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Looking Back for Jan. 16, 2019

DeKalb Business Men, 1918. Front row from left: S. E. Bradt, Judge Pond, Ed Hunt. Back row: Floyd Ritzman, E. E. Embree, Phillip Swanson, John Ohlson and W. A. Kilman. Thanks to the Joiner History Room for the photo.
DeKalb Business Men, 1918. Front row from left: S. E. Bradt, Judge Pond, Ed Hunt. Back row: Floyd Ritzman, E. E. Embree, Phillip Swanson, John Ohlson and W. A. Kilman. Thanks to the Joiner History Room for the photo.

1919 – 100 YEARS AGO

The DeKalb-Sycamore line is having its share of troubles these days, but in spite of unusual car trouble managed to keep cars running between here and Sycamore. This morning on the ten o’clock trip into DeKalb, two motors of “one-spot”, car No. 101, burned out just as the car was passing the county farm, and this necessitated considerable work on the part of the car barn superintendent. Giving attention to burned out motors is a tedious task, but it is said the big car will be back in service again in a very short time.

Sleighing on south Sixth street between Lincoln Highway and Grove street is not very good now except along the side of the road, on account of some construction work that is going on there. City Engineer Russell has teams hauling material to that thoroughfare at this time, during spare time and the road will be fixed up in very good shape when the warmer weather again comes.

Complaint is heard today from auto drivers and teamsters of the city relative to the carelessness of the little folks who spend the time after school down town with their sleds. The autoists are ones who state that the youngsters on sleds in the afternoons is one of the biggest troubles they have to contend with, and many times they have been compelled to turn their car nearly upside down to avoid running into a sled of little tots.

At the Sunday evening service at the Hinckley M. E. church the program was given over to those who have lately returned from military camps in the country. Miss Dorothy Pritchard, who was training for a nurse of Camp Wadsworth, S.C., gave a most interesting account of her experiences there.

Louis Leo, the tailor, who had had a shop in the Dee building at the corner of Third and Lincoln Highway for some time past, is moving into rooms in the Masonic building today.

The first to enter upon the new era of construction following the destruction period is the Waterman State Bank. The building was arranged for a store and a bank now. The partitions will be taken out, throwing both rooms into the bank. Bert Kopp has started the job. The banking house has meant more to the surrounding public during the past eighteen months than ever before. By the efforts of the president and cashier saving and thrift have been created and many new clients added to their accounting.

1944 – 75 YEARS AGO

A broken rail caused seven cars of a North Western eastbound Challenger train to leave the rails east of Cedar Rapids early Saturday morning. Fortunately, none of the detailed cars overturned and none of the passengers were injured. Although the normal speed of the train at the scene of the accident is about 70 miles per hour, the train was only traveling about seventeen miles per hour.

“Meatless Tuesday” greeted those eating in the restaurants in DeKalb today and menus found in the various eating establishments were quite out of the ordinary. Chicken, turkey and other foul is on most of the menus as they may be purchased without ration points, the idea of the meatless Tuesdays being to refrain from serving meat which had to be purchased with ration stamps. Fish and eggs, also highlighted many of the menus, and from all indications there was no possibility of anyone having to go hungry.

Rural schools of Afton, Paw Paw, Somonauk and Sandwich townships were visited by a College here for the purpose of discussing art subjects and materials in a practical way, for the benefit of the students in the country areas. The Afton meeting was held at the Bovee school with Mrs. Dunlap as chairman, while the other school representatives met at the Suydam school with Mrs. Lane as chairman. This is one of the projects made possible by the “in service” course.

Now that the holiday season is a matter of history, people of Sycamore are asked to turn their thoughts to the more serious and necessary work of providing surgical dressings for use of the wounded service men in the many hospitals of this and other countries. Friday of each week is devoted to the making of dressings and the work room of the Red Cross in the basement of the library are open on Friday from 9:00 o’clock in the morning to 9:00 o’clock in the evening.

Announcement was made yesterday by officers of the Sycamore chapter of the Sportsmen’s Club that the proposed fox hunt has been postponed until sometime the early part of next month. Most of the club members, it is pointed out, are seeking rabbits, and believe that an organized fox hunt would be accomplished much easier next month.

1969 – 50 YEARS AGO

Admission policy at the DeKalb County Nursing Home are stated in a booklet that spells out the details according to Merle Brust, administrator of the home. The booklet states “It is the policy of the home to admit patients through the DeKalb County Supervisor. Each applicant must be approved by his or her township supervisor, regardless of type of pay, whether it be private, old age assistance, or township. Each patient must have a medical examination before entering the home and be free of T.B.”

The possibility of having school 11 months of the year and phasing out the Glidden, Haish and Ellwood elementary schools and the Clinton Rosette Middle School are among the subjects that could be included in a long-range plan, which the DeKalb School District board of education may someday initiate.

DeKalb’s newest well, No. 11, was scheduled to be open for operations Wednesday afternoon or Thursday morning. The well, which is necessary for any future residential or industrial developments in northeast DeKalb, is located near the intersection of Barber-Greene and Loves Road.

The Chicago Title and Trust Company hosted an open house on Tuesday to conduct guests through the new office on Main street in Sycamore.

1994 – 25 YEARS AGO

“One, two, three. Now up, now up ... flip!” Tanya Johnson, DeKalb varsity cheerleader, flies high in the air, flips, and lands in her squad mate’s arms. The turbo-boost basket toss is said to be a real crowd please, but it won’t be used anymore due to Illinois High School Association (IHSA) regulations.

The eighth annual Red Wreath Program at the DeKalb Fire Department proved successful this year with no holiday related incidents reported throughout the 37-day holiday period. The Red Wreath Program was started in 1986 as a way to remind citizen about the increased danger of fire during the holiday season and involves the lighting of a wreath with red bulbs outside the DeKalb Fire Department. Each time a holiday related situation arises, one of the bulbs is changed to white. This year no bulbs had to be changed.

County officials have confirmed that as much as $8.8 million has been offered for the 138-acre county farm. However, they are not saying if that is the winning bid.

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

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