Looking Back for Nov. 3, 2021

1921 – 100 YEARS AGO

Now that practically all of the leaves have dropped, city workmen are busy cleaning up the streets of the city preparatory to the winter season. Several men are employed by the city in this work and practically all the paved highways of town will be given attention before the men are called to other work. By cleaning the gutters, there is less danger of floods should the weatherman favor us with more rain and also the snows that are almost certain to come later in the season.

DeKalb County’s road building equipment – the part that has been received by the county commissioner of highways – is being stored in the livery and hitch barn of Martin Brock for the time being, according to Ralph Ellsworth, who is in charge of the machinery. The custodian states that there are four big army trucks and a new speed wagon, while other machinery is expected in the very near future. This other shipment will include the tractors and the road patrols. Ellsworth has the task of keeping this machinery fit for work, and when the remainder of the county’s purchase arrives, will be kept busy most of the time.

There is a possibility that in the near future DeKalb Elks and their ladies may have an opportunity to witness a couple of good wrestling bouts between a couple of experts in the grapple game. Secretary Killian is looking into the matter and hopes to be able to secure a couple of lads, whom he has seen wrestle at Sterling in the recent past. They are experts at the game and put on a clean and wholesome exhibition of wrestling.

Being towed by an air service army truck, a large mail plane went through here this afternoon and created much attention on the part of the people. The machine carried an inscription on the side telling the number of miles it had been driven with only three forced landings and other data of a credit to the manufacturer. It is reported the machine was being taken to the Cleveland air plane factory for repairs.

W.V. Dadds was in this morning with a cluster of beautiful ripe red raspberries which he picked today in his yard on College Avenue. The berries are fine large ones of a splendid flavor and are an oddity for this time of the year.

1946 – 75 YEARS AGO

Mrs. Flora Kell, president of the DeKalb County Council of the American Legion, has announced that the organization is sponsoring its annual campaign to raise funds to carry on community service work and to purchase a polio pack apparatus. This much needed equipment will be available to DeKalb County residents. A magazine sales campaign is to be sponsored by the county group and representatives to conduct the drive will be registered at the sheriff’s office. In previous years, through similar campaigns, the auxiliary placed a fracture bed, inhalator, oxygen tent, wheel chair, and operating light at the disposal of the residents of this county.

The Public Health Department of the State of Illinois under the direction of the State Public Health Director Dr. Roland R. Cross is at present conducting a series of studies in the fight against influenza. In attempting to evaluate the worth of the influenza vaccine, several schools and colleges in the various sections of the state have been chosen in conjunction with the studies. The University of Illinois, Northwestern University, and the Northern Illinois State Teachers college along with Southern Illinois Normal at Carbondale have been selected. The “shots” were administered to the student body at the college several days ago and the effects and reactions are being closely studied.

Effective today, the Genoa Republican has a new partner, Arthur B. Geithman, who has purchased a third interest in the business. In 1904, there existed the Genoa Republican and Genoa Journal when C. D. Schoonmaker purchased both of them and continued publication of one as the Genoa Republican-Journal, later dropping the Journal. Mr. Geithman of Genoa is a graduate of the Genoa high school in 1925 and entered the Republican print shop as an apprentice in 1926.

Slowing down to a 15 mile an hour speed, which enabled her to have the car she was driving under complete control, Mrs. Joe L. Johnson of 323 W. Roosevelt Street, DeKalb, proved she was today’s recipient for the courtesy award. The presentation of the $5 was made by Superintendent of School who said, “DeKalb’s playgrounds are sources of danger because there are no fences to prevent the children from running into the street in the excitement of their games. Drivers have to be careful to prevent accidents. Mrs. Johnson proved she was aware of the danger and acted accordingly.”

1971 – 50 YEARS AGO

A new coffee house, known as “The Upper Room,” will open at 134 E. Lincoln Highway on Friday. It will be availableto high school age youth on Friday evenings and for college age youth on Saturday nights. The Upper Room will be located in the space formerly occupied by the Mel Elliott Music Studio above the Mel Elliott Music Center in downtown DeKalb.

Kishwaukee College started a placement service last year, but it placed only two students. That’s because the college’s vo-tech graduates were so much in demand that only two asked for assistance in locating a job. All of the 54 graduates in the vo-tech field last spring who wanted a job are working. This is happening at a time when the economy is slumping and many persons holding higher education degrees are out of work and having a hard time finding a job.

The director of Northern Illinois University’s Laboratory School said that a recommendation by the staff of the Illinois Board of High Education (IBHE) to close the school in 1973 has been changed.

Members of the Genoa-Kingston Fire Department worked on putting out a fire of the abandoned motel building on West Jackson Street in Genoa, which was started as part of the Halloween vandalism in the Genoa area this weekend.

1996 – 25 YEARS AGO

The first of four buildings scheduled for demolition in the Short Street neighborhood redevelopment project came down yesterday, about a year and a half after area residents first came to the city for help. The buildings are coming down to reduce the population density in the neighborhood, which was identified through a series of neighborhood meetings with city officials as the root cause of a number of problems in the area.

While experts agree the Internet, the world wide network of computer databases, will become an increasing larger factor in elections in the future, the day of the ”cybercandidate” is still out of sight. The Internet has the potential to provide a wealth of information on candidates or issues to the public or the ultimate press release for political candidates. Still, those local candidates experimenting with the new technology are not ready to trade knocking on doors along the campaign trail for tapping computer keys on the information superhighway.

– Compiled by Sue Breese