Looking Back

Looking Back for July 29, 2020

Foiles Garage on South First Street in DeKalb, west side, just north of the railroad track, 1945. Thanks to the Joiner History Room for the photo.
Foiles Garage on South First Street in DeKalb, west side, just north of the railroad track, 1945. Thanks to the Joiner History Room for the photo.

1920 – 100 YEARS AGO

“Here’s these darn cattle that have been ruining my garden for some weeks past. I’ve tried chasing them out and now you can deal with them,” said O. S. Greenwood of West Lincoln Highway to Police Judge Glidden as the latter was standing in the doorway of the city hall building this morning. As he said this he was kept busy rounding up a herd of cattle which he had driven into the alley back of the city hall.

FOR SALE – Boy’s printing outfit. Hand press, 20 pounds of type, cases, stands, galleys and chases, all complete and new. One-third of the cost will buy it.

The percentage of contagious disease about the city is very low at the present time, probably as small as it will be this year. There is but a small amount of measles else the health officer, Dr. J. B. Hagey would be able to say everything was clear. The amount of sickness for this year has been quite small but has been of a more steady nature than it has in years past.

Terry Redmond was running a stage for a while last night when the C. A. & D. rails on the Spring Valley crossing on East Lincoln Highway broke. He carried the passengers from the depot to the car which had to wait on the other side of the track.

Vaudeville right on the main stem all for nothing amused folks downtown Wednesday evening. The acts were good and met with the approval of large crowds which followed them from corner to corner. It was a new wrinkle in entertainment for local folks and brought the kids and grownups downtown. The exact purpose other than a boost DeKalb scheme has not been fathomed out but anyway it was enjoyable and unique and future shows will probably derive much patronage.

Work has again been started by the American Steel and Wire Company on the Unity park playground and workmen are on the grounds putting up the fence. The reason for the fence is that the kids will not run out in the streets while they are playing and maybe get run over. The work on the playground was stopped once before by the people living in that section of the city but it is thought that they will not object this time as the difficulties have been straightened out.

1945 – 75 YEARS AGO

Staging a rally in the third inning the Glidden Nine came from behind to whip the Haish team by a 7 to 4 count in a DeKalb Minor Loop contest last evening at the Lucinda diamond.

Residents have been taking considerable interest in the garden at the Charles Hardy home at 747 Haish where tomatoes are growing from the potato vines. There are no tomatoes planted in this part of the garden but on several of the potato vines there are numerous small tomatoes developing. The oddity has been creating much interest among those witnessing it.

Members of the DeKalb and Shabbona Sportsmen’s chapters are asked to report early tomorrow morning at the feeding grounds on North Thirteenth Street, when more than 250 of the young birds will be released. Those requesting birds will bring their own cartons to remove the young pheasants.

Harold Quincer, 50, a farmer, was nearly trampled to death by an enraged bull on Saturday afternoon being saved by a herd of cows which circled around Quincer and the bull as they battled in an hour-long fight.

At the Ellwood School playground the girls will hold a unique doll contest. Each girl has cut and constructed her own doll on heavy cardboard, designing ensembles for beach, dinner or sportswear. Prizes will be given for original ideas in color and design and other prizes will be for “type” of costumes.

With approximately 3,000 persons in attendance, the first flying circus ever held in DeKalb, sponsored by the Cloud Dusters, was held yesterday at the Gallagher farm on the South Fourth Street road. Three planes were lost during the show. Names and addresses of the owner are painted on each ship, and finders will be rewarded for their return. The day was ideal for model plane flying.

1970 – 50 YEARS AGO

Workers are tearing up the unused railroad tracks at Seventh Street today. After the tracks and ties are taken out the road will be covered over.

Some 700 youngsters from DeKalb County recently enjoyed a day at the circus – seeing in person what many only have the chance to watch on television or view in museums, as the big top is fast fading into history. Buses went from DeKalb, Sycamore, Genoa, Kingston, Waterman, Lee, Shabbona, the YMCA Day Camp and the migrant school in Kingston.

NEEDED CUSTOMERS – Apply in person. Coach Light Inn, Sycamore Road.

Several residents were on hand at last night’s regular city council meeting to object to a pigeon loft operated by Robert Hamann, 111 Stony Creek Road. They argued the pigeons constituted a nuisance and were dangerous to the health of nearby residents. City Manager Don Crawford said that the pigeon licensing ordinance was approved in 1968 and that there are now three lofts licensed in the city. Crawford said he could see no point in removing the lofts from “A” residential areas and putting them in some other zoning classification.

DeKalb fireman Dave Walker had to tear down the smoldering remains of a tree house behind 121 Tilton Park Drive after firemen had extinguished the flaming tree and lumber. Owned by Collin, Clayton and other boys in the neighborhood, the two story clubhouse was totally destroyed.

1995 – 25 YEARS AGO

The Sycamore Fire Department has determined a gas leak caused the explosion that destroyed the house of the late, former mayor of Sycamore, Harold “Red” Johnson, and trapped his widow, Mae Johnson, underneath the rubble until she was freed by firefighters. Sycamore firefighters are crediting Johnson’s quick rescue to a neighbor, Steve Loptien, who located her buried under the debris of the demolished house.

Sycamore resident Jordan Blahnik, 10, and his puppet Pickles participated in Original Puppet Plays Thursday at the Sycamore Library. The show was put on by summer reading puppet workshop participants who wrote their own scripts, constructed backdrops and scenery and made at least one original puppet.

Watch out Mr. Sparrow, Jason Maus was recently elected Mayor, and he is only 16. His first ordinance was to allow girls in his city. His second ordinance was to extend curfew. The DeKalb High School student was elected mayor of Watkins City in Stelle County as a member of Premier Boys State of Illinois. He is the son of Karen and Duane Rapp, DeKalb.

A community celebration and scheduled appearances by the governor and a noted astronomer will kick off five years of celebration marking Northern Illinois University’s centennial.

Kings resident Sara Schaht was part of a detasseling crew working in the DeKalb Field No. 33, near McGirr and University Roads in Shabbona Wednesday. The crew was out to prevent female rows of corn from pollinating.

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