Looking Back

Looking Back for May 29, 2019

Coolidge School in Cortland, looking north, Bethany and Fenstermaker roads. Thanks to the Joiner History Room for the photo.
Coolidge School in Cortland, looking north, Bethany and Fenstermaker roads. Thanks to the Joiner History Room for the photo.

1919 – 100 YEARS AGO

Last night was an unusually busy one on the North Western especially in stock hauling. Bert Lindsay who is crossing man at Sixth Street said that between three in the afternoon and 11 at night, 11 stock trains when through and he understood that the traffic kept up that way nearly all night. There was very little delay on account of the storm.

The new dry goods store M. F. Malone & Company will soon be ready for business, as the well-known DeKalb man is hard at work getting new merchandise properly marked and placed on the shelves and counters. Malone, who has spent nearly all his life in the merchandising game, says he hopes to be ready to make a formal announcement of his opening within the next day or two.

Just for curiosity, we would like to know what the fire department would have done yesterday afternoon about 1:30, had they been called to box 21, and forced to put on a couple of leads of hose at the Third street four-way plug. A professional man of the city who has lived here long enough to know better, in fact, does know better, parked his car, so that the gasoline tank was squarely against the fire hydrant, and it remained there for some time, too.

W. E. Holdrege of Cortland, had an invoice of his goods and sold them to H. E. Myers and Mrs. Myers the postmistress, moved the post office into the Jordan building formerly occupied by W. E. Holdrege.

The DeKalb County Agricultural Association and seed house on North Fifth street is undergoing an annual cleaning up and repairing this week. Men employed there have been removing all the accumulation of the year, and while not much, when removed allows more room, and every nook and corner is being cleaned up. The roof, which had become leaky in spots, is also being re-shingled and the work will continue there for a couple or three days before being completed.

For the past week or ten days there has been considerable grinding at Conlin’s elevator in DeKalb, and many farmers driving from a distance, were compelled to wait for some time before getting attention. A farmer from near Waterman drove up early yesterday morning and last night at five o’clock said he had been waiting all day to get the work done and was then just getting ready to start back home.

1944 – 75 YEARS AGO

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Blackman of Waterman were elated this morning when they received notice from the War Department that their son, Lieut. Blackman, who had been reported as missing, was being held a prisoner of war by the German government. 

Horace Fothergill, who has been a patrolman on the Sycamore police force, this week will assume the chief’s position, following his appointment at last week’s meeting of the council by Mayor Frank Ashelford. 

Following a near tragedy which occurred at the gravel pits, when the fish hatcheries of the Sycamore Chapter of the Sportsmen’s club are located, the chapter posted notices about the pits that shooting is strictly prohibited from now on, and the order will be enforced by Sheriff Al Deisz.

With food supplies adequate at the present time to meet the military needs, those of our civilians, and some of the requirements of our Allies and liberated nations, it must be understood that this supply is only temporary and must be replenished. Having plenty now does not mean having plenty later. 

Several hundred more German prisoners of war from Camp Grant P. W. compound will follow the vanguard which was put to work in asparagus fields near Rochelle. Assignment of the prisoners, many of whom are veterans of the African campaign, was expected to relieve the labor shortage confronting canning officials of the Rochelle district.

Herbert R. Jenks, son of Prof. and Mrs. Ira Jenks of the Teachers College faculty, has been granted two patents on “Metbound” an adhesive that is meeting a wide reception in the aircraft industry. Details concerning the adhesive are naturally being kept secret. 

Although it is realized that garden flowers are most beautiful at this time of the year and that they help bring cheer to the patients at the hospital, the Glidden Hospital has asked the cooperation of the public in not bringing so many of these garden flowers to the hospital. The reason is the hospital is so hard pressed for help that it is not possible to properly care for these garden flowers, especially peonies, spires, and lilacs. These flowers do not last but a short time and it takes a woman about a half of each day to care for them.

1969 – 50 YEARS AGO

Several canoe loads of interested people paddled down the Kishwaukee river to check condition. Participants said the river was not beyond saving.

Plans for the first new bank to be started in the DeKalb-Sycamore area in more than 60 years were announced. To be named the American Bank of DeKalb the new financial institution will be located in the 1800 block of Sycamore Road where a car wash now exists near the Sherwin-Williams Paint Co. store.

A $2.5 million, 16-story apartment building for senior citizens will be constructed on the site of Taylor street east of the South Fourth Street intersection. The 150-unit, high-rise building will be constructed on the property known as the Sweet Subdivision west of the Kimark Apartments on Taylor Street.

Montgomery Ward will move from downtown to a new retail store as a part of the Northland Plaza Shopping Center on Sycamore Road. The new Ward facility will be located on approximately a five-acre plot which they purchased near Woolco, Leath Furniture, Kroger, and Super-X Drugs.

The Del Monte Corporation is initiating a project to ensure that it will not pollute the Kishwaukee River during the plant’s canning operations next fall.

“They predict that a woman will be in the White House in five to 10 years, but it’s not going to be me!” says Lorraine Colby, the new mayor of the village of Malta.

1994 – 25 YEARS AGO

The former Del Monte packing plant in DeKalb won’t sit vacant much longer since the 3M Company in DeKalb has signed an agreement to lease the building for storage.

Somonauk residents will be able to pick up water meters at the village hall. Residents, according to a recently enacted water meter ordinance, have 90 days to install water meters.

The Eden’s Garden Development Group got the go-ahead for a subdivision on Twombly Road west of Annie Glidden Road from the DeKalb Plan Commission after nearly two hours of discussion on the matter.

Genoa residents will be able to give more input for the rejuvenation of the Genoa Township park and pool with the inception of the Genoa Park Advisory Committee.

A new park in DeKalb came one step closer to becoming a reality when the DeKalb Park District received money for the proposed park. Martin Donnelly presented the Park District board with two checks totaling $6,000 for Veteran’s Park in DeKalb.

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

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