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Looking Back: Dec. 17, 2014

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The second grade at Old Central School in Sycamore, circa 1892. Standing are A.J. Blanchard, superintendent, and Gertrude Peters, teacher. Thanks to the Sycamore History Museum for the photo.
Photo provided The second grade at Old Central School in Sycamore, circa 1892. Standing are A.J. Blanchard, superintendent, and Gertrude Peters, teacher. Thanks to the Sycamore History Museum for the photo.


December 18, 1889

A large number of Swedish-Americans, with their families, have left DeKalb lately for Rockford, where they are working in furniture factories of which they have purchased enough stock to have a controlling influence.

Mount Vesuvius is in active eruption.

After agitating the question for several months, on Monday the Sycamore city council succeeded in passing an ordinance to regulate the storage of gasoline within the city.

Fifteen thousand persons are suffering from influenza in Berlin.

The mild spring-like weather, with its clouds, fog, rain and mud until you can’t navigate, continues and seems to get more so, if these conditions have not already reached their superlative degree.

It has been scientifically estimated that the fuel supply beneath the surface of the earth is only 6 billion tons. The public may look for another advance in the price of coal.

It is said there are 48 languages and dialects spoken in Mexico.

Walter McMurchy and Henry Fox have finished corn husking and made their advent into the school room. We very much admire the determination of these young men to put every minute of their time into school that is possible for them.


December 16, 1914

The stern hand of the law has again been laid heavily on the shoulder of Moses Brown.

Frank Sparrow, a well-known citizen of Sycamore, has been acting queerly again.

There is apparently no abatement of the alarm of farmers over the hoof and mouth disease in DeKalb County. Although farms infected have been quarantined, and animals with symptoms of the disease or known to have been exposed have been slaughtered, the disease breaks out in some other locality.

George Nichols hasn’t yet recovered from his fright occasioned when the wagon he was driving was struck by the Caledonia passenger train Monday.

Now that smallpox is prevalent and hoof and mouth disease is rampant, dogs are regarded as especially dangerous. The mayor of Harvard ordered to the city marshal to give the owner of each dog in the city notice to kill the animal.

An 8-inch crack has opened in the Kirkland school bell.

A lot of people are coughing, blowing their noses and sneezing these days, and people at public gatherings feel like suggesting the afflicted “muffle their exhausts.”

The cold wave which came on Monday entailed more suffering because it was so sudden. The weather had previously been moderate, but on Monday, in only 24 hours it went from 38 degrees above zero to 9 below. Last winter, the lowest temperature and first severe cold weather did not come until February.


December 20, 1939

Destruction of the newly placed signs on the blacktop roads has begun. Fred O. Larson, the county superintendent of highways, says that when discovered the culprits will face serious charges.

One of the resolutions adopted by the state grange condemns rural taverns as a distinct menace to morals and asks legislation to limit the licensing of taverns and saloons to incorporated cities and villages.

Burglars and robbers were perniciously active in Sycamore and vicinity over the weekend.

The county will have five trucks for pushing snow plows. Three of these will be in DeKalb, one at Shabbona, and one at Sandwich.

Christmas parties given by local manufacturing plants and business concerns this week are making the holiday season a joyous occasion. Bonuses have been given in some instances, while at other places gifts have been made to employees.

The basement of the DeKalb County courthouse is going to be cleaned up. For a basement, it’s clean; but there has accumulated in the 35 years the courthouse has stood this, that and the other for which there is no apparent use.


December 16, 1964

What should be an extraordinarily interesting debate is anticipated tomorrow evening, when a Birch Society speaker will cross words with a strong follower of the Democratic way of life.

It will be very difficult for the owner of a Mayfield farm, his tenant and his family to follow the advice on their Christmas cards and be merry this year. That group was plunged into gloom Saturday when savage flames burned down the main buildings, other than the home, on the farm.

Lodge history was made last evening when the Sycamore Lodge of the Independent Order of the Oddfellows 105 joined with DeKalb’s lodge number 155 to form a large new lodge.

If ignorance is bliss, why aren’t more people jumping for joy?

– Sycamore True Republican


The city of DeKalb and the town of Cortland have agreed in court that a portion of the DeKalb-Taylor Municipal Airport is located within Cortland’s municipal limits, and that DeKalb owes its neighbor $1,089 in property taxes.

One NIU student lost everything in a Dec. 14 Greek Row fire, but firefighters were able to save another’s marriage license for her Dec. 16 wedding.

He’s the great impostor and the world’s greatest con artist. He’s Frank Abagnale, and he will be the featured speaker at the Jan. 8 DeKalb County Cattleman’s Association banquet.

The Kingston Post Office has arranged with Santa Claus for a special Santa Express to deliver gifts on Christmas Eve. Santa will drive the Santa Express, and will deliver gifts to homes in Kingston and the rural route the office serves.

– The MidWeek

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