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Looking Back for Jan. 11, 2017

Harvesting open pollinated seed near DeKalb for the DeKalb Agricultural Association.  Harvested seed was placed in boxes and leaded onto a skid pulled by a team of horses, circa 1920. Thanks to the DeKalb Area Agricultural Heritage Association (DAAHA) for the photo.
Harvesting open pollinated seed near DeKalb for the DeKalb Agricultural Association. Harvested seed was placed in boxes and leaded onto a skid pulled by a team of horses, circa 1920. Thanks to the DeKalb Area Agricultural Heritage Association (DAAHA) for the photo.

1917 – 100 YEARS AGO

Mail Carrier Wolcott was also another victim of the slippery walks the first of the week, and as a result is off duty for a week or ten days. Mr. Wolcott was on South Second Street one afternoon and fell and in so doing fractured one rib and otherwise injured himself. He was able to get to the doctor’s office and have the fracture reduced and was then taken home.

Pat Riley, who has occasion to do much work in St. Mary’s cemetery made a find the other day that was a good one. Mr. Riley was excavating out in the cemetery for a grave and came across an old Indian relic which is one used for farming purposes. The stone is now in possession of Dr. J. M. Postle and according to him was used by the Indians for planting corn and other small grains. It has one long and also a short prong on for a deep and narrow furrow. Mr. Riley says that the handle was on which he discovered it, but dropped to pieces when he attempted to pick it up.

Under the auspices of the Afton Better Community club, a basketball team has been organized. Its first game was played Tuesday evening with Waterman and the score was 27-18 in favor of Waterman. The Afton boys have had very little practice, but are expecting to meet regularly from now on for work.

The ice harvest had been started on two or three different occasions in the past week, but had to be held up on account of the break in the weather. The snap today gave them all hopes and work of putting up the frozen cakes of water started after dinner. One man said that if the cold spell continued for about a week, all the dealers would about complete the work.

Dr. J. S. Rankin was called to the station last night as the 11:32 train arrived and told to hurry. On arriving there it was found that Mrs. Isadore Sorkins had fallen out of an upper berth into the aisle. The train did not stop but a few moments, and the physician made a hurried examination, but found no broken bones.

Gus Kirchner proprietor of Kirchner’s Drug Store buys a Ford with 7,230 Buffalo nickels. January 1, 1916, Mr. Kirchner started saving Buffalo nickels. Every Buffalo nickel that was presented at the store was saved. In one year’s time he collected 7,568 with 7,230 he bought a Ford roadster. The car will be used for delivery purposes.

1942 – 75 YEARS AGO

The Charter Coach Company today was issued a temporary certificate by the Illinois Commerce Commission to operate motor bus service until May 20, 1942, between DeKalb, Sycamore, Genoa, Marengo, Woodstock, McHenry, Volo, Round Lake, Grays Lake, and Waukegan.

An appeal to the people of this community to provide food for birds which are spending the winter in this area was made today by a number of the bird-lovers of the community. When the ground is covered with snow the birds find it difficult to secure food. Crumbs which are scattered on the snow will be most welcome and other food should be placed in trees or other spots where dogs and cars will not be able to get at the stuff.

The Hinckley Review, published for the last year by Howard T. Sandstadt, who purchased the paper from Mrs. Theodore Klein, widow of the former publisher, became the property of W. W. Fralick of Chicago, effective yesterday.

The restaurant in downtown Sycamore once known as Hickey’s Café, more recently owned and operated by Carl Keilman, Jr., has been sold. Ernest Luxton of Belvidere is the new owner. Keilman bought the café early last year from Ralph Hickey. Hickey has decided to return to his hometown of Sandwich.

Sycamore highway enthusiasts are in an optimistic mood today. They think it is highly possible that Route 64 might be widened from Chicago to the Mississippi River as a war measure.

The rabbit hunt held in the Genoa forest preserve, sponsored by the Genoa Sportsman’s Club, was a decided success. The rabbits were plentiful and 117 rabbits were killed by twenty shooters, who were ably assisted by fifteen persons who drove the rabbits into the clearing.

DeKalb’s part in The Victory Book Campaign, a national drive being sponsored by the American Library Association, the Red Cross, and the United Service Organizations to secure books for soldiers, sailors, and marines, was enthusiastically launched last evening at the DeKalb Public Library.

1967 – 50 YEARS AGO

A senior North Vietnamese diplomat said today Hanoi might be willing to hold direct peace talks with the United States if Washington ordered a “definitive and unconditional cessation” of the bombings of North Vietnam.

In its last meeting, Sycamore Park Board made a minor change in season fees, raising the charge for a family member from $5 to $10.

Sycamore Police Department is again processing a large number of parking meter violation warrants. Anyone receiving notice of overdue tickets would benefit by prompt action, since the parking meter division is going down a list in initiating court action.

Sixteen Audubon members in the bird census at the first of the year identified a new high of 42 species, the largest number in the seven years of counting. The bird feeder near Kingston on the Kishwaukee River attracts many birds.

In recognition of Ideal Industries’ 50th anniversary celebration, a brief history of the industry has been given. The founding of Ideal Industries, Inc. by J. Walter Becker in the year 1916 was centered around a single product involving the maintenance of D. C. electric motors. Mr. Becker identified a need for a better method of commutator maintenance and began working on the idea.

1992 – 25 YEARS AGO

A lot of firsts for the New Year are happening this week; among them the first alleged vehicle theft in DeKalb for 1992. A salesman told police that a man came into Tom Sparks Buick, 216 South First Street and said he wanted to test drive and possibly buy a 1983 two-door hatchback Honda Accord. The salesman said he was busy and did not check the driver’s license or identification of the man and gave him the keys to the car. This morning the car had not been recovered.

Some 35 recipients of Illinois State Public Aid grants have joined the work force and left the welfare rolls, thanks to a special Kishwaukee College program. On a local level, Kishwaukee has been responsible for a total of $161,568 in savings to taxpayers.

President Bush collapsed at his seat at the state dinner at Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa’s official residence. He was taken to Akasaka Palace and said the president was fine, but suffering from a bout of the flu.

About 35 employees of PhytoFarms, Inc. in DeKalb have been told they may not have a job Monday as officials race the clock to find new financing to keep the aquatic vegetable farm afloat. According to officials there, PhytoFarms is the only business of its kind in the world and has been the producer of vegetables grown in water for more than 10 years in DeKalb.

– Compiled by the Joiner History Room, DeKalb County Archives

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