Looking Back

Looking Back for Sept. 23, 2020

Former Henrietta Depot converted to the home of G. C. Fairclo, south east of Kingston, 1946. Thanks to the Joiner History Room for the photo.
Former Henrietta Depot converted to the home of G. C. Fairclo, south east of Kingston, 1946. Thanks to the Joiner History Room for the photo.

1920 – 100 YEARS AGO

At 9:30 o’clock this morning the police received a call from the New DeKalb restaurant that a stray baby had been there for an hour and no one had called to claim it. The baby was left at the restaurant and within ten minutes Mrs. T. H.Hobbs called up the police and asked if a baby had been seen. It turned out that the baby was that of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Duncan and it was soon returned to her.

Gardeners around here are complaining of the comparative scarcity of cucumbers this year over the number that there generally are. The reason for the dropping off in the crop is because of the dry weather and the cold nights during July and August. The Genoa plant of the Squire Dingee Company closed Saturday with the total receipts of not more than 400 bushels of cucumbers taken in for this season. The tanks of the company have a capacity of 8,000 bushels and one season they were all filled.

The Elva M. W. A. gave its annual picnic at McNamara’s woods and the usual good time was had. One of the big attractions was the ball game between the married men and single men.

All work on the road west of DeKalb is not finished and the workmen have been at work since yesterday morning putting in the stone wells of which there will be 12 when the work is done. The wells are a kind of catch basin for rain water and are made of stone. The water runs into these instead of all over the road and in time soaks into the ground or evaporates. The job of putting these in is no little one and it will be some days before it will be finished.

The Chicago & North Western railroad is making extensive improvements on its branch line from Nelson to Peoria and south, and work is progressing rapidly on the double track system which is contemplated between Nelson and Peoria. The railroad company proposes in double track the line the entire distance the new track to be built west of the present one.

A coal wagon being towed by an auto truck came near being hit by an early morning train today when the chain which was being used to tow it by came loose and left the wagon on the track. The train was in sight when the wagon was finally taken off the track which was a relief to the waiting passengers who thought they were going to be showered with coal.

1945 – 75 YEARS AGO

Announcement was made at Union Grove, Wis., that approximately 25 relocated Japanese, who have been working on government contracts there, will leave to work at Shabbona. They will be employed at the war hemp industries at Shabbona, according to the announcement, leaving the Wisconsin city for Shabbona today.

Mrs. Barbara LaSuer-Stryker of Victor received a telegram from her husband Sgt. Roger Stryker saying that he had arrived in the States and hoped to be home soon. Sgt. Stryker left the states two years ago April and saw action in North Africa, Sicily, Italy, England and in the European Theater of war.  

Sixty-five German prisoners of war who have been held at Camp Grant since their capture in North Africa have been started on their way back home. The men were selected for return to Germany on an occupational basis, with most of this group having been employed by utility companies in peacetime. About 3,000 German prisoners of war are being held at Camp Grant and at branch camps in Sycamore, Lanark and Hampshire.

A picnic planned by the Charles E. Harbaugh Company this afternoon at Wyleys Woods north of Sycamore was changed to an indoor affair when heavy rain started falling. The picnic is being held in the lumber sheds on DeKalb Avenue. The floor was covered with a layer of sawdust, benches were set up, and the event was held in spite of the inclement weather.

A delayed dispatch dated Sept. 3 and datelined in Tokyo Bay tells of a DeKalb man who witnessed the formal surrender of the Japanese on that day. The communication states that Charles A. Coulter, seaman first-class USNR, of 120 North Ninth Street, DeKalb, watched the formal Japanese surrender from the USS ATA 205, one of the first seagoing tugs to enter the bay.

Automatic firearms, brought in to this country as war trophies from Europe and the Pacific must be registered with the government. Veterans owning such weapons are asked to contact the Bureau of Internal Revenue which will register them without charge and render them inoperative without injuring their trophy value.

1970 – 50 YEARS AGO

The new Kishwaukee Family YMCA grand opening will be held this weekend. There will be a tour of the building with demonstration in all areas of the building in addition to display set ups, refreshments, program literature, membership information, and also a drawing each day for a free family membership.

The $3 million new art building is a back-to-school present for art students at Northern Illinois University. The new art building was begun in 1968 and dedicated in July. It has 104,000 square feet in its four stories and will house the 65 faculty members and 800 undergraduate majors.

Incorporation papers for the charter of the non-profit health services agency to serve the Kishwaukee Valley-DeKalb County area are currently being filed on behalf of the Board of Directors of Kishwaukee Community Health Services Center.

Poolside West broke ground for their two moderate income apartment complexes on West Lincoln Highway across from Mister Steak.

Some 22 migrant farm workers were taken into custody by DeKalb police and county Sheriff’s Department officers last night and early this morning in a countywide sweep of aliens who are in the country illegally.

1995 – 25 YEARS AGO

The First United Methodist Church, DeKalb, has broken ground on the construction of an elevator which will help make the church more accessible.

A pile of tires await to be hauled away for recycling at Northern FS Inc. on Webster Road. The collection began Monday and ended yesterday. About 10,000 tires were brought in by local farmers and other residents. The tire clean-up is sponsored by the DeKalb County Farm Bureau and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.

The DeKalb County Board will contribute $1 million toward the construction of an $11.6 million 80-bed juvenile detention facility in Kane County. The county will contribute $1 million toward construction of the facility in exchange for a guarantee that seven beds per day will be reserved for DeKalb County, through the year 2005.

The Sycamore Park District has plans to remodel its clubhouse to ease a space crunch at the present administration building. The project could be completed by next summer. The renovation will leave the shell of the clubhouse intact and add space for the golfing pro shop. In addition to the pro shop, the building will house a large concession area that may also serve other purposes, a board room, and all of the district’s administration offices.

– Compiled by Sue Breese

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