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Yesteryear

Published: Monday, March 6, 2017 4:50 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, March 6, 2017 4:50 p.m. CDT
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(Shaw Media file photo)
Smoke rises from the Kendall County Courthouse in Yorkville after a fire March 25, 1887. A faulty coal fired stove was blamed.

March 2012

The Yorkville Wrestling Foxes finished second in the Class 2A Team State Tournament.

March 2007

The number of homes in Kendall County foreclosed on the past year nearly doubled from 232 to 408. Already in 2007, there have been 106 foreclosure cases filed.

March 2002

The Yorkville High School basketball team took its first trip to the Super Sectional and the Class A Sweet Sixteen. The Foxes fell to Bureau Valley 48-47. The Foxes finished at 24-6.

March 1997

The future of the historic Kendall County courthouse is again in doubt. The court struck down an agreement to transfer ownership of the building from the county to the City of Yorkville, at no charge. They planned to put city offices there.

March 1992

Kendall County primary elections produced some new office holders. Ken Toftoy defeated incumbent coroner Bill Dunn and assistant states attorney Tom Cross was the Republican winner for State Representative.

March 1987

A report on the 94-year-old Kendall County Jail is due. The County Board will have to decide if they can bring it up to state standards, or must build a new jail.

March 1982

A vote to allow liquor sales in Lisbon Township has been reversed. The vote appeared to pass 129-120, but it was contested and the Appellate Court ordered a recount, with certain excluded ballots reconsidered. Vote was then 103-99 to continue prohibition.

The Yorkville girls basketball team lost in the Sectional, finishing 23-4. They were led by senior all conference players Robin Behrens, Kim Vitek and Cheryl Wargo.

March 1977

The county is considering an amendment to the zoning ordinance, allowing one additional home on any agriculture lot of at least 60 acres.

March 1972

The Cozy Café, at the northwest corner of Bridge and Van Emmon was torn down. It had been condemned by the city.

March 1967

Yorkville Grade School was the scene for clinics in the county dental fluoridation program. At the clinics teeth are dried and then sprayed with liquid fluoride.

March 1962

Something new has been added at Yorkville High School. Wrestling has been introduced. Coach is Wes Tregoning. The only school with a wrestling program at this time is Oswego, and they have done quite well.

March 1957

It was announced in Washington, D. C. that the Yorkville-Bristol Sanitary District has been granted federal aid of $62,000 for the proposed sewage treatment plant.

March 1952

State Officer Russell Jacobs, stopped an auto going through the stop sign at Route 47 and 34. It was occupied by three young girls from Chicago. The driver had no operator’s license. Investigation disclosed that the car had been stolen in Chicago. The three girls had planned the escapade previously, the complete plan being to come into the country and “hit old ladies over the head and steal their money.”

March 1947

The Kendall County Courthouse was named one of 13 historic landmarks in northern Illinois by the Public Service Company of Northern Illinois.

March 1942

The people of Yorkville and vicinity responded most generously to the call for cookies for the soldiers at Camp Grant. A total of 1,278 dozen cookies were brought to the library and then taken to Rockford.

March 1937

Supervisor Jake Armbruster reports favorable response to his trip to Springfield regarding extending the hard road from Oswego down through Newark.

March 1932

A political ad for Len Small: He was good for Kendall County as Governor. He gave us hard roads, the game farm, fish hatchery and the Plattville Armory, besides full cooperation to our supervisors in their road building program, including financial help from the state on the temporary bridge in Yorkville.

March 1927

It is probable that the village authorities will soon have to put a force of men with a team of horses on duty full time with which to pull the many motor vehicles out which are “stuck in the mud.”

March 1922

Yorkville experienced her first robbery in the last few years when burglars blew open a safe in the Moore Meat Market and escaped with about $15 in silver.

March 1917

The Yorkville Orioles will again put two teams on the field Saturday. This time the receipts will go to the public library fund.

March 1912

The Yorkville Button Factory is calling for development of water power from the Fox River. The factory employs 15-20 men and when you look at the pile of clamshells on the east end of the pearl button factory, you get some kind of idea of the business the Rehbehn brothers are doing.

March 1907

Businessmen in Newark are placing considerable confidence in the proposed electric road which the McKinley combine is surveying between Yorkville and Seneca. If the road is laid according to the surveys recently made the cars will run right down the main business street of Newark.

March 1902

The material for Fred Young’s electric light plant has arrived and is being installed.

March 1897

Sheriff Ackerman is about town again. He attributes his illness to drinking bad water from a tank in a Southern Railway car on a recent trip.

March 1892

J. M Whitfield of Millbrook has received two carloads of lumber; he intends building a large barn this summer. John never does things by halves.

March 1887

Our beautiful courthouse is in ruins! A Record Extra screamed. A few minutes before 4 a.m. on Friday, March 25, the fire was discovered. It is believed to have started in a hard-coal stove. A lack of water from the courthouse well hampered fire fighters. The records were saved. Estimates put the value of the building, constructed in 1863-64, at $25,000.

March 1882

There will be a grand masquerade at Budd’s Hall. The managers assure us that they intend to spare no pains to make this the best ball ever seen in Millbrook. Sweet’s Orchestra will furnish the music and a lady costumer from Ottawa, the costumes.

March 1877

The treasurer’s report for the City of Yorkville shows receipts of $1,376 and expenditures of $1,269.

March 1867

We say with all reverance that the lack of sidewalks in Yorkville is a disgrace to the County Seat of Kendall County. Mud, Mud Mud!

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