Looking Back

Looking Back for Sept. 9, 2020

DeKalb Municipal Airport main hangar, 1956. Thanks to the Joiner History Room for the photo.
DeKalb Municipal Airport main hangar, 1956. Thanks to the Joiner History Room for the photo.

1920 – 100 YEARS AGO

William Pooler of Carlton was the only person to report to the police station that anything had been stolen during the celebration of yesterday. He left his automobile standing out in front of a house at the corner of Third and Franklin streets, while he went uptown. When he returned he found that someone had taken his spare tire, his blanket and several other articles of value. He immediately notified the police and gave a good description of his property. The police are on the lookout but it is doubtful if the thieves will be apprehended.

Work redecorating the outside of the Dee building at Third and Lincoln Highway was started this morning and the workmen have made rapid progress on the work. It is expected that the first coat will be finished before evening.

Sand is the only material that has arrived for Hart and Page, the contractors, who are laying the cement road west of DeKalb and the trucks started in yesterday hauling this material out to the mixer where it will be used when the crew comes down from Rockford again. The material that is needed now is gravel and this is the material that is really holding up the work. None of this has arrived at the present time and when it will arrive is not known.

The game Labor Day game between Maple Park and Sycamore was terminated at the end of the eighth inning by Maple Park because of the fact that they complained they were not getting a square deal from the umpire. The score up to that time was one to nothing in favor of Sycamore.

The wonderful Apollos pianos are still going out from DeKalb to all parts of the world and business at the big plant keeps on growing daily. Yesterday the local concern shipped a carload of grand Apollos to San Francisco. Models of the wonderful new reproducing Apollos are being shipped by express to various points over the country.

According to the kids who have been looking over the hickory and walnut trees they are just as plentiful this year as they have been in in years past and already the lads are getting together and laying plans for going after them. This cannot be done until after the first heavy frost but if reports are true this is not such a very long way off.

1945 – 75 YEARS AGO

Officials of the Sandwich Fair have announced that children are welcome to attend the fair, which opened today, and that there is no truth to the rumors that children are not being allowed on the grounds. The officials state that there is no polio in the area and that the rumors that children were being barred from the grounds because of the polio scare are not true.

Members of the Board of the Waterman Community High School in a regular session last evening, voted to purchase a bus that will be used to carry students to and from the school. This is the first step in student transportation that the Waterman High School has ever attempted. The move has been considered for some time, but it was hastened with the closing of the Lee High School this year and the enrollment of 27 students who attended Lee High School at Waterman. Students of Lee are expected to continue using the Burlington train for transportation until a bus is secured and put into operation.  

A wastepaper drive was conducted in DeKalb yesterday with city trucks picking up bundles of newspapers and magazines which had been placed on the curbs by the residents of this city. Although the collection was not as large as in some of the previous drives there was enough to half-fill a freight car which had been spotted in this city for this purpose. Paper is still needed and the drive was arranged in order to aid the critical paper shortage.

About 400 pheasants which have been raised at the pens of the DeKalb Sportsmen’s Club on North Fourteenth Street will be released tomorrow with the distribution to be made by the DeKalb and Shabbona club members.

Col. Forrest W. Edwards, Camp Grant commander, is urging all employers of German prisoners of war to take steps toward replacing them with civilian workers in anticipation of gradual repatriation of the prisoners. About 2,500 German prisoners are being used by private contractors under supervision of Camp Grant mostly in agricultural and good processing work. 

Complete rebuilding operations are being carried on at the E. H. Abbott building on Main Street in Genoa, which was badly damaged by fire in the spring. The building at the time of the fire was occupied by a café operated by Reuben Baarstad. Repairs include a new front, new roof, new floors and new side walls.

1970 – 50 YEARS AGO

A major task in the development of the Natural Resources Center in Genoa was the construction of the footbridge across the Kishwaukee River connecting the north and south portions of the outdoor laboratory. With it came access to an addition of 45 acres, which provide children with a variety of new areas for demonstration and study.

Nearing completion are the three buildings housing four units each for the elderly citizens at Kirkland. Ground for this much-needed project was broken last fall on Sixth Street in Kirkland and applications are now being taken, with all the two-bedroom units already rented, a few one-bedroom units are still available.

The University Community Relations Committee heard a report from the housing subcommittee on the problems of housing shortage in DeKalb at the committee’s regular monthly meeting. Adolph Miller, chairman of the subcommittee and DeKalb real estate agent, reported that he contacted four local plants: Wurlitzer, General Electric, Barber Greene, and Richardson, to get figures on the number of persons commuting to the area to work.

The DeKalb Public schools outlined a phase of the district’s Hot Lunch Program which might not be known to the general public. To qualify for these benefits, the family must find itself limited to an income standard adopted by the school district, be recommended by welfare agencies or school authorities, qualify for the federal food stamp program, or meet some other standard appropriate to this program.

1995 – 25 YEARS AGO

DeKalb Police Chief Don Berke has told city officials this summer’s two murders were an unusual occurrence for the city and does not indicate an increase in crime generally. “For us to have two murders inside of a month is way out of the norm,” Berke said. “In my 29 years, we average about one murder every five or six years.”

On Sunday, Sept. 10, St. John Lutheran Church, 327 S. Main St., Sycamore, will dedicate a newly constructed 9,400-square-foot bi-level addition to its existing structure. The addition includes eight new Sunday school rooms, offices for the pastor and secretary and a fellowship hall.

As Northern Illinois University prepares to kick off its centennial celebration next month, one of the Oct. 1 events will be the presentation of a Restoration Recognition Award. The City of DeKalb’s Landmark Commission is honoring NIU for recreating the past through the entry gate on Castle Drive. The design is based on the original gateway to the State Normal School.

– Compiled by Sue Breese

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