Looking Back for July 21, 2021

1921 – 100 YEARS AGO

Work on the Joseph F. Glidden Memorial Hospital, for which the cornerstone was laid a few days ago, is progressing very well at this time and the walls are nearly up to the second floor. When the outside construction work is completed, some time will be necessary in getting the second floor of cement laid. Once this is done, the remainder of the work will go forward as rapidly as it has in the past few days, providing the weather remains suitable for the outside work.

The Operators Piano Co. of Chicago, which recently purchased the machinery and supplies of the defunct Nelson Company in Genoa, will soon open the factory for the manufacture of electric pianos. The company will run the factory to full capacity just as soon as supplies can be secured and an organization perfected.

Members of the fire department are to get first news on Groundhog Day and will have the satisfaction of getting the results from their own groundhog. Some time ago the station secured a groundhog and during the last few days the little animal has been burying himself and he is now in his den, seldom coming out. The boys had the animal well trained and most anyone could pick him up, but now that he has started to get his winter home in shape, he is rather cross at times.

Painters and decorators of DeKalb have been unusually busy the past few weeks. Many houses about town are being redecorated and painted. Several of the downtown stores are also being given a coat of paint. Farmers are painting their buildings, too, about 10 farm jobs being taken care of by one concern.

Len Small, Illinois governor, and Fred E. Sterling, lieutenant governor, were charged today with misuse of $2,000,000 in state funds in indictments returned by the Sangamon County grand jury.

Gaining entrance by prying open a window in the rear of the store operated by Peter Larson at Cortland, robbers made away with several hundred dollars’ worth of merchandise, consisting of dry goods and groceries last night. The loss was first noticed this morning by Mr. Larson, who opened the store. The lock on the rear window has been broken and the window opened. Dry goods consisting mainly of overalls, underwear, stockings and other apparel were taken.

1946 – 75 YEARS AGO

A woman, age about 65, was found on the ground in the alley to the south of Lincoln Highway between Tenth and Eleventh streets about seven o’clock this morning. The woman was bleeding about the throat and was rushed to St. Mary’s Hospital and after arriving at the hospital, coughed up a double-edge razor blade which she had swallowed. She apparently had cut herself about the neck and then swallowed the blade. It is not thought that any vital organ had been injured and she is expected to recover.

Lost Purse is Home Before Its Owner. An interesting story was related today on one of the members of the Sycamore Elks ritual team that happened to him while attending the national convention last week. It seems that this party lost his billfold in New York or was pickpocketed and when he arrived home, a telephone call from the post office revealed that the purse had been in Sycamore two days before he arrived. All money in the pocketbook was in travelers checks and when the party found it they tossed it into a mailbox. The postmaster forwarded it to Sycamore and he had to pay 5 cents postage due to reclaim the lost billfold. This seems to be the most efficient lost and found department heard of yet.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Furland of Victor entertained at supper on Monday evening. Mr. and Mrs. Carl Baie and Mrs. Carl Waldschmidt of Hinckley, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Wulser of Kansas City, Mo., Mrs. Wulser a cousin of Mrs. Furland.

With thermometers registering around 100 degrees yesterday and but little relief coming last evening, residents of this community were having a tough time trying to find a place to cool off. It was too hot to take a ride so most people grabbed chairs or blankets and headed for the yards. Most homes were so hot that many tried sleeping on the porch or in the yard but even these places were pretty warm throughout the night.

J. Walter Becker, president of Ideal Industries Inc., today announced further details of the construction of the company’s latest addition to its main plant. The new building is expected to be completed about February of 1947. It is anticipated that the total cost will run about $100,000. It will be 173 feet long by 96 feet wide, having a total floor space of slightly more than 16,000 square feet. It will have one story, with skylights on the roof in the saw tooth style, giving ample ventilation and light to the working area.

1971 – 50 YEARS AGO

A fire in the laundry room of the DeKalb Public Hospital did an estimated $3,000 in damage Monday evening. There were no injuries and the fire was confined to the laundry room of the hospital.

The Illinois Toll Highway Authority has awarded the first two contracts for construction of the 69-mile extension of the East-West Tollway and says it plans to break ground for the controversial project in about two weeks.

The petite 6-year-old in a star-spangled frock recited a poem, bantered with an interviewer, curtsied her thanks, and was chosen Little Miss Peanut by the two Kiwanis Clubs of DeKalb last night at the University Center. She is Patricia Huber, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lowell Huber. She will preside over the Kiwanians’ sale of peanuts September 24 for the support of youth programs like swimming lessons.

There has been much activity at the Squaw Grove Township Public Library in Hinckley this summer. During the month of June, 557 adult books, 958 children’s books and 121 nonbooks have circulated making a total of 1,636.

1996 – 25 YEARS AGO

Day one of operation flood recovery has started in DeKalb County. Late yesterday afternoon, Gov. Jim Edgar declared DeKalb and 12 other counties state disaster areas due to the damage left by heavy rains.

Visitors could be touring the Ellwood House education center as early as next summer, following a tentative agreement between the museum’s association and the DeKalb Park District. The agreement ends a more than year-long dispute between the association and the park district concerning oversight of the project.

The DeKalb County Nursing Home will remain under the county’s control following last night’s vote of the county board. The board rejected a resolution calling for further study of a partnership with Kishwaukee Community Hospital and Oak Crest DeKalb Area Retirement Center by the narrow margin of one vote.

Police have arrested a DeKalb man for allegedly smuggling 18 pounds of marijuana into the city from Texas, effectively shutting off one of the drug’s major routes here.

– Compiled by Sue Breese