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Looking Back for May 27, 2020

College Avenue bridge in DeKalb, 1902, on rolls before being moved over water. Thanks to the Joiner History Room for the photo.
College Avenue bridge in DeKalb, 1902, on rolls before being moved over water. Thanks to the Joiner History Room for the photo.

1920 – 100 YEARS AGO

Bernard Welstead, 5-year-old son of Claude Welstead of 120 Cotton Avenue, passed away last night at 9:30. The cause of his untimely death was the children’s disease now prevailing, measels (sic). It will be remembered that his mother, Mrs. Hazel Hetchler Welstead passed away from pneumonia about a year and a half ago.

The champions of DeKalb are to play the champions of the world. Arrangements have been made whereby the Cincinnati Reds, champions of the world by virtue of licking the Chicago White Sox last fall, will play in this city in a match game with the local nine on August 18.

DANCING - At Electric Park, Saturday night, May 29th.

Another one of our public places has been struck with the spring cleaning fever and that is Huntley Park. During the fall months the park is cleaned with the result that there is a large amount of leaves and other rubbish there in the spring. This is all being taken away and the park will look fine when it is all cleaned up and the standpipe painted.

The boy scouts will hold their regular meeting this evening at 7:30 and this time they will meet in Annie’s woods. This is the time that the tenderfoot examinations will be given and all of the boys who want to join the scouts want to be there and take the exams.

Although the youngsters have been catching a lot of little fish in the normal lake, no reports of any sizable ones being caught have been received, the average fish being less than eight inches long. There is a rumor current that the cause of the condition is that seiners have been busy in the lake at unearthly hours and have taken all of the fish out of the lake.

In these gasoline days, horse thieves are scarce and the local police were much surprised when they received word yesterday to look out for an outfit belonging to Alfred Reed of Sycamore, which had disappeared Saturday.

1945 – 75 YEARS AGO

DeKalb residents will have an opportunity to view a huge spectacle Wednesday when 600 or more students of the DeKalb Township High School will present a physical education demonstration at the athletic field at 8 o’clock. Nearly every boy and girl in the school will take part in the huge demonstrations which will include calisthenics, conditioning exercises, boxing, relays, push ball contest, tumbling, square dancing and pyramids. The high school band, under the direction of George Pixley, will also take part in the program.

WANTED TO BUY FOR CASH – Used musical instruments. C.H. Palmer, Phone 338.

A sixteen year-old Indiana youth was picked up by the DeKalb police about 10:15 this morning while walking in the business district and upon questioning admitted that he had run away from home and was hitchhiking to California. His parents were contacted and stated that they would start immediately and come after the youth. While waiting for his parents the youth was catching up on some lost sleep and seemed most happy that he would soon be on his way home.

A car involved in an accident last night when it left the road and knocked down fence posts and the mailbox at the Cliff Hunt place just east of the city was later stripped. When the wrecker went out to haul in the car this morning it was found that the windows had been broken and that the car had been stripped with the radio, spare tire and wheel, three blankets, fog light, tools and other accessories having been stolen.

It is with pleasure that The Chronicle prints the “last will and testament of the “Class of ’45” of the Sycamore Community High School.  The document, which is signed, sealed, and sworn – not only to, but at, follows: “Marilyn Adee slams the door of her locker, rushes down the steps and crashes through the doors, just in time to see Kocher driving away with some other girl in that good old “Model A”. Tough luck! “Donna Brotcke tries to shove her “broadening outlook on life” off on poor little Norma Worden. Which is the lesser of the two evils, Norma? “Calvin Doty bestows his rich curly mass of red tresses to (ahem) Mr. Schrader. One way of getting back at him, eh Cal? …….

1970 – 50 YEARS AGO

Kirkland’s deserted medical center building has at last found a use in the community, for a time at least. The center will be opened June 15 by the DeKalb County Migrant Ministry giving free supervision to the children of migrant parents who are employed during the day.

Holding its first meeting in DeKalb at city hall last night was a committee on community and university relations composed of townspeople, students and university administrators.

Not too many persons in DeKalb can remember when the first sidewalk was laid in town. However, Michael Malone, who is celebrating his 92nd birthday today, recalls the event clearly. Mr. Malone remembers when all the property along Lincoln Highway was predominately the locations of private homes, not businesses. The owner of M. W. Malone, Inc. was asked how he would celebrate his 92nd birthday. He replied “I’ll be on the job here in the store, same as I have for 74 years.” He added that he would take all Malone employees and their families out to dinner.

After a two-week delay, the Kishwaukee College Board of Trustees last night acted on a petition presented to them by students requesting that the college flag be dropped to half-mast for one day in sympathy of the death of four Kent State College students, killed in recent disturbances on that campus. Some 112 names of students and faculty were on the petition requesting the flag lowering.

1995 – 25 YEARS AGO

Long-range plans for the DeKalb Public Library call for installation of an elevator, a building addition, or construction of a branch library to expand space. The plan, approved by the library board Wednesday, recommends the board begin preparing for library expansion by the year 2000.

Wellington Schiller’s passion for music has finally come full circle. After moving to the Oak Crest DeKalb-Area Retirement Center last October, this 76-year-old retired pianist quickly filled a niche in the hearts of many residents there. Every Saturday morning, residents and friends kick off the weekend by gathering in the atrium for a cup of coffee and “Music Hour With Wellie Schiller at the Piano.”

Last year, members of the DeKalb County Quilters Guild, exceeding their goal, made approximately 105 quillows for the annual spring charity project, and this year they are at it again. These were gifted to children in three programs: DeKalb County foster care, Safe Passage (domestic violence shelter) and Hope Haven (homeless shelter). The children’s reactions to their quillow gifts have been incredible. For many, it was the first time they could have something of their own.

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