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Looking Back for May 15, 2019

Pond Street Store at 320 Pond St. in DeKalb. Opened in 1925, and carried a complete stock of groceries and canned goods. Thanks to the Joiner History Room for the photo.
Pond Street Store at 320 Pond St. in DeKalb. Opened in 1925, and carried a complete stock of groceries and canned goods. Thanks to the Joiner History Room for the photo.

1919 – 100 YEARS AGO

The DeKalb Military band, under the efficient leadership of Zeigner Swanson is desiring of filling its ranks to a 50-piece organization if possible and today makes an appeal to those playing an instrument to join with them. Beginners are also invited to the regular band rehearsal every Tuesday night and from seven to eight o’clock Mr. Swanson devotes his time to the beginners, free of charge.

Those people of Sycamore who are raising chickens must keep them locked up from this time on, unless they wish to donate about $8.60 to the police magistrate. This was the substance of an order issued by the chief of police, due to a number of complaints that have been received of late, from all parts of the city. Gardens are being planted now, flower beds uncovered, and for this reason, it is necessary that everyone keep chickens locked up.

The Wagner bungalow on South Third street in DeKalb, across from Huntley Park has been sold to Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Powell who took possession May first. The home is one of the prettiest properties in town, and was built only recently.

To celebrate the fact that the indebtedness of their church building, recently erected, had been entirely wiped out, the members of the DeKalb First Lutheran church gathered at the edifice and held a jubilee meeting.

The wooden barn, used for the housing of the cow and some chickens belonging to Mrs. Mayo at the corner of First and Lincoln Highway was struck by lightning at about 7:35 this morning, but fortunately the building was not set afire. The bolt of lightning struck the cupola and took a diagonal direction to the ground, ripping shingles, and rafters alike as if they were made of paper. The cupola was crushed, as though one had dropped a heavy weight on it.

The tire firm of Corey & Sons, put up their big electric sign on their new building across from The Chronicle office. Mr. Corey says now that he hopes the sign won’t have to be moved again, and as it is on his own building, it probably won’t be removed until worn out.

One night this week Office Rowe recovered an old muzzle loader shot gun, that had evidently been stolen from someone, and taking it to the station, prepared to give it a thorough cleaning. Placing the gun in the woman’s department of the city jail, he filled both barrels with kerosene and cautioned Night Desk Sergeant Concidine not to touch the firearm. Concidine’s curiosity, however, got the best of him during the night and he endeavored to determine the condition the barrels of the gun. Placing the old firearm to his shoulder with the barrel toward the light, imagine the shower of kerosene he received, and then imagine, if you can, what happened afterward. Now there is a sign posted over there, “No firearms that need cleaning will be allowed in the building.”

1944 – 75 YEARS AGO

The nursing situation in Sycamore is reaching an acute stage, it was learned, and unless it eases very soon, a public appeal will be made for volunteer nurses to help those in charge of the Sycamore institution.

All retail stores in the city of DeKalb were granted the right to close on Thursday afternoon during the summer months as has been the practice in former years.

Investigation yesterday disclosed that fine progress is being made on the improvements at the Gamble Store in Sycamore owned and operated by Lee Hagen. The entrance from the original store to the building, formerly occupied by The Tribune has been completed and it is a slick job, in the opinion of many who have seen it.

Firemen of the Sycamore department received a call Sunday afternoon from the Torrie Bergeson farm house, where a chicken brooder was believed responsible for a fire in the chicken house. Early discovery of the blaze and prompt response by the firemen saved the chicks and considerable farm property.

On Friday morning 54 soldiers stationed at Camp Grant will seek citizenship. They will appear before Circuit Judge William R. Dusher at that time. Many of the applicants for citizenship are refugees who escaped from Germany and Austria during the years just preceding the outbreak of the present conflict.

An addition to the Rice Hotel in DeKalb, which will provide from 20 to 25 additional rooms, all with bath, and the erection of a new nine story hotel structure at Sterling of 85 to 90 rooms, were projects announced by M. E. Rice this morning. Both programs will be carried out as soon as government restriction on building materials are lifted. The Sterling project, an entire new hotel structure will cost in the neighborhood of $170,000, the DeKalb improvement has not as yet reached the stage where a definite figure for construction can be given.

1969 – 50 YEARS AGO

Sunday the DeKalb Public Library held an Open House and Dedication of the newly remodeled facility.

DeKalb area residents will have an opportunity to obtain a free chest x-ray when the mobile x-ray unit of the Tuberculosis Association of Kant, DeKalb, and Kendall Counties visits Thursday. The unit will be located at Third and Lincoln Highway in downtown.

The DeKalb School District Board of education took the first step toward a possible renovation project for the Clinton Rosette Middle School (formerly known as North Junior High).

Joe Cliffe, senior wrestler from DeKalb High School, was honored along with the other members of the wrestling team at the Lions Club’s annual Father-Son-Daughter Banquet last night.

The DeKalb Daily Chronicle will be relocated in a new building and will convert to “offset cold-type” production methods. The transition to the new facility and location are planned for completion within one year. Groundwork is expected to begin in 90 days, soon after the site near DeKalb is finalized.

The proposed River Park Drive, for which the city of DeKalb is seeking a $300,000 state appropriation, is a “road to nowhere,” according to a spokesman from St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 900 Normal Rd. Church officials and residents along the route of the proposed road have expressed dissatisfaction over the proposed route.

1994 – 25 YEARS AGO

Brownie Troop #399 of Southeast School in Sycamore are donating toys that troop members made to Safe Passage in DeKalb. All the toys were made from recycled materials.

Donations for the renovation of the historic clock in downtown DeKalb are slowly trickling in and the group has approximately $1,500 toward the more than $16,000 needed for the work.

Problems with the hearing in the new addition at Prairie View School in Sandwich are still unresolved.

Former Shabbona Police Chief James Drury has been awarded for his work in law enforcement and his work in promoting fishing. Drury’s family was presented the National Posthumous Medal of Honor during a special award ceremony at Lake Shabbona State Park.

If approved by the DeKalb County Board, two DeKalb County Sheriff’s deputies could be providing police service to Kishwaukee College this fall.

• Compiled by the Joiner History Room, DeKalb County Archives.

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