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Yesteryear for August

1968: Miss Illinois Judi Ford of Belvidere (center) was the guest at the Yorkville Jaycees Summer Festival in the Town Square. She went on to be the1969 Miss America. At left is Maria Rossaert of Newark and at right is Warren Rogers of the Yorkville Jaycees.
1968: Miss Illinois Judi Ford of Belvidere (center) was the guest at the Yorkville Jaycees Summer Festival in the Town Square. She went on to be the1969 Miss America. At left is Maria Rossaert of Newark and at right is Warren Rogers of the Yorkville Jaycees.

Compiled by Jeff Farren from the files of the Kendall County Record

August 2013
John D. Anthony of Boulder Hill, a Kendall County Sheriff’s Deputy, as sworn in as the new State Representative after former Rep. Pam Roth moved away.

August 2008
The Kendall County Board discussed the future of the old jail building. Board Member Robert Davidson said he felt they have been having this discussion about whether to save the building since it was closed in 1991.

August 2003
Yorkville Mayor Art Prochaska met with county officials to discuss the renovation of the former county jail building. The city is considering purchasing the building from the county for a nominal amount, since it is part of the city’s historic downtown area.

August 1998
A truck stop complex with a service station, motel and restaurant is proposed for the northeast corner of Eldamain Road and Route 34.

August 1993
A pair of local residents had their walk along the Blackberry Creek interrupted by a small caiman, (alligator-type animal). It was found somewhere south of Rt. 34 and is believed to be someone’s discarded pet.

August 1988
A special section on residential growth was included with the Record Newspapers. The growth “has moved outward into DuPage County, which is pretty well filled up and now another generation is moving further out to Kane and Kendall counties,” said George Bell, county zoning administrator.

August 1983
Boaters on the Fox River are asked to steer clear of the construction area below the Route 47 bridge due to swift currents.

August 1978
Kendall County 4-Her Nancy Blankenship has won the top achievement award in the Illinois 4-H program. She hopes to go on to be the National Achievement award winner, equaling the feat accomplished by her father, Gilbert Blankenship in 1949.

August 1973
Two U. S Navy men stopped in Yorkville on their rubber raft voyage down the Fox River. They started in Fox Lake and are bound for Peoria.

August 1968
Miss Illinois Judi Ford of Belvidere was the guest at the Yorkville Jaycees Summer Festival held at the City Park. She was Miss America 1969.

August 1963
Although it will result in the loss of about one-third of the parking places downtown, the Yorkville Business Men’s Association voted to back a city plan to change parking from diagonal, to parallel, to improve safety.

August 1958
New Newark School Superintendent is Robert Glenn. He succeeds Ray H. Quensel.

August 1953
You had better park your car in your garage or stay off Route 47, for the streets of Yorkville are being oiled this week. It is a necessary evil. The oil is immediately given a coat of sand which helps considerably.

August 1948
A stop sign has been erected at the intersection of Van Emmon and Heustis streets. This is a dangerous crossing and it is hoped this safety measure will eliminate some of the hazards.

August 1943
County Sheriff William A Maier noticed smoke in the jail and upon entering found that two youthful prisoners, ages 14 and 16 were laying on their bunks and the mattresses were on fire. The Sheriff rousted them and rushed to the shower for water. The prisoner seemed to be gasping for air at the window and as the sheriff worked on the fire, the prisoners disappeared. After stealing a car, they were later traced to their parent’s home in Joliet. The boys were being held on a stolen car charge, it being their eighth or ninth time.

August 1938
The fifth annual Old Settler’s and Veteran’s Reunion was held at Rock Creek Park in Plano. Oldest present was Mr. Phinney. Oldest man born and reared in Kendall County, Mr. McCloud.

August 1933
Two suspects are about to go on trial for the holdup of the Millbrook State Bank. They are currently in Joliet prison. A third member was shot and killed by a member of the sheriff’s posse.

August 1928
With the increase of gasoline stations on the highways, it will not be long till each automobile has an individual place for service. We can’t for the life of us see how so many of these places with the attendant food stand can make any money.

August 1923
The people of Kendall County are invited to attend a meeting on the courthouse lawn Friday afternoon when honor will be paid to the late U.S. President Warren G. Harding.

August 1918
For the month of August consumers are entitled to two pounds of sugar per person. The additional amount during threshing which the farmer is entitled is two pounds for every 90 meals. For canning purposes customers are entitled to 10 pounds of sugar at one time on certificate approved by the local World War One Food Administrator.

August 1913
The cornerstone of the new Oswego Presbyterian Church was laid with appropriate services.

August 1908
A. G. Larson has rented and stocked a grocery store in Newark which will soon open for business. We are sorry to lose Arthur.

August 1903
A monster 40-horsepower auto with a “roof” on came tearing into Yorkville Monday night causing horses along the street to make frantic efforts to pull up the iron tie posts imbedded in the cement walks.

August 1898
President Newton of the Yorkville Village Board of Trustees says the electric light plant is a go, unless some unforeseen thing happens.

August 1893
Willett’s thermometer registered 118 degrees in the sun Sunday afternoon at 4 o’clock.

August 1888
S.S. Boomer of Bristol had five acres of oats which yielded 350 bushels when threshed.

August 1883
The new dam across the mouth of the Blackberry is now completed.

August 1878
Postmaster Liscom and Mr. McEwen of Lisbon drove over to Yorkville last week. They like a little city life occasionally.

August, 1873
There is a great deal of shooting going on in Yorkville and Bristol that should be stopped. Many who use firearms are boys and they are not always as careful as they should be where the shot goes to.

August 1868
Mr. Phillips of Fox showed us a couple of ears of corn plucked from this field which were mammoth in size, and the ear protruded two inches beyond the husk. It is a peculiarity of corn this season to be much too large for the husk.

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