From the Decemeber14, 2016, MidWeek (DeKalb County, Illinois) "Looking Back."
1916, 100 Years Ago.
"A policeman was run down by a street car on the main business street yesterday morning and sent spinning. This is not as terrible as it sounds at first for the policeman was not Sid Rowe, or Stanley Goukaas, or Chief Riddell.
"It was the "silent cop" which was recently placed at the corner of First Street and Lincoln Highway for the guidance of autoists and it was a bit too close to the car track with the result that the car (street car) hit it.
"Damage: one small flag."
I must admit that before the last two blog entries, I had never heard of "silent policemen" or "silent cops."
Must Be Some Kind Of An Obstacle. --RoadDog