Looking Back

Looking Back for Aug. 26, 2020

Ellwood family gounds on North First Street in DeKalb, 1894. Thanks to the Joiner History Room for the photo.
Ellwood family gounds on North First Street in DeKalb, 1894. Thanks to the Joiner History Room for the photo.

1920 – 100 Years Ago

DeKalb flower lovers who have in past years admired the old-fashioned garden at the Normal school will be glad of the news that Landscape Gardener Balthis has found the means and the opportunity to get the garden cleaned up and that some of the perennials there are blossoming nicely even now despite the hot dry weather.

Many from Chase attended the dance at Hart’s barn Friday evening. A large crown was present.

According to the figures of the census bureau, telegraphed The Chronicle from Washington today by the United Press, this county has lost during the past ten years, 2,118 of its people, or 6.3 per cent of its population. As only 231 of that decrease is from DeKalb, it is evident that the shrinkage of population in the other centers of the county has been even more noticeable than it has in this city. The population of the county as announced by the census bureau was 31,339.

Over 5,000 pigeons were released here yesterday morning at the station of the NorthWestern railroad by officials from the Chicago Concourse Club. One hundred forty-three coops were necessary to get the birds here from Chicago. The pigeons circled over the city for about five minutes and then began their homeward flight. Agent George Culver of the express company states it is the biggest shipment of birds received at his station since he has been in charge.

Roofers and electricians are today at work on the Sawyer building and the firm now has hopes of being able to get into the new quarters in the next two or three weeks. It was stated this morning that as soon as the big cement mixer can be brought back to the place work of laying the cement driveway will be hurried.

Little Girl Finally Hit By Automobile. Although warned many times that she would get injured by crossing the street in front of approaching automobiles and antagonizing the drivers, Mary Akaloutz, 8 years old, was struck by an automobile yesterday afternoon.

The P. G. Lundgren implement store at Kirkland was broken into and burglarized Tuesday night. The burglar escaped with two $50 liberty bonds and $100 worth of war savings stamps and a check writer valued of $5. Suspicion points to a one-armed who was seen loitering around the town on the afternoon of the same day of the robbery. One of the bonds was sold in Elgin and another in Rockford. Not knowing of the robbery, a Rockford policeman directed a one-armed man to a place where he could sell the bond.

1945 – 75 Years Ago

This evening at 8 o’clock an elaborate water carnival will be staged at the Hopkins Park swimming pool and a large crowd is expected to be on hand to witness this feature attraction. There will be no charge made for admission and there will he seating accommodations for several hundred spectators. Several demonstrations will be presented, various contests will be stages, exhibitions will be given and several outstanding novelty numbers have been arranged. Also included in the program will be a tiny tot’s bathing beauty contest for tots 5 years of age or under.

From somewhere in the Pacific comes word that Marine Pfc. Lawrence Braser and his brother, Marine Pfc. Roy Braser, have seen a lot more of enemy action than they have of each other during the past two years. Recently the tide turned and for several days the brothers had an opportunity to swap yarns and catch up on home town news during Lawrence’s visit to an undisclosed Pacific spot while en-route to another Pacific base.

Japan’s surrender produced the largest volume of telegraphing in the nation’s history as American business began work immediately to resume peacetime production and distribution, it was announced by R. S. Slack, Jr., manager of the DeKalb office. Here and throughout the nation, the volume of telegrams last week sent the 1945 volume line skyrocketing off the charts and exceeded even the busiest weeks of the war.

Gilly’s Corner Store at 303 E. State Street in Sycamore has been sold to Robert E. Brown, Sycamore coal merchant, and his brother Frank, Oak Park supermarket manager. The Brown brothers will take possession of the Corner Store on Thursday of this week. Gilly’s business plans for the future are incomplete at this time.

Ed Lavin of Chicago, a star outfielder for the DeKalb Grey Sox a number of years ago, was in DeKalb Saturday evening visiting some of his friends in this city. He will be remembered by many as “Pepper” Lavin.

1970 – 50 Years Ago

Departing DeKalb Public Hospital administrator Larry Pugh expressed concern this week about the lack of progress on the new Kishwaukee Community Health Services Center plant and said the mental health grant could be withdrawn if more effort is not put into getting the first phase off the ground.

The DeKalb Sportsmen’s Club has gone on record in support of the new state park and lake proposed for the Shabbona area.

It’s mating season in Sandwich … for buffalo. Police here received a call yesterday, “You might not believe me,” the caller said, “but there are buffalo running through town.” Sure enough, one bull buffalo, weighing about a ton, and two lighter-weight cows were wandering around, tipping over a garbage can here and there, trampling lawns, flowers and shrubs.

As one would expect, all the finishing touches are being put on the schools of DeKalb County for the beginning of school. The North Grove School is no exception. However, its doors will probably not open to DeKalb County students until next spring. A small group of interested individuals, many of which attended North Grove School as children, are donating their time to renovate the school back to the late 1800’s with the help of a small Sears Foundation grant obtained by the DeKalb County Natural Resources Center.

Will Sycamore and DeKalb ever marry or will they always keep that “No-man’s land” between them which seems to have been an invisible line created back in the 19th century when the courthouse, county seat and other political battles were raging in the area.

1995 – 25 Years Ago

This year’s sound stage at the 108th annual DeKalb County Fair at Sandwich is topped by one of Nashville’s leading ladies and “Chicago’s most popular band.” Kathy Mattea, author of multiple Top 10 hits, will perform at the grandstand on Friday.

It appears the city of Sycamore may soon be investing tax money to rehabilitate the Harvester Square building on South Street. The building currently houses a variety of businesses, including several light manufacturers and storage.

Warner Cable may be having trouble with the city of DeKalb but a bigger concern is just around the corner – competition. Cable Partners Limited, which was granted a franchise agreement with DeKalb hopes to have its first subscribers on-line by the beginning of next year.

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