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Looking Back for July 26, 2017

Mr. A. Joslyn and Lady are invited to a ball at the Ohio Grove House on Friday, Nov. 15, 1850. Thanks to the Joiner History Room for the photo.
Mr. A. Joslyn and Lady are invited to a ball at the Ohio Grove House on Friday, Nov. 15, 1850. Thanks to the Joiner History Room for the photo.

1917 – 100 YEARS AGO

A little fellow by the name of Ray called at the DeKalb police station this morning with tears in his eyes and informed the police that he had lost a $5.00 bill, which his father had given him for money order purposes, and he didn’t know what to do. The police advised him to go back over the route and see if he could find it, and half an hour later he called again and sad he failed to find the money. However, on his return home to tell his father of the accident he discovered the envelope lying in the gutter near Seventh street and if you ever saw a tickled kid, this was one.

While Miss Eleanor Townsend of Sycamore was attending Wisconsin university the girls made “comfort-kits” and other articles and sent them with their names and the names of the university to the soldiers in France. A few days ago, Miss Townsend received from a soldier a letter written in French politely thanking her and expressing his appreciation of the gift. The giver naturally feels gratified that it reached one for whom it was designed and that it was so much appreciated.

Yesterday forenoon a long freight train rolled though DeKalb and an acid car near the middle of the train was seen to be steaming rather alarmingly. Office Rowe spied the matter and telegraphed to the railroad headquarters concerning the matter. The train dispatcher stopped the train at Maple Park and the car was given attention. Railroad men of the local yards say that is it the first time they have experienced such a thing as that.

J. S. Cusson says he doesn’t mind if young people spending a day in the woods take a few cherries and be satisfied, but when they have the nerve to chop off large limbs and take them back in the woods to dispose of the cherries at leisure, that is more than he can stand. A party of young people did just this and the well-known man appealed to the police for help. The officers made a trip out there and after some little investigation found the guilty parties. If is safe to say that the next time they go picnicking they will refrain from cutting cherry trees to pieces, at least on the property belonging to Mr. Cusson.

Terry Redmond has been more than busy on account of the fact that he has been moving his offices from his residence to Quinn’s garage in DeKalb. Terry says he will have two private telephone lines, of the same number, 197, two drivers at the office all night to take care of all night calls that chance to come his way. The downtown offices will be a great help to the local hustler in his business and his many friends about the city bespeak for him greater success.

1942 – 75 YEARS AGO

Numerous law books are being transferred from Justice William J. Fulton’s room at the courthouse to his suite of rooms in the bank building and in another two or three days, Justice Fulton will be fully established in his new rooms. He will spend much of this time in his offices here, especially when the supreme court is in recess as it is now and on five occasions during the year will he be compelled to go to Springfield for supreme court duties.

As the month of July is moving forward rapidly, it seems to most of us at least, the work at the new bowling alleys is beginning to take on more speed. The workmen in charge hope to have the shellac work completed within a day or two, and then the task of giving final finish to the maple lanes will take up a day or two. Most of the pit fixtures have arrived as has the furniture for the front end of the recreation parlor and installation of this will take but a few days.

Fire of undetermined origin destroyed a large barn and a smaller building on the Wright farm, located near Malta and used by the canning company of Rochelle. Efforts of the firemen were concentrated on saving other building on the place, and only a small out building in close proximity to the barn was destroyed. The farm has been used by the canning company of Rochelle this year and it is supposed that few of the men working there knew of the availability of the community department until after the blaze has gained considerable headway. More than 100 bales of hay were destroyed along with some loose hay as well.

The DeKalb Chamber of Commerce has established a department known as the “Swap-Ride department” and will record the names of those who are driving their cars, who can carry additional passengers at certain times during certain days of the week. A card record of this information will be kept, with all the details. The service will enable those seeking rides to work out their problems through his clearing house. More and more each day the government is tightening up on rationing of tires and daily the chamber is asked to find a ride for someone.

1967 – 50 YEARS AGO

At Northern Illinois University, a portion of the four story two million dollar University Health Center is nearing completion. The basement and first floor of the Center has been readied and the Health Service will move equipment into the first-floor next month.

Though not scheduled for completion until late fall, construction on a new kindergarten behind Sycamore’s Central Elementary School is part of the intensive summer work being done to ready the city’s school district for the coming school year.


The third attempt proved to be a charm for 14-year-old Alan Heilman as he raced to a photo finish victory in the DeKalb Soap Box Derby.

1992 – 25 YEARS AGO

The establishment of a full-time DeKalb County Public Defender’s office is a third of the way complete as Lucinda Bugden takes on her duties as an assistant public defender. Bugden will be one of three full-time lawyers in the public defender’s office who will represent juveniles and others who can’t afford an attorney.

City of Sycamore officials are saying they should know for certain by week’s end if the DeKalb Farm & Fleet store will relocate to Sycamore.

If OK’d by the Genoa City Council, Sycamore will take over Genoa’s dispatching service. If finalized, it would mean that Genoa would not be an answering point in the county’s emergency 911 telephone system. Sycamore would answer all emergency and non-emergency calls made to the Genoa Police, Genoa-Kingston Fire Protection District and Genoa-Kingston Rescue Squad.

– Compiled by the Joiner History Room, DeKalb County Archives

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