1917 – 100 YEARS AGO
A Ford car, occupied by four persons, blew off a tire, ran into a ditch and upset yesterday afternoon on the Lincoln Highway about two miles west of DeKalb. None of the passengers was hurt. The top of the flivver and one wheel were smashed. The car was set upright, a new wheel adjusted, and the party went on its way.
Harry Sittler, a farmer near DeKalb came in yesterday with a heaping wagonload of fine new wheat. He went home minus the wheat but $125.50 richer in pocket, having disposed of his product at the rate of $2.25 per bushel. This he considered a pretty fat day’s work, even in the present days of inflated markets.
There was a near accident on the workings of the First National bank building in DeKalb this morning at about eight o’clock. Some workmen were hoisting a wheelbarrow full of material up to the top of the building. Just as it arrived at the level of the roof the grip of the hoisting apparatus slipped and the entire wheelbarrow dropped to the walk below. There is a protecting fence about the workings and the barrow did not strike anyone, although it hit the boards of the high fence and parted them. Miss Vern Jacobson was passing at the time and was given quite a scare but was not hurt.
Excavators at the new Fisk garage near the post office are going ahead with their work rapidly. Many horses and teams are in the work, which will be hurried along.
F. B. Townsend, Charles Townsend and John Organ of Sycamore left Monday morning on an automobile trip to Lidgerwood, N. D., a distance of some 700 miles. Word was received that they traveled the first 150 miles in four and one-half hours, and in a Ford at that, and reached Waterloo, Iowa, the same night, covering 260 miles in one day. They expect to be away from home for three weeks.
George Koch of Fairdale has been getting around with the aid of crutches, on account of stepping on a rusty nail.
Gangs of small hoodlums raising noise and mischief in two neighborhoods were brought to the attention of the police. One complaint came from Fourth and Oak streets the other from another section of town. The offending youngsters will do well to mend their ways as these locations will be watched closely by the night patrolmen and disturbers will be dealt with.
There was a fine crowd in Waterman Thursday evening to listen to the concert given by the Waterman band. Many drove in the week before and were disappointed as the band did not play that evening out of respect to the family of the late Mayor W. T. Wiltberger, whose funeral was held that day.
1942 – 75 YEARS AGO
Scrap dealers of DeKalb and Sycamore do not hesitate to say that despite the publicity that has been given the two scrap metal drives thus far, the response has been very disappointing and there is little noticeable change from normal times. One scrap dealer today said he believed that many farmers especially, had cleaned up their property of all such material on the first drive, and therefore there was nothing to be brought in at this time.
Official announcement comes from the Sycamore Dairy that much of the equipment is being moved to the newly constructed and modern building on West High Street today. The new structure is said to be modern in every way, but the installation of the machinery and other work will require a couple of weeks before the public inspection will be arranged by the proprietor.
Sycamore’s Bowl, the name given to the new bowling alleys in the Fargo garage building, were opened to the public, but not for bowling until later in the evening. The alleys are owned by John G. Cassgrande, who is understood also will manage the place when it is opened for business.
Members of the DeKalb fire department do not mind wading around in water a foot deep when they are working on a fire but they have disapproved of the idea of wading through water to get to their cars in the parking shed at the rear. The boys on duty, and one or two extras, with the aid of the city department of public works, are erecting a new wall at the back of the station, will lay a brick platform and also fix the roof drainage. This will keep the place dry.
Otto Holmes of the Sycamore Fruit Store, is working under a handicap these days following an accident in which one hand was seriously lacerated. Mr. Holmes was at work at home when in some manner his hand became entangled in barbed wire and caused several deep cuts in the fleshy part of the hand and also on the finger.
1967 – 50 YEARS AGO
A 190-car Chicago North Western freight train developed equipment trouble Tuesday as it rolled thought DeKalb and as a result literally cut the city in half for 45 minutes before it could be moved.
DeKalb police halted a teenage “rumble” Tuesday night before it got underway when officers broke up a group of some 30 Rochelle youths and about the same number of DeKalb youngsters on West Lincoln Highway. Officers said investigation showed the Rochelle youths had come to DeKalb for the purpose of “doing battle” with DeKalb teens at a service station parking lot on West Lincoln.
The DeKalb Park Board authorized an Oak Park engineering firm to draw up plans for a new swimming pool for Hopkins Park.
Antique Hose Cart built in 1900 for the Sycamore Fire Department and the 1923 Stutz Fire Engine will be auctioned to the highest bidder at the Northern Illinois Steam Power Club Show at the Taylor Marshall Farm. Both pieces of equipment have been retired from service and create a storage problem for the City of Sycamore.
1992 – 25 YEARS AGO
DeKalb County Sheriff Roger Scott is asking for the public’s help in funding a replacement for one of his officers. Scott said that Max, one of the two German Shepherds that make up the department’s canine units, is being forced to retire.
Two miles away from a local fishing spot west of Sycamore, hundreds of dead fish float in the northbound current of the Kishwaukee River. Specialists from the Department of Conservation and Environmental Protection Agency were called in and are working to identify who and what caused the fish kill.
People want food that is safe, healthy, tastes good and convenient. That was the consensus several magazine food editors endorsed this week at a meeting with state and national representatives of the soybean checkoff boards. They met at the Johnson Farms on Perry Road, south of DeKalb.
More than 50 headstones at the Crooktown Cemetery, east of Kirkland, were damaged July 23. DeKalb County Sheriff’s police arrested two people this morning in connection with the alleged vandalism. A break-in the case came when a citizen called with information that helped lead investigators to the two suspects. Some of the tombstones that were broken dated back to the 1800s and were more than 100 years old.
– Compiled by the Joiner History Room,
DeKalb County Archives