Local History

Legends – Shady Ladies & More

The Eakle family of Waterman is a treasure with many stories to tell. In a previous Legends column, we wrote about the DeKalb County airport that the family ran. Alice Eakle Marks stands in front of the "Ladies." The "Shady Lady" started as a closet door curtain replacement in the Eakle more

Legends – Trees of Honor

Memorial Day is a day of reflection to honor those who gave the supreme sacrifice that we may live in a free nation.  During World War I, the popular honorarium was to plant trees in dedication to the memory of the soldiers killed in the war. Many of the towns in more

Remembering Freeland

Freeland, Illinois, also known as Freeland Corners, was located along Chicago Road between Somonauk and West Sandwich Roads in Somonauk Township.  The origin of the name Freeland is uncertain.  One opinion is that when the first pioneers came to this area in the 1830s, they took possession of the land by more

Then & Now – Farm Meetings

Studebakers, Reo’s, Overlands, Ramblers and Fords – old-time cars are lined up in fields. Farmers drove to farms to watch field demonstrations and learn more about raising better crops in the early 1900s. They also attended Farmers’ Institutes whereby they heard experts talk about improving soil conditions with natural fertilizers more

Legends – The Greeley Farm

The Greeley Farm on Duffy Road in Clinton Township was once one of the most beautiful farms in the county.  In 1912 Frank Greeley had one of the few alfalfa fields that had withstood an extremely severe winter the previous year. It was said that it had been the most severe more

Pride in our Presidents

“The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things.”   Ronald Reagan DeKalb County Farm Bureau has had some great leaders – from the early beginnings of the Soil Improvement Association to the present day more

Legends – Flying High in Waterman

The DeKalb County airport in Waterman was the place to be on any Sunday afternoon for a day of fun-filled activities. The grass field opened in 1929 with a three-day dedication and celebration event. The celebration included visitors who traveled more than 50 miles, plane rides in a Ford Tri-Motor, parachute more

Legends – A Very Bunny Christmas Story

One of the most cherished memories of my father involves a wrecker and a bunny. Every year around Christmas time I laugh with this memory.  You see, my father owned a wrecker service called Breezy’s in DeKalb County. At the time it was the only wrecker service in the county. One more

Legends – Funny Money

Counterfeiters have been operating in DeKalb County since the beginning of the county. The activities started out east and traveled west as the population moved in that direction.  One of these counterfeiters, William G. Taylor, a Cleveland merchant, was one of the first court cases in DeKalb County. DeKalb County’s first term more

Harvest May Stretch Into December

Farmers are ready to wrap up this year’s harvest but some are still weeks away from being done. DeKalb County harvest is running about a month behind schedule. The lateness is attributed to a wet spring – most corn and soybean fields didn’t get planted until June – then a wet more