Looking Back for Aug. 18, 2021

1921 – 100 YEARS AGO

Several DeKalb men, accompanied by their wives, drove to Rockford today to take in the big parade staged there by the Knights Templars, and some of the men from here expect to be part of the procession.

Although the original schedule called for an overnight stop in DeKalb, Scotts’ Modern Caravan, consisting of one motor truck and 23 Ford cars with trailers, when they left Chicago yesterday were advised by a representative of the Chicago Motor Club to put up for the night at Geneva, as DeKalb had no facilities for tourists. DeKalb lost an opportunity to royally entertain over 100 New York people going from the eastern metropolis to Puhl, Idaho, to take up government tracts.

S.E. Bradt, state highway commissioner, back in town for a day or two states that the work on the highway near Elburn is progressing very rapidly. According to DeKalb’s good road man there is only about two miles or so of the cement to be laid and then the road will be opened to the public. When this stretch is opened, it will be possible to travel the entire distance to Chicago on cement.

Few people of the vicinity know that a history there was connected with the Malta elevator which was burned to the ground a week ago. Few people are aware of the fact that George Ollman, the present owner, was probably the second man to paint the building since its erection and the first to give it a coat of paint in the last 30 years.

The broken panes of glass in the Delbridge restaurant in Malta and the bank have been installed and the work was given the best of attention and service by the contractors. Delbridge had two of its large windows broken, while nearly every window in the bank was broken.

Although George Ollman has no elevator, he was buying corn yesterday and shipping it out as fast as it came in. He had an elevator placed at the cars and after the load had been weighed, the corn was taken to the cars and loaded. Mr. Ollman was at Esmond yesterday afternoon looking over the elevator built there about a year ago, which is said to be one of the most modern elevators in the vicinity.

1946 – 75 YEARS AGO

A telephone has been installed in the George Vosberg home in Clare.

The work on the house being built by Stanley Young of Kingston on Main Street is progressing nicely. The basement is in and the framework is up and insulation is now being put on. The garage was built first.

Sycamore Municipal Hospital’s Board of Directors has just purchased new and complete modern X-ray equipment consisting of a large stationary machine of ample capacity to serve the needs of an institution many times the size of Sycamore Hospital even with its new addition.

Workmen from Rochelle have installed an oil burner at the Mr. Louise Hintzsche farm home southwest of Esmond.

Some Ohio folks were made very happy this morning when their new 1946 Chevrolet club coupe was located ten minutes after they reported it as having been stolen. The auto belonging to Marvin S. Minneman of Youngston, Ohio, had been parked near the Rice Hotel about midnight. When Mr. and Mrs. Minneman went to get their car about 10:50 o’clock this morning it was gone.

For nearly three hours last evening several thousand persons were royally entertained at the DeKalb Municipal Band Festival, which was presented in the natural and ideal setting of the huge amphitheater at Hopkins Park. It was an enthusiastic audience and the band numbers, guest conductors, soloists and fireworks display were greeted with lusty receptions.

Announcements have been made for the annual Farmers and Old Settlers picnic at Kingston Park. This event, which has been held for years and looms as one of the important late summer activities in northern Illinois, will be held Aug. 22 and 23 at the Kingston park, which is just north of the Kishwaukee River from the town.

The new memorial windows have now been completely installed in the Pierce Evangelical church, including the vestibule and Primary Room. Other improvements are to be made, and include the painting of the buildings, redecorating of the church basement. The back porch at the parsonage has been remodeled, glassed in and screened making a much needed improvement.

Gladiolus are beginning to bloom and make many beautiful gardens throughout the county. In 1941, one DeKalb County young man started his hobby of raising gladiolus at his home near Kingston. He is Wayne Hunter, who now lives north of Kirkland. He began with 25 bulbs the first year. The next year he was married and his wife also became interested in his hobby. That year they had 150 bulbs. The following year they planted 3,000 bulbs, many of them coming from friends as gifts. In 1944, about 7,000 bulbs were planted with several new varieties being added.

1971 – 50 YEARS AGO

The University Village, currently under construction at Crane Drive and Annie Glidden Road represents some of the 300 units that are expected to be ready this fall. Although the apartment building is interested in renting only to families, it will allow NIU students to find room in apartments the families have vacated.

The question of what to do with Clinton Rosette Middle School was one of the major items under discussion at last night’s DeKalb Board of Education meeting. Before any decision is made to build a new middle school or remodel Clinton Rosette, the board suggested that the Citizen’s Advisory Committee make recommendations on the feasibility of either plan in accordance to citizen opinion, the staff views, and outside assistance.

Fargo Lodge of Sycamore, recently purchased by William G. and Norean Lee of Rockford, opened under the new management setup Monday. The new corporate name is Lee Fargo Lodge Inc.

A steam pugging, calliope-whistling choo-choo train named Puffer-Belly will make its DeKalb debut at the Downtown DeKalb Association’s Annual Corn Boil. Puffer-Belly was built originally for President Richard Nixon’s inauguration in 1968.

1996 – 25 YEARS AGO

The DeKalb County Health Care Planning Ad-hoc Committee essentially dissolved itself last night, sending questions on the future of the county home to the Nursing Home Committee. Some members had argued the committee was commissioned to study a broader range of health care issues than simply the nursing home’s future.

Helicopter Pilot Kevin Johnson, of Hendrickson Flying Services in Rochelle, swooped down over a corn field Tuesday afternoon near Pleasant Street and Somonauk Road in rural DeKalb. Johnson was spraying for second-generation corn borers and root worm beetles. Field scouts check the fields to determine the threshold for an economic application of the chemicals needed to kill the pests.

To keep up with the area’s growing population, Kishwaukee Community Hospital will begin to expand its emergency department next week. The construction will add 18,600 square feet on two floors over the next 12 to 15 months. The emergency department and the admission center will be on the ground floor, and the basement will house classroom space, storage and possibly some offices.

– Compiled by Sue Breese