Looking Back

Looking Back for May 13, 2020

H. H. Wagner House, 407 S. Second St. in DeKalb. Thanks to the Joiner History Room for the photo.
H. H. Wagner House, 407 S. Second St. in DeKalb. Thanks to the Joiner History Room for the photo.

1920 – 100 YEARS AGO

The work of repainting the stand-pipe in Huntley Park will be started about Monday or Tuesday. It is not known at the present time whether or not the inside will be cleaned depending on the condition of the inside of the tank.

Another filling station is out of gasoline. Sawyer & Sons reached the limit this morning and at the present time the only place in town that has gas is the independent oil filling station. The Standard is all out and has been for the past four days. Both it and Sawyers are expecting a car, but because of the uncertainty of the railroads, do not know when it will arrive.

Sunday the game of the season for the DeKalb team will be played at Pershing Park and will be between the Hawthorn team and the local city team. The lineup for DeKalb will be the same as it was last Sunday, with Glenn in the box and Moran catching.

An announcement today that will be hailed with delight by hook and line enthusiasts is that from the Normal school to the effect that the administration is planning to grant permission to the public to fish with hook and line in the lake on the Normal school grounds on Saturday between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. No seining will be permitted at any time. The notice is signed by Dr. J. Stanley Brown, president of the school. If you can’t find the boys on Saturday, you’ll know where they are. Get your fish worms ready fellers!

Quite a lot of attention was attracted this morning when a couple of old circus bands organs were heard playing up and down the main street. While the music was not quite up to the grand opera standard a large number seemed to enjoy it because the men seemed to be taking the money in.

At least 3000 people attended the Toneal show last night on South Seventh and Garden Streets. A splendid program was arranged and all enjoyed it. The ladies millinery contest will be given Saturday night. The Toneal Man is located at the tent on 7th street and will be glad to explain the theories of the Toneal treatment to all who call. Toneal remedies are for sale at Secor’s and Kirchner’s Rexall Drug store.

1945 – 75 YEARS AGO

DeKalb yesterday was characterized as a unit on the battlefront which could be depended upon to hold its position and advance under orders. That comparison was made by Major General Frank Parker, executive director of the Illinois War Council.

Adolph Lindstone who has conducted the “little store” on DeKalb Avenue, near the intersection of Center Cross Street for more than 25 years, this week disposed of the business and the property to Bernard Ferguson. Mr. Lindstone’s place of business has been one of the popular neighborhood stores for many years.

Repairs have been made to the flag pole at the city hall, which has been out of service for the past several weeks. Services of a professional steeple jack from Aurora were secured and he attracted considerable attention as he climbed to the top to put on a new pulley, swaying back and forth as he worked at the top of the pole. The flag is again flying over the city hall and will be at half-mast in honor of former President Franklin Roosevelt until May 14.

E.A. Anderson, business manager of the Northern Illinois State Teachers College, announced this morning that the pre-school nursery operated by the Federal Works Agency under the sponsorship of the college, will close on June 30, 1945. The nursery is located at the new science building at the college. The nursery was started to accommodate pre-schools children of mothers who are working, especially those engaged in occupations in war plants.

Although every effort is being made to protect the youngsters of Malta there seems to be considerable comment about the reckless driving of youths in automobiles. The wild driving is not confined alone to crossing the railroad track but is also noted as the drivers cut through yards and alleys, as well as on the main streets.

That old song about June in January could well be changed to January in May in this community for when residents of this community climbed from their beds this morning, they found the ground covered with snow.

One of the old landmarks of the city is being torn down this week, by the new owners. The Klein house at the intersection of Locust and Third Street, it is understood, is about 70 or 75 years old, has been purchased by the DeKalb-Ogle Telephone Company. The old home is being razed this week.

1970 – 50 YEARS AGO

The Huber Park project has been the object of a detailed study by Peggy McHugh who is a senior at NIU and has been serving as part-time consultant to the city. McHugh recently distributed questionnaires to the residents of the area bordering Huber Park. Last month she made a report of her findings to the Citizen’s Committee for Community Improvement and the committee went on record in favor of preserving Huber Park as a natural woodland and not putting a proposed route that would alleviate some of the nearby Lincoln Highway traffic through its center, but rather route the traffic artery south of the existing park.

How big does a kangaroo get? What are the schools like in Tamworth? How far can a kangaroo jump? These were a few of the questions asked by DeKalb elementary students when David and Jonathon Clift visited their schools recently. The two Australian young men are presently attending DeKalb High School while their father, Robert Clift, is a visiting professor in Accountancy at NIU.

Students at NIU were leaving campus by the thousands since Wednesday night when classes were called off by President Smith until Monday. A meeting between concerned students and faculty was scheduled for this noon at the University Center pertaining to the Kent State killings and war protests.

1995 – 25 YEARS AGO

Thanks to a love of art, and an unusual hobby, 10-year-old DeKalb resident Alyse Chemers now has one of her drawings on national display. Alyse’s drawing of the presidential seal has been selected to be published on the back cover of the White House information book for kids fourth grade and under.

While demolition work on the Old DeKalb Post Office continues, an effort to preserve the memory of the building is also under way. The city and the demolition contractor are working to salvage parts of the building to be used in a proposed park that will be home to the city’s Veterans’ Memorial Clock.

In 1915, Cyrus Gonterman, a watchmaker and engraver from Edwardsville, opened his jewelry store on Lincoln Highway in DeKalb. Eighty years later, his grandson Dick Wickness, along with wife Cindy, continues the business.

Nearly 185 boy scouts from the Kishwaukee District joined forces to clean up the farm of the late Warren Pearson, who was a longtime Boy Scout supporter and generously gave use of his land to the troops as well as other organizations.

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