Looking Back

Looking Back for April 15, 2020

First farmer’s market in DeKalb, located in the vacant lot at the corner of north Second Street and East Locust, on July 17, 1926. It was sponsored by the DeKalb County Woman’s Club. Thanks to the Joiner History Room for the photo.
First farmer’s market in DeKalb, located in the vacant lot at the corner of north Second Street and East Locust, on July 17, 1926. It was sponsored by the DeKalb County Woman’s Club. Thanks to the Joiner History Room for the photo.

1920 – 100 YEARS AGO

The DeKalb Sycamore Traction Company is having troubles with the trolley wire. The cable was broken in three or four different places and the trouble chasers were busy most of the morning splicing them together again. The trouble was not serious enough to hold the car up for any length of time and it was running very nearly on its schedule time.

WAITRESS WANTED at the Glidden Hotel a position worth $25.00 per week to experienced girl. Call or phone at once. Mr. Fletcher.

This is the last night you will be able to see the popular Mary Pickford in her greatest, most expensive photo play, “Pollyanna.” It’s at the Princess tonight at 7:30 and 9:10. With special music played by the orchestra that knows just how to play for all kinds of pictures.

The Northwestern railroad will have to have its representative appear in the police court on a charge of blocking the track for more than the time the state will allow. The way freight that runs between Clinton and Belvidere was blocking the track at the piano factory for almost half an hour this morning when the mayor noticed it and had the crew arrested and made the train clear the track. As the street is a busy one, all traffic was held up until Officer Rowe arrived.

While some of the prospective builders and contractors are waiting for material and various other things to turn up, Charles Mack of South Fourth Street has started the excavation for the bungalow that he is planning. The new house will be at 610 South Fourth Street. The home will be a dandy and it would be a good thing for DeKalb if others would follow his example.

The fire department is pretty good at getting things and now they have somebody’s goat. This goat in particular was found on West Lincoln Highway and it seemed to be taking care of itself when it was found. The fire boys took it to the station where it will be kept until the owner calls for it.

FOR SALE – Tract of land located on east side of S. Second St. Cleanest part of the city. Can be divided into eleven lots. Will sell by the lot or entire piece. Inquire of F. M. Munger, 806 S. First St. Phone 362.

1945 – 75 YEARS AGO

DeKalb joined the state and nation in mourning and prayer while funeral services were being held for the late President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Announcement was made yesterday that business houses in DeKalb would be closed from noon to 5 o’clock in conformance with the proclamation of Governor Dwight H. Green which proclaimed today as a day of mourning and prayer throughout the state and requested all business institutions, with the exception of those vital to public health, safety and the war effort, to close during that period.

During the severe electrical storm of early Friday morning, lightning struck the Harry Sabin home on Sycamore Street, setting the interior ablaze, and before the fire had been extinguished an estimated loss of $1500 or more was entailed. According to Fire Chief Chick Butzow it is believed the “hot” bolt of lightning came down the eave spout and jumped through an electric light socket in the kitchen, where the base of the fire seemed to be when firemen arrived.

During the week, under the supervision of doctors in the various places, high school students in Hinckley, Waterman, Kingston and Fairdale; Mantoux tests were conducted for the purpose of determining active cases of tuberculosis. In nearly every school there were reactions but for the most part they were found among the freshmen who had come from other schools. The positive cases will be sent to the sanatorium for X-ray and fluoroscopic examinations and the proper treatment prescribed.

PART TIME AND FULL TIME WORKERS WANTED IMMEDIATELY – Help an urgent war need and help yourself! Whether or not you have ever had factory experience makes no difference. Here’s your opportunity to participate in the thrills of building aircraft and its components. Even if you can only spend 4 or 5 hours a day let us have your name. Every man-hour will help us keep ahead of schedule. The Rudolph Wurlitzer Company.

1970 – 50 YEARS AGO

The city’s civil defense warning system is all set to give an alert if and when a tornado is sighted or an enemy air raid threatened. City Civil Defense Director Al Marshall, administrative assistant to the city manager, has established regular testing for the air horns, strategically located around DeKalb, each Tuesday at 10:30 a.m.

More than 200 Northern Illinois University students led by the Student Mobilization Committee marched through downtown DeKalb about 9 p.m. last night to protest the Vietnam War. The campus activities are related to the nationwide anti-war week. The SMC attempted to have the college shut down classes today but permission was refused. Students also picketed the draft board office on North Fourth Street yesterday.

Sycamore city crews are busy this week picking up trash in connection with the semi-annual city spring clean-up campaign. They began working on Monday and will continue through this week, until a pick-up has been on every street in Sycamore. Residents are reminded that the crews will only take articles placed on the parkways.

Area residents will have an opportunity to obtain a free chest x-ray when the mobile chest x-ray unit of the Tuberculosis and Respiratory Disease Association of North Central Illinois visits their community Thursday, Friday and Saturday. All persons, 18 and older, may take advantage of this free health service provided annually by the TB and RD Association.

1995 – 25 YEARS AGO

College students and other adults are wanted as participants in a game, to be played next week at Kishwaukee College. The game is a “dynamic simulation of our planet’s population, resource use, and pollution,” says Jan Grainer, Kishwaukee biology instructor who is in charge of lining up volunteer players.

Designing roller coasters for a major theme park is typically the job of skilled ride engineers. However, Six Flags Great America is looking for a fresh, young perspective and has given the job to high school physics students. Students from Malta High School are among 70 four-person teams of physics students from across the Midwest who are participating in the Great Coaster Contest, a roller coaster design contest that asks student to propose a concept of the roller coaster of the future.

The work of Sharon Pflaumer, writer, will grace the cover of “Dog World” magazine several times in 1995. Pflaumer’s articles on the Boston Terrier and the West Highland White Terrier already appeared in the January and February issues, respectively.

Helen Boyes won first place for her creation in an Easter bonnet contest at the DeKalb Senior Center. Seniors also made Easter baskets to be judged and participated in an old-fashioned egg hunt.

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