Looking Back

Looking Back for Jan. 30, 2019

William Ellwood home at 329 N. First St. in DeKalb. Later the Sam Bradt home. Razed in August 1975 to build apartments. Thanks to the Joiner History Room for the photo.
William Ellwood home at 329 N. First St. in DeKalb. Later the Sam Bradt home. Razed in August 1975 to build apartments. Thanks to the Joiner History Room for the photo.

1919 – 100 YEARS AGO

One of DeKalb’s prominent business men made a suggestion this morning about the affair of last night, when two men beat and robbed F. W. Collin, and later ransacked the Anderson home, that could be put into effect very easily and prove beneficial. “Why not give the chief of police power to select about ten men, living in all parts of the city, all having telephones in their homes, as an extra squad for emergencies, and when such a thing again happens, let them all get out and hunt the guilty ones. The expense of such a proposition would be slight, if any at all, and the work of such a squad would prove most effective, and perhaps be the means of capturing some of these professional crooks.”

A peculiar incident was noted recently when an elderly woman stepped up to a bubbling fountain, which was as clean as possible to keep it, and after spending two or three minutes washing the small bowl, quenched her thirst. Evidently the woman thought it was necessary to do this before water could be clean, and forgot that bubblers were made for people to use in the most sanitary way, bite the bubble.

Right at this time, especially during the forenoon, teamsters should see to it that the horses in their charge are sharp shod, so that the animals will not slip and slide when trying to get away with a load. A teamster was seen this morning with a heavy load, drawn by two heavy animals, but neither of the horses had sharp shoes and there was all kinds of slipping and sliding, the driver finally getting help to get his wagon rolling with the heavy load.

A small gasoline engine, which was being repaired at the rear of the fire station Saturday morning, attracted some little attention when it was cracking and banging like a shotgun. The fellows making the repairs on the engine had as much fun as a kid with a new knife, while people going along the street, who could not see the engine, were wondering who was getting shot, and also wondering where members of the police department were. The fact of the matter was, an officer was at hand enjoying the fun as much as the others about the station.

1944 – 75 YEARS AGO

One of the unusual hobby collections is that of Loretta Aldis of Cortland, who has a wide collection of dogs. She has been collecting them for the past two years and at the present time there are 315 dogs in the hobby collection. Included are dogs which have come from nearly every state in the union. Some are so small that a magnifying glass is needed to see them, while others are several inches in height.

Hemp processing plants at Shabbona and Kirkland, as well as the plant at Polo and two in Wisconsin, will remain the five operating establishments in the government’s elaborate hemp program, following a drastic order of curtailment. The five remaining plants will be the only operating units of a 28-plant program in the middle west that was sponsored by the government through the Commercial Credit Corporation, to meet the shortage of hemp fiber as the Japs seized South Pacific areas.

Waterman is entertaining the Camp Grant basketball team on Friday night with the Hayes Dairy squad meeting the quintet from the Rockford city in a community benefit game. All receipts are to be turned over to providing Waterman with an honor roll.

Information appearing in one of the picture magazines of national distribution reveals that the moving picture “Destination Tokyo” is based upon the exploits of the now missing submarine “Wahoo” of which Lieut. Comm. Dudley Morton, well known in DeKalb, was the commander. The “Wahoo” has been reported overdue since the first of December by the Navy Department.

Harold Fant and William Finnan, two youths of teen age, who are spending fifteen days in the county jail after conviction on charges of Larceny, will be brought into court next week for a hearing on probation, it is reported today by States Attorney Ross E. Millet.

Joe, the big buffalo at Hopkins Park died yesterday. The huge animal, which has caused considerable worry at Robert Powell of late because of his ugliness, and weighted from 1,500 to 1,800 pounds died when a 30-40 caliber bullet penetrated his brain. Simultaneously with the crack of the rifle in the hands of H. M. Stewart, the animal dropped and within three or four seconds ceased to quiver. The killing of the buffalo yesterday was the first step taken following the announcement made at the last meeting of the MacArthur club that the animal would be killed and served at a banquet, open to the public at the Masonic temple.

1969 – 50 YEARS AGO

A physical education program beginning in February was approved by the Kishwaukee College Board of Education. The program, which will begin during the spring semester, may include bowling, golf and health plus folk, social and square dancing. Physical education is a required course in most of the college’s courses of study, but it has not been offered yet because of a lack of facilities and staff.

Facts are presented concerning the building program at the DeKalb County Nursing Home. There are now 31 patients at the DeKalb County Nursing Home in quarters that do not conform to the building requirements of the federal government. There are 79 on the waiting list.

The city of DeKalb will build a new fire station within the next year. The new station would be smaller than the present 64-year-old station and would probably be located on a five-acre site in northeastern DeKalb. The present station site on Fourth Street would be used as a new city parking lot after the new station is built.

Rebuilding and extension of Taylor Street and the construction of a north-south bypass road and railroad overpass are being considered. Both the overpass and north-south bypass road (which the city would construct) would be outside the east corporate limits of DeKalb.

1994 – 25 YEARS AGO

During the 1992 Winter Olympic Games in Albertville, France, Tom Hulseberg was a spectator, but in the 1994 Winter Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway, he will be competing. The Sycamore resident is part of an internationally recognized three-man team that will compete in the snow sculpting contest that occurs prior to the official opening of the games.

Students face more difficult problems today than in the past but they don’t know how to solve them as well. Their problems are more severe but they have less problem-solving skills. Kids don’t seem to have a real good solution on how to handle problems.

Once a month, over 100 Genoa teens get together to dance, play games and win contests, and they do it safely. Teen Night, originally sponsored by the Youth Council of Faith United Methodist Church in Genoa as a fundraiser for its youth group, has been in operations for about seven years.

Malta kindergartners will get a taste of what it’s like to attend school for the entire day this semester. The Malta school district will pilot a full-day kindergarten program when school resumes this week.

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

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