Wednesday, December 13, 2017

The New Cement Road Closed By the State in 1917

From the November 29, 2017, MidWeek  "Looking Back."

1917, 100 Years Ago.

"The stretch of cement road from Electric Park to Sycamore was closed yesterday by officials from the state, and the joy of going from Sycamore to DeKalb on a cement road will not be possible for a few days.

"The idea of closing the road was the fact that it had not been officially accepted and also that the grading at the side of the road was not satisfactory and many cars had become stalled in the mud."

That would be today's Illinois Highway 23.


The Cement Road Between DeKalb and Sycamore Nearly Completed in 1917

From the October 11, 2017, MidWeek (DeKalb County, Illinois)  "Looking Back."

1917, 100 Years Ago.

"The cement road between DeKalb and Sycamore which has been in progress the past two weeks is rapidly nearing completion and another week or ten days of this kind of weather will see the construction work completed.

"As soon as the cement is laid and has set, dirt is thrown over over it as a means of protection and the road has been completed nearly two-thirds of the distance and the big cement machine works steadily every day."

Pulling Illinois Out of the Mud.  --RoadDog

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Along 66, November 2017: Doings in Laclede County and Shea's Up for Sale Again

NOVEMBER 8--  The Underpass Cafe exterior near Phillipsburg, Missouri, is to be restored by the Lebanon-Laclede County Route 66 Society.  One of my favorite counties on Route 66.

NOVEMBER 12--  The site of Bill Shea's Route 66 gas station is back  up for sale.

Too bad, I sure would like to see it reopened again, even as an auto repair place.

Sure Miss Bill Shea.  --RoadDog

Monday, December 11, 2017

Along 66, November 2017: Lexington Shows Off New Businesses

NOVEMBER 2--  Lexington, Illinois, is hosting a tour of three businesses Saturday.  All or or near the intersection of Main Street and Historic Route 66.

They are Thrift Avenue, Kelly's on 66 and Castle Gardens.  Thrift Avenue has the new Route 66 mural near it.  Castle Gardens is in an 1898 Queen Anne-style home and has 40 acres of gardens.  Of course, great food at the newly opened Kelly's on 66.  We ate there this past October on our 66 on 66 Cruise.

NOVEMBER 6--  Oklahoma now has Route 66 motorcycle plates.


Along 66, October 2017: Baseball and a Canyon

OCTOBER 21--  The baseball stadium in Joliet, Illinois, is to be renamed the Joliet Route 66 Stadium.  The name change may nor occur right away because of costs.  It is now called Silver cross Field and is home to the Joliet Slammers, an independent baseball team.

Maybe change the name of the team to the Joliet 66ers?

OCTOBER  26--  Fees could rise sharply at popular National Parks, including the Grand Canyon.  The Grand Canyon is the second most popular national park with about six million visitors a year.  The Great Smoky Mountains is the most popular with 11 million people visiting, but it is free.  Grand Canyon charges admission.

The Petrified Forest National Park had 600,000 visitors in 2016.


Friday, December 8, 2017

Horse Rustling in DeKalb in 1917

From the October18, 2017, MidWeek  (DeKalb County, Illinois)  "Looking Back."

1917, 100 Years Ago.

"Mark Campbell reported to the police station last night that someone had stolen his horse from the hitch rail yard on Second street.

"The owner did not leave his address, merely said the horse was a sorrel and then started out of the station on the run, in an effort to locate the animal."

Not too many horses stolen in downtown DeKalb any more.  You know what they do to horse thieves around these parts.

Sounds A Bit Horsey to Me.  --RoadHorse

Work On That Garage at First and Lincoln Highway in DeKalb Progressing Rapidly

From the December 6, 2017, MidWeek  "Looking Back."

1917, 100 Years Ago.

"The new garage building at the corner of First and Lincoln Highway seems to be moving by bounds and jumps and each day sees its walls climbing higher.  The large steel beams are being placed and the front of the building is perhaps moving more rapidly than any other.

"There are several men at work on the job and with such ideal weather as the present the contractors are exerting every effort to get as much done as possible before the colder season takes hold."

They Are Sure Watching That Garage.  --RoadDog

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Bombs Fell, Torpedoes Ran, A Pearl Harbor Timeline-- Part 6: It's Finally Over

All times a.m..

9:30:  A series of bombs ignite powder magazines and blow the bow off the destroyer USS Shaw, moored in a floating drydock.

9:30:  The USS St. Louis leaves the harbor and later sinks a Japanese midget submarine that fired two torpedoes at her.

9:45:  The last Japanese attackers withdraw.  A third wave of attacks is considered but rejected.

The whole attack lasted just under two hours.

All Over.  --RoadDog

Bombs Fell, Torpedoes Ran: A Pearl Harbor Timeline-- Part 5: USS Nevada Makes a Run For It

Continued from my  Running the Blockade blog.  All blogs today deal with Pearl Harbor lest we forget.

All times a.m..

9:07:  The USS Nevada, hit by a torpedo in the first wave, prepares to leave the harbor when it is peppered by bombs.  The crew runs it aground near the harbor entrance to prevent it from sinking in deeper water and prevent it from sinking in the entrance and closing the harbor.

9:10:    Defenders are told to cease firing on B-17s trying to land at Hickam Field.  The planes, nearly out of fuel from the flight in from California, have nowhere else to go.

9:20:  The USS Honolulu is damaged by a bomb that crashes through a nearby dock and explodes underwater.


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Fords Selling Well in DeKalb County, Illinois, in 1917

From the October 11, 2017, MidWeek  "Looking Back."

1917, 100 Years Ago.

"The firm of Dooley & Burchfield of Clare has not been exclaiming their business success of late, but let it be said that this firm has been most active.  They drove back their 50th Ford to be delivered there and at the same time it might be well to say something of their tractor sales.

"The firm has sold 22 ton to 20 horsepower tractors, three 8 to 16 and one larger tractor, 15 to 30 horsepower to the J.A. Countryman farm.  These tractors have all been equipped with three bottom plows and disc harrows.

Not sure about all the farm technology, but the business is doing well.

Everyone's Getting Mechanized.  --RoadDog

That Garage In DeKalb Is Progressing Well in 1917

From the October 11, 2017, MidWeek  "Looking Back."

1917, 100 Years Ago.

"James Coyne, who has had the excavation work in charge of the new garage at the corner of First and Lincoln Highway (DeKalb), hopes to have the work completed this week if the weather man does not interfere.

"It is the biggest job of excavating he has ever had, there being 3,500 yards of dirt removed.  He has nine teams at work about all the time, and is now on the last stretch of work where it is necessary to shovel the dirt to the bank and then load it into wagons."


Work Coming Along On New DeKalb Garage in 1917: Corner of 4th and Lincoln Highway

From the November 29, 2017, MidWeek  (DeKalb County, Illinois)  "Looking Back.

1917, 100 Years Ago.

"The large 'I' beams for the new Ellwood-Fisk garage are being placed this week and the excavation is beginning to take on the aspect of construction operations each day.

"There are several large beams weighing several tons.  The masons have also begun work and most of the base of the building, which is of stone, has been placed and the work is more than being pushed."

After All, Winter Is Right Around the Corner.  --RoadDog

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Construction On the Fisk-Ellwood Garage Making Progress

From the Nov. 15, 2017,  MidWeek  "Looking Back."

1917, 100 Years Ago.

"The cement foundation of the new Fisk-Ellwood garage (on Lincoln Highway) has been completed and workmen are busy filling in around the ten foot walls and removing the framework.

"It is probable that masons will start working on the building in a short time."

This garage is on the Lincoln Highway in DeKalb, Illinois.

Build That Garage.  --RoadDog

Monday, December 4, 2017

"Pull Illinois Out of the Mud" in 1917

From the November 17, 2017, MidWeek  "Looking Back."

1917, 100 Years Ago.

"S.E. Bradt, H.G. Wright, J.H. Jarboe and Frank Fuller returned from the sixth annual meeting of the Illinois Highway Improvement Association held in Bloomington and reported it the most enthusiastic meeting imaginable.

"The slogan is "Pull Illinois Out of the Mud," and from the great interest that is being taken in the great project, the $60,000,000 bond issue, Illinois will be out of the mud in a few years."

Mud's a big thing back in 1917.
Mudding Up the Place.  --RoadDog

Stuck In the Mud Again in 1917

From the November 15, 2017, MidWeek  "Looking Back."

1917, 100 Years Ago.

"The rainy weather of the last few days has caused no end of trouble to motorists, and some of the cars are yet hub deep in the mud between here and other cities in the vicinity.

"One big car became stalled last night and there did not seem to be a car available that could pull it out and it was necessary for the occupants to send for a taxi to bring them back to town, leaving the car in the mud for a threshing machine or some other powerful means to pull it out."

Good Thing They Were Starting to Work on Pulling Illinois Out of the Mud.  --RoadDog