DeKalb, IL 1975 (right)
We were going to be married in May, after I finished at the local community college back home in Miami, Florida. Northern Illinois University was right there in the same town where Dave moved for a job just a few months prior. He was working for the Educational Products Division of Wurlitzer Piano Company whose offices were right there in town. The production plant had shut down some years earlier, but the old building, water tower, and connecting overhead walkway were still there!
Founded in 1837, DeKalb remained a small community until the arrival of the Chicago and North Western Transportation Company in 1853.
DeKalb's central location brought easier shipping of crops and access to larger markets. Agriculture was the primary economic activity until 1873-4 when farmer Joseph Glidden developed barbed wire and began commercial mass production of his new invention. Glidden sold half of his
interest to hardware merchant Isaac L. Ellwood and together the two formed the Barb Fence Company. The train station at right was built in 1891 and still stands today in 2013.
The house on the right once stood on Augusta Street, across from the Ellwood House & Museum. It was demolished ca. 1976 and there are apartment
buildings there now. We loved to drive around and look at all the wonderful old buildings!
Some historical info: Wikipedia,
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