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Published: Friday, April 21, 2017 4:42 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, April 21, 2017 4:42 p.m. CDT
(Jeff Farren for Shaw Media)
The east side of Bridge Street (Route 47) in downtown Yorkville as it appear at night in 1968. At far left you can see the bridge and the roof line of the building which once housed the Yorkville Public Library. That building, and the next one J.N. SchneiderR efrigeration, were torn down in 1982 to make way for a new four-lane bridge. Continuing up the street, left to right, George M. Dickson Insurance, Harberts TV, Mel Paulson’s Tavern, Hances Jewelry, Yorkville Hardware, Farmers State Bank which is now Castle/First National, and the KC Record.

April 1942

The federal government has asked our school teachers to handle the local sugar rationing. The trade people will register at the high school April 28 and 29. Consumers will register at the grade school May 4-7. Unless plans are changed, stores will stop selling sugar April 27, for a week or more.

April 1937

Among the 24 projects scheduled for bid letting in April by the State Division of Highways is the Fox River bridge in Oswego. Full right of way has been obtained.

April 1932

A record vote in elections for the villages of Yorkville and Bristol was cast yesterday, the result of efforts of those running to get out the vote as well as of the general condition of unemployment which gives people plenty of time for the exercising of the suffrage.

April 1927

When Yorkville voters go to the polls Tuesday they should choose a president and members of the village board who will correct many of our difficulties. First the streets should be made passable and Bridge Street should be kept clean the year round. Second, the board of health should insist that back yards in the business district be kept clean. Third, there should be a more comprehensive program and budget laid out for the coming year to include support for local improvements. Fourth, the enforcement of automobile laws and the passage of an ordinance which will punish rowdy and careless drivers.

April 1922

Sheriff Martin Hextell has been given $800 reward for his assistance in capturing an DuPage County criminal wanted for the slaying of West Chicago Police Chief Rehm.

Homer D. Webster has bought the interest of Fred G. Hill in the Rexall store downtown.

April 1917

Captain A. E Lord, the Plano physician, is preparing to answer a call to rejoin his regiment where his is a surgeon.

April 1912

William Maier has bought the Hextell hotel property and rumors say Newark is to have a hotel again.

April 1907

A general warning has been put out to look out for your horses, as automobiles are increasing in number.

April 1902

Tarbox Brothers will soon have an electric motor in their tile and brick factory off Somonauk Street. Thus the services of the faithful horses will be done away with.

April 1897

Frank Vanderlip, formerly of Oswego, private secretary to U. S. Secretary of the Treasury Gage, has been acting this week as private secretary to President McKinley during the temporary absence of Secretary Porter. Who says Kendall County is not in it?

April 1892

W. T. Boston found himself in an embarrassing position for this time of year. Some sneak thief broke into the lumber office Friday night and stole his fishing outfit.

April 1887

About 5 o’clock on Saturday afternoon the cry of fire again startled the people of Yorkville and a black smoke rising up the river showed the great ice houses of Esche Brothers were on fire. The houses were completely destroyed, the ice will mostly be saved. This comes just weeks after the courthouse blaze.

April 1882

The closest shave in the elections so far was at Bristol, when Charles H. Raymond was elected by only one majority. Every man in town claims to have cast that one vote. And the next closest was in Big Grove when T. R. Shorndon was elected by two majority.

April 1877

Sheriff Newton heard what he thought was mice in the jail cell Sunday but when he looked he discovered the prisoners about to escape. They had raised a stone in the floor and had dug a hole in the ground under the partition and brick wall. In a few more minutes they could have escaped.

April 1867

Wheat is very high and flour is selling at the mills at $6.75 and $7 per hundred weight. Is corn meal cheaper? We will have to go back to “hog and hominy.”

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