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Looking Back for Sept. 2, 2020

The Goodyear blimp in DeKalb, October 1935, for the DeKalb Harvest Festival. Thanks to the Joiner History Room for the photo.
The Goodyear blimp in DeKalb, October 1935, for the DeKalb Harvest Festival. Thanks to the Joiner History Room for the photo.

1920 – 100 YEARS AGO

The Normal school is in quite a predicament at present in regard to coal there being not a single lump of coal in the bins at the school. Ever since the first of May the school has been without fuel and all of the electricity that has been used has been obtained from the electric company. Now that the start of the fall term of school is near the shortage is very serious as almost everything in the dormitory is run either by steam or electricity. There is a car of coal on the way but when it will arrive is a matter of speculation.

Promptly at eight o’clock this morning the entire physical training class of the American Steel & Wire company was present at the club rooms of the company and left for Kingston where the kids intend to have a regular time. Just before leaving the picture of the crowd was taken. It was a hard job for the photographer because the kids wanted to get started so badly they could not stand still. The big truck of the steel company took most of the young fellows and those who could not get on this were taken in private cars. The day will be taken up in games of all kinds and if the kids do not have a good time it will be their own fault.

Work on the road west of DeKalb has been postponed for at least 30 days because of the inability of the contractors to get gravel or sand. The first difficulty was the steam shovel breakdown in the quarry at Rockford. Before this could be remedied the embargo on all gondola cars went into effect and this will hold for 30 days. This is real hard luck as there is only about one week’s work left to be done and then the road could have been opened to the public.

D.J. Conlon of Waterman has installed an electric piano in his place of business.

The sum of $47.00 was cleared at the ice cream social and band concert that was given in the Kingston Park Friday night for the benefit of the old soldiers.

Merchants along the Lincoln Highway certainly are not doing all that they can to keep the appearance of the city at its best. The police are on the lookout for the dumping into the street. There is also a habit of the stores sweeping all of the waste paper and refuse out in the street instead of taking it away as it should be.

1945 – 75 YEARS AGO

The work of constructing the new building to be occupied by the Hinckley Review has been started. Excavators have cleaned out the basement and materials are being brought in for the actual construction. The old shop, which stood for more than 75 years, was recently razed by Hugo Wahlgren.

Although Somonauk Street in Sycamore, which was recently blacktopped, has been opened for automobile traffic, Mayor F. E. Ashelford stated today that the surface has not hardened sufficiently as yet and that horses are causing damage. As a result the mayor has requested horseback riders to stay off the new paving until the surface has a chance to harden. Auto traffic is not harming the street any but the horses are cutting the surface.

Illinois hunters were reminded by state conservation director Levingston E. Osborne that the state squirrel season opens next Saturday in northern Illinois.

Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Davey of Milan are now operating the gas station vacated by Walter Johnson.

The women employed at the hemp mill did not work Saturday as the day was used by the men for some needed repairing and cleaning of the boilers.

County Superintendent of School Marjorie B. Leinauer announced that all children attending county schools will be present at their respective school rooms for the opening of school on Wednesday, Sept. 5. Any child who becomes six years old on November 30 or sooner will enter the first grade this fall. Any child whose sixth birthday arrived on December 1 or later will not be eligible for first grade this fall.

For wounds suffered last May when his ship was hit by a Jap suicide plane off Okinawa after 39 days in combat, Robert C. Helson, pharmacist’s mate first class, of 206 Maplewood Avenue in DeKalb, was awarded the Purple Heart medal.

Although there are no cases of polio in this community, every effort is being taken to prevent a single case of the disease. As a result, the annual Kid’s Day event planned by the Sycamore Chamber of Commerce has been canceled. There are no cases of the disease in this community but that due to the period of seven to fourteen days that a person may carry the ailment, it is advisable to take every precaution.

1970 – 50 YEARS AGO

Kishwaukee District of the Two Rivers Boy Scout Council met last night at Camp Rotary MacQueen near Kirkland to hear arguments on the proposed merger with the Fox River Valley Council.

The first annual County Farm Bureau Rally Day, a get-together for all county Farm Bureau members, is on today at Hopkins Park in DeKalb.

Mrs. Burton Rempfer in DeKalb
recently had some good news to tell the Chronicle. For the second time this year, she will become “grandmother”
to a litter of squirrels. A lot of families have squirrels building nests in their yards each year, but the unusual thing about the Rempfer family’s squirrels is that it decided to build its home in a purple martin house about 15 feet “straight up.”

Nearly 2,000 kids showed up to catch 2,000 goldfish at the Hopkins Park pool. The fish were dumped in the de-chlorinated water by the DeKalb Park District as the final event held during the pool’s summer season.

1995 – 25 YEARS AGO

Demolition crews began work last week tearing down portions of the Wayman’s Ace strip mall on Sycamore Road. The site will be the new home of an auto dealership, a new free-standing Ace Hardware Store and the expansion of Wolohan’s Lumber.

Groundbreaking for a new northeast/southwest runway at DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport could take place as early as next spring.

A new law passed by the state legislature freeing marching band members from gym class requirements has fueled public debate of the issue in Sycamore. In Sycamore, students may be exempt from gym if they are in ROTC, marching band or an extracurricular sport. Students also may receive a gym waiver to take a class that is required for graduation or a college requirement.

While the joint meeting of the DeKalb and Sycamore city councils lasted 25 minutes, the agreement they passed was nearly 20 years in the making. The intergovernmental agreement established the boundary between the two cities and provides for sharing tax revenue generated by future commercial, retail and industrial development on properties along the border.

– Compiled by Sue Breese

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