1919 – 100 YEARS AGO
If a bill, introduced into the house by Hon. Charles F. Fuller of this district, passes, DeKalb, as well as the rest of the cities of Congress Fuller’s district, is to have a real souvenir of the great war in the shape of one of the captured German cannons.
While most people are feeling grateful for the mild weather of the last few days, Frank Carter is bewailing the fact that the mercury did not remain closer to the bottom of the tube, until he gets his ice harvested. However, on Carter lake on the south Malta road, the ice is better than then inches thick and today, Mr. Carter is getting his tools hauled to the spot ready for cutting which will start tomorrow.
John Francis, Oscar Carlson and James Brown of Sandwich stopped off here this morning en route to Sycamore. The men were compelled to leave Sandwich before five o’clock today in order to report at the court house at ten o’clock. The fellows were all called for jury duty and hoped to be excused that they might return to their work.
A local physician had an interesting telephone call last night from the country, when he was informed that two little children, one of two years, the other not yet four had put away a pint of whiskey, which had been doctored with herbs to make it bitter. The little tots after drinking the whisky became intoxicated and laid about the house on the floor in a stupor. Finally, when it was found what caused the kids apparent sickness, the parents thought they would be along all right if they slept it off.
Commencing tomorrow and continuing to several days, the Fisk Garage will have a display of Fordson tractors and farm implements on display at the garage at the corner of First and Lincoln Highway. The display will include many of the most important machines necessary to successful farming and it is probable that many farmers, who come for the horse sale tomorrow will spend some time giving the Ford products the once over.
Corey & Sons, who has built up an enviable business in DeKalb, recently made arrangements to take over the Cusson building across from the Chronicle and will move to the new quarters about the first of March. The Coreys will use the entire building, the first floor for office and stock room, the basement for the repair shop and the upper floor for living purposes.
1944 – 75 YEARS AGO
Saturday was an anniversary around The Chronicle, but it was not remembered until the day was over. It was just 35 years Saturday that two young men from Aurora, the late E. J. Raymond and Frank W. Greenaway, took over the ownership of this paper. At that time, it was an eight-page publication, rather run down on account of the prolonged illness of its former owner, the late Clinton Rosette, and had a circulation of some 900, part of it bona fide. Since that time there has been quite a marked increase in efficiency in all departments and a healthy growth has been in evidence all through the years.
Those in charge of the Sycamore Community Hospital again call the attention of the public to the recent change in visiting hours at the institution which will be enforced. During the afternoon visitors may call from 2:30 to 3:30 o’clock and in the evening from 7:00 to 8:30 o’clock. There will be no visiting hours during the forenoon. The rules are made necessary by the shortage of nurses and the large number of patients and the cooperation of the public is asked.
Although a number of housewives in this community have been faithfully saving their used fats, it is necessary that all should start now and there is an urgent need. Since early last month two extra points in addition to four cents a pound has been paid by meat dealers for a pound of used cooking fat. This plan was developed by the OPA in order to not only stimulate the saving of the valuable waste fats but also as a just return for the housewife for the service of saving the fat.
Ready-to-eat canned or bottled soups, which were listed at zero points on the December table of point values for processed foods, have been removed entirely from the new January table and will not hereafter be considered a rationed food. The supply of this type of soup is so limited, none having been backed since June 30, 1942, that it is not practical to ration, and therefore these soups are eliminated from the list of rationed foods. Ready-to-serve soups are unconcentrated and are ordinarily used in their original form. They do not require the addition of any liquid for dilution.
1969 – 50 YEARS AGO
A renovation of the Hopkins Park swimming pool bathhouse is being considered by the DeKalb Park District Board. The park board has asked engineers Knetsch & Assoc., DeKalb, to “look at the bathhouse with the idea of preparing plants to replace the lavatories, showers, and toilets, place an all-weather carpet on the floors and put up partitions in the bathrooms.” The park boar is also considering repairing the inlet pipes anchored to the pool wall. The pipes had sagged and must be repaired.
If houses could talk, the first home of Col. And Mrs. Isaac I. Ellwood (Harriet Augusta Miller) would have some sprightly tales to tell. The home, located at 315 N. Third St., is now owned by Dr. and Mrs. R. A. Thrun. It was started in 1859, the same year the Ellwood’s were married. They remained there 20 years, and it is thought that all six of their children were born there.
The DeKalb Park District Board has officially named the 14th and Lewis Street playground “Babcox Park.” The playground is named in honor of T. F. Babcox, who was plant superintendent of the U.S. Steel Co., Cyclone Fence Division, 1401 Pleasant St., which is leasing the two and one-half acre playground property for $1 to the park district on an annual basis.
1994 – 25 YEARS AGO
A Geneva man is very lucky to be alive after the single-engine plane he was piloting crashed shortly after take-off from the DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport. The plane crashed in a field just 200 feet west of the 200 clock of Peace Road.
The state owes Kishwaukee College $600,000 in funding and administrators are beginning to worry they won’t see the money anytime soon.
Students in the sixth, eighth and 10th grades will be able to use calculators this year on the mathematics portion of the state-required Illinois Goal Assessment Program (IGAP). This is the first-year calculators will be allowed during the IGAP, an standardized test taken annually in March.
Three people were injured in a two-car accident near the intersection of Main and Washington Street in Genoa, marking the third accident to occur at that intersection within one month.
• Compiled by the Joiner History Room, DeKalb County Archives.