Looking Back

Looking Back for Feb. 12, 2020

Sam E. Bradt home in DeKalb. Originally the Will Ellwood home at First Street and Augusta. Thanks to the Joiner History Room for providing the photo.
Sam E. Bradt home in DeKalb. Originally the Will Ellwood home at First Street and Augusta. Thanks to the Joiner History Room for providing the photo.

1920 – 100 YEARS AGO

The addition to the number of flu cases in the city reported today were – none. Not a single new case was reported yesterday to the office of Dr. J. B. Hagey, health commissioner, and up to a late hour this afternoon there had been no new cases reported for today.  Two cases of measles were reported to Dr. Hagey’s office.

A Valentine dancing party entertained a large crowd of dancers at the Armory theater last evening. Decorations were entirely of hearts and red festoons and a novel feature of the evening was the post office which distributed Valentines to those in attendance during the dances. Mrs. Reynolds and her orchestra provided the enjoyable program of dance numbers.

An expert from a wholesale candy house was at Secor’s yesterday and trimmed the candy case, as well as placing an elaborate display of good candies at popular prices in the east window. Secor’s candy business has been grown immensely, largely because of the desirability of the lines handled, and for the further reason, he is selling these goods cheaper than ordinary.

Little Mary Lewis was an adorable hostess to ten of her little friends at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Lewis on Augusta Avenue yesterday afternoon in honor of her fourth birthday. Miss Mary’s toy room proved to be a treasure land for the little tots where they enjoyed an hour or two preceding the serving of a delicious lunch.

Artists on every kind of instrument are being developed in the grade schools under the direction of their musical instructor, Miss Maude Nicholson, and being used in the various orchestras of the grade schools. The work is receiving much enthusiasm among the young students and some fine work is being accomplished.

1945 – 75 YEARS AGO

War Food Administration officials warned civilians today that more meatless days are ahead. The meat scarcity, they said, will grow progressively worse in the next few months and by August civilians probably will experience the shortest supplies in ten years. More stringent ration of meat appears inevitable.

The month of February is an important one for Charles Michaelson of the Central Market as it was 40 years ago this month he came to Sycamore from Warren, and began work in a meat market in the building now occupied by Stanley Bergeson. Later “Charlie” as he so familiarly is known to his hundreds of patrons and innumerable friends in the business world, took off for himself, and has successfully conducted the Central Market of more than 31 years.

Auto drivers who use the road between DeKalb and Sycamore frequently, have entered a protest of the rubbish and debris of all kinds that has been scattered along the highway at various places between the city limits and the entrance to the city dumping grounds. It is not believed the city wagons are losing the debris, but as to who might be the guilty parties, county and state authorities are determined to learn, that the practice may be stopped.

School boy and girl patrols of the McMurry, Ellwood, Glidden and Haish Schools were royally entertained Saturday evening by Kishwaukee Encampment No. 30 of the Odd Fellow organization at the temple on North Eleventh Street. The program of the evening began with dinner that was everything that could be desired, especially as far as the young boys and girls who are doing a splendid job each day controlling traffic near schools to avoid accidents.

Moving operations during the last ten days have brought most of the equipment of the National Electric Screen Corporation to DeKalb, where the manufacturing activities of the company will be carrying on in the future. The entire second floor of the large building at the southwest corner of Locust and Fourth Street has been leased by the corporation, and the superintendent Clarence M. Spenks, is now in charge of installing the machinery and equipment. The two main products of the company are electric screens and box traps for killing insects, both items winning wide recognition over the nation, especially in establishments handling food products.

1970 – 50 YEARS AGO

Beauticians Phyl Louise and Marge Westerbeck visited DeKalb County Nursing Home Monday to mark the beginning of National Beauty Salon Week. The theme this year is “Joy of a New Hair Style.”

Students and faculty from Northern Illinois University marched yesterday from campus to the post office and the city municipal building to show support of jailed Black Panther leader Huey Newton. The march, part of a national demonstration, coincided with Newton’s attorney’s appeal motion in a California court.

The Marilyn Majorettes and Drum Corps, Senior Unit, entertained fans during the half time of the senior varsity game at Belvidere High School Saturday evening. The visiting team was from Harlem High School.

A Genoa Park District sponsored square dance will be held Saturday at Chamberlain Park in Genoa. Beginners and experts, young and old, are cordially invited to join in the fun.

The first step in DeKalb’s Civil Defense outdoor warning sirens failed to produce any sounds yesterday due to “some bugs in the system,” according to Assistant City Manager Al Marshall. The new outdoor warning system will have all the bugs worked out though before the upcoming March tornado season.

1995 – 25 YEARS AGO

The cast for the DeKalb Children’s Community Theatre production of “Aladdin” includes more than 40 area young people under the direction of Dee Heuer. The cast will meet March 12 at the Egyptian Theatre in DeKalb to present the adventures of Aladdin and his mischievous monkey, Alakazam.

Buyers from 10 states will be on hand Saturday for the 21at annual Hinckley Lions Club farm machinery consignment auction. Club members have been taking in machinery and other farm equipment to the sale location since Wednesday and expect to have more than 900 pieces available by sale time.

Citing a need to reduce costs and consolidate operations, GTE has announced it will close its Customer Services Operation Center function at 225 E. Locust St., DeKalb, and move it to Marion, Ohio, and Fort Wayne, Ind. The closure will result in the loss of about 40 jobs.

Dan Robbins, creator of the very first “Paint-By-Number” designs in 1950 will offer a program on the history of the “Paint-By-Number” phenomenon at the Ellwood House on Tuesday.

The cold snap means that skating is permitted on the east lagoon on the campus of Northern Illinois University. Mike Kaiser of the NIU grounds crew pushed snow from the ice Tuesday to open the way for smooth skating. Jack Vogeler said the crew drills holes in the ice at different spots to check the depth to make sure it is safe for skating.

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

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