Saturday, December 3, 2016

Looking Back to 1916: Getting Those Farmers Mechanized

From the March 9, 2016, MidWeek "Looking Back."

1916, 100 Years Ago.

"Fred Vanderbeck, local representative for the Fairbanks gasoline farm engine, will receive a carload (train) of these splendid little engines next week.  A large number of farmers are buying such engines as these each year and the demand is increasing so rapidly that factories have been unable to keep up with their orders."

Move over horses and mules.

In Other Words, Get 'Em Now Or Miss the Boat.  --RoadDog

Looking Back to 1916: A Horse Accident

From the Feb. 24, 2016, MidWeek "Looking Back."

1916, 100 Years Ago.

"While going from DeKalb to visit their sons who live near Sycamore, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Beard encountered serious difficulties.  Their horse stumbled and fell and broke a thill.  It could not rise and the aged couple in their distress could not raise the animal.

"So waiting with patience till assistance came along, the animall at last was raised and sent along on the journey."

A thill is a shaft used to attach a cart or carriage to the animal drawing it.  I wasn't sure about that one so had to look it up.

Shoulda Taken the Auto.  --RoadDog

Looking Back to 1916: An Auto Accident

From the February 24, 2016, MidWeek (DeKalb County, Illinois) "Looking Back."

1916, 100 Years Ago.

"Dr. H.G. Wright of DeKalb and his driver, Sidney Brown, had a narrow escape from a serious accident early today when they were driving in the auto out near the Dresser farm, west of the city.  The left front axle broke, letting the car down with a jolt onto the ground.

"Luckily they were not going fast or there might have been a serious accident.  The car was dragged into town this morning and taken to Deane's garage for repairs."

Dragged as opposed to towed?

Those Dangerous New-Fangled Automobiles.  Shoulda Taken the Horse and Carriage --RoadDog

What's in a Carolina Name? --Part 1: Some Oddly-Named Creeks

From the August 2016, Our State magazine "Up a Creek" by Alan Hodge.

Actually, this was a quiz  and I guessed my way to 5 of 9 correct.  I had no idea of any of the answers, but am a pretty good guesser.

Here are some strangely-named creeks in North Carolina and the county they are in, in case you want to go and check them out.  Also included is how they might have gotten their name.

1.  LICK LOG CREEK--  Clay County.  Named for a nearby salt lick for cattle.

2.  PINCHGUT CREEK--  Caldwell County.  A hunter was supposedly very hungry.

3.  TUMBLE BUG CREEK--  Henderson County  Flows into the Little Hungry River

Well, i reckon If You Call Yourself Tar Heel, these Names Aren't So Weird.  --RoadDog

Friday, December 2, 2016

Looking Back to 1941: A Freak Accident

From the May 11, 2016, MidWeek "Looking Back."

"1941, 75 Years Ago.

"A freak accident occurred on route 34 east of sandwich when T.D. Lewis of Somonauk hit a hog which was on the road, causing him to lose control of his car which was finally stopped on the C.B.&O tracks, running parallel to the highway.  The impact caused the car door to swing open and Warren, who was on the back seat was thrown out.

"When the car stopped on the tracks Mr. and Mrs. Lewis got out to see what had happened to Warren and when they heard the freight train whistle, it was too late to get the car off the tracks.  The train hit the car, damaging it beyond repair."

If you know anything about DeKalb County, there are a really lot of trains going through it.

But, I have to wonder what became of Warren and the hog?


Looking Back to 1941: DeKalb-Sycamore Road Construction Fires Up

From the April 20, 2016, MidWeek (DeKalb County, Illinois) "Looking Back."

'The awarding of the contract for the reconstruction of the Sycamore-DeKalb road has finally been made to the Milburn Bros. , of Mount Prospect and work on the new road is expected to begin any day.

"State workers have been busy this past week removing trees that would be in the way to new locations."

Now that they finally got that last piece of right-of-way property, everything is a go.


Looking Back to 1966: Bridge Widening on Route 23 North of Sycamore

From the April 13, 2016, MidWeek "Looking Back."

1966, 50 Years Ago.

"Widening of the bridge north of Sycamore (Ill. Highway 23) on Route 23 has started by contractors.  A general rebuilding of the highway from Sycamore to Genoa is being done during the summer months and widening of this bridge is one of the first steps."


Looking Back to 1941: Final Parcel of Land for the New Highway Between DeKalb and Sycamore

From the April 13, 2016, MidWeek (DeKalb County, Illinois)  "Looking Back."

1941, 75 Years Ago

"The dedication of the only remaining piece of property for the new highway between Sycamore and DeKalb was handed to DeKalb County Superintendent of highways, Fred O. Larson, by William Rich of DeKalb of the right-of-way committee of the board of supervisors.

"This was the only obstacle that stood in the way of the awarding of the contract for the new road."

I imagine the dedication mentioned in the first sentence was actually the deed.  The road in question here is Sycamore Road between the two cities (Illinois  Highway 23).  It was going to become a four lane road and is now a road well on its way to gridlock.  More stoplights than you can believe.


Thursday, December 1, 2016

Looking Back to 1916: A New Concrete Road Under Consideration

From the April 13, 2016,. MidWeek "Looking Back."

1916, 100 Years Ago.

"A concrete road from the end of Sycamore street pavement to the city limits south of the M. Organ residence is now being considered by property owners in that vicinity and by the Sycamore Commercial club.

"This is a bad stretch of highway, yet is a portion of one of Sycamore's primary arteries of trade and nobody questions that it should be in first-class condition."

But, who will have to pay for it?  Government or the residences?

Build It and They Will Use It.  --RoadDog

Looking Back to 1916: The Interurban

From the April 13, 2016, MidWeek (DeKalb County, Illinois) "Looking Back."

1916, 100 Years Ago.

"An important change will be made on the running time on the Woodstock-Sycamore Interurban line to go into effect on Monday morning next.  Only one car that which leaves Sycamore at 10 o'clock a.m. will continue on the present schedule and the number of cars each way will be reduced from five to three."

An Important Way to Get Around Back Then.  --RoadDog

Tom Grosvenor Marine Corps Breakfast-- Part 2: Passing the Knowledge From Oldest to Youngest Marines

It costs $7 for the breakfast and toys or donations for the Toys for Tots, which the Marines run.

The USMC was established by act of the Continental Congress on November 10, 1775.  Back in the early 1900s, Marine Commandant Lejeune said that in the 145 years of its existence, the USMC had been at war for 90 years, from Trenton( American Revolution) to the Argonne (World War I).  Colors were posted by the Marine League and the Marine Commandant's address for this year was read.

The part I like the best is the cake tradition. involving the oldest and youngest Marines present.  This year the oldest was a woman who was born in 1923 and an enlisted Marine born in 1996.  A sheet cake is escorted to the front and a ceremonial sword used to cut it.  The piece of cake is then given to the oldest Marine who takes a bite and then passes it over to the youngest Marine.  This signifies the passing of wisdom, knowledge and experience.

We then had the retiring of the Colors and the Marines Hymn and Taps.

Then, it was SOS, scrambled eggs and coffee.

It Is Quite an Experience.  --RoadDog

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Tom Grosvenor Memorial Marine Corps Birthday Breakfast for Toys for Tots-- Part 1

Commemorating the 241st birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps on November 10, 2016.

The event took place on Saturday, November 12th at the American Legion Lakes Area Post 708 of which I am a member also of their Sons of the American Legion (SAL).  This was the 34th annual breakfast.

My SAL volunteers time to make the breakfast which consists of SOS (gravy and sausage on toast), scrambled eggs and all the strong coffee you need to wash it down.  As usual, the SAL had plenty of workers, so I sat out with the old Marines in the banquet hall.  I talked with a Vietnam War and Persian Gulf War veteran.

I was actually in Marine Corps Officer Candidates Class for six weeks in 1971, but with the war finally winding down, they didn't need me.  But even with just six weeks under my belt, and they were a VERY ROUGH six weeks, I am a big-time supporter of them.


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Route 66 Wins the IHSA Shiowdown for 2016

Four Route 66 high school football teams went into the final week's Championship games, and one survived.  Just one Lincoln Highway team went in and they lost.

The lone Lincoln Highway team, Plainfield North, was also on the Route 66 side as both roads went through Plainfield at one time.

Big hearty congratulations to East St. Louis, who beat Plainfield North to win the Class 7A Championship.

Two other Route 66 teams went to the Championship Round, but didn't win:  Carlinville 3A and Sacred Heart-Griffin (Springfield).

Until Next year.  --RoadDog

Monday, November 28, 2016

Congratulations to Illinois' IHSA 2016 Football Champions

This past Friday and Saturday the eight classes of Illinois high school football teams played their championship games in Champaign.  All games were shown on the Comcast Sports Network and we watched several of the games, especially the 4A Championship game in which Johnsburg High School played.  This high school is just two miles south of our house.

First name is the winner.  Second name is the runner-up:

8A   Maine South (Park Ridge)  //  Loyola Academy  (Wilmette)

7A  East St. Louis  //  Plainfield North

6A  Prairie Ridge  (Crystal Lake)  //  Sacred Heart-Griffin (Springfield)

5A  Peoria  //  Vernon Hills

4A  Rochester  //  Johnsburg

3A  IC Catholic (Elmhurst)  //  Carlinville

2A  Deer Creek  (Mackinaw)  //  M. Forsyth  (Maroa)

1A  Forreston  //  St. Teresa  (Decatur)

Congratulations, All.  Tomorrow, I Will Post the Winner of the Lincoln High-Route 66 2016 IHSA Showdown.  --RoadDog

Friday, November 25, 2016

News From Along Route 66, October 2016:

Taken from the Route 66 News site.  These are just some of them, so if you'd like more, go to it.

OCTOBER 25--  Fire damaged Skippy's Restaurant near Leasburg, Missouri, earlier this month.  The dining and bar areas were completely destroyed.  The owners plan on rebuilding and reopening.

A neat place with delicious food out in the middle of nowhere.

OCTOBER 28--  Construction of new Barstow, California Route 66 signs to begin in November.  Eight classic-car-themed signs are planned.

Signage--  Always a Good Thing.  --RoadDog