Looking Back

Looking back at 10 years of Looking Back

Joiner History Room volunteers celebrate the completion of their book “Images of America: Sycamore.” in 2007. Pictured (from left) are Maureen Kelley, Sue Breese, Patsy Lundberg, Bob Myers, Phyllis Kelley, Bud Burgin, Marian Anderson, Jackie Tyrrell and Sheri Baker.
Joiner History Room volunteers celebrate the completion of their book “Images of America: Sycamore.” in 2007. Pictured (from left) are Maureen Kelley, Sue Breese, Patsy Lundberg, Bob Myers, Phyllis Kelley, Bud Burgin, Marian Anderson, Jackie Tyrrell and Sheri Baker.

The Joiner History Room 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.

1932 – Bachelor Fred Boynton knows high math, but little of figures. Dislikes jazz music. Likes small cars. Needs domestic diversion. Has bank connections. Quick.

1937 – Deputy William A. Runnels brought in chicken enemy No. 1 and collected a $3 bounty from County Clerk Joiner Thursday morning, having struck and killed the fox with his car.

1938 – Postmaster Boyle estimates George Stevenson, in the local postal service for the last 33 years, has walked 118,000 miles, more or less. This is more than five times around this mundane sphere mortals call the earth.

1941 – Weather conditions have not been right for record-breaking work on the underpass being constructed at Hopkins Park in DeKalb. The heavy rain last night filled the ditch and made it impossible for the men to work. Previous rains have also slowed up this particular job considerably.

1941 – A stray pig learned what happens to those who wander. They end up in the dog house. A stray pig wandered into the property of the Milk Consumers Association on Pleasant Street. Someone at the milk plant put the pig, a cute little fellow, in a garage at the plant. Later police were called and Dog Catcher Bill Reams took the pig into custody, putting the animal in the dog house to the rear of the police station. The pig was unclaimed at noon today and if not claimed soon there may be a roast pig dinner for the city officials.

1942 – Miss Esther Mae Nesbitt of Sycamore is now a member of the Chicago unit of the Civil Air Patrol which has military training each week in Evanston and is made up of private patrols flying from Sky Harbor airport northwest of Evanston. Miss Nesbitt has had previous training this winter, at San Antonio, Texas.

1942 – Being cramped for room in the present quarters, the east mill of the Nehring Electrical Works will be extended to within about ten feet of Tenth Street. The Nehring plant has been designated as a war defense plant and will be given priorities so that the steel and other vital materials can be received for the new addition.

1942 – Official announcement comes from the Sycamore Dairy that much of the equipment is being moved to the newly constructed and modern building on West High Street today. The new structure is said to be modern in every way, but the installation of the machinery and other work will require a couple of weeks before the public inspection will be arranged by the proprietor.

1942 – During the final session of DeKalb County Board of Supervisors, it was voted by the group that the two cannons in the yard at the county building should be turned over to the Red Cross for disposal. The field pieces have been in the court yard many years, but contain much valuable salvage, which will be of benefit to the war effort, and the proceeds will aid Red Cross work.

1944 – In giving her girdle to a rubber drive a DeKalb woman said that it was more important to have the government in good shape.

1962 – Nine neighbors on Seventh Street in DeKalb have set up a unique Christmas greeting in their block. In the front lawn of each home a large, imitation candle has been set up. In the center of the face of each red candlestick appears a large white letter. The letters on the nine candles spell “MERRY XMAS.”

1963 – Holub Industries purchased the former Chicago & Northwestern Railroad property at the corner of DeKalb Avenue and Sacramento Street in Sycamore. This includes the depot, warehouse, railroad siding and all the land north of these buildings for about one block. Part of the old landmark will be razed, while other portions will be remodeled into an attractive, modern structure for manufacturing and warehousing.

1963 – Sycamore’s second annual Halloween Pumpkin Festival, sponsored by the Sycamore Lions Club, will be rewarded with an appearance on a TV show, and in color, too. Two of the children whose pumpkin exhibits are deemed worthy will be chosen Sunday evening, Oct. 27, to appear on the Top ’O The Morning WGN-TV program in color on Monday morning, Oct. 18.

1964 – The Sycamore Preserve Works, the oldest industry in Sycamore, did not renew several hundred thousand dollars’ worth of corn land contracts this year. The plant is ceasing operations.

1964 – The ruined Alida Young Temple will be removed within a few weeks. The vacant space will then be fenced in until a time comes when something is done with the land.

1964 – As part of the rebuilding the roof of the courthouse, the old flag pole has been removed. It will not be replaced. A new pole is to pierce the air at 60 feet, and will shoot up from the lawn halfway between the monument and the building.

1964 – There must be an understanding soon about where Sycamore ends and DeKalb begins, otherwise someday the fire trucks of the two communities might have a head-on collision going to the fire.

1965 – At least one DeKalb dollar day shopper acted a little squirrely this morning when the stores opened. He entered Gordon’s Hardware, 514 E. Lincoln Highway, shopped around briefly, then strolled out. No one at the store knew what he was looking for, but he did look at a nutcracker and some foul weather gear. He was described as about eight inches tall and wearing a red fur coat. Other shoppers said he really looked like a squirrel and possibly lived in the neighborhood.

1975 – An ordinance prohibiting obscene acts in taverns was approved, 4-3, by the DeKalb City Council last night. Mayor Van Patter, sponsor of the legislation, warned that a “syndicate element” has made offers to buy two city taverns. Van Patter said syndicate criminals employ prostitutes and “ladies which perform acts.”

1987 – Cornelia the Cow will be turned loose at this year’s Corn Fest in a pasture marked off in squares. Squares can be purchased by those wishing to hit the jackpot. Cornelia will decide the winner depending on which square she fertilizes.

1987 – Seven employees of DeKalb’s McDonald’s restaurant will make their television debut Oct. 8 in a print time commercial sponsored by their employer.

1988 – Sheriff Roger Scott has issued an alert asking farmers to beware of marijuana producers looking for farmland to buy.

1991 – While MJS Larson Inc. may have cleared the first hurdle in its attempt to extend its current quarrying operation, several residents near the expansion site are concerned about the possible effect it might have on their homes and water supplies.

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