Looking Back

Looking Back for Sept. 6, 2017

DeKalb Water Works at 113 Pearl St. in DeKalb. A reservoir and pumping station were located on the property. The building faces north, and in the background is a Chicago North Western engine 249 on the overpass heading east. Thanks to the Joiner History Room for the photo.
DeKalb Water Works at 113 Pearl St. in DeKalb. A reservoir and pumping station were located on the property. The building faces north, and in the background is a Chicago North Western engine 249 on the overpass heading east. Thanks to the Joiner History Room for the photo.

1917 – 100 YEARS AGO

Parents of little children who live in close proximity to timber should warn their children at this time of the dangers in eating berries to be found in the woods of which they know little or nothing. Many of the luscious looking berries are deadly poisonous, and death is sure to result if eaten by the little tots.

Last winter the Drama club of DeKalb spent the majority of its time in studying a course in child study. As a result of the interest created, it is the desire of the club to do something for the child life of this community. In this time of the conservation of the nation’s resources everyone must do something to help. Child life must be protected and trained for citizenship. It is hoped that before long DeKalb can offer free kindergartens to its children. Working toward this end the Drama club will open a tuition kindergarten this year. The opening of this school depends now on the receiving of enrollments of sufficient number.

Unless the parents of little children living in the vicinity of the North-Western station, freight hours and other property nearby, keep their offspring closer at home, some one or two of ‘em will be taken home in baskets. The officials at the depot have repeatedly warned the children of the danger of playing around such a place, and yet it does but little good. Bright and early every day can be seen a large number of little tots, many of them below the school age, at play on the station platform, and continually invoking the wrath of the employees of the railroad company.

James Coyne, who is in charge of the excavating work for the new garage at the corner of First and Lincoln Highway, has been working diligently on the “hole” and today has one of about seven-foot depth. Mr. Coyne has had a large fore of men at work ever since the work started and says that a ten-foot excavation is necessary and will mean the hauling out of much dirt.

In response to a notice that has appeared in The Chronicle several days, a well-known DeKalb citizen came to the office with about 50 pounds of leather, to be given to Miss Geneve Lewis, and later made into garments for army aviators.

In this busy world of today it is often wondered why that people of today pay so little respect to a funeral cortege. It is known that on many occasions in DeKalb processions have been interrupted, motorists drive by one way or the other at a rapid rate, making all the noise possible.

1942 – 75 YEARS AGO

The corn detasseler, which was constructed by a Genoa farmer earlier in the season and has been used extensively this season, was at a Sycamore repair shop for some needed parts and a general going over, including a paint job. The machine was enroute to the big homecoming at Hinckley and then it will be taken to Sandwich for exhibit at the Sandwich fair for three days.

Housed in a modern building and equipped with the latest in machinery, the Sycamore Dairy, now is receiving and distributing milk and many dairy products from the recently completed structure on West High Street.

Once again Old Glory is flying from the top of the county building much to the approval of the citizenry, members of the Illinois Reserve Militia, and it surely makes a better appearance to the traveling public than the previous arrangement. It is possible that then cold weather comes, and the roof becomes icy, some other arrangement may again be resorted to, but as long as possible, it is the hope of everyone interested that the present arrangement of displaying the colors may be permanent.

Mrs. Ward Miller, living on the Annie Glidden road, north of the Lincoln highway, suffered burns about her face and hands as the small gasoline stove she was using exploded. The house being without a telephone, it was necessary for Mr. Miller to run to the highway and hail a passing car and get the call to the fire department here.

Travelers going through Sycamore were wondering if the city has received a raid warning and had a camouflaged gun ready for instant action, as they saw the field piece formerly at the park on State Street. The relic of World War One was removed from the park and hauled to the down town section. It was understood it is the plan to raffle off the fun in some way and then chances will be sold as to the wright of the artillery piece. Just who is sponsoring the affair and the date of the event concerning its removal to the junk heap, were not learned.

1967 – 50 YEARS AGO

A project for the redevelopment of Downtown DeKalb is one step closer to the real thing with the approval of $146,816 in federal funds.

A sidewalk is being constructed and will be ready for the opening of classes at North Junior High School. The concrete pathway will eliminate the necessity of students talking in the streets as has been necessary for years.

Ground breaking ceremonies for the new church which will be erected by the Pierce Evangelical United Brethren Church to replace the structure which burned to the ground last winter were held at the churchyard on Owens Road.

The Ashelford house, south of the railroad tracks in Esmond, took fire about 5:30 Wednesday and burned to the ground. The DeKalb Ag fire truck helped keep the fire from spreading to the elevator and lumber sheds. Cause of the blaze was not known. The house was unoccupied and is owned by W. B. McQueen.

1992 – 25 YEARS AGO

The DeKalb firefighter’s union, the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), has filed a request for an arbitrator in its current contract negotiations with the city now in mediation. Firefighters have been working without a contract since July 1.

They still have plenty of cash to burn, but the world’s richest people aren’t getting any richer. Fortune magazine, in its 1992 ranking of the world’s billionaires, said the average wealth of the supremely affluent held at $2.7 billion, the same as in 1991.

It was little over a year ago that a single bullet fired from a .22-caliber rifle made a majority of residents suddenly aware of the seriousness of the street gang problem in DeKalb County.

– Compiled by the Joiner History Room,
DeKalb County Archives

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