Looking Back for Feb. 24, 2021

1921 – 100 YEARS AGO

Farmers are being offered an opportunity to have wool blankets and robes made far below the retail price through the DeKalb County Soil Improvement Association, due to the wool pool. Circulars to this effect have been sent to the farmers in this vicinity and give the details of the cost of production of the blankets and auto robes with and without the wool furnished. The savings to the farmers is considerable and many are availing themselves of the opportunity.

Lon Smith, the well-known meat merchant, has purchased a new Marmon car from the G. H. Deane & Co. Agency, with which he expects to enjoy traveling about the country during the summer months. The new machine is a beauty.

G.K. Milton of Big Rock, Ill., was a Cortland caller on Wednesday. Mr. Milton has rented the blacksmith shop here known as the Len Pierce shop. We understand he will conduct an automobile repair shop. He has rented the Methodist parsonage.

Malta people forgot that Tuesday was the birthday anniversary of George Washington and went to the bank, only to find the door locked and the little sign, “legal holiday” staring them in the face.

Believing that the roads in the town of Malta could be greatly improved, a team and drag were at work yesterday in all parts of town. This method proved successful in eliminating a great many of the ruts before it again froze hard. It is probable that when the roads thaw, the drag will again be put to work.

A shoe maker employed at the DeKalb Shoe hospital evidently has a private still located somewhere about DeKalb. The man was arrested Saturday afternoon after he had insulted several women customers. He remained in jail over Sunday and was released yesterday after he had paid a fine of $20 and costs. Hardly had he been out of jail an hour when the police department was informed the man was drunk again.

During the last few days Fire Chief McEvoy has had electric tail lights installed on both fire trucks doing away with the red and white lanterns which have always been used. This will save considerable in a month’s time in the way of kerosene bill.

A tree was planted in Genoa in memory of Lieut. Baynard Brown Co. K 26th Inf.; Private Fred L. Niss, Camp Grant; Private Tony Muhr, 18 U. S. Battalion; Private William Wolters, Co. C, 58th Inf., and Private Leon Ray Listy, Co. A. 129th Inf.

1946 – 75 YEARS AGO

The Turner Brass Works of Sycamore is planning an extensive recreational program for its employee’s advantage this spring and summer. The program is to include baseball, golf, badminton, croquette, and horseshoe pitching. Both the team and individual sports will be organized into tournaments after some preliminary practice.

Merton Leifheit of Hinckley who served for over three years with the Navy received his discharge at Great Lakes last week.

Although activities of the DeKalb chapter of the American Red Cross were greatly increased during the war years, there are still many phases of the work which must be carried on even though peace has arrived. Some seem to lose sight of the fact that the Red Cross is an established peacetime agency as well as a wartime organization.

Residents of the Genoa community are going to be asked to approve a bond issue of about $25,000 to underwrite the cost of purchasing and remodeling the Robert Slater building at the northeast corner of Main and Genoa streets for a city building.

Ideal Industries employees are now receiving a mid-morning lift during the regular rest period. The long-awaited coffee counter is in operations now serving a total of about 195 during the rest period and lunch hour. During the morning break, 115 customers are served in four minutes. Coffee is also available to workers on the second shift during similar periods.

Automobile license plates are now being issued at the fastest pace ever attained since Illinois began registration of motor cars, Secretary of State Edward J. Barret has announced. He stated that registrations are 62,000 ahead of last year for passenger cars despite unavoidable delays in obtaining delivery of license plates by the manufacturers. Using fiber, rather than steel plates, Illinois was fortunate in not being jammed because of the steel strike.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Furland went to Hinckley Sunday afternoon to bid farewell to their niece and family, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Ellers and son who left for Albion, Neb., Monday to make their home there. The Furlands were supper guests of Carl Baie, also of Hinckley.

A suitcase belonging to Mrs. Emma Corson which was stolen on Saturday evening when thieves broke into the Genoa ticket office of the Milwaukee railroad, was found yesterday alongside of the county line road north of Maple Park. The suitcase has been torn open and rummaged through and then apparently had been tossed out of an auto. Contents of the suitcase were all wet when the bag was found.

1971 – 50 YEARS AGO

The first step toward allowing over-the-bar and package sales of liquor on Sunday was taken up last night when the DeKalb City Council instructed the city attorney to draw up an ordinance for that purpose.

Three houses at the southeast corner of Pine and North Seventh streets in DeKalb will be demolished by this summer if the planning commission approves this as the location for the new fire station. The homes at 324 North Seventh, 330 North Seventh and 714 Pine St. would be purchased for $74,500 and the new main firehouse located there.

Sycamore City Council members were told last night by the owner of DeKalb-based taxicab service that also operates in Sycamore that it’s highly possible that in a few years the city won’t have cab service. John Scott said last night that his operation is losing money or just breaking even in operating the Sycamore service.

1996 – 25 YEARS AGO

The Soldier’s and Sailor’s Memorial Clock will be renovated this year and moved to the park being created on the old Amoco site at First Street and Lincoln Highway. The clock, which was dedicated 75 years ago this month, will become the focal point of the park.

An employee of the Floit Ready Mix Concrete Co. of Sycamore will monitor the flow of concrete mixture on a conveyor belt that is being poured to form the walls of the Sycamore Library expansion wing. The cement had to travel up an elevator, then onto a conveyor belt, through an auger and finally into the wall form. Mixture from about 10 cement trucks were used to fill the hole.

The DeKalb office of Happy Temps Inc. held a safety drawing to recognize its temporary job placement workers for going 135 straight days without a lost-time accident.

– Compiled by Sue Breese