1918 – 100 YEARS AGO
The county sheriff, James Scott, has this week sent out cards to every newspaper, city and town marshal’s office, describing in detail the three men who last Sunday morning made escape from the DeKalb county jail at Sycamore. There is a reward of $150 for the arrest of the three men or $50 reward for the arrest of any one of the three. The men who made their escape are Milton Burns Hatfield, Langley Ward and Frank McCarthy, and they are the first to make their escape from the new county jail.
Lost in the woods at Lovers Lane yesterday afternoon for several hours, Carl Ritzman, six-year-old son of Prof. and Mrs. F. R. Ritzman, have relatives and friends a scare. With others he was picnicking there and became lost. Townspeople went out to aid in the search and he was found several hours before darkness fell.
What does appearance of an eagle mean when it enters a town in wartime? It is a premonition of good or evil? More likely the bird wanted to rest and found DeKalb a near spot. The bird was seen by John Anderson and others who live near the Haish school. It was a mammoth creature and most beautiful, according to those who saw it.
The Fisk-Ellwood garage today received a carload of the now famous Fordson tractors and the employees of the place were busy today getting the machines to the garage at the corner of First and Lincoln Highway. These tractors were given a going over, filled up and tuned up, ready for delivery to purchasers.
The 11 o’clock car Thursday night killed five valuable hogs, the property of Fred Love on Sycamore Road.
What! Doesn’t anyone want to be postmaster in Cortland. According to the civil service officials the first examination for the position of postmaster of the little burg, to have been held some days ago,
didn’t take,” as no one responded to the call, and another examination is to be held at Sycamore on November 9.
Two freight cars, while being switched from the sidetrack to the main line sometime early this morning, jumped the track when a rail broke, and caused some little trouble in the DeKalb yards. The passenger trains were compelled to go out on the side track past the mishap, while the Spring Valley line came in on the west bound line. The wrecker arrived here about ten o’clock, in a very short time had the cars on the rails again, and proceeded to clean up some other trouble.
1943 – 75 YEARS AGO
Many were asking today if coffee is to be rationed again after discovering stamps in the ration book Four marked coffee. The answer is no. The new ration books were printed while coffee was being rationed and the rumors that coffee is again to be rationed are unfounded.
The old hotel in Genoa known as the May Hotel on North Sycamore Street is being torn down and Charles Bennett who purchased the building will use the lumber in building a house in the east part of town.
Plans are under way by Don Underwood for remodeling of the building he recently purchased in Sycamore from Joy M. Love, now occupied by Otto Fellinger, at 119 South California street. Mr. Underwood, following extensive alterations, will move his dry-cleaning establishment to the new property. Mr. Underwood has been conducting a successful cleaning business at his present site for more than ten years and with the additional room provided in the new pace, hopes to increase his business to a considerable extent, and accomplish it with more east. Part of the present plant now is on another street, causing much extra work.
Negotiations were completed the latter part of the week whereby Hayes Knodle become the owner of the apartment building at South California and Elm Street in Sycamore, formerly owned by Bertha Stromberg. Consideration was not announced. Miss Stromberg plans to vacate the lower apartment in the center, and Mr. Knodle will take possession of his new property the first of the coming month. The property formerly was a part of the Bollinger estate. Mr. Knodle who successfully operates the Knodle Electric Store on South California Street, states there will be no change in tenancy of the building at this time, following the removal of Miss Stromberg.
Workmen of the Great Western Railway Company installing the new crossing at Sixth Street, which has been held up for some time because of litigation between the railroad company and property owners, seems to be moving along very satisfactorily. The old rails have been replaced and many new ties are being laid. When this work is completed by the rail crews city employee will take care of the cementing. When the work is finished it is probable many drivers will use this crossing preferably to Seventh Street, mainly because of the narrower span of tracks to cross.
1968 – 50 YEARS AGO
Third floor or roof? DeKalb County Board of Supervisors at the regular meeting decided a referendum in early 1969 will decide whether or not a third floor will be added to the DeKalb County Home.
The approximate 120-acre tract on the east side of Route 23 opposite the DeKalb County Nursing Home will be offered for public sale.
Studies of hospital needs and utilization of present facilities, a joint project of DeKalb and Sycamore hospitals, is on schedule and should be completed early in 1969.
Northern Illinois University recorded its largest enrollment increase in history this fall with 20,719 students on campus.
Once again, the senior girls of the Shabbona High School will be baking cookies for the boys in Vietnam.
Reports of a possible break through toward peace in Vietnam spread around the world today. Attention centered on an American offer to end bombardment of North Vietnam.
The 1968 Brownie Troop No. 172 from Southeast School toured the Sycamore Municipal Hospital on Tuesday. Brownies were invited to see a variety of X-ray rooms, emergency rooms, the physical therapy division, the operating room, surgical room and dining facilities.
1993 – 25 YEARS AGO
A community project that volunteers spent numerous hours building, sometimes in inclement weather, was damaged Monday when vandals spray painted gang logos on the equipment there.
In a landslide victory, Indian Creek was chosen as the name of District 425, the product of the consolidated Shabbona and Waterman school districts. Middle school and high school students voted from a list of five names which included Indian Creek, Lakeside, Prairieland, Heartland and Parkside.
After nearly 68 years of processing locally grown corn, the DeKalb Plant of Del Monte Foods, has packed its last kernel. The end of the corn processing operation happened Monday afternoon, and is the start
of a process that will result in the shut-down of a symbol of the county's agricultural heritage.
You probably won't find any videos made by the DeKalb County Sheriff's Police on MTV. Instead, they will most likely be found in a courtroom. The sheriff's department is the second law enforcement agency in the county to install a video camera and microphone in their cars. Kirkland did it earlier.
• Compiled by the Joiner History Room, DeKalb County Archives.