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Legends – We Can Do It

While the men were defending our nation in the two World Wars, the women were left to take care of everything at home from the kids to crops in the fields. The labor shortage caused concern about the success of the planting and harvest seasons, so the women “stepped up ...read more

Legends – In the Beginning

Our local county government started on March 4, 1837 when DeKalb County was organized from Kane County by the Illinois Legislature and by an election of registered voters.    Previously, in 1836 this area was part of Kane County with Geneva as its county seat. It was very difficult for the western ...read more

Legends – Winter in DeKalb

There is nothing that brings back fond memories of winter in DeKalb more than ice skating on the college lagoon. Growing up in DeKalb, the lagoon was the place to “network” in the winter. We were practicing social distancing way ahead of COVID-19 when playing Crack the Whip. This was a ...read more

Legends – Sandwich Manufacturing Company First in County

The first manufacturing company in the county was the Sandwich Manufacturing Company, located in Sandwich. Founded in 1856 under the name of Augustus Adams and Sons, it was later incorporated in 1867 as the Sandwich Manufacturing Company.  The company made farm implements such as corn shellers, grain elevators, rakes and presses, ...read more

Dealers Have History with DeKalb Seed

John Emerson: DSR to Seed Dealer John Emerson remembers it like it was yesterday. Being hired by Harold Noren and Carroll Christenson, DEKALB Ag marketing executives, for the sales department.  John had recently graduated from Illinois State University with a degree in agriculture and was anxious to work in an agribusiness field. ...read more

Legends – DeKalb Collectibles

When you think of something that represents DeKalb, the DeKalb Ag’s Winged Ear logo has to be at the top of the list. Through the company’s several name changes, the Winged Ear has flown proudly throughout the world.  It has taken on a life of its own and is one of ...read more

The Story Behind DEKALB Seed Dealers

Farmer seed dealers have been an important piece of the DEKALB story. Tom Roberts believed the dealer should be a farmer who called on his neighbor. Who better could enthusiastically sell seed on the basis of personal experience? Roberts also believed sales calls should be made well in advance of planting, ...read more

Looking Back: Livestock Show Memories

Farm kids remember the days when they showed livestock at the DeKalb County 4-H Fair. Even if it’s been 60+ years. Their prized animals were selected from their farm herd or purchased in hopes of showing their finest livestock. After the fair, their show animals returned to the farm. We asked these ...read more

History of DeKalb County 4-H Fair Livestock Show

The DeKalb County 4-H Fair Livestock Show has been held at various locations over the years. For many years the 4-H Fair was held in conjunction with the Sycamore Farmer’s Club Jr. Fair and local Granges. The Sycamore Farmer’s Club Jr. Fair ran from 1940-2006. From the early 1930s to the ...read more