Looking Back for Sept. 29, 2021

1921 – 100 YEARS AGO

Following the report that the shoulder on the Waterman Road was in such a condition that motorists were in danger when turning off the road, the work of making the repairs on the road commenced almost at once. It is believed that if the work of grading up the side road shoulder is carried through as it had been started, the road will be in the best condition of the year, and drivers of automobiles surely welcome the improvements.

In the brief period of 15 minutes Monday night between 7 and 8 o’clock, a total of 83 cars passed Seventh Street corner going all ways, according to Robert Ferguson who made it a point to keep an accurate count for that period of time. Mr. Ferguson said that his count was the result of an argument in which several estimates were made by people who visit his office in the evening. Fifty was placed as the minimum figure by the east end coal dealer while others estimated at below that mark. Seventh Street and Lincoln Highway is without doubt one of the busiest corners in the city as cars come and go from all directions.

For the first time in many months, one or two bad spots are found along the Lincoln Highway before Maintenance Foreman Self has had an opportunity to get them repaired. It is understood the Lincoln Highway man has been kept unusually busy following the heavy rains and will probably get at the road between here and Malta within the next few days. Regardless of the other work he has been called upon to do, Self has managed to keep the curve banks up in good shape and there is hardly any excuse for a driver getting off the cement if he keeps his eyes on the road.

Coal mining is rated as a very healthy industry. If a miner cuts himself when he is covered with coal dust his injury, say physicians, will heal quicker than if he was clean. Moreover, miners are not so subject to consumption as workers in many other industries.

Night Officer Jake Derix, after spending considerable time in trying to locate the owner of a big truck standing on Seventh Street, had it hauled to a garage during the night. It is understood that the police department is going to make it a business to pick up bars found on the streets at night without lights burning and it behooves several auto owners of the city to find a place to park the car overnight.

1946 – 75 YEARS AGO

Sycamore’s newest place of business, the modern Stiles Dress Shop, opened yesterday after months of preparation. Although friends of Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Stiles had expected a most attractive shop, they were delightfully surprised with the modern and beautiful appearance. Every detail has been given consideration, from the special lighting to the floor covering, the place of business can be considered ideal. Friends of the proprietors and business associates filled the new store with flowers as an expression of good will for the opening.

One little DeKalb girl has a most original ending to her prayers these nights. When she completes her regular prayer she adds: “Dear God, bless the soldier boys so they can all come home. Bless Mommy and Daddy and help them find a house for us to live in so we don’t have to live on the street.”

A new scale is being installed at the Clare Grain Elevator this week.

In the recent ceremonies at Sycamore when Company I of the militia received an award for splendid attendance Sgt. William Adee of Clare represented the company in receiving the trophy. He is the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Milton Adee and lives on the farm home here.

Workmen are putting in a cement floor in the building being erected by L. W. Holmes of Esmond.

Sometime during the early morning hours, the Farmer’s Inn at Kirkland was entered and considerable merchandise was hauled away including 22 cases of whiskey, 40 cartons of cigarettes, four boxes of cigars and some small change. Entrance was gained by jimmying the front door. The burglars lifted the bar and opened the rear door to haul away the merchandise. Only the best liquor was taken and bottles were removed from the shelves also. They had emptied beer cases and used the cases to haul the whiskey.

Women also seem to be getting in shape for the football season. In a mad scramble this morning in a DeKalb store for a soap flakes box a woman was knocked off her feet and her purse was lost. The life of a man is also precarious in these soap and meat lines. One DeKalb man stated this morning that he had been without meat for so long that he decided to brave a scramble at one store which had a bit of meat. He stated that he had been pushed and jostled about so much that he didn’t want a woman to squeeze him again for six months.

1971 – 50 YEARS AGO

A recommendation by City’s planning board last night was accepted by the Sandwich City Council, stating that residential housing for retarded adults be allowed in R-2 areas. The Open Door Sheltered Workshop Board had asked to build a structure just behind the Open Door on South Wells Street for no more than 21 retarded adults who would be supervised by a house mother and house father. The board stressed that this house and any other they might build in the future would be relatively small so that they would not become institutions.

Genoa Girl Scouts helped to make Saturday’s Glass Drop-Off Day a success. The glass drop-off is a project of the Genoa Woman’s Club and this is the second consecutive Saturday it has been run. Scouts from Troops 60 and 95 worked in two-hour shifts, sorting and breaking up the glass.

1996 – 25 YEARS AGO

It has been nearly two months since the flood waters of July receded from DeKalb County, but students starting school at Clinton Rosette Middle School in DeKalb, still find many of the library shelves bare. Clinton Rosette was one of two local libraries to suffer heavy losses during the flood. Flooding problems have also failed to evaporate at the Kirkland Public Library.

The DeKalb Plan Commission last night approved the site plan of a new bank and office facility on Sycamore Road, but not until after making it as neighbor friendly as possible. Premier Financial Services has purchased the property at northwest corner of Sycamore Road and Oakland Drive which earlier this summer, was the focus of much discussion about zoning and potential uses.

An accident at a local construction site claimed the life of a Machesney Park man yesterday afternoon. The man fell 2 feet through the roof at the side of the new Super Wal-Mart building located off of Sycamore Road. DeKalb Police said when the man fell, he landed on concrete forms on the ground below.

– Compiled by Sue Breese