Looking Back

Looking Back for March 18, 2020

Oaks Drive Inn on Sycamore Road in DeKalb, 1961. Thanks to the Joiner History Room for the photo.
Oaks Drive Inn on Sycamore Road in DeKalb, 1961. Thanks to the Joiner History Room for the photo.

1920 – 100 YEARS AGO

The North Western railroad is having its troubles lately. This morning at one o’clock the westbound freight left the track at Flagg, Ill., piling up four freight cars and tearing up quite a bit of track. This is another of the series of wrecks the North Western has been having lately where no one was injured.

Record prices for Holstein cattle were obtained at the sale held by the State Holstein Fresian Association at the Union Stockyards in Chicago last week. George Fox of Sycamore was one of the purchasers paying $1,000 for Peirtertje DeKol Columbo from the Lisle Farms at Lisle, Ill. Mr. Fox’s purchase gives him possession of one of the best Holsteins in this section of the country and he is justly proud of his buy.

The local fire department for some time past, has needed something in the way of a diversion. The boys have decided upon a Victrola and are going to start out Thursday and get the necessary money by popular subscription. As everyone knows, waiting for something to happen is one of the hardest things to do there is, the people are fully aware of the fact that when the “something” happens the local fire department always renders efficient service. It is likely that the boys will have little difficulty in filling their list.

W. F. Pagel has bought from Philander M. Alden the 80 feet at the northeast corner of South California and West Ottawa streets and upon this lot he will build a pretty modern bungalow at once. Meantime he has rented a suite of rooms in the Poust house where the family will live until the new bungalow is completed. This will make a fine improvement on the corner.

WANTED – Storage for Studebaker touring with semi-monthly test and refill of batteries in non-freezing place. State charges by week and month. Address J. L. K. care of Chronicle.

The local police force Saturday night again demonstrated to the Chicago underworld that DeKalb County is a splendid place for auto bandits to remain absent from. By the capture of two hardboiled citizens who had stolen a Chicago man’s car and driven it to death through the muddy country roads of northern Illinois, the local officers have turned over to the Chicago police a couple of tough citizens who, from every indication, are professional yeggs and thieves.

1945 – 75 YEARS AGO

For the purpose of furnishing a convenient place for news bulletins pertaining to the schools of the county, a large bulletin board, yesterday was installed on the west wall in the county superintendent of schools’ office. This will be far more convenient than allowing notices of various kinds, and other material to be placed on the counter.

J. J. McFarland, manager of the State Theater recently has completed a noise proof room for the convenience of mothers with small children, the latter often becoming tired and noisy at crucial times during the showing of a picture. “Mac” had installed what he terms the “cry room” for the use of mothers and infants, and while it is soundproof, it is so arranged that whoever is caring for the infant is able to enjoy the picture, equally as well as if she was in the main auditorium. This is the first cry room to be installed in this part of the county.

For many weeks the Sycamore Chamber of Commerce has been receiving food bulletins from the state and national department urging everyone to plant a victory garden. This is a “must” on the part of smaller community residents if they wish to enjoy such foodstuffs commonly bought in the stores in cans or glass jars. Uncle Sam is making a much larger demand on the canners of America this year for foodstuffs for the millions of men in service, and it must be remembered that the Allied armies may need some of the food that is raised in this country.

Members of the Columbian Literary Club held a most interesting meeting this afternoon at the home of Mrs. Emery J. Fenwick, 314 N. California St. The program of the afternoon included a review by Mrs. Ira Wetzel on Bernard Pares’ book, “Russian and the Peace.” As usual, there was a splendid attendance, and the meeting was thoroughly enjoyed by the many attending.

Restaurants in the DeKalb area which serve meals to war workers after minding may qualify for exemption from the Byrnes Midnight Curfew by making written application to the area director, Joe Brooks, WMC Area Director announced today. A written application should be filed by the restaurants specifying the period of time after 12 o’clock midnight which it wishes to remain open primarily for the purpose of serving food to war workers.

1970 – 50 YEARS AGO

The closing of the Fourth Street railroad crossing in Kirkland was strongly opposed by residents on North Street. Village board member Dennis Knox interviewed many people who would be affected by the action and found only five persons who use it in favor of closing the crossing.

Future Homemakers Association members of the Shabbona High School enjoyed a recent field trip to Oakbrook Shopping Center. The 29 members and the adviser, Mrs. Candice McLean, were given a tour of kitchens at Marshall Fields and also a talk by a store representative on ‘fabrics’ showing sample materials, reviewing new trends, etc. Curtis Johnson, Lee, was the bus driver.

Opportunity House of Sycamore is participating in the first annual exhibit of art by handicapped children of Illinois, now taking place at NIU Center Student Lounge. The purpose of this exhibit is to assist in recognition of the contribution, that are made to the lives of the handicapped and bring examples of their artistic ability to the attention of the public, teachers and future teachers.

1995 – 25 YEARS AGO

Genoa city officials and Roger Hopkins of the DeKalb County Economic Development Corp. are looking to fill the building recently vacated by the closing of Argos Products Co. Inc. The company, which produced speaker podiums and other accessories for electrical speaker, microphones and amplifiers closed its doors after declining business. At the time of the closing, 16 people were employed at Argos.

Although the city announced two weeks ago that McArthur/Glen won’t be building a factory outlet center on the southeast side of DeKalb anytime soon, project bids for the sanitary sewer extension were so low they have decided to move ahead with at least part of the project for now.

MCCABES BARTENDING SCHOOL w/TIPS Certification. Classes start March 29. For info call Glenn.

The DeKalb City Council will move forward in considering a $750,000 redevelopment incentive package for the Wayman Shopping Center on Sycamore Road. The package comes in the form of two contingent development agreements, one with Ace Hardware owner Jim Wayman, and the other with Michael Vasallo of the Joyce Pontiac car dealership in Sycamore. The city will also throw in an extra $50,000 for relocating Meat Master butcher shop, Carder-Hamilin Travel, Swanson’s, Mr. Sweeper and Greenacre Cleaners. The tenants are at the current Wayman site.

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

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