1917 – 100 YEARS AGO
The Creamery Package Company of DeKalb has secured an express car and will make a shipment of a refrigerator outfit from DeKalb to New York City either today or tomorrow.
Thomas Bennett, living at 717 South Second Street, has just been granted a patent on a railroad tie, on which he has been working for the last 18 months. The tie as perfected by Mr. Bennett is claimed to possess all the advantages of the wooden tie and under ordinary circumstances will last many years longer. The new tie is made of a wood filler, which is chemically treated to insure its lasting qualities, and the outside is a galvanized sheet iron strip, riveted together, to prevent breaking or pulling apart.
The highway commissioners of Mayfield will hold an election for the purpose of borrowing money to defray one-half of the cost of the Mayfield Bridge, one and one-half miles west of Sycamore on the state road.
The city of Sandwich seems to be having considerable trouble these days over the question of drainage and surface water there. On account of alleged damage to water the city has been restrained by an injunction from allowing the surface water to empty into the drainage on the south side of town. According to claims made, the surface water is greater than the drainage tile will handle and the water backs up and ruins property.
Quarantine was lifted this morning from the home of Mason Hooker on Cross Street in Sycamore where Mrs. Hooker and children have been ill for several weeks with scarlet fever.
The residents of North Second Street in DeKalb can heave a sigh of relief, inasmuch as steps have been taken to remove the hitching posts which have been a menace to health in the neighborhood since being put in last summer.
The Standard Oil Company announces today that a filling station has been installed at Quinn & Farley’s garage at the corner of Fourth and Locust Streets in DeKalb. The oil company will endeavor to keep a good supply of oils and gasoline, etc. on hand at all times, and will make a special effort to keep a goodly supply of lubricating oil there.
A new flag was placed on the flag staff at the DeKalb post office this morning by Jack Smith. This makes several new ones that have been raised within the past few days.
1942 – 75 YEARS AGO
City workers were experimenting this morning at Tenth and Pleasant Streets in DeKalb in determining the advisability of removing the rails on North Tenth Street. There are several hundred feet of track remaining from the old DeKalb-Sycamore street car line and these may be removed in the near future. The government is in great need at the present time of steel and the city can sell the rails to help defray the expense of taking up the track and making the necessary street repairs.
City workmen have completed the tearing down of the overhead bridge on Locust Street, between Fourth and Sixth Streets, that once connected the two plants owned by the American Steel and Wire Company. Although the wrecking has been completed the enclosing of the entrances on both sides remains to be finished.
DeKalb will hold its first test blackout this week, Mayor Huge J. Hakala, chairman of the Civilian Defense Council for DeKalb, received word from the war department today stating it had granted the city’s request to hold a test blackout for that night.
Raleigh Larson of DeKalb has leased the greenhouse business known in the past as Sycamore Greenhouses. The new owner opened for business Saturday. He is assisted by Carl Larson of DeKalb.
DeKalb sounded as though it was being attacked today but investigation disclosed that the detonations heard during the morning hours were being caused by dynamite which was being used in blasting out concrete flooring. The dynamite blasts were being used as a means of breaking up heavy foundation for machines, in the former steel company Red Shop plant. This building is to be used in the manufacture of tractor tracks by the Northern Illinois Corporation.
DeKalb County daft boards received official notice that lack of teeth and certain eye trouble may no longer be reason for deferment from military service. Bluntly speaking all that is required are teeth enough and good enough to eat army “chow.”
Work has begun on the fourth and final floor of the new science building, being constructed on the southwestern portion of the State Teacher’s College campus.
There is need of a warning sign adorned with reflector buttons on the old piece of road that ends now just east of Electric Park. The road now turns into the new four lane highway. At night there is nothing to indicate to a stranger that the cement ends there. Recently several cars have run off the end of the cement and bogged down in the mud.
1967 – 50 YEARS AGO
Removal of a huge dead elm tree is no small task. Members of the DeKalb street crew are taking down an elm on Seventh Street, near State, one of the last of the dead elms to be removed.
DeKalb Mayor Joseph B. Ebbesen announced that U.S. Senator Charles H. Percy has pledged full cooperation with the City of DeKalb in an attempt to obtain complete control for the City of the disposition of the present Municipal Airport facilities originally acquired from the Federal Government.
To determine the adequacy of DeKalb’s warning system and to insure that the public will recognize the civil defense warning signal, the first of many tests will be heard hopefully throughout the city Tuesday morning at 10:30 a.m.
DeKalb swimmers have five pools in which to enjoy their favorite sport – two at Northern Illinois University, one each at Notre Dame High School, North Junior High School and Hopkins Park.
Second Lieut. Ken Heal arrived at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Heal, Saturday evening from Ft. Benning, GA. On Sunday, a going away party was held in his honor in the home of his aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. Maynard Littlejohn in Kirkland.
1992 – 25 YEARS AGO
DeKalb County residents should mark April 26 on their calendars. That is the tentative date for the county’s enhanced emergency 911 telephone system to be up and operational to the public, following several years of planning.
The DeKalb County Nursing Home won’t have a change of ownership and county taxpayers will not see a double-digit increase in their county property taxes. By a 20-0 vote, the DeKalb County Board Wednesday rejected a move to transfer ownership of the nursing home/health center complex to the county’s Public Building Commission.
– Compiled by the Joiner History Room, DeKalb County Archives