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Looking Back for April 10, 2019

Illinois Central Light building at 146 S. Third St. in DeKalb. Thanks to the Joiner History Room for the photo.
Illinois Central Light building at 146 S. Third St. in DeKalb. Thanks to the Joiner History Room for the photo.

1919 – 100 YEARS AGO

The Q. R. S factory, the music roll department of the Melville Clark Piano company, is going to move away from DeKalb. Lack of room to properly conduct the branch of the business and the difficulty to obtain help, coupled with the absolute necessity of enlarging the piano making department of the big factory, is the cause for the step.

I.B. Unger of Rochelle, has leased the east half of the first floor of the new Knights of Columbus building and will put in a shoe store here at the earliest time. Mr. Unger has been in business at Rochelle for many years, following the harness marker’s trade, but on account of the high cost of leather had to quit. He then began work as a shoe clerk and when this opportunity presented itself, lost no time in signing the lease.

One sure sign that spring is on the way was brought to light today when the popcorn wagons were hauled from winter storage to the usual place along the street for the year’s business. Myron and William Duffey have both put their wagons out today and it is expected that the merchants along the street having machines will be getting them out of doors in a short time.

North Western employees have been at work for a week past on the old McGirr elevator at the Second Street crossing of the railroad, and have the work of removing the old building about completed. The lumber has all been hauled away, and it is probably that the foundation and debris will all be cleaned up there before the railroad workers are ordered to move somewhere else. The elevator was built about 15 years ago, but had not been used for several years past.

If you have any pet rabbits or Belgian hares, it is best to keep them within an enclosure unless the owner does not want trouble with the police. Several complaints have been received of late concerning the destruction of gardens by rabbits and chickens and it is the plan of the police department now to see that there are no more such complaints received there.

Mr. and Mrs. O. E. Muzzey, former residents of DeKalb, now living on a farm near Malta came to DeKalb yesterday after the remainder of their household goods and when enroute home about 3:30 had a slight accident. Mr. Muzzey with his lumber wagon well loaded stopped downtown for a moment and when he again got started on his way, a front wheel came off, and there was a general spill of the contents of the wagon. Fortunately, the horses did not start to run away and the matter was soon straightened up and the trip homeward was continued without incident.

1944 – 75 YEARS AGO

Unofficial information as to the wreck at Five Points Monday night in which several cars were derailed, tying up traffic on the line all of yesterday, was that the company hoped to resume service in and out of the station in Sycamore this afternoon. The wreck which occurred Monday night put several cars in the ditch and wrecking crews from Chicago and Oelwein, Iowa, worked continuously to clear the right of way so that necessary roadbed and rails could be replaced quickly.

At the meeting of the DeKalb Rotary club held last night at the Rice hotel, several business and professional men from Sycamore were invited guests and learned some of the workings of the civic group with a view of founding a club at the county seat.

Reduced requirements and a shortage of seed are responsible for the abandonment of 25 hemp mills by the government in the middle west. Only seventeen mills, including those at Shabbona, Kirkland, and Popo, and these mills have been authorized to contract new acreage.

Spring house cleaning has been started at the DeKalb police station and considerable repair and redecorating work will be done in the various rooms of the police department. Some plaster work was started, both in the police rooms and the cell rooms. The rooms will be redecorated when the repair work has been completed. It is planned to redecorate the desk sergeant’s room and the reception room when the other work has been completed. The rooms have been badly in need of redecorating for some time.

With auto drivers of this and other communities becoming more and more careless each day as to the manner in which they park their machines, it is the hope of the city authorities to be able to mark off the parking stalls within a very short time. As it is now, many drivers pay little or no attention as to the manner in which the vehicles are parked, some of them often taking up two spaces, and making it difficult for others to run their machines to the curb properly.

Work will be started soon on a drainage system east of DeKalb which when completed, will eliminate much of the water under the overhead structure, causing traffic detour when it rains. About 820 feet of title will be laid and the same contractor who has charge of the extension of the water main service in Sycamore and has been working in Cortland, will have charge of the work there.

1969 – 50 YEARS AGO

Reading material consisting of paperback books, magazines, etc., for wounded Viet Nam war veterans are in great demand. These men, sailors and marines have been returned to the United States and hospitalized at Great Lakes Naval Hospital for treatment of wounds received in battle.

An Open House will be held at the Waterman Fire Department on Sunday. At this time the new completely equipped ambulance will be officially presented to the department. The ambulance, which will serve the Waterman Fire Protection District, is the result of a three-month drive conducted by American Legion members, and will go into operation immediately after presentation.

The annual K-G-K neighborhood girl scouts play-day was held Saturday in the Genoa-Kingston High School gym with 10 troops present, including 126 girls, comprised of the Brownies, Junior Girl Scouts, Cadets, also leaders and several committee mothers.

Carrier salesmen of the DeKalb Daily Chronicle had the opportunity of throwing a pie at their “boss” in the climax of the month-long program of offering interesting reading to their customers. Carriers-salesmen who brought in an order were provided a fresh cream pie and provided the target.

1994 – 25 YEARS AGO

Members of the Sycamore High School Pompom Squad traveled to Peoria to place fourth in the squad’s first-ever state competition with the Illinois Drill Team Association.

Otto’s bar in downtown DeKalb will be closed for a six-day period beginning Monday following a decision by DeKalb Mayor and Liquor Commissioner Greg Sparrow.

The Genoa Plan Commission has approved a special use permit for a three-bay automatic car wash on the corner of Main Street and Route 72. The plans indicate traffic will enter the car wash from Main Street and exit only onto North State Street.

The DeKalb City Council voted against a zoning change for a proposed development that would have created 144 low-income apartment units on the Foster property on Route 38. The 31.9-acre development, known as Westview, is currently zoned Single-Family Residential.

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

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