Looking Back

Looking Back for Dec. 19, 2018

Main street in Malta with street crowded with threshing machines. Thanks to the Joiner History Room for the photo.
Main street in Malta with street crowded with threshing machines. Thanks to the Joiner History Room for the photo.

1918 – 100 YEARS AGO

A Chicago man accompanied by “a friend” came out here last evening, and having been employed by the government “hadn’t touched a drop” for some time, and when released from work immediately began to tank up. When the couple arrived here both were well soused and the young man, rather talkative, started something in Bell’s restaurant that the proprietor and the police had to finish.

The management of the new Plain Price Store, which was scheduled to open for business on the coming Saturday, had been disappointed in the receipt of some of the goods ordered, and the non-arrival has compelled a postponement of the opening until next week.

The Rollo consolidated school open Monday morning. It is under somewhat trying conditions. One teacher resigned and another was unable to be there on account of sickness in the home. But they hope soon to be in good working condition. The school work will be extra heavy for some time on account of weeks of enforced closing during so much sickness.

Fire Chief McEvoy of DeKalb received a call from the Normal school this morning to the effect that the large pile of coal there was causing trouble again, and it was thought best to give the fuel a thorough soaking. The chief loaded several lines of hose into the public safety wagon and with a man went to the school, spending about two hours soaking down the smoldering coal.

The township of Malta is making a final effort today to go over the top in the war work drive, and the chairman of the committee, Jesse Plapp, has a large force of workers out on the task of securing funds. The township is a few hundred dollars short of its quota, but the chairman and others interested are confident that the full quota will be subscribed before the drive closes.

Honor rolls for the boys of the American Steel & Wire company who gave up their employment to enter service have recently been placed. One is hung across from the office of the east and west works and contains the names of 107 men now in service. The roll of honor at the north and south works contains the names of 25 boys. The honor rolls are hand made with the exception of a lithographed eagle with flags at the top and are works of art, and are so protected from the weather that they will remain there for some time to come.

1943 – 75 YEARS AGO

Heroic work on the part of Leo Wales, who disregarded his personal safety to rescue eighteen-month-old Jerry Sibley from a flaming home in Cortland, created excitement that brought about a heart attack that snuffed out the life of former Sheriff Ed Crawford of Genoa, who was visiting with relatives in Cortland last evening.

Two youths, thought to be escapees from the Illinois State Training School for s, entered the Miller neighborhood store shortly after 4:00 o’clock this morning. They were heard by H. A. Miller, proprietor of the store, and who resides next door as they were leaving the store. He hollered at them and they dropped some cold meat they had stolen and fled, heading west.

Gasoline will again be available for the city fire truck at Earlville and the residents of the community are again able to breathe easier. Application for renewal of the gasoline allotment had been refused by the Peoria district office of ODT and the residents had been planning to resume the old bucket brigade.

Effective this week Sycamore will have but one newspaper, published twice each week, under the general management of Frank Dean, who has been published of one of the papers for several years. The new publication will be issued tomorrow and the policies and much other interesting information will be found within its columns. The city has supported two newspaper for many years but with the present acute shortage of paper, the consolidation was deemed advisable.

American people are being asked by J. A. Krug, director of the Office of Utilities, to confine Christmas lighting decorations to Christmas trees inside private homes. It has been asked that street decorations, Community Christmas trees, exterior home decorations, and interior and exteriors of commercial establishments dispense with decorations this year insofar as lighting is concerned. Government and industry have combined in a nationwide conservation campaign to save critical fuels and materials necessary to produce and consume electricity. Electric light blubs are particularly short at present and struct conservation of them is necessary.

Lucille E. McKelvey of Maple Park escaped serious injury this morning after 4:00 o’clock when the car she was driving was struck by a North Western switch engine at the Tenth street crossing. Miss McKelvey was traveling slowly toward the west hen it hit the front of the auto. The front of the car was damaged somewhat but the engine was moving so slowly that it was able to stop in a hurry.

1968 – 50 YEARS AGO

Possibility of a laundry to serve not only the DeKalb Public Hospital but other hospital facilities of the area will be given further study after a committee report indicated the program might prove practical.

The state of Illinois would rather continue to pay the city of DeKalb for fire protection than pay for the establishment and maintenance of a Northern Illinois University fire department.

The DeKalb Agricultural Association, Inc. with home offices at DeKalb, has changed its name to DeKalb AgResearch, Inc. The change is now in effect. It is felt that the new name better exemplifies DeKalb’s awareness of its responsibility to serve American agriculture of research.

The planting of more than 300 trees in a northeastern DeKalb neighborhood has been completed, The Daily Chronicle has learned. During the past three weeks, approximately 340 trees were planted in Neighborhood 1 - the area bounded by Sycamore Road on the west and north, the railroad tracks on the east, and by Davy and Clark street on the south. Forty planting are part of DeKalb’s new Beautification and Neighborhood Improvement Program.

1993 – 25 YEARS AGO

Officials in the Geography Department at Northern Illinois University are busy trying to determine if a jump on the seismograph meter on campus Wednesday afternoon was an act of Mother Nature or man. Rockford Police and Fire departments were inundated with phone calls at approximately 2:30 p.m. after many residents reported feeling the ground shake. Seismograph at NIU recorded the activity some 30 miles away, but officials cannot confirm if it was an actual earthquake or a result of construction activity.

Super wash has terminated its contract to build an automated car wash in downtown citing zoning antagonism as its primary reason. Super Wash had been trying to obtain a building permit for the site near the intersection of Main street and Route 72, but was denied because of lack of zoning compliance.

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

Loading more