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Looking Back for Nov. 28, 2018

Chicago & North Western engine house in DeKalb being razed, 1960, looking east. Thanks to the Joiner History Room for the photo.
Chicago & North Western engine house in DeKalb being razed, 1960, looking east. Thanks to the Joiner History Room for the photo.

1918 – 100 YEARS AGO

Announcement is made in another column of The Chronicle today that the draying business of the late O. B. Anderson will be continued as in the past, under the supervision of Mrs. O. B. Anderson. An efficient force of men will be employed at all times to take care all draying and transfer work, and the public is assured by Mrs. Anderson that the same high quality of service will be maintained. It will be remembered that Mr. Anderson and his helper, Herman Johnson, were killed on a grade crossing a few days ago near Colvin Park.

Motormen on street cars operating in and out of DeKalb are getting so they have less respect than ever for motorists, due to the chances that are taken every day with the street cars. Last night, for instance, when the cars were a little late, a DeKalb man coming east on the highway cut in ahead of the car at the Normal bridge, and narrowly missed being struck. The fender of the auto and the street car brushed and had the incident happened a couple of seconds later there would have been a serious accident. This bridge is narrow and motorists who chance it with the street car are taking a big chance, and should use a little common sense in the matter.

Work on the new home for the Knights of Columbus building is going along at this time at a wonderful rate of speed and the old board fence that has stood in front of the building since the work has been started has been removed. Inside work has already started, together with the work of putting on the roof, and it will not be long before the plasterers will be given work to do on the interior.

The automobiles of the city of DeKalb have little or no respect for the traffic post at the corner of Fourth and Lincoln Highway. Some of the drivers here in town tear around the corner at Fourth, going north, and traveling at the rate of 35 or 40 miles an hour. There are a few drivers who believe that the post was put there for a purpose, and that of keeping the traffic going the right way and use it for such.

Over 617 pounds of nut shells and pits were sent recently from DeKalb to the government for the making of gas masks. What disposition will be made of them now, no one knows. Barrels are standing on the corners yet being filled.

1943 – 75 YEARS AGO

Permission of the Illinois Commerce Commission has been granted to the Great Western and North Western railroads to remove the flagman on Pleasant street on Sundays. The two railroads made application for permission to remove the flagman on Sundays stating that no trains operate over the crossing on that day and that the flagman had nothing to do and was just a needless expense.

Sheep feeding in this county at the present time, at least in the vicinity of Kirkland, is becoming a rapidly growing business and at present there are approximately 10,000 head feeding in the yards and pasture land in the vicinity of the north end county town. One important thing is reported from the Kirkland yards and that is the absence of black sheep. Out of several thousand head observed in the fields and in the yards yesterday afternoon here was but one-off color – and it was a chocolate brown.

Mrs. Marjorie B. Leinauer, county superintendent of schools reports that a total of $128.99 has been contributed so far by the school students of the county for the fund to be used by the state to purchase the original manuscript of Lincoln’s Gettysburg address, which will be placed in the state historical library.

Sycamore firemen battled a downtown fire Wednesday evening about 9:00 o’clock when John James, circuit clerk, discovered the room over the Sycamore Fruit store, occupied by Wyatt Jackson as a shoe shining parlor in flames. Mr. James notified those at work in the store of the fire, who telephoned the alarm. The flames were due to an overheated stove pipe which set fire to the flooring.

Christmas greeting cards are being brought to the DeKalb Post Office where they will be held for holiday delivery. An appeal was made a couple of weeks ago that the greeting cards be brought in as soon as possible and the response to date has been most gratifying.

Hemp raising in DeKalb county, although in its infancy this year, is going to prove a profitable project for farmers, it the first check presented this week to Orville Olson, of Cortland, is a criterion. Mr. Olson raised ten acres of hemp, which was graded as number one, and after all deductions had been made for seed, planting, harvesting, and hauling to the mill at Kirkland, he was presented a check for $1,883.89.

1968 – 50 YEARS AGO

Clean up operations were started at the site of the Eagle, DeKalb Liquor Mart, Touchdown Inn fire on Sycamore Road. The fire started about 9 o’clock in the morning was contained to the three stores and was only smoldering at 1 o’clock in the afternoon when clean-up operations were started. Loss is estimated in excess of a quarter of a million and rebuilding operations are planned immediately.

Workmen from the Chicago North Western Railroad have been working on the Pearl Street underpass. New beams have been installed and the center support has been removed to provide for a wider traffic lane.

The Transition room at West School journeyed to the DeKalb County Forest Preserve recently where the children were given a firsthand experience in the wonders of nature available in DeKalb County. The group spent three weeks studying about plant life, animal life and conservation.

DeKalb’s newest well, No. 11 on Barber Greene and Loves Road, will probably be open for operation in a week. Workmen are installing the main across Loves Road into Barber Greene Road.

1993 – 25 YEARS AGO

Several alleged members of the Black Gangster Disciples received a rather unusual wake-up call Tuesday morning, a raid conducted by more than 60 police officers.

Northern Illinois University law faculty spent Wednesday celebrating after the Illinois Board of Higher Education indicated the college won’t be recommended for elimination again.

Residents of Oak Crest, DeKalb Area Retirement Center have a new aviary at the center which includes nine different species of singing birds. Included are finches, canaries, doves, and others.

When Sycamore cartoonist Pat Brady was nicknamed Pasquale as a child, he had no idea the name would be a part of a successful internationally syndicated cartoon strip called “Rose is Rose.”

• Compiled by the Joiner History Room, DeKalb County Archives.

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