Throwback Thursday: June 9, 1887

Willennar Genealogy Center’s collection is full of Throwback Thursday potential, so let’s get our #TBT on!

Today we’re taking #Throwback Thursday a little less broadly than usual and taking a look at today, June 9th, and what was happening in DeKalb County on this date 129 years ago.

To gain some idea of local goings-on back then, where better to start than the news?

Waterloo Press

In these case, we’re looking at the Waterloo Press.

County Superintendent

The Election

As you might remember, with June came the election of the new county superintendent of schools. Though the paper doesn’t say which candidate won, it does note that the vote was conducted by a “viva voce vote,” or verbal responses, instead of the usual method of secret ballots. Supposedly, this was to keep the different political parties “in line.” (Though that didn’t stop a Mr. Crooks from voting for one of his relatives.)

In the Personals section, it’s noted that automobile manufacturer W. H. McIntyre had been traveling abroad, and had just returned from a trip to Kansas.

W. H. McIntyre

W. H. McIntyre’s Trip

In social news, a local lodge for the Knights of Honor, a lesser-known fraternal organization of the late 1800s, were planning to celebrate their lodge’s 14th anniversary by holding a picnic—which was open to the public—in Hamilton on the 30th of June. (The fraternal organization itself disbanded about 20 years later.)

Press Problems #1

Finally, it seems the Waterloo Press had been having some of their own problems. The week before, their foreman came down with measles, and his (temporary) replacement accidentally crushed two of his fingers while working on the printing presses. Fortunately, due to the “skilled efforts of the surgeon,” the injured man was most likely able to keep both his fingers.

Want to see more local history? Check out our other “throwback news” posts, search our online photo database, or head on over to the Genealogy Center’s official Facebook page.


About Chelsea

I've been working at Willennar Genealogy Center for over two years now, and I've loved every minute of getting to learn more about the stories of DeKalb County and the surrounding area. I'm interested in all kinds of history, but I'm especially fond of the early film industry, old letters and journals, the DeKalb County Fair, and the Interurban line.
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2 Responses to Throwback Thursday: June 9, 1887

  1. Pen Mettert says:

    I enjoy the newspapers.

  2. Pingback: Throwback Thursday: August 4, 1910 | Charlie Chat

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