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

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

DeKalb Coaling Tower

On of the landmarks of DeKalb is the Coaling Tower.  Coaling Towers can be thought of as the gas stations for steam engines.       A simple process really. First, coal was hauled up to the bin by a … Continue reading