St Mary’s Glass

One of the many treasures of DeKalb is St. Marys Catholic Church. Back on May 9th, I posted on St Mary’s at 4th and Pine in DeKalb. At the time I remarked I really wanted to return to photograph the … Continue reading

St. Marys

The story of this church building began, in 1894, under the leadership of Father P.J. O’Connor. A bigger church, with room for 600 worshippers, was needed and in the Spring of 1899, the foundation was begun. Fr. James Solon (1899-1940) completed … Continue reading

Lothsons Revisited

A few weeks ago I did a post about this legendary Karry Out in a post titled Where Chicken is King   In that post I noted that I was uncertain as to the operating status of the restaurant at … Continue reading

Andys & McCabes
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Andys & McCabes is a building, actually 3 buildings, that holds some mystery and intrigue for me. The building was constructed in 1891. The original McCabes Lounge was a barber shop. In 1944 owner, James McCabe decided a tavern would … Continue reading

Nehring Insulated Wire Company

In your photographic vision quest around DeKalb, don’t forget to poke around the Industrial sections of town. There are a number of old factories that present photo ops and much like the town itself you are immediately transported to another … Continue reading

Issac Ellwood House

Issac Ellwood, bought into Joseph Glidden’s design for Barb Wire and the duo became mega-wealthy through the partnership.  The third principal mover and shaker in the Barb Wire world from that time was Jacob Harish.  The whole barbed wire movement … Continue reading

Where Chicken Is King

Those driving east down Lincoln Highway may have noticed a seemingly abandoned storefront topped by giant lights spelling one word: CHICKEN. The name of that restaurant is Lothson’s Karry-Out, 644 E. Lincoln Highway, “Where Chicken is King.” Opened by DeKalb … Continue reading

Normal Schools – Altgeld Castle

The Northern Illinois State Normal School was built in DeKalb thanks to the efforts of DeKalb Daily Chronicle editor Clinton Rosette, entrepreneurs Isaac L. Ellwood, Joseph Glidden, Jacob Haish, and many others. Glidden asserted political influence and donated the 72 … Continue reading

Let’s go to the Movies

The era of “modern” theater began at DeKalb in 1923 when the DeKalb Theater was built on Lincoln Highway in the Montgomery  Ward Store.  This was an up to date motion picture house with a large pipe organ. But, the … Continue reading