Looking Back

Looking Back: Sept. 3, 2014

Two men move a switchboard from the Leich Electric Co. in Genoa in this undated photo. Leich manufactured telephones, switchboards, and other equipment in Genoa in the early 1900s. Thanks to the Kishwaukee Valley Heritage Society for the photo.
Two men move a switchboard from the Leich Electric Co. in Genoa in this undated photo. Leich manufactured telephones, switchboards, and other equipment in Genoa in the early 1900s. Thanks to the Kishwaukee Valley Heritage Society for the photo.


September 4, 1899

Miss Tempie Fairclo entertained a jolly party of her friends Friday evening.

That was a great game of base ball between the Sycamore and Genoa clubs at the Sycamore fairgrounds. ...The score stood 7 to 2 in favor of the visiting sluggers. Our boys then got down to business and pounded them all over the diamond until the Genoa club lost their nerve and threw up the game at the beginning of the eighth inning with the score 28 to 12 against them.

Just before leaving for the east last week I.L. Ellwood placed an order with the DeKalb Mill for 175 sacks of their best flour to be distributed among the men in his employ. No employer of labor in the state stands better with his men than Mr. Ellwood.

The $2,000 bonds issued to raise money to build a town hall at Maple Park, at 7 percent interest, were sold on Wednesday to Mr. Jacob Haish of DeKalb, who agreed to take the whole issue at 6 1/2 percent.

Of the 478 students just graduated from the school of medicine of the Boston University, nearly one-half were women.

There are 200,000 people in the United States who have artificial legs or hands. This number does not include veterans of the Union or Confederate army.

The only house ever built by George Washington at the capital city of our nation is still standing in Washington City. It is now used as a hotel.


September 2, 1914

Over 1,000 people witnessed exciting motorcycle races at which Ole Olson of Sycamore won over Ottawa, Elgin and DeKalb racers for the first three prizes. He won about everything there was to win and everything in which he entered.

Two more attendants have fled from the Elgin State hospital after the start of Superintendent H.J. Gahagan’s “house cleaning campaign” at the institution. Warrants have been issued for the men, charged with brutality to patients.

From the Chicago Tribune: Perhaps the pluckiest woman on the ship was Miss Mary R. Whitman, a teacher at the DeKalb Normal School in DeKalb, Ill., who successfully piloted a party of 14 schoolgirls through a hedge of bayonets at Munich, bulldozed railway guards, threatened bank cashiers, and cajoled steamship officials, to return the girls under her charge to America from the war zone.

For the eighth time, the Kingston post office has been burglarized. Burglars pried open the front door with a chisel, broke open the safe, and abstracted about $40 in postage stamps in book form. They did not take the cash or stamps in sheets.

Physicians at Columbia University and the University of Wisconsin state that country school children are anywhere from 10 to 20 percent more unhealthy than city school children. ...The disadvantages in the city in respect to congested conditions, smoke, noise, and the like were more than offset by the lack of appreciation in country places for practically all the sanitary requirements for health and strength.

The greatest battle ever fought has resulted in a great and perhaps a decisive victory for the Russians over the Austrian armies.


September 6, 1939

Graduates of Sycamore High School last June began their assault on the citadels of higher learning this month. Approximately one-third are continuing in school. A number of boys and girls are finding work on the home farm, however, the general trend seems to be an ambition for higher education.

With Mrs. Lynn Buell and her son David on their way home from war-torn Europe on the neutral Italian ship Rex and Miss Margareta Faissler believed to be on the same boat, others in DeKalb County are anxiously awaiting news from their loved ones. The Rex, with rates increased 25 percent, crowded with Americans, left Genoa, Italy, Friday morning.

The Loyal Order of Moose dropped the word “dictator” from its rituals and titles, saying world events have brought the term “into disrepute.” Delegates to the organization’s annual convention voted unanimously to abandon the word and designate the heads of lodges and high elected offices as governors.

Fear among some Sycamore housewives that there would be a shortage in sugar and flour as the result of the European war caused an increased demand for those commodities this week.


September 2, 1964

Arthur E. and Alice Mae Freeburg and John L. Schubitz of Maple Park have been issued corporation papers in forming a small industry to be known at the Little Caboose Coach Co., Inc. Little Caboose Coaches are the popular camper-type of vehicle many people use for touring and camping these days.

Since Central Grade School in Sycamore has only 12 classrooms and two sections of each grade 1 through 6, it has been necessary to provide room for Central kindergarten pupils at the West School Annex.

Two Sycamore girls, Terry Amundsen and Kristine Peterson, were among the thousands of happy teenagers who jammed the huge International Amphitheater in Chicago Saturday evening and enjoyed the hilarity of the Beatles show. ...They couldn’t hear them. No one could, because their appearance on the stage broke the tension of the long wait and the throngs of youngsters let off steam with a pandemonium of noise such as has never before been heard in the Amphitheater and may never shatter those rafters again.

– Sycamore True Republican


September 6, 1989

Calling it the “most impressionable and desirable entrance into town,” DeKalb city planners have issued preliminary ideas for controlling development on Annie Glidden Road.

The director of the North Central Narcotics Task Force is applauding local law enforcement officials for their participation in “numerous felony-level drug investigations” in DeKalb County.

– The MidWeek

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