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Yesteryear for January

Yorkville residents and business owners found themselves digging out after an estimated 20 inches of snow fell on the city and most of northern Illinois Jan. 26. This photo shows snow piled high in front of stores along Route 47 in the city's downtown.
Yorkville residents and business owners found themselves digging out after an estimated 20 inches of snow fell on the city and most of northern Illinois Jan. 26. This photo shows snow piled high in front of stores along Route 47 in the city's downtown.

January 2012
The Follies Theatre in downtown Yorkville opened. Its first production was “Swinging at the Stardust,” a tribute to the 1960s era of Las Vegas.
 
January 2007
About 55 people gathered outside a Yorkville City Council meeting in a silent protest of a proposed landfill.
 
January 2002
A public forum in Yorkville drew about 200 people. The topic was the proposed Prairie Parkway corridor protection project. A majority voiced their opposition to the project.
 
January 1997
Residents along the Blackberry Creek have sent a letter to various officials in regard to restoration of the creek after recent flooding. Residents say even a minimal amount of rainfall now puts the residents in flood danger, due to debris and a creek bed that need to be cleaned.
 
January 1992
The former police chief of south suburban Dixmoor will be Yorkville’s new police chief. Anton Graff was approved unanimously by the City Council.
 
January 1987
Freshman Congressman Dennis Hastert, a Republican from Yorkville, was sworn in to his first term.
 
January 1982
The Yorkville School District took another step into the computer age when the Board of Education approved a classroom computer program and okayed purchase of the necessary equipment for it. Vernon Strong, chairman of the math department, told the board the program would have all district students in grade one through nine studying with a computer at least 15 minutes a month.
 
January 1977
Judge Wilson Burnell used an antique sword to cut the cake at a New Year’s Eve going out of business party for the Kendall County Bicentennial Commission.
 
January 1972
Walt "No Neck" Williams, an outfielder with the Chicago White Sox, was the guest at the Yorkville Lions Club Boys Night.
 
January 1967
A fire caused about $2,000 damage to the kitchen at the Pine Village Restaurant, Route 34 and 47. The damage could have been worse. A freight train was starting to cross Route 47 about the time the fire trucks were rushing to the scene. Chief Sheriff’s Deputy Tom Usry was able to the get the train stopped so the fire trucks could get through.
The Great Storm of 1967 started Thursday, Jan. 26 and by the time it settled down to just a wind blowing affair on Friday morning, the entire area was virtually paralyzed. About 20 inches of snow fell. A week before, temperatures hit 65 degrees.
 
January 1962
Rumors say that Route 126 will be straightened so that it will hit Route 47 at right angles, With a four-way stop at 47 and 126 and those so called safety islands that some engineer dreamed up to confuse the unwary motorist.
 
January 1957
• Mr. and Mrs. Rex Tyree of Yorkville have purchased the Yorkville Appliance and Furniture store downtown from Ira Perkins.
 
January 1952
• Chicago, Burlington and Quincy trains Nos. 133 and 134 running between Aurora and Streator, will make their last runs on Saturday, Feb. 2. Express, baggage and cream will still be handled at the railroad stations at Yorkville, Oswego, Millington and Millbrook as in the past. The schedule of the truck that will handle express and cream shipments is not known at this time.
 
January 1947
We called the telephone company a week or so ago and requested a telephone be installed in our residence. Telephones in Yorkville are frozen we understand. Sometimes we are not so sure we want a phone anyhow. It’s so peaceful without one.
 
January 1942
The Kendall County Council of Defense will hold a registration day for home defense work. It is possible that our community may never undergo the ravages of war but it is vital that we are ready for all emergencies. Remember Pearl Harbor! Let it not happen here.
 
January 1937
County Clerk M. P. Mortenson announced that his office has paid bounties on eight foxes so far this season. Last year the county clerk paid the $3 bounty on 23 foxes.
 
January 1932
A record 1,100 participated in the annual meeting of the Kendall County Farm Bureau. A total of 840 were served dinner at noon. R. J. Churchill was elected president.
 
January 1927
The Yorkville Fire Company will hold a big party next month. It will be a great affair with dancing, cards and a program. Plan to attend this entertainment or at least buy a ticket. The money goes to a good cause and keeps the firefighters in a pleasant mood.
 
January 1922
Funeral services were held for Reuben W. Willett, an old Bristol resident and gallant soldier for the Union in the Civil War. He was about 88 years old and laid to rest in Elmwood Cemetery.
 
January 1917
The final bronze memorial tablet was placed in the lobby of the courthouse recently through the efforts of the local Woman’s Relief Corp. The final tablet has 43 names of veterans, bringing the number on all the tablets to 1,543. The names are of the men who went from Kendall County to fight in the various wars. The first tablets were installed Aug. 15, 1901 at the cost of $1,000. The ladies raised $145 for this last tablet, with the assistance of the board of supervisors.
 
January 1912
Telephone men are busy preparing to move the Oswego exchange in to the new Burkhart building. The Post Office also will move there.
 
January 1907
Carl Gabel of Plattville had a nice horse die of pneumonia. Andrew Jager also lost a horse.
 
January 1902
The courthouse committee of the board of supervisors, Messrs. G. M. Johnson, J. D. Russell, and I. E. Bennett, had a conference with the electric light plant manager and decided to have the courthouse, sheriff’s residence and jail lighted by electric lamps.
 
January 1897
Arthur Day is busy painting scenery for the Dramatic Club of Plattville.
 
January 1892
There is a new bell on the Yorkville hose house and it is a fine one for the purpose.
 
January 1887
The standard thermometer in front of Nussle’s Store in Millington recorded 36 degrees below zero last Friday morning.
 
January 1882
Street lamps? Yes indeed. Oswego now has street lamps. This radical step toward greatness was taken Saturday afternoon when posts were erected at two corners. They are lamps burning naphtha, and are put up for trial.
 
January 1877
Mr. Gunsul of Millington has sold his lumber yard to Mr. Thomas Serrine who will continue the business.
 
January 1867
On Saturday evening as a gentleman and two ladies were coming over the Bristol bridge in a cutter, the horse took fright and commenced running. At the rise on the Yorkville bridge, the horse bolted and threw the occupants of the cutter out into the snow, and very nearly over the abutment into the river. No one seriously hurt, but the cutter, and that was smashed somewhat.

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