Looking Back

Looking Back for July 22, 2020

A gasoline trolly car is pictured in Cortland. Thanks to the Joiner History Room for the photo.
A gasoline trolly car is pictured in Cortland. Thanks to the Joiner History Room for the photo.

1920 – 100 YEARS AGO

Complaints are coming in that some of the kids who use the Normal pond swimming hole are not wearing the required swimming suits. Unless the suits are worn the offenders are going to be caught and will not be allowed the use of the pond again.

Next Sunday the Union Giants of Chicago are to play at Pershing Park and as they have the reputation of being the funniest team on the road a large crowd will probably be out for the game.

Local people who have read much about William Bross Lloyd, the Chicago millionaire who is the ringleader in the Communist Labor outfits, which is on trial in Judge Hebel’s court, have heard the communist speak here.

Hardly an evening passes that Annie’s Woods is not invaded with one or more parties taking their lunch to the woods or enjoying a beefsteak or bacon fry out there where it’s cool and shady.

With the continued dry weather and the withering up of the gardens, the north and south works of the American Steel and Wire Company have installed a series of pipes so that the employees who live near to the mills can water their gardens.

Many DeKalb people welcome the opportunity to secure meals over the weekends at the cafeteria run by Mrs. James Clark at her home on John Street beginning this weekend.

Extensive improvements are being made on the residence occupied by the Sisters at St. Mary’s School.

The mail airplane goes over the city every morning at six o’clock quite regularly now but attracts no more attention than a speeding automobile. Nevertheless, the early risers casually give it the once over every morning.

Cherries as big as apricots – we almost mean it – for you ought to see the luscious dark red cherries brought to the Chronicle yesterday from the John Nelson farm.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde with John Barrymore – one of the best actors of today in the entire world – in the leading role is at the princess Monday and Tuesday as the big extra special attraction of the week.

1945 – 75 YEARS AGO

Persons of Sycamore and other cities who have occasion to call one-five-three – the Anaconda exchange number – are glad to know that Mrs. Ross E. Millet, again is at the desk. Mrs. Millet has been absent from the board for three months or more, during which time she underwent surgery.

Remember way back when DeKalb boasted of a shoe factory and its products were known the world over? Naturally, there are several hundred people of the city today who do not recall the shoe factory and that section of the city known as “Shoe Town.”

Dr. Francis E. Townsend met this week with a specially selected group of Congress most active in pushing Townsend legislation in Congress. The 79-year-old doctor, who abandoned the practice of medicine eleven years ago to campaign for a national retirement insurance system, devoted most of his time to a discussion of the three percent gross income tax advocated to finance the Townsend plan.

A human skull found in the city dump a few days ago has been traced to housecleaning operations in a DeKalb physician’s office.

Preliminary reports of the farm census show that there are 2,246 farms in DeKalb County compared with 2,251 in 1940.

Although they are still confined to the Glidden Hospital, Kenneth Bennett of Rockford and Bernard Schwartz of Waterman who were overcome Friday night while painting the inside of the Waterman water tank, are showing good improvement. Some trouble was encountered in bringing them out of the tank and lowering them to the ground during the early hours Saturday morning. 

The large machine stripe marker for use on state highways today started on its last lap in this immediate community when Lincoln Highway was well marked with black paint. At the Peterson curve east of the city, which has been designated as “Death’s Corner,” the center line there has been painted a bright yellow. This is being done in an effort to slow down motorists as they come to this dangerous section of the highway east of the city.

1970 – 50 YEARS AGO

John Tolliver, of the Staton Aerial Service in Steward, frequently flies out of DeKalb Municipal Airport with a bi-wing crop duster, controlling corn bores and ear worms that attack sweet corn.

The city has received a quick “No” to its request for reimbursement of costs relating to the May riots at NIU from the governing Board of Regents. The letter listed the amount the city had billed the Board for in overtime police and city work – $9,954.39. City Manager Don Crawford said today he has no further ideas at present on how to collect the bill, but the council may consider further action at its next meeting.

Five hundred dollars was raised Sunday (despite the rain) from the auction at Ellwood House. The frosting on the cake, according to the Ellwood House Auction Committee, is that the basement and carriage house of the restored mansion were cleaned out. The money raised at this “white elephant” auction and rummage sale will be used for the continuing renovation of Ellwood House, which was donated to the City of DeKalb by the family of Col. Isaac L. Ellwood.

1995 – 25 YEARS AGO

Meet a model who has seen decades of fashions come and go and, through it all, has aged quite gracefully. Barbie, everyone’s favorite doll, will be live and “in person,” signing autographs for all of her fans.

It appears the chances of a Wal-Mart Superstore locating on the DeKalb County Farm property is one step closer to reality.

Heated disputes ran high as Cortland residents met face-to-face with DeKalb officials over the proposed DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport expansion.

DeKalb’s newest retail giant opened its doors and its wallet last night, donating $4,000 to local service organizations before a crowd of officials and civic leaders on-hand for a private two-hour preview of the shopping complex.

The Doubletree Girl Scouts of Sycamore donated two hand-built picnic tables to the Sycamore Sportsman’s Club, Friday, thanking them for 28 years of support. The Girl Scouts have been holding their annual Day Camp at the Sportsman’s Club for 28 years, during which, over 4,000 Sycamore Girl Scouts have attended.

The DeKalb Elks Lodge catered lunch through Whitman’s Catering of DeKalb for the campers at Camp Maple Leaf Tuesday in the shelter house at Hopkins Park. They also purchased adaptive outdoor educational equipment through a grant program for handicapped and non-handicapped children who attend the six-week camp.

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