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Looking Back for April 22, 2020

St. Mary’s Church and Rectory in DeKalb, 1904. Thanks to the Joiner History Room for the photo.
St. Mary’s Church and Rectory in DeKalb, 1904. Thanks to the Joiner History Room for the photo.

1920 – 100 YEARS AGO

The DeKalb Sycamore Traction company is complaining of small boys stealing rides on the back end of the street car. It isn’t that the company is afraid that it will lose a few “shekels” but that the boys may be injured. The police are watching for them and if caught the boys are apt to get in trouble.

Business at the marriage license window of the county clerks’ office continues to remain pretty dull only three couples being licensed to wed since the last report.

If everything goes as has been planned, the Chicago Concourse club will send out about 5,000 homing pigeons to be released from here Sunday morning. During the war this type of pigeon won great fame for themselves by carrying messages while under fire. A man will also be sent along with the birds to see that they are liberated in the right way.

Instead of using but a part of the old Superior building as he at first intended, E. G. Clark has notified Mitchell & Brennahan and the other people who are in the building that he would like to have the use of the whole of it as soon as possible. The building is to be used by the Clark Orchestral Roll company and will start the manufacture of its product as soon as the work of remodeling is finished.

J. H. Vierig of the Illinois Northern Utilities company has been confined to his home on John Street for several days due to an abscess. He underwent a slight operation yesterday and is resting a trifle easier today.

The High School cadets are not marking time since they received the new equipment of guns and rifles from the government. Wednesday two squads of the company were out for target practice and used the bank of the Kishwaukee river as a backstop. The boys used the regular ball ammunition and some of them made very good scores.

Judging from the number of automobiles that have been going through here lately anyone would think that every person west of DeKalb owned a car. Fleets of cars with from five to 20 in them and including all makes of cars from Ford on up have been going through with more than the usual persistency.

1945 – 75 YEARS AGO

If Mr. and Mrs. Sycamore and all the little Sycamores wish to enjoy the many vegetables this coming year as they have in the past – there is but one opportunity, raise a Victory garden. Ultimatums are being issued daily by the United States Agriculture department and other agencies at Washington, D. C., that the food situation this coming year will be acute. More food will be required for the armed forces as they are making the last dash for Berlin – and then only Tokyo.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN – Prince Castle’s five dip fresh cherry nut sundaes are only 25 cents.

Adolf Hitler, the defeated dictator, passed his 56th, and probably last, birthday today. There was no celebration in his dying empire for the most hunted man in history. The only victory salutes came from the guns of Allied armies closing in on him from east and west.

Residents of Malta have been angered and saddened by a wave of dog and cat poisoning. Virtually every pet on the north side of town has suffered a horrible death within the past few days and fear is being felt for the safety of small children as well as the further slaughter of pets. An appeal has been made to the sheriff’s office and an officer has been conducting an investigation and any further trouble will be reported and checked immediately.

DeKalb’s Cleanup Picnic is just one week away. At that time, a Cleanup Picnic will be held and all rubbish cleaned from yards and alleys will be hauled away. Enough trucks will be available so that all the rubbish can be hauled away in the one afternoon. Success of the venture depends on the cooperation of every home. Neighbors are being asked to work together in seeing that every alley is also given a thorough cleaning and if the cooperative spirit prevails, DeKalb should have the neatest appearance for the summer season.

The new library at the DeKalb Township High School will be open for inspection next Tuesday night when the High School PTA has its regular meeting at the school. The meeting will open at 7:45 o’clock and will take place in the lounge room. Community singing will be led by Erwin Osenberg.

The “wets” were victorious in the local option election in the village of Shabbona by the slim margin of seventeen votes. On the question of whether the sale of alcoholic beverages should be prohibited, 174 voted no and 157 voted yes.

1970 – 50 YEARS AGO

A science class at the NIU Lab School in observation of “Earth Day,” buried pollution and other evils of the world this morning. The group had a funeral march through NIU’s campus and later buried the coffin near the Lab School.

A traffic signal is in the process of being installed at the T-intersection of Seventh and Pleasant Streets. The light will make traveling a little easier for schoolchildren and for those working in the east side industrial area.

A new newspaper was started in DeKalb Monday, or rather the reincarnation of an old one. Known as the DeKalb Police Informer the one-page mimeographed sheet is supposed to come out three times a week as ideally stated in the Monday issue. The editor does not sign his name to the sheet.

1995 – 25 YEARS AGO

Students at Lincoln and Tyler elementary schools are showing that they care. They will be holding an emergency bake sale to support the American Red Cross for the Oklahoma City families affected by the federal building bombing. The idea for the sale originated with Tyler third-grader Jamie Benson, who used to live in Oklahoma City. According to Tom Burski, principal at both Lincoln and Tyler, Jamie went home and told her mom they should do something to help. Joanne Benson, Jamie’s mother, said the tragedy “really hit” her daughter. “We’re from Oklahoma City; I worked about three blocks from where the bomb hit. Jamie is familiar with the area.”

Starting tomorrow, making long-distance calls within the 815 area code will get a little longer for thousands of DeKalb County residents. GTE spokeswoman Tracy Monko Scholle said customers will have to dial one or zero plus the area code and the seven-digit number for every long-distance call.

Ron Modell, professor of music at Northern Illinois University and founder of the internationally recognized NIU Jazz Ensemble, and his wife, Kathy, recently spent a weekend in New York rubbing elbows with jazz greats from across the nation when they attended a surprise birthday party of jazz legend James Moody. The most beautiful musical moment of the evening was also the funniest, Modell explained. Moody and Glover Washington, another renowned jazz musician, performed a duet. “Glover and James both played phenomenal solos,” Modell described. Entertainer Bill Cosby then joined the pair, with saxophone in hand. It was the worst sax solo,” Modell said, “played with such serious intent, it was extremely funny.”

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