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Yesteryear: The new Oswego High School opens on Rt. 71

The new Oswego High School opened on Route 71 in Oswego in August 1964. The school had previously been located on Franklin Street at Washington Street.
The new Oswego High School opened on Route 71 in Oswego in August 1964. The school had previously been located on Franklin Street at Washington Street.

August 2004

Construction managers for the Oswego School District reported to the village that the new Oswego East High School and Lakewood Creek Elementary School in Montgomery would both be ready to open at the start of the 2004-05 school year.

August 1999

Kendall County Sheriff Richard Randall announced his department had allocated more resources to the unincorporated Boulder Hill Subdivision in the wake of a gang-related drive-by shooting.

In a split, 4-2 ballot the Oswego Plan Commission endorsed the rezoning of a parcel at U.S. Route 34 and Ill. Route 71 in the village for the proposed construction of a Walgreen’s store. Several residents spoke out against the Walgreen’s during the three hour commission hearing. Many residents questioned the traffic plan for the center and the proposed access drives onto the two highways.

Approximately 6,100 students showed up for class in Oswego School District schools for the start of the 1999-2000 school year, the Ledger-Sentinel reported.

August 1994

Montgomery’s building department began enforcing a new ordinance regulating the parking of recreational vehicles in residential neighborhoods. The action prompted large numbers of RV owners to attend the two village board meetings held in August. At one of the sessions, some angry RV owners berated and swore at the village board. A disappointed village staffer later described the conduct of some of the residents as a “low point” for the community.

August 1989

Ironworkers installed the frame for the auditorium that was under construction at Oswego High School.

August 1984

For the first time in many years, Oswego High School’s football Panthers were able to schedule night games due to the installation of lights at the school football field. The lights were paid for with donations from local businesses.

August 1979

The Oswego School District Board and the Oswego Education Association (OEA), the school district’s teachers’ union, narrowly averted the possibility of a strike by coming to terms on a new basic contract just before the opening of school. The Oswego Ledger summed up the situation this way: “The just completed negotiations have been the longest in the Oswego School District’s history, stirring up emotions on both sides of the question, bringing unavoidable anger and bitterness.”

August 1969

During their monthly meeting, Oswego Village Board members heard a complaint from a downtown merchant concerning teenagers hanging out on Jefferson Street in front of Foxy’s Burger Bar. The village board agreed to install signs prohibiting parking on the street in front of the fast food establishment between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Preparing for the start of the 1969-70 school year, the Oswego School District Board voted to increase the daily pay for substitute teachers from $21 to $25.

August 1964

Construction on the new Oswego High School building was completed in time for the new school year. School faculty and members of a community planning council conducted a tour of the new building Aug. 27.

Oswego school officials were predicting an enrollment of about 2,400 students for the 1964-65 school year. Two elementary schools were in operation for kindergarten through sixth grade, Boulder Hill School with 23 rooms including the four new rooms under construction, and East View School in Oswego.

The August meeting of the Boulder Hill Welcome Wagon Club was a theatre party at the Boulder Hill Playhouse, which stood near U.S. Route 30 and Briarcliff Road near what is now the entrance of Montgomery’s Seasons Ridge Subdivision.

August 1959

Contractors for Boulder Hill developer Don L. Dise were working on the “apartment-elementary school” on Boulder Hill Pass, approximately one-half mile east of Ill. Route 25. The Oswego School Board had voted to lease a portion of the new apartment building for use as temporary classroom space for grades one through six. In the meantime, school officials were pursuing plans to build an elementary school in Boulder Hill for students residing in the rapidly developing subdivision.

August 1954

Featured on a triple bill at the Hi-Lite 30 Drive-In Theater near Montgomery was “It Happens Every Spring” starring Ray Milland and Jean Peters. An advertisement in the Kendall County Record touted the film as “Baseball’s newest comedy.”

Oswego's schools were getting ready to open on Sept. 1. For the first time in several years, the district had enough classroom space to house all students in district-owned buildings. First grade students were to attend the Little White School while grades two through five were to attend the Red Brick School. The new junior high addition to Oswego High School was scheduled to house grades six, seven and eight.

August 1944

The Record published this announcement: “Oswego Community High School students will assemble at 8:30 on the morning of Monday, Sept. 4, to register and rent books. Students will be dismissed before noon. School buildings have been getting their annual face lifting. The homemaking house has been painted on the outside and the sewing room repapered. In the main building, rooms have been redecorated and floors refinished. The Oswego grade school will open a day later than the high school on Tuesday, Sept. 5.

An advertisement in the Record read: “The Shuler drug store on Main Street in Oswego has added a full line of Eastman cameras and films, and is prepared to handle your needs in the photographic line.”

August 1939

The Record reported: “The Oswego Fire Protection District has added another truck to its equipment roster to round out the efficiency of their present truck. The new truck consists of an International chassis with a 1,000-gallon tank. A 250-gallon Barton fire pump is also mounted on the unit making it a valuable piece of equipment.”

August 1934

The Record’s Oswego correspondent reported: “A large increase in the high school enrollment is anticipated during the coming year since a small senior group graduated last June and a large freshman class has already registered. An ever increasing number of pupils living in non-high school territory are taking advantage of the fully accredited course of studies offered by the Oswego high school. Last year, 56 percent of the enrollment was made up of pupils living in non-high school territory.”

August 1924

The Record reported that the “interurban (street car) line from the park south of Montgomery to Yorkville will be discontinued as soon as buses are provided to take care of the traffic. This permission comes after a long battle with the commission and a period of wretched service by the street car company at this end of the line.”

August 1914

World War I had broken out in Europe. The Record offered this editorial comment: “The consensus of opinion in the United States is that the European war is the beginning of the end of monarchies and empires. The common people are not as ignorant as they once were and the experiences of their friends in America have told them of the success of this form of government where they would have a hand in the declaring of war themselves. It is not a question of lack of loyalty to their country. But it is the reticence of acting as puppets to the crowned heads that will start the trouble to overthrow the rulers.”

August 1899

The Record offered this report on women’s summer fashions: “Notwithstanding the very hot spell of weather the young ladies persist in wrapping up their necks clear up to the ears. They look very uncomfortable, but presumably it being the fashion cannot be helped.”

Electric service was coming to area homes and businesses. The Record Oswego correspondent reported: “The new white light is spreading; it is now in all the saloons, in the furniture store, was put up in the Figge barber shop Monday night for trial, and the village board ordered four lamps with which to commence the lighting of the streets.”

August 1894

Another comment from the Record's Oswego correspondent: “Oswego has no base-ball team, but it is afflicted with a brass band in embryo.”

August 1884

The Record’s Oswego correspondent reported “that complaint against a prominent citizen for disorderly conduct mentioned last week was withdrawn. The whole affair was a blunder; there had been no "shooting off of the mouth" by anybody; it was merely a somewhat animated confab, and by the way Oswego has now taken a new departure; there shall be no more making faces at one another but all will go in for the cultivation of brotherly love.”

August 1879

The Record reported the hold-up of an Oswego man near Montgomery this way: “A.J. Ives being in Aurora the other evening started to return about 9 o'clock and just outside the city (east side) near Spring Lake cemetery overtook two men on foot, one of which grabbed the horse by the bit and the other poked a cocked pistol in the face of Ives with the request "throw up your hands you ----- ------ -----;” after appropriating his pocketbook containing $12 and a watch and chain. They wanted the ring on his finger, but Ives got mad and declared to submit no further bulldozing even if it had to come to the worst; the robbers expressed admiration for his spunk and let him go; driving about two rods, Ives hallowed the name of a resident near there when the highwaymen fired two shots at him and then put for the woods; they were masked. Ives had left his pistol at home.”

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