1918 – 100 YEARS AGO
The police department received a call last night to give the Methodist church the once over, as the entire church was lighted up, and there seemed to be no activity there of any kind. Night Patrolman Martin went to the Fourth street building and saw that nearly every light in the church was burning, but could find no one about the place. The proper people were communicated with and the matter soon remedied.
A gang of painters has arrived here and for the next week or ten days will be at work at the North n station, repainting the railroad property. The walls of the building have to be washed before decorated, and this will take a couple of days, after which the paint brushed will fly. When the work is all completed the North Western station at DeKalb will be one of the best appearing of such building on the division.
As F. N. Rowan was backing his car onto West Lincoln Highway yesterday morning the street car came along at about the same time. The engine of the auto died, and as the rails were rather slippery, the street car could not be stopped. The two cars came together but with little force, as a result the damage to the automobile was slight. The running board was damaged to some extent as the street car edged it from the track.
The dedication of the Wiltberger memorial clock at Waterman, which was to have been held some time ago but was postponed on account of the prevalence of the influenza, will occur on Sunday.
Fairdale celebrated peace in an appropriate manner Monday by a community service at the school house. Music by the band, speaking, singing and the burning of the Kaiser in effigy, were featured of the affair.
Joe Neuman wounded marine, was at Genoa last evening, where he gave a couple of addresses, telling of his experiences in the firing line against the horrible Huns. Genoa people had planned a regular demonstration for the DeKalb soldier, but the rainy weather put a halt to the plans. Newman is scheduled to speak at Sycamore Friday evening and at Shabbona Saturday evening of this week, and it is probable that he will he heard by many people in both places.
1943 – 75 YEARS AGO
With Sheriff A. Deisz as supervisor and also wielding a paint brush, the bullpen and several cells of the county jail are being given a coat of paint. Present time the roster of the county jail is at a minimum, thus affording ample opportunity for such work.
A new service men’s and women’s honor roll, listing the 200 who serve from the Methodist, will be dedicated at the church Sunday morning. The roll is being presented by Mr. and Mrs. Earl and son Warren Baie, as a memorial to their son and brother, Wendell Baie who was killed in flight a year ago.
In his speech of presentation of the “E” pennant to The Turner Brass Works in appropriate ceremonies at 3:30 o’clock this afternoon, Major James A. McBride, Sr., told the audience of nearly 1,000 workers and guests there are two great forces engaged in winning this war. One is the fighting force, and the other is the production force. Each is dependent on the other and out success here insures their success there.
Decorations, suggestive of the holiday season while curtailed to a great extent this year again, will be along State Street within the next few days, it was learned yesterday. The Christmas plans, which include the appearance of Santa Claus on the streets several days previous to Christmas, is an assured fact, although it is rumored he may come into Sycamore in an army jeep, instead of the proverbial reindeer, or by plane.
Many persons of the city will be interested to know that the picture on one of the large calendars of the Johnson Insurance Agency, depicting a police officer carefully guarding two youngsters, is a DeKalb resident. James D. Westbrook, employment manager of the Interstate Aircraft and Engineering Corporation, at the downtown offices, is the man whose photograph was used for the purpose.
Janet Edith Erdman of Malta celebrated her seventh birthday Monday afternoon at the Lang school. After classes games were played by the children and Mrs. John Erdman served the students and the teacher with ice cream and cake.
1968 – 50 YEARS AGO
Thirty freight cars of a westbound Chicago and North Western train jumped the track Sunday near Creston. No injuries were reported. Officials said the cause of the accident was a piece of timber on the tracks that may have fallen from a train that passed the derailment point earlier.
Two new Scouts, Steven Thurow and Jeff Wasson were given their Bobcat pins and introduced at the regular meeting of Somonauk Cub Scout Pack 335. The Webelos presented the colors and led the pledge to the flag.
Honeymooners Jacqueline and Aristotle Onassis cruised today in warm, sunny weather off the Greek island of Rhodes near the southwest coast of Turkey. Aboard his luxury yacht, Christina, they set off from his private Ionian island of Skorpios for a honeymoon cruise.
Bids for the construction of the proposed Tyler Elementary School were opened by the DeKalb School District board of education. The low base bids for the construction of the new school totaled 35,649.
Most of DeKalb’s residential areas are no longer in the “Dark Ages.” The project to install new 200-watt bulbs in more than 600 city street lights had been completed.
In a letter addressed to the more than 4,000 priests of Illinois, the Roman Catholic Bishops of the State announced their concern for the rising cost of Catholic education and their desire to support legislation to help meet certain of these expenses. A half-million pupils are now educated in the non-public school system of Illinois.
The Mayfield Township Hall on Annie Glidden road was intentionally burned to make way for new construction. It was built in 1874 and used for various meetings and as a polling place.
1993 – 25 YEARS AGO
A DeKalb County grand jury late last week returned more than 40 indictments against 10 individuals. Most of the indictments were leveled against eight alleged members of the Black Gangster Disciples street gang, who are charged with setting up a crack-cocaine distribution ring around Northern Illinois University.
The DeKalb Police and Fire Board voted to approve an amendment to their rules and regulations that could require applicants for a firefighter, paramedic or police officer position to provide proof of state certification in the field of application or to provide an associate’s degree in any discipline.
Students at St. Mary School in Sycamore got a special visitor from the past when Benjamin Franklin showed up to give the youngsters some insight into the many facets of his life more than 200 years ago. Students were invited to participate in re-enactments from Franklin’s many endeavors.
A group of volunteers to help abused and neglected children through the DeKalb County juvenile court could be in place by the spring or summer of next year. A DeKalb County chapter of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is being organized and looking for volunteers.
• Compiled by the Joiner History Room, DeKalb County Archives.