1917 – 100 YEARS AGO
Mrs. Matilda Ambrosia, living on South Fourth Street, told an interesting story to a Chronicle reporter yesterday. It seems that in the early days Mrs. Ambrosia was an army nurse during the early Indian trouble and lived in Minnesota. She recalled vividly scenes of her early life when she came in contact with Buffalo Bill, William F. Cody, and that world renowned personage protected her home on many occasions.
The various delivery wagons of the city experienced some trouble in getting around today. The snow was drifting high in some places, and it was some time difficult to get started. More than one car had to be pushed out of a pile of snow.
The fire department received a call from the tower of the North Western line that a car of cinders near the Spring Valley crossing was afire, and their help was needed. The boys hooked up in a hurry and went out to the crossing and found a car of cinders burning at a fierce rate. It was necessary to chop a hole in the side of the car, remove some of the ashes and then flood the car for some time with the big hose. After about an hour’s work they considered the cinders would not ignite for the rest of the night and returned to the barn.
On account of the steam plant at the Northwestern station being on the blink the past few days, Station Agent Allen ordered a stove set up for a few days. The addition of this heating equipment came in handy the past couple of days.
There is a slight case of chicken pox now at the Nashold home and for that reason the home on John Street has been placed in quarantine. The afflicted person is not seriously sick and has but a slight case, but the quarantine law must be observed as a means of precaution. It is not probable that the home will be under quarantine for a long period.
According to the estimates of the Washington census bureau which are just out there were 9,482 persons in DeKalb on the first of July of last year. The census estimate is supposed to be pretty accurate so we can feel that DeKalb is well along to the 10,000 class. If we could find some way to increase our population to get into the five figure class we would be a real metropolis.
1942 – 75 YEARS AGO
At 8:45 o’clock this morning the DeKalb Fire Company has enjoyed a 24-hour period without a fire call. That is news because the company had its nineteenth call in thirteen days yesterday morning.
Mrs. Emily Fox, living at 809 North Twelfth Street, does not get about much but she is doing her share in winning the war. Despite the fact that she is past 80 years of age and is somewhat incapacitated because of her age, she is one of the most active Red Cross knitters in this city. She is setting a pace that many of the knitters of less than half her age will find it difficult to maintain. Mrs. Fox is now working on her 31st Red Cross sweater. That is a record which should be the envy of many a Red Cross knitter.
Ice skating has again become a popular winter sport and during the past few days the Teachers College pond has been crowded with skaters. The college pond is not the only popular spot for skaters. The artificial pond on the Everett playground, near the Haish school, is also well patronized at the present time.
The Clinton-Afton Red Cross Chapter has received a special notice from the headquarters of the Red Cross at Sycamore that the quota for a special drive will be $300. Contributions taken to the Waterman State Bank will be greatly appreciated.
How DeKalb County farmers can boost food-for-freedom production and at the same time take care of their soil in 1942 will be the theme of a mid-winter meeting on soil improvement and erosion control at the Jarboe Hall in DeKalb.
Carole Lombard is killed in plane tragedy.
Dr. Floyd E. Duncan will open his offices in Waterman. Dr. Duncan comes from Belvidere where he has been practicing. His family will move to Waterman and occupy the Cynthia Roberts home. Dr. Duncan will have his offices in the Whitford building having three rooms adjoining the offices of Dr. Herrick.
1967 – 50 YEARS AGO
Northern Illinois University officials announced the receipt of a $429,872 federal matching grant to go toward school of nursing facilities in the proposed Charles E. Montgomery Hall. The school’s quarters will be constructed in a wing of the biological sciences building and above a 100-seat auditorium.
Extension of the Illinois tollway to DeKalb and possibly to Rock Island was discussed in Springfield.
Thank goodness for little things! Due to the fast attack procedure, possible with DeKalb’s new fire truck, a two-story single dwelling frame house was saved from complete destruction.
Recently construction on the Brickville Road in Sycamore, was the Sycamore Township building, which houses the maintenance equipment and two offices for township use. The building is built out of gray cement block. Large maintenance entrance doors face the east and the entrance to the office is also located on that side of the building.
U.S. B52 bombers today attached North Vietnamese troop concentrations in the demilitarized zone (DMZ), and it was learned that the mighty Stratofortresses now are stationed at a new base in Thailand.
1992 – 25 YEARS AGO
Approximately 125 workers at the Del Monte Foods tray pack division in DeKalb were told by company officials that the division was going to be permanently shut down and they would be out of a job.
Genoa-Kingston High School students may be offered success to a new 20-station IBM computer laboratory as early as the end of this school year.
The end of the Persian Gulf War and a stagnant U. S. economy held inflation to a five-year low on 3.1 percent in 1991.
Although DeKalb will not be host to the annual Drum Corp Midwest’s (DCM) championship show in August, DCM officials have agreed to bring their June all-star show to the city for the first time.
An agreement between the DeKalb County Board and Contel Cellular will allow the telephone company to use a portion of the sheriff department’s communications tower to help boost its signals to its cellular phone users.
DeKalb officials recently made the final payment of the $116,500 Egyptian Theatre facelift that took more than one year to complete.
– Compiled by the Joiner History Room, DeKalb County Archives.