1919 – 100 YEARS AGO
The dirt cross roads of the city were being given attention yesterday by the commissioner and the big grader, and many of them heretofore impassable, are today in good condition. A number of the cross streets of the city have been in bad shape for some time past and delivery men and others driving about the city were detouring rather than try to get through on some of the thoroughfares. The work of the grader has helped in some instances, and had the weather remained mild, it was the intention of the road men to give all the side street a going over.
W. Shumacher, one of the head stokers at the gas company plant, suffered a painful accident last night while at work, and one that will stay with him for some time to come. The workman who recently came here from Michigan to assist in putting this plant into first class condition was about to walk across a plank used as a scaffold, when the plank slipped and he fell into a tar vat. This tar, at a boiling heat, inflicted serious burns on the man’s arm, and it was necessary for him to go to the city hospital to be relieved. Although painful, the man stated today that he planned to keep at his work just the same.
On account of the recent embargo placed on the shipment of hogs. Local stockmen and farmers have been compelled to wait for some time before getting a car in which to ship. James Coyne ordered a car four week ago and has not yet been able to load his porkers for shipment to the Chicago market. The local man said this morning that he was second on the list now, and hoped to be able to get his swine on the market during the next week or ten days.
Claus Collins, manufacturer of cement burial vaults, loaded a car of vaults today of various sizes, and shipped them to Rochelle. The local contractor has secured considerable business from that village, and his supply at the Ogle county city has become entirely exhausted. By having a few in reserve at Rochelle, the business at Lindenwood and other towns in that vicinity is handled easier and quicker.
A deal that is of interest to automobile owners of the vicinity was consummated this week whereby G. H. Deane & Co., leasing one-half of the main floor of the new Knights of Columbus building as a salesroom and also for demonstrating purposes. This will be one of the finest of such rooms in the vicinity, and with the additional cars that the local company will sell this year, the place should be busy.
1944 – 75 YEARS AGO
By using some old material that was found around the Sycamore Preserve Works, the place now has a flag pole and Old Glory floats in the breezes each day at the canning plant. J. W. Thuma has been endeavoring to erect a flag pole at the plant for some time but priorities on piping, made it impossible, until some of the boys employed there rigged up one that will answer the purpose until the war is over.
The Suydam School had a farewell party for one of their school mates, Alan Chord, Friday afternoon. Alan was presented with a purse of money by his schoolmates and a book from his teacher, Florence Decker.
Two eight-year-old youngsters and their parents were at the city hall yesterday afternoon when a hearing was held to see what should be done with the two boys who had admitted they broke into two places in this city, a barber shop and a bakery. Attending the hearing besides the boy and their parents were George Spitz, assistant state’s attorney, Chief of Police Ben Peck and Frank Phillips, superintendent of schools. It was decided that one of the youngsters would make his home in the future with a relative on a farm and the other youngster will report each day to Mr. Phillips.
Farmers in this district are in some cases in violation of the popcorn regulation in taking the processors mark-up while performing only one function of the processor, according to the announcement of the district OPA director. A seller must perform all of the duties of the processor as defined in the popcorn regulation to be allowed the mark-up. A processor means one who fully cleans, tests and grades popcorn. There is no provision in the regulation for one who has this service performed for him on a custom basis, to be a processor. No producer may qualify himself as a processor unless he actually performs all the processing functions himself.
Mrs. Hallie Elliott of Malta has received a new supply of surgical dressings to be folded for the Red Cross. The classes, which have not met for the past few sessions will meet again at the Malta Township Library.
1969 – 50 YEARS AGO
DeKalb’s water pumpage last year went over the one billion mark for the third year in a row. The city’s residents used about 90 million more gallons of water last year than in 1967.
Kishwaukee and Fox Valley districts of the Two Rivers Council had the annual Klondike Derby at Rotary MacQueen recently.
State trooper Bernhardy demonstrated a new speed detection device at the DeKalb County Courthouse. The device, called Vascar, is an electronic computer that measures distance and time and computes the resultant speed and is designed to replace the patrol car speedometer as a speed measuring tool.
Years ago, most DeKalb County residents thought of public welfare as the “poor house.” Today, public welfare is considerably better, combining financial aid with concerted efforts to get aid recipients off the rolls, into jobs and back into society.
A Chicago & North Western train blocked DeKalb’s crossing for 11 minutes Saturday morning, but the train’s crew were not arrested. The train crew cleared the crossing as fast as possible “under the circumstances.”
1994 – 25 YEARS AGO
Instead of traveling outside the county to have the deceased cremated, it can now be done in-county. Since Jan. 1, the Northern Illinois Crematory, Inc, 1405 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore, is available to those seeking such service.
Citing its large inventory and close proximity to Chicago, local 3M officials this morning announced that its DeKalb Midwest Distribution Center at 3050 Corporate Drive in DeKalb has been selected to serve the company’s overseas customers and markets.
The former Jaffe property at the northeast corner of Terry and Railroad streets has been purchased by the city of Sandwich. The city council recently bought the land and small-scale house from John Hartman and Jack Linton
for $40,000. The area is 2312 feet by 89 feet and is near other city-owned property.
The Abraham Lincoln statue at Sycamore Junior High School was given a face lift by the eighth-grade art class in honor of black history month and Mardi Gras. The class made over 50 primitive masks, also on display, while learning about other cultures and the role of face coverings. The mask was placed on Lincoln’s face in a light-hearted gesture.
With the completion of Davenport Grade School in Genoa and children from the district back in their new classrooms, the Genoa-Kingston School Board can turn to more pressing issues, money.
• Compiled by the Joiner History Room, DeKalb County Archives.