Yesteryear: A look back at stories that captured headlines in the Record

Compiled by Jeff Farren from the files of the Kendall County Record

May 2011

Ground was broken for the new Rush-Copley Hospital emergency center in Yorkville.

May 2006

Workers began demolishing the 34-year old Countryside Shopping Center to make way for a new shopping center.

May 2001

Academy Award Winning Actor Tom Hanks was in Kendall County to shoot a scene for the movie “Road to Perdition” at a spot on Church Road south of Caton Farm Road.

A preliminary report said that a Metra Commuter line is indeed feasible for Kendall County and could be operational by 2005.

May 1996

The old Yorkville City Hall will soon move from its spot near the Kendall County Courthouse. Its new home is on Dunbar Lane at the Kendall County Historical Society Lyon Farm.

May 1991

Tom Barna will be acting Yorkville Police Chief. Ron Diederich, current chief announced he would step down as chief and return to patrolman. Public Works Department employee Joe Moore will be the acting city administrator. Moore replaces Fran Klaas, who became Kendall County Highway Superintendent.

May 1986

As part of Yorkville’s 150th birthday celebration, the committee selected the oldest lifelong male and female residents of Yorkville. Ira Perkins and Lenora Cornils were chosen.

May 1981

New Kendall County Farm Bureau executive director Clifford Henson, 24, was killed in a traffic accident near Sycamore. He had only been on the job two months.

May 1976

Dunbar Lane is the name chosen for the old-time street planned at the Kendall County Historical Society Lyon Farm. The name was chosen by the board of directors and honors long-time resident Mae Dunbar.

May 1971

Yorkville Mayor Robert J. Coleman said that the monies to compete the water tower could still be available through a loan. An increase in water rates will probable be necessary, he added. This action became necessary after a Davenport, Iowa man was indicted by the Kendall County Grand Jury in connection with some misdealings regarding the water bonds. He is free on bond awaiting a trial date.

The new Yorkville Chamber of Commerce elected their first board of directors They include John Behrens, Jim Hall, Larry Langland, Fred Schneider, Dean Thanepohn, Ellsworth Windett, Trace Flint, Leon Lies, Robert Mahoney, Kenneth Prickett and LeRoy Thanepohn.

May 1966

To quiet rumors, the Board of Education of Yorkville District 15 issued a statement on the future of Plattville Grade School, if a unit district is approved. The board went on record recommending that the school continue to be operational is it is now.

May 1961

The Yorkville Woman’s Club enjoyed its 50th birthday. Its pet project is still the Yorkville Public Library, which opened Dec. 4, 1915.

May 1956

Public Service Company has announced the new “100-plus” wiring campaign. As homeowners continue to improve their standard of living with more electrical appliances, they require more electrical capacity in their homes. Today there are more than 60 different kinds of electrical appliances available for home use.

May 1951

At the Yorkville Village Board meeting Dr. F. G. Loomis retired from 20 years of service to his community and handed over the affairs of the village to the new mayor, F. H. Hance. Two items of interest were introduced. Bristol-Kendall Fire District intends to build a new firehouse at the northwest corner of Route 47 and Fox Road. Duane Hayden, trustee of the village of Bristol (the area north of the river) discussed work on joining the two communities, villages of Yorkville and Bristol. This was attempted in the mid-thirties but was voted down by Bristol.

May 1946

Maybe you heard that a freight train on the “Q” was pretty thoroughly wrecked over at Plano. A whole lot of cars were derailed and found resting places all over the nearby scenery. A few of the nearby butchers took advantage of the wrecked stock cars to make a deal for the cattle. ‘Twas the first beef seen in some time here.”

Yorkville residents voted 64-33 to join the Bristol-Kendall Fire District.

May 1941

About one million walleye pike fry were put in the Fox River near the Yorkville bridges. The project was sponsored by the Yorkville Lions Club with the state department of conservation cooperating.

May 1936

Work on the overpass of the C. B. and Q. tracks on Route 47 north of Yorkville has been halted until the pumping equipment can be installed to remove the 10 feet of water flooding the pavement.

May 1931

At the Village Board meeting, the Yorkville Woman’s Club said they wanted to beautify some vacant village property. They discussed building several tennis courts and possibly a playground. When the weather is permissible a large number of the young men and women of Yorkville take their tennis racquets and leave bright and early in the morning for Aurora to play tennis. A group of two or more tennis courts in Yorkville would do wonders in saving these people the drive to Aurora, and doubtless many more would become interested in this intriguing game.

May 1926

Residents who are golf enthusiasts now have a golf course within short driving distance upon which to play. The Cedardell Golf Course in Plano is not a public course as only members, their families and guests enjoy its privileges. The members extend a hearty invitation to those not acquainted with the course to inspect and play over it without obligation.

May 1921

The bill introduced by State Sen. John Denvir of Chicago to make two states of Illinois doesn’t seem to meet with a hearty response from the state in general. The senator proposes to take Cook, McHenry, DeKalb, Kane and Will counties for the new state of Northern Illinois. He rest of the state would constitution the new state of Southern Illinois. Poor little Kendall would be on the northeast corner almost entirely surrounded by a new state. The move by the senator has caused some amusement.

May 1916

Mike Quirk the veteran flagman, has resigned and Orrie Wellman will protect the Bridge Street crossing of the Burlington.

May 1911

Valedictorian of the Plattville Class of 1911 was Frank Clayton. Salutatorian Hugh Van Cleve. Other members Catherine Sweeney, Lillie Dell, Alma Murley, Cora Clayton.

May 1906

Bristol Station boasts an automobile. Frank Ernst has bought the machine formerly owned by W. H. Wright of Sandwich.

May 1901

George McHugh has made a new front to the old Mason building on Bridge Street. Put in a plate glass front and fixed up generally.

May 1896

At the school election held last week, George Mewhirter was elected director.

May 1891

Harry Page of Newark rides an elegant new safety bicycle and the girls all wonder why he did not get one with two seats.

May 1886

Frank Wilkinson of Lisbon says his windmill tumbled in the zephrous fracas last week.

May 1881

Joseph Tarbox of Bristol is making 5,000 bricks a day.

May 1876

Black’s grist mill in Yorkville came very near begin destroyed by fire last Friday night. The fire caught on the south side of the mill, near the door and burned the outside from the floor to the height of about 15 feet. It is thought the fire was started by accident and that some one did it by emptying his pipe.

May 1866

Any lack of local matter this week must be attributed to the editor’s having been engaged in the construction of an immense and gorgeous chicken pen, with a sleeping apartment for the hens attached to the same. It is a safe place to keep chickens and if any of our readers want to put their chickens out for the summer, we can keep them and will feed them well as we have a crib full of Willard Johnson’s corn in our yard and will ask no other pay but the privilege of eating a chicken occasionally.