Looking Back

Looking Back for Sept. 11, 2019

Sycamore Post Office under construction, July 1914, looking east. Thanks to the Joiner History Room for the photo.
Sycamore Post Office under construction, July 1914, looking east. Thanks to the Joiner History Room for the photo.

1919 – 100 YEARS AGO

To make merry over her birth anniversary, a dozen friends of Mrs. Gus Nelson were entertained at her home on Gurler street yesterday afternoon. Roses and sweet peas, sent by friends were decorations, lending fragrance and June time colors. Informally spent was the afternoon, the hostess serving a tempting luncheon. Gift of a beautiful cameo finger ring was a surprise to the hostess.

William Bristow, better known as “Bill, the mail man,” last night received a box of fish from Judge Pond, who is with Tom Adams at Lac Du Flambeau. The box contained pike and also a small muskellunge, and the mail carrier says he has never seen a better assortment than the judge sent him on this occasion.

The Sandwich Fair seemed to attract everyone who possessed any kind of a car this morning or those who had friends with cars. A beautiful morning, good road, and a good program of horse races, etc., took hundreds of people from this part of the county.

The coming of the recruiting train from Camp Grant to this city today brought back memories of the early days of 1917, when the country was preparing its forces for the world’s greatest war. With bugles sounding and flags waving the caravan reached this place about 8:45 this morning and went into camp at Annie’s Woods.

Perhaps one of the biggest and yet not a commodious shipment by American railway express was made this week by the Creamery Package company when a special carload of express was sent out of here, with 15,000 pounds of express. The local factory has been unusually busy of late, and there are yet many orders to be filled.

There is joy in a number of DeKalb homes today due to the fact that the boys in Siberia will be coming home in a very short time. According to word from P. C. Harris, adjutant general, Washington, today, they will sail from Viadihovstok in two weeks. The units to sail are the 27th and 31st infantry units. The 27th infantry is the unit to which Phil Lundberg, Frank Warber, Henry Hopkins, Leroy Goodyear, and other DeKalb fellow belong, and thus the happiness that thrills all the relatives today.

1944 – 75 YEARS AGO

Fire of undetermined origin destroyed the large barn on the Hopkins farm, which had been used as a machinery shed as well, Sunday afternoon. The Hopkins farm is located about two miles northeast of Sycamore. The farm is tenanted by Ted Schuette, an employee of the Henderson dairy.

State Route 64, one of the most convenient highways for Sycamore motorists, is expected to be completed in every detail and opened to traffic within the next two weeks. This announcement was made by Harley Self, district superintendent of highways.

Young women of Sycamore who are interested in joining the armed forces, especially the Women’s Army Corps, will have the privilege of learning all details concerning this branch of service when the WAC recruiting personal comes to Sycamore the latter part of the week.

Several young people from the Charter Grove community enjoyed a roller skating party Saturday evening at the rink located on the Sycamore DeKalb road.

A German prisoner of war from Camp Grant, who escaped early Saturday afternoon while assisting in cleanup work in the tornado area near Cedarville, was captured Saturday evening about 9:15 o’clock. He was the third prisoner to have fled within the past few days. Officers at Camp Grant indicated that they will take precautions to make certain that prisoners do not obtain possession of army clothing washed in the camp laundry located in the prisoner stockade.

Joyce Nelson, price clerk at the DeKalb War Price and Rationing Board office since January of 1943, has resigned her position in order to join the United States Nurses Cadet Corps.

1969 – 50 YEARS AGO

DeKalb’s Memorial Clock on Lincoln Highway between Second and Third Streets is getting a long-needed renovation. Assistant City Engineer Roger Jacobs has oiled the clock’s antique motor and is making other improvement for the landmark.

The former Chicago Title and Trust Co. building located at 104 N. Main St. in Sycamore, recently purchased by the Dekalb County Board of Supervisors to be used as an annex to the courthouse, will soon be occupied.

Chuck Glawe, 13, Kirkland, won first place in the motorcycle hill climb held at White Pines. He rode his motorcycle 95 feet up the incline.

One of the less glamorous details assigned to members of law enforcement agencies is the spraying or wild-growing marijuana plants in a continuing effort to destroy it. Some of the plants found in the county attain a height exceeding six feet and are often growing in large clusters. This week men from the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Dept. and DeKalb County Highway Dept. employees converge on several areas armed with a cumbersome spraying device, spraying the weed so that it dies within a short time.

A vivacious 19-year-old beauty queen from Australia is coming to DeKalb next week as a part of her country-wide visit under the auspices of the Australian-U.S. Sister City program. The “goodwill ambassadress” who is also Miss Wagga Wagga in 1969 is representing nine Australian cities when she visits their counterparts in America.

Car Coats Galore at Henderson’s Department Store in Sycamore. A great selection from which to choose and now 10 percent off regular prices. Stop in at this Sycamore store.

1994 – 25 YEARS AGO

Greenlee Textron, an international manufacturing company with a local plant in Genoa, has moved to establish an ongoing scholarship program at Kishwaukee College. A unique aspect of the Greenlee Textron Scholarship is that preferred candidates will be women. Along with the gender preference, company officials have stipulated that applicants be majoring in one of three courses of study, the computer-aided mechanical design program or in one of the two options in manufacturing technology.

The Sycamore Public Library board is taking the final steps for a drive to raise funds to construct a new building that will expand the current library facility by approximately 21,000 square feet.

A resolution before the DeKalb City Council, for the final closing on purchase of the property at Lincoln Highway and First Street to make way for a new Walgreens Drug Store, narrowly passed on a 4-3 vote at the council’s regular meeting. DeKalb resident Militsa Samardzija, is heading up a group of residents opposed to the demolition of the post office. She said the group started with 15 members and that number doubled after Monday’s DeKalb City Council meeting.

The city of Genoa is one step closer to its first, and perhaps its second, traffic light following Tuesday night’s city council meeting.

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

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