1918 – 100 YEARS AGO
Now that the old horse and wagon apparatus has come back to its own at the fire barn, or rather horse and bob sled, the members of the department have been endeavoring to train the horses of Corey & Evans driven by Parkins to do as the old fire horses did. One of the animals fell in with the idea almost immediately but the other one does not approve of the idea and gets frightened at each practice. The boys at the station are going to keep at the task and by night they hope to have both so they will come out at the first tap of the gong and go at once to their respective placed under the harness.
Everybody about Waterman will remember Tom and Nevin Chestnut. They worked for Mr. McDougal on the farm in 1916. Nevin is a corporal at Camp Logan and Tom is a cook at Camp Sherman. The McDougal boys sent each of the boys a box of home-made candy and popcorn balls. The boys acknowledged the ears by letter of appreciation, also relating some interesting features about soldier life.
Workmen employed at the construction of the new Finnish Hall on Eleventh street were hurt Saturday afternoon when a scaffold on which they were standing, fell, precipitating the men to the ground with considerable force.
Secretary Emmerson has requested that people give their old license plates to the Red Cross. The old plates will be sold for aluminum.
Dr. Carlsen of Fairdale and driver, Roy Kearsey, drove to Esmond Monday. Their team was pretty well tired out upon their arrival home.
Max Crusick, while employed at the Standard Foundry had an experience with electricity this morning that he will not forget for a few days at least. The young man was placing a large bolt in a machine and in some way electricity took hold of the bolt and Cusick was the victim. When the switch was released the workman fell about eight feet but fortunately his injuries consist of bruises, and nothing serious.
Fire breaking out at 12:08 this morning in the basement of Leslie’s Store at the corner of Second and Lincoln Highway in DeKalb entailing an approximate loss of $35,000, was finally subdued after five hours of hard fighting on the part of the fire department.
1943 – 75 YEARS AGO
During the past several days another wave of bicycle thefts have taken place in DeKalb and every day or two the police receive a report of a bicycle having been taken. One bicycle belonging to Perry Larson of South Fourth Street was taken on Sunday evening from near the Egyptian Theater was recovered by the police, being found in a yard on North First Street. The front tire had been removed. The police are investigating the thefts but warn the youngsters to have locks on their bicycles at all time when they are left parked, to help prevent such thefts.
Word was received this morning that a patent had been granted at Washington, D. C., to J. A. Miller of North Ninth Street, DeKalb, for a heated mold form. Mr. Miller is employed at the Wurlitzer plant in this city. The announcement of the granting of the patent states that Mr. Miller has assigned it to the Rudolph Wurlitzer Company of Cincinnati, O.
A rumor that clothing would be rationed resulted in heavy purchased in the DeKalb clothing stores and the clerks were worn to a frazzle by closing time. This rumor has been prevalent for the past several days but somehow was given an added impetus and there was a grand rush to buy clothing of all kinds and yard goods supplies were even depleted in some of the stores.
“Dogs running loose about DeKalb will be picked up and disposed of,” was the warning issued by Chief of Police Ben Peck. Many complaints have been received in former years from residents about dogs tearing through gardens, tracking up porches and sidewalks and the like, but this year the destruction of gardens cannot be tolerated.
Just as the street department men in DeKalb were making good headway in getting the ice removed from the gutters to allow the drain water to run freely to the sewers, then it snows again, at least it did last night. The street crews have practically all of the surplus snow and ice out of the downtown section and all were hopeful the task would not have to be repeated. About 10:00 o’clock the rain which had fallen most of the afternoon turned into snow and no one knows what is in store for the traveler, nor the street workers.
1968 – 50 YEARS AGO
Notre Dame of DeKalb High School will remain an all-girl school but will add seventh and eighth grades in September. Operating within the same structure, the junior high (7-8) and the senior high classes (9-12) will function separately but will share facilities.
At a special meeting of the Sycamore Board of Education, the board voted to accept and occupy the four relocatable classrooms at Southeast School.
There will be services held in the Pierce Evangelical Lutheran Church which is located on the Owens road a mile and a half east of Somonauk Road. Although not completed on the interior there has been sufficient progress to make possible the holding of Sunday School and services. Dedication of the church is planned in the spring.
After serving as a police station during the period of construction of the new Municipal Building the DeKalb Fire department again put equipment in the Fire Station on South Seventh Street. A city pumper, the ambulance and a tanker are quartered at the station which is manned by two men at all times.
1993 – 25 YEARS AGO
Cavel International, Inc., on Harvestore Drive in DeKalb has been fined $1,000 by the DeKalb Sanitary District for improper dumping of horse manure. Workers from Cavel, a horse slaughtering business, were seen pumping waste from a manure pit into a ditch that leads to the Kishwaukee River.
The Clinton administration is deciding whether to fight or accept defeat following a lopsided Senate vote to keep foreigners with the AIDS virus from moving to this country permanently.
Change does not come quickly at the Kirkland Public Library at 513 W. Main St. The large, arched windows at the front of the building and its green steel safe in the back are direct remnants of its history as a bank. Of course, the stacks of money have been replaced with shelves of books and the tellers are now librarians.
For Bill Baker, Saturday night was like a major league baseball player hitting his 3,000th hit or a basketball player sinking a jumper for his 20,000th career point. For 13 years, Baker has been the radio voice for the Northern Illinois University football team and men’s and women’s basketball teams. When he ended his broadcast Saturday of the Huskies men’s basketball game against Wright State in Dayton, Ohio, he completed his 500th broadcast of a NIU sporting event.
• Compiled by the
Joiner History Room,
DeKalb County Archives