1922 – 100 YEARS AGO
The same old story. A stranger gets blank checks from Bank DeKalb. Writes checks in his name. Checks returned to “depositor” without funds. Such happened here yesterday when a man cashed two checks at a restaurant, one for $8.00 and the other for $10.00 after informing the clerk of where he worked for the North West Railway. And yet, the clerk did not know that the North Western never pays its aide with DeKalb bank checks.
Although he can’t see ringside, EP Ellwood says he has a wonderful imagination and with the help of his radio phone outfit sat in his wireless room at home and enjoyed the fight held in New York on Monday night between Greg and Gibbons. Mr. Ellwood says that with the outfit he has on at home, he heard virtually every shot and announcement made from the ring. He says he couldn’t see the punches while the fighters were in the ring, but he got plenty of other thrills during the night and he’s now more of a fan of radiotelephony than ever.
Contractor Beckstrom, who is responsible for the high school‘s major contracts, receives many carloads of gravel every day, as well as other materials for the school’s expansion. Much of the material received by Mr. Beckstrom arrives in gondolas and due to the seemingly inevitable coal strike on the first of the coming month, little time is wasted unloading the wagons. A large hopper has been installed at the rail yard and men are busy filling it, and the matter of loading and unloading takes very little time.
Dr. Gloss from DeKalb gave a very interesting lecture to high school students yesterday during general exercise time about the Chinese people and their way of life. Dr. Gloss has worked among the Chinese for several years and is familiar with people’s conditions and feelings. In her speech, she particularly insisted on the Chinese of today who break with the customs of their fathers and despise more and more the ancestral worship.
Traveling vaudeville act Fred Delmar’s Fighting Lions were the attraction at North West Station this midday, after arriving from Janesville, Wis. 15 trains. The animals, according to the manager, are doing a good vaudeville act in the steel cage and will perform at the Dixon Theater for the rest of the week.
1947 – 75 YEARS AGO
Mrs. Ed Weaver and her children spent Sunday at the Chester Freeman home in Malta.
As the state begins to tear down the old bridge over the Lincoln Highway and west of the DeKalb business district, traffic is routed over a temporary bridge, built just south of the old structure. The old iron bridge is destroyed and will be replaced by the new structure. It is expected that construction work will be rushed to allow for completion before the summer.
Thieves were caught Wednesday night stealing a Chicago Great Western Railroad refrigerator car. The police fired short shots at the culprits, but they managed to escape. A half-dressed pig was found alongside the tracks, visibly dropped by the thieves. A meat train had stopped for water and coal when the attempted robbery took place.
Mr. and Mrs. Louis Olson of Victor moved to the farmhouse southwest of Leland which they purchased from Donald Henderson. Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Henderson moved to the farmhouse they purchased southwest of Hinckley. They lived on the Don Henderson farm. They will be missed by the community as both took an active part in all community affairs, church, Home Bureau and Farm Bureau. Mr. Henderson has run the Boys Four-H Club for several years. They intend to maintain their interest in the Suydam Church and as much as possible in others.
The cabin of a semi-trailer truck belonging to the Rochelle Transit Company was damaged this morning by flames which were fueled by the huge petrol tanks. The fire is believed to have been caused by a ruptured fuel line. Truck driver John Myers thought he smelled smoke as he crossed the temporary bridge over the Kishwaukee. Noticing the flames, he abruptly stopped the truck in the center of the street in front of 183 West Lincoln Highway and jumped out. It took about fifteen minutes to smother the flames and they were finally extinguished when the pressure hose was used to wash out the tank. Damage was limited to the cabin, with the valuable cargo of yarn transported from Caron’s Rochelle factory in Chicago undamaged.
1972 – 50 YEARS AGO
DeKalb residents may discover in a year or two that an old tune about putting nickels in the nickelodeon might become popular again. This time the song will feature lyrics about DeKalb’s parking meters. Most DeKalb residents have become accustomed to DeKalb’s parking meters and free hours. DeKalb City Council is currently considering plans to increase the number of parking meters at off-street parking facilities, to increase parking rates and structure, and to eliminate approximately 240 parking spaces in the downtown central business district .
What do the University Center, the Del Monte Corporation and the Northern Illinois University Huskies basketball team have in common? They are all cited for their outstanding contributions to improving human relations and are respectively the business sector and individual winners of the annual competition sponsored by the DeKalb Human Relations Commission.
Good Samaritans always show up in tough times. And one of those times was last night, when the snow howled around the stumbling figures of a Chronicle newspaper boy as he delivered his route to Cortland, trudging through snowdrifts above of his knees. A caring and very considerate customer, Frank Smith, saw the plight of the youngster, Randy Ackland, and took him inside, making him hot chocolate. When Smith saw the storm wasn’t letting up, he put on his coat and drove the transporter the rest of the way in his car, proving there was “good news” for at least one transporter who braved the elements as they do every year or so.
1997 – 25 YEARS AGO
Northern Illinois University has received state senate approval to review land and partnership as it prepares a long-term vision for the university. The bill, which passed by a 54-1 vote, allows NIU to designate land known as “North 40” near the engineering building, and over 289 acres west of the campuses, such as special development zones. It also allows the school to work with developers within the framework of a public/private partnership.
In an effort to preserve wildlife habitat and minimize flooding issues, members of the DeKalb Park District have taken steps to improve local golf courses. Members of the Golf Course Committee devised a plan that would add a new retention pond to the Buena Vista Golf Course, located off Annie Glidden Road. The committee also plans to expand the existing wetlands at the River Heights Golf Course. Both of these courses, built on the Kishwaukee River, suffered significant damage from heavy flooding last year.
– Compiled by Sue Breese