when something is done with the land.

A Sycamore woman was injured and her car severely damaged last Friday just before noon in an accident involving a truck on Center Cross Street. Faulty brakes are reported to have caused the mishap.

Little green cans lettered “Goldwater” arrived in Sycamore late last week. Personal inspection discloses they contain half orange juice and half lemonade. This old timer doesn’t recall any campaign in his lifetime where an appeal for votes came in cans.

A Sycamore woman reported to police Monday that she could not find her car and perhaps it had been stolen. For the next half hour, she rode in the new police car while searching for the missing vehicle. When she wearied of the search and police took her home, they found the car there in her garage. It was then she remembered that, because it was a nice day, she had decided to walk downtown.

– Sycamore True Republican


August 16, 1989

Property owners in downtown DeKalb are showing great interest in no-interest loans from the city to improve the appearance of their buildings.

Lingering contract disputes between the DeKalb Classroom Teachers Association and school board need to be settled at the bargaining table.

– The MidWeek

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