Looking Back

Looking Back for April 29, 2020

Building the Main Street viaduct in DeKalb over east Lincoln Highway, 1904. Thamks to the Joiner History Room for the photo.
Building the Main Street viaduct in DeKalb over east Lincoln Highway, 1904. Thamks to the Joiner History Room for the photo.

1920 – 100 YEARS AGO

The domestic science class members of the High school were not satisfied with being told of the different cuts of meat and insisted that they see how they are cut and which are the best. This morning the students were brought down to the Lon Smith meat market and were shown the ins and outs of the meat game. The time was well spent and the interest that they took in what was being done and said was proof that it was of the greatest interest to them.

Three Belvidere men drove trucks down from Belvidere and went home with three truckloads of nails bought from the local plant. The motor truck is getting to be the popular method of moving goods over land.

There are still a few of the homing pigeons flying around DeKalb which seem to be lost and unable to start back to their perches in Chicago. Last Sunday over 3,500 of them were liberated here and the majority of them were on their way to Chicago within half an hour. Those which are still flying in the air over DeKalb will, after a while, get the direction which they lack at present and will then go on their way back to Chicago.

Vernon Peterson, know to almost everyone as “Salty” had the misfortune to break his arm while trying to crank the Ford trouble chaser of the telephone company. Salty has worked for the telephone company for some time and lately has had charge of the trouble wagon. When he went to crank it yesterday, he did not take the usual care and the result is that he has a broken arm.

WANTED – Young women to learn nursing. No experience necessary. Receive salary while in training. Grammar school education. Apply Jefferson Park Hospital, 1402 W. Monroe St., Chicago, Ill.

There is not a gallon of the ordinary gasoline, such as the autists use, in DeKalb today. The last of the dwindling supply at the filling station of the Standard Oil company was sold yesterday to a customer and the force at the station is having a vacation except for the task of turning customers away. It was the railroad strike that tied up the gasoline situation and now that the railroads have about resumed a normal service basis it seems likely that the cars of oil will be getting here before long.

1945 – 75 YEARS AGO

After seeing a young woman with her baby in its buggy nearly run over when the lights changed at the Fourth Street crossing a day or so ago we have come to the conclusion that the railroad is taking too much time in finding a remedy for the traffic light condition at this dangerous intersection.

Everyone can have a new pair of rationed shoes August 1, the Office of Price Administration announced today. OPA said a new shoe ration stamp would become valid at that time for one pair of shoes for each ration book holder.

Sgt. Sam J. Ridulph, son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Ridulph of 901 North Thirteenth Street, will be heard in a special overseas interview which will be broadcast Friday noon. The program was recorded somewhere in Europe where Sgt. Ridulph is serving with a ground crew in the First Tactical Air Force.

At a special meeting of the city council held Monday night, the members by a vote of five to two to provide water and sewage facilities for a proposed prisoner of war camp such labor to be used this year for operation of the Sycamore Preserve Works. A six inch sewer from 150 feet south of the end of South avenue, and a three inch water main from the same point for a distance of about 400 feet to the camp site, which is the old DeGraff farm, was approved by the city.

Carpenters have been at work on the Great Western tower for several days, and when their part of the work is completed, it is understood the railroad structure will be turned over to the painters.

Donna Rich of DeKalb, a well known employee of the company, is the artist for the annual spring issue of the Wire Crier, official magazine of the Anaconda Wire & Cable Company. This month’s issue has a cleverly designed spring cover, depicting many of the activities of spring and summer participated in by men and women alike. Miss Rich’s contribution to this month’s Crier is well done.

Tuesday night the Rural Youth Organization had a box social and dance at the new high school lounge, the event being well attended by some 80 or more young people from about the county joining in the good time. Music for the dance was by Steinke’s Orchestra of Earlville.

1970 – 50 YEARS AGO

The principal of DeKalb Senior High School, George Walters, and Student Council President Mike Sulaver have challenged all local high school principals to march in the “Walk for Development,” May 3. Walters will march and is being sponsored for $1 a mile.

Sue Huang, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hsi-Chow Huang, DeKalb, was chosen Patrol Leader of the Month from Cortland, Haish, Littlejohn and Ellwood schools. Sue is 11 years old and a fifth grader at Littlejohn school. Her job as a patrol leader makes her feel “important because I am caring for boys and girls that are younger than I am and I realize that the safety of all students is necessary.”

Hand-made speed boats, full-size wooden furniture, a grandmother clock, a Laser modulator, and sterling silver jewelry are among the projects a viewer might find at the 13th annual Northern Illinois Industrial Education Exhibit April 30 to May 2. More than 1,000 students from junior high schools, high schools, and vocational industrial education from 31 counties have entered the exhibit, sponsored by NIU’s department of Industry and Technology.

1995 – 25 YEARS AGO

Anyone in possession of drug paraphernalia soon may have the opportunity to turn it in without threat of prosecution. DeKalb County State’s Attorney Michael Coghlan said he is working to create a 30-day amnesty for people to turn in any drug paraphernalia and avoid being prosecuted under a recently adopted state law. The law makes it illegal to sell or possess paraphernalia, ranging from water pipes, bongs and marijuana rolling paper to cocaine spoons and crack pipes.

Barry Williams hit home at the very beginning of his speech a Northern Illinois University on Tuesday. “If you get lost here [in DeKalb], you know you’re having a good time.” After setting the mood, he tried to escape the stereotype he had earned by playing Greg Brady on the television situation comedy of the 1960s, “The Brady Bunch.” Williams then entertained and teased the audience for nearly two hours. He shared his experience with being a member of “The Brady Bunch” and how the show influenced his childhood.

OLDER TANDY 1000 PC with printer & programs, $50.

Work on extending Peace Road north to Plank Road could get underway in a month’s time, after approval last week by the DeKalb County Board. The county board finalized a contract with Belvidere Construction for the extension April 18, to extend the road from Route 64, north to Freed Road – approximately one mile in length.

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