Looking Back

Looking back at 10 years of Looking Back

Some of the dedicated volunteers at the Joiner History Room are pictured in 2019. From left are Ann Marie Babich, Marcia Wilson, Sue Breese and Kevin Mathey.
Some of the dedicated volunteers at the Joiner History Room are pictured in 2019. From left are Ann Marie Babich, Marcia Wilson, Sue Breese and Kevin Mathey.

The Joiner History is celebrating 10 years of contributions to the Looking Back Column. We hope you enjoy this different look to the column in the month of June.

1901 – It is a matter of congratulation that this city has attained to a degree of civilization sufficient to have an ordinance prohibiting spitting on up its sidewalks. An ordinance was passed by the city council on November 12 last which says: “Whoever shall expectorate upon the sidewalks and in public places of this city any tobacco juice or other filthy matter shall be subject to a penalty of not less than $3 nor more than $10 for each offense.”

1907 – The Fourth of July will not be celebrated in a public manner in Sycamore this year. Our failure to properly observe the anniversary of American Independence is largely due to the fact that no one would undertake to collect the necessary funds and assume the considerable labor of arranging for the proper celebration. It would appear that there is not only a lack of business enterprise, but a lack of patriotism. Our people did not feel that way three-quarters, nor a quarter of a century ago for that matter.

1912 – An effort is being made in Hinckley and Squaw Grove Township for the erection of a soldiers’ monument in the Hinckley cemetery, to cost about $1,000.

1912 – DeKalb County is the first county in the state to consolidate total schools. Before winter comes there will be completed a $30,000 school building in Paw Paw, to be followed by a $5,800 teachers’ residence. Ten acres for farm experiments and playgrounds have been set aside.

1913 – The mile of cement road laid between DeKalb and Sycamore has been formally opened to traffic. The road is 12 feet in width and presents a hard, smooth surface. It is one of the first country roads of its kind in the state, and has been examined with interest.

1913 – The True Republican calls attention to the unsanitary custom of the firm which delivers ice to Sycamore homes of rinsing the ice with water from the public horse trough on Maple Street.

1913 – The reason the shoe clerk never asks a woman what size shoe she wears is because it is easier for him to measure her foot than to argue with her.

1913 – A notable day to the people of Mayfield was the dedication of their very comfortable, newly remodeled Congregational church last Sunday.

1914 – An evangelist says there are 13 roads to hell. We bet every one of them is chocked with men who let their horses stand out in the cold without a blanket and who don’t pay for their paper.

1915 – A large new mausoleum in Fairview cemetery in DeKalb will be dedicated on next week. A. G. Kennedy of the Commercial Club will make an address. The mausoleum contains 220 tombs and has a chapel of good size. The company who erected the structure have been conferring with the board of directors of Elmwood cemetery in Sycamore with a view of erecting a similar structure in this cemetery.

1916 – Burglars who robbed the Gale Upstone store in Fairdale are being tracked by bloodhounds from Winnebago County. Sheriff Glinders took the dogs to Fairdale early yesterday where they took up the trail of the burglars who broke into the Upstone store early Tuesday night. The hounds followed the trail from the store to the railroad tracks.

1935 – Louie Riebock says nobody knows how big a crowd there was in the park unless they had to make hamburgers for ‘em. He says he used up 140 pounds of “burgers” that holiday.

1935 – Once upon a time, basements were thought of as nice places to get a drink of firewater. Now that the firewater has been moved up to the first floor, the only thing a cellar is good for in this kind of weather is to sleep in. That reminds us that when, and if, we ever have a home of our own we are going to have the bathtub in the basement. A fella takes a bath now and by the time he gets his clothes on again he needs another because of perspiration.

1935 – Carolyn Hemenway is following in her papa’s footsteps. Her dad is a colonel and fought a couple of wars. Carolyn is battling ants at the Chamber of Commerce office. She was using chemical warfare yesterday.

1936 – We call attention to the tremendous popularity of the toboggan slide at Hopkins Park in DeKalb. Not only hundreds of kids, but fat bankers, skinny insurance men, to say nothing of lawyers and professionals of all shapes and sizes and ages, have been enjoying the biggest time in many years at the slide.

1937 – He is 80 years old. He believed his $160 safer in his coat pocket than in the bank. The gypsies got the money.

1938 – High school athletes should be given a heart and chest examination, including X-ray pictures, before being permitted to compete in strenuous physical sports, the Illinois Tuberculosis Association states.

1939 – Slaughter of at least 50 sheep by dogs on the Nelson farm Monday night sent the sheriff and deputies on the trail of the killers. The penalty for a sheep-killing dog is execution.

1940 – The old-fashioned cuspid or, relic of long ago, has been ostracized in the courthouse, 15 literally having been “sent to the cleaners.” They will not come back, at least during the incumbency of the sheriff’s office by W. D. Runnells, custodian of the county building and grounds. The only ones that remain are in the halls.

1940 – Those two stalks of marijuana growing in the county jail yard are doing well. Being weeds, as noxious weeds, they do not need attention. When the True Republican stated that the stalks were nine and seven feet in height, he took Sheriff William Runnell’s word for it. Last Thursday, the sheriff exhibited the stalks of marijuana. In the meantime, each one had grown to more feet, and gave some indication of towering even higher. Anyone who wants to know what this deadly Mexican looks like can see the two stalks growing in the back of the sheriff’s residence.

1940 – The Waterman fire department now has a fine new building in which to house their fire truck and other fire-fighting equipment. It is located next to the village hall and is built of Streator double-glazed insulated blocks, triple-vacuum, and practically fire proof. The building is 30x40 feet in area with a 12-foot ceiling. It has two sliding doors in the front to allow quick departure of the fire truck when it is called.

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