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

What Time Are You Open

Merchants of DeKalb, want to increase your revenue?  I have 2 tips for you. 1)  Be Open for Business when your customers want to shop. 2) Get together and develop some consistent store hours. What you have now is one … Continue reading

Lincoln Inn and Bakery
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All towns began because someone came from somewhere else and decided to stay. In the case of DeKalb, while the four brothers Glidden, who settled there in 1841, are among its most active citizens, the first settlers of this township were … 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

Wurlitzer Piano

On May 20, 2012 a portion of the old Wurlitzer factory collapsed in DeKalb IL. The building is to be torn down but as of this date it is still  standing as it appears here on Pleasant St. There are … 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

Photo Ops

The opportunity for photography in DeKalb extends beyond just the Architecture and Railroad Artifacts.  A walk around this small town reveals that the window displays and store fronts of many of the shops also present interesting photo ops. … Continue reading