Looking Back

Looking Back for March 25, 2020

Huntley Park standpipe, 1952, looking southwest. Thanks to the Joiner History Room for the photo.
Huntley Park standpipe, 1952, looking southwest. Thanks to the Joiner History Room for the photo.

1920 – 100 YEARS AGO

Some of the automobile owners in DeKalb County are going to get in “Dutch” with the sheriff if they don’t pay more attention to the license law. There are some people who are still using the last year’s license number on their cars. They should have had them changed the first of the year but the police have made allowances for the delays that sometimes occur.  Now, however they’re going to arrest any person with a 1919 license plate and the fine is $25 to $200.

It is really awfully tiresome to discuss the weather but that is about all folks talk about these days and they know when they have enough of such weather too. Gray overhead and gray underfoot – not only gray but muddy in the midst of it all – stop a minute and be glad you don’t live in the country if you don’t. For country roads – there ain’t no such thing – where there was a dirt road and if you want a little paddling around in the mud just take a short cut across a mud road in the country. More fun than you can imagine.

Police in this city and Aurora are trying to find out where Irwin Vance, fined in the county court Monday on a charge of bootlegging, got the whiskey which he sold to Sergeant Depke here last week and who made the stuff. Although he pleaded guilty to the charge of selling the stuff, Vance has not told where he got the whiskey. He insists that he does not know whether it was given to him or whether he bought it.

Harold Baer and another boy whose name is not known ran away from the school they were attending in Sycamore this afternoon. David S. Grob of 68 Washington Street, Chicago is looking for the boys, and the local police have set a net so that the boys are sure to be apprehended before the day passes.

Word was received here today of the granting by the patent department of patent to W. G. Eckhardt of this city for a device for handling ear corn. The patent was granted is at the soil improvement quarters and quite an ingenious device.

FOR SALE – Studebaker runabout, cheap if taken at once. High tension Bosch starting system. Will take motorcycle in part trade. Call 847 S. First St. Phone 1005.

1945 – 75 YEARS AGO

In and Out of Sycohi by Knute – Melodious tunes drifted through the air yesterday. It was chorus practice and with the windows wide open the whole town could probably hear the yodeling. It really wasn’t as bad as all that though, and when the time comes for the Leaves concert, you’ll find out how well all of the chorus’s sound.

As another service to the community, and especially the farmers, the Chamber of Commerce is undertaking a survey and recruit of possible farm workers for this summer. It is known fact that the farm workers are going to be scarcer than the proverbial hen’s teeth. With the assistance of Miss Cora Christian of the Central School, a survey was made and 26 boys 14 to 17 years old have been signed up ready to work on farms this summer to help the war effort.

Bubbling drinking fountains in the city which were covered last fall to prevent damage from freezing, are again available for the public – and dogs. It is not an uncommon sight to see dogs drinking from the fountains when the warmer weather comes.

Paul A. Swaim, who lives at 616½ South Third Street, was this morning informed that at least one of the two pictures he had sent to the Fifth St. Louis International Salon of Photography had been accepted for the exhibit. Mr. Swaim, who has been interested in photography and the making of prints for display for several years sent a snow scene and a still life to the exhibit. Since there are more entries in this salon than any other photographic exhibit of this nature in the world, placing one or two pictures is considered a signal honor to the photographer.

1970 – 50 YEARS AGO

Mrs. Otho J. Quick of DeKalb has been nominated for the office of treasurer of the Illinois Congress of Parents’ and Teachers. The election will take place during the 68th annual convention for the organization when it meets April 16-18 in Springfield.

Teamwork pays off – in cash. Two employees in the Fabrication division of Automatic Electric, Genoa Branch have been awarded $31.25 each for their joint suggestion combining operations on a press brake. The two punch press operators, Brad Lawson and Morey Devine both of Genoa, received their suggestion award checks last month. The two men submitted to the company Suggestion System that two separate operations be combined in the production of guide plates necessary for manufacturing the 40-B Switchboard at Genoa Branch. The suggestion from Lawson and Devine saves the company $625 annually.

Six head of cattle were killed shortly before midnight last night when two semi-trailer trucks struck them in separate accidents at the intersection of Challand Road and U.S. 30. Deputies said one of the trucks was damaged enough that it had to be towed away. Owner of the cattle is Floyd Challand.

Annie Glidden Road, like the Deacon’s “magnificent one-horse shay,” is going to pieces all at once, according to Willard W. Williams, DeKalb County highway superintendents. Williams’ reference was to Oliver Wendell Holmes’ poem, “The Deacon’s Masterpiece,” which tells of a shay that was constructed so carefully that it lasted “100 years and a day” then disintegrated all at once. Williams said potholes are appearing in the road so rapidly that his crews are having a difficult time repairing the damage.

1995 – 25 YEARS AGO

If you see a 5-foot bird running 30 mph down Route 30, you are not hallucinating. Scott Ames, owner of a rhea ranch in Hinckley, reported that one of his big birds – a cousin to the ostrich – escaped from the ranch located on Hage Road. The DeKalb County Sheriff’s animal control warden, Kurt Clauson, Ames and others have been trying to search for the 3-year-old flightless bird.

Virginia Nunez, 17, daughter of Esperanza and Jose Nunez of DeKalb, has been accepted as a state finalist in the Miss American coed pageants, coed division. The pageants, for “Tomorrow’s Leaders,” are open to girls between the ages of 4-18, with goals and dreams based on inner beauty as well as poise, appearance, and an “All-American spirit for family, fun and friends,” officials said.

The DeKalb School District 428 Board of Education, in response to queries from the district administration, gave the OK to explore the idea of combination classes in an effort to decrease personnel costs. Stan Johnston, board president, said he thinks there is an “unwarranted fear” in the community about combination classes. Johnson explained one advantage of combination classes is better utilization of teachers. With small classes combined, a teacher works with a full class. He attended a school with eight grades in one class, saying, “It is considered primitive now, but it worked then.”

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

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