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Looking Back for April 5, 2017

In 1883, Harriet and Mary Ellwood took a Grand Tour of Europe with their school friend, Jane Addams. Standing (from left) are Harriet Ellwood, Jane Addams, Sarah Hostetter, Mary Ellwood. Seated (from left) are Alida Ellwood and Anna Haldeman Addams. Photo courtesy of the University of Illinois at Chicago.
In 1883, Harriet and Mary Ellwood took a Grand Tour of Europe with their school friend, Jane Addams. Standing (from left) are Harriet Ellwood, Jane Addams, Sarah Hostetter, Mary Ellwood. Seated (from left) are Alida Ellwood and Anna Haldeman Addams. Photo courtesy of the University of Illinois at Chicago.

1917 – 100 YEARS AGO

Sheriff James Scott of Sycamore was in DeKalb the later part of last week serving papers and getting jurymen for the next term of court. The sheriff said that at this time he has about 13 prisoners at his boarding place, and according to all information this number may be increased by a few. He also had one die while in his care, and this, he says is something out of the ordinary.

Wednesday and Thursday of this week are the two dates set aside by the horseshoers of the state for the annual convention which will be held at Aurora.

On last week Tuesday morning fire broke out at the Frank Carlson home in East Kingston, and before help could arrive it burned to the ground.

The old Holcomb-Dutton lumber yard in DeKalb at the corner of Seventh and Oak streets is to be utilized after the first of April and some improvements are to be made. A large junk dealer of Chicago has leased the place and will come to DeKalb to start a junk business. The sheds and buildings have been vacated and will be used for the business.

Within a few days two valuable horses have died at Elva. One was a driving horse, the property of Grant Mosher and the other was an animal of value which belonged to William Schalk. Its death was caused by blood-poisoning from a rusty nail scratch.

Ed Gallagher believes in the Oldsmobile and to substantiate this statement he and George Deane went to Chicago this morning to drive out one of the latest models of this particular car. The two men went in this morning and will get back here sometime this evening with the new boat, not relying on the railroads for transportation.

The flagstaff at the DeKalb fire station was fixed up today at the instigation of His Honor, and is now ready for the new flag purchased a few days ago. The pole has been repainted, and new rondes put in, and from now on the flag will be raised and lowered from the street instead of from the upstairs window, thus saving much wear and tear on the flag.

The large sign at the corner of First and Lincoln Highway in DeKalb, advertising the Foiles garage, was taken off the Ruby property today and placed in the park. Telephone linemen did the work.

1942 – 75 YEARS AGO

The Lincoln Highway is again Route 30, signs designating the famous route as alternate U.S. 30 being erected during the past few days. For years, the Lincoln Highway through Illinois carried the official designation of U.S. 30. A few years ago, during a revamping of the highway system in the state, the number 30 was given to the former Route 71 and the Lincoln Highway was given the designation of U.S. Route 330. A few months ago, Governor Dwight H. Green announced that he had issued an order designating the Lincoln Highway in Illinois as Alternate U.S. 30 and signs to this effect are now being erected.

The overhead on Locust Street, about midway between Fourth and Sixth Streets, which has been connecting the former Steel Company buildings location on each side of the street, is to be torn down. The city is tearing down the overhead and will salvage as much of the wood and other material as possible as the means of defraying the cost of wrecking the structure. The city is tearing down the overhead as a result of an agreement reached between T. E. Courtney of the Northern Illinois Corporation, which will operate a defense plant in the former Steel Company building on the north side of the street, and Dave Katz of the Fourth Street Motor Sales, owner of the building which the defense plant will occupy.

The Farmers Implement Company that was located in the former American Steel and Wire Company building on Locust street in DeKalb has moved to the garage which was recently vacated by Arthur Taylor on the southwest corner of Fourth and Locust Streets. The move was made so as to make room for the new tank track factory that is to open in the near future. The first floor of the new quarters will be used for the display and repair of farm equipment while the second floor is being used to store new cars that can only be sold through rationing. Farm machinery can be sold without rationing but dealers are having a tough time getting their orders filled.

Another sign of spring was found at the DeKalb fire station today. Firemen were called to the first grass fire in 1942 yesterday afternoon. The grass fire occurred in vacant lots in the 800 block of South Second Street.

1967 – 50 YEARS AGO

All school districts in Illinois would be required to offer kindergarten classes for five half days per week under a proposal approved Monday by the School Problems Commission.

Under cover of night the bodies of President John F. Kennedy and his two dead children were moved about 20 feet to their permanent graves in Arlington National Cemetery.

Progress on the DeKalb Episcopal Church, building being built in the northwest part of the city is taking shape. The new structure is being readied for occupancy in early summer.

Second grade teacher Mrs. Marge Johnson at Sycamore Southeast School devised an incubator and feeder arrangement to instruct youngsters about chick hatching. The class has been studying a unit on animals for the past few weeks.

DeKalb police have asked parents and residents to caution children not to throw snowballs at pedestrians or cars because of the apparent danger of injuring someone.

1992 – 25 YEARS AGO

Derrick Boddy said a simple concept for getting a house cheaply may not have been tried in the United States. That is, until he tries it in Sandwich. Boddy, owner of Sterling Self-Bild, is about to launch a European do-it-yourself method of getting your own house. He said under the idea, known as self-build, groups of people build their own houses then buy them at less-than-market-value prices.

Except for a few protected fields the winter wheat has failed in DeKalb County, Extension Adviser Dave Whitson says, “Most of our wheat is gone. The death occurred back in November with the very first cold snap.”

Northern Illinois University’s Steel Band, the first American college performance group built around West Indian steel drums, has exported the sounds of “pan” to the Republic of China. The 20-member band, founded in 1973, left Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport for Taiwan.

Landon Faivre was crowned DeKalb’s newest state wrestling champion when the Huntley Middle School eighth grader won the 125-pound weight class at the DeKalb High School-hosted Illinois Elementary School Association State Wrestling Tournament.

– Compiled by the Joiner History Room, DeKalb County Archives.

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