Looking Back for Feb. 17, 2021

1921 – 100 YEARS AGO

Farmers of the vicinity of DeKalb are in a position to know and appreciate the value of good roads if they ever were. With the majority of the side roads rather soft while many desire to haul grain to the elevators, the improved highways of the community are an asset.

Workmen are busy this week tearing down the old creamery in the east part of Malta. The building is being razed carefully and slowly that as much of the lumber as possible might be saved. When the building is removed and the debris removed, it is probable that the old Linn house, now on Main Street will be moved to the site.

Grover Ashelford went to Sycamore Tuesday afternoon and while driving down DeKalb Avenue he failed to notice the closed gates over the Northwestern tracks. His machine crashed into the gates and the approaching train did considerable damage to his machine, but Grover jumped in time and received no more than a few scratches.

Following the dedication services of Sunday of the American Legion memorial at Third Street and Lincoln Highway, the electric connections were made yesterday and the clock lighted last night. With the lighting arrangement, persons with average eye sight are able to stand two and three blocks away and easily tell the time. The switch arrangement is placed on a nearby pole and is of such mechanism that it will not be bothered a great deal by the youngsters of the city who are devil bent at times.

Several from Milan attended the old time dance in DeKalb last week.

According to the Sycamore papers, the work on the new plant for the Hero Furnace company, which will move there from DeKalb, is making rapid progress and it is probable the building will be occupied in early May. The building is even larger than the company agreed to erect, and extends from State Street, south over 200 feet where an L extends east 100 feet to Harvester Street, at the intersection of the streets a space being left that will be utilized later.

DeKalb’s rest room has another picture on its walls today in the gift of Gillman Gullickson of a wonderful picture taken at the time of the unveiling of the memorial at Third and Lincoln Highway yesterday afternoon (Feb 13, 1921.) The picture was secured from the balcony of the Masonic building and the clock itself shows up very well. Many people are easily discernible in the big picture, which is a panorama of the affair.

1946 – 75 YEARS AGO

Settlement of the steel strike will mean that the workers at the Cyclone Fence division in DeKalb of the American Steel and Wire Company will resume work on Monday after having been strikebound for the past four weeks. The Cyclone plant in DeKalb is the only one in this locality which will resume operations as local issues will keep strikers on picket lines at the Whitcomb Company at Rochelle, the NorthwesternSteel and Wire Company at Sterling and the Fairbanks Morse plant at Beloit.

Sgt. Edward Baie returned from overseas Feb. 1 after serving 22 months in India. Edward was discharged at Camp Grant and is now enjoying a visit at his home in Waterman.

An auto which stalled on the Chicago and North Western tracks at Seventh Street this morning about 10 o’clock brought the eastbound streamliner City of Denver to a sudden stop. Fortunately, the streamliner was traveling at a slow rate of speed and was able to stop before crashing into the sedan which was stopped on the tracks. The name of the driver of the stalled automobile was not secured. As the car stalled, he noted the approach of the train and jumped out. When the train halted, the driver was able to start his car and drive away and the streamliner proceeded on its journey toChicago.

Neighbors gathered at the George Drake farm, two miles north of Malta, as a gesture of friendship to Burley White, who operates the place. Mr. White on Saturday had his hand caught in a corn picker and suffered its amputation at the hospital, where he remains a patient. This morning about fifteen neighbors arrived at the farm and were rushing through the work of picking the remainder of the corn crop. They hoped to have the task completed by this evening.

The A. P. Store plans to move from Hinckley after this next week after having been here for the past twenty years.

Beginning February 11, Esther Pusheck of Fairdale will take over the Chronicle carrier route and she will also take care of the correspondence. Anyone having news they wish published is asked to kindly get in touch with Esther or give the news to her while she is delivering the paper.

1971 – 50 YEARS AGO

Glidden School in DeKalb is “Alive and well” for another year at least. Action was taken last night at the regular meeting of the DeKalb Board of Education to prolong the life of Glidden at least throughout next year.

There was a hot time in the old town, or at least in the basement of Andy’s tavern yesterday. Owner Andy Plesa was reportedly burning wood in the Pine Room basement fireplace when leaping flames caught the floor joist above the fire. DeKalb firefighters responded with three engines and quickly extinguished the flames which only caused an estimated $50 damage.

Forty-one passengers on a Greyhound Bus, destined for Los Angeles and routed through DeKalb, were detained last night after a call was received at the Chicago Bus Terminal warning of a bomb that was said possible to be on the bus. No bomb was found.

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Sycamore has just completed a major redecorating project. For the past four weeks, services have been held in the Parish Hall while workmen washed and repainted the entire church.

1996 – 25 YEARS AGO

Chicago Mayor Richard Daley and Gov. Jim Edgar have agreed to meet over Edgar’s proposal for a domed stadium that would house the Chicago Bears and double as a convention center.

A local motel recently has locked its doors after the owner apparently ran into financial difficulties. The University Inn, 1212 W. Lincoln Highway in DeKalb closed Feb. 7. The motel’s owner, Lisle resident John J. Long, filed bankruptcy Jan. 29. He has owned the University Inn for several years.

Genoa resident Harold Hammond received honors at an award ceremony at the Veterans of Foreign Wars building in Hampshire. Jerry Taylor presented Hammond with an official flag from the State of Illinois and a citation from the Department of Veterans Affairs for his service in the Korean War. Hammond, a former prisoner of war, was among the first wave of soldiers to arrive in Korea.

The circus wagon that has been used in Sandwich parades for more than 30 years has returned to its original home, Baraboo, Wis. Marv and Mary Johnson of Sandwich learned just recently the wagon that had carried their calliope in parades since about 1960, was an original Ringling Brothers Circus wagon and decided to donate the circus wagon to Circus World Museum in Baraboo.

– Compiled by Sue Breese