Wayne DeMunn is a man of many interests. He enjoys family
genealogy research, science fiction, time travel, local history,
and publishing online historical materials, mainly photographs
and documents. So back in 2011 he set up a Facebook group named
DeKalb, IL Remember When and it has grown to more than 3,000
His statement of purpose is simply: Reminiscing and
local history related to DeKalb Illinois and surrounding area.
Rules: Have Fun but No Profanity or Serious Arguments.
I should mention there is a similar group called DeKalb, Illinois
Remember When that also posts photos and reminiscences. I belong
to both groups since I enjoy all things historical.
DeMunn said over the years he enjoyed collecting small
bits and pieces of local history but always had more questions.
With the advent of computers and internet technology he finally
found a way of sharing his interest with many others. He said,
Wayne DeMunn of Kirkland displays two of his old postcards,
a 1906 view of the old DeKalb Township High School and a more
recent colorized photo of the bandshell that once existed in
Huntley Park. (Photo by Barry Schrader for ShawMedia)
want to re-live the good old days while others are more serious
about exploring local history.
He works the night shift at Ideal Industries in Sycamore,
then spends time at wee hours back home to scan the internet
for interesting photos as well as purchase some through eBay
and also local area antique stores.
The group has begun having social events to meet other
people with similar interests. Their second gathering was at
Rositas in DeKalb Sunday night.
He does have help with the website. Three others serve
with him as administrators: Delores Davison-Schroeder, Martin
OConnor and Donald Kozlowski. He said they also act
as cheerleaders to attract more people to their Facebook
A closer look at his homepage reveals that he is a fan
of the late H.G. Wells, known as the father of science fiction.
Wells was a futurist, and foresaw the coming of space travel,
nuclear weapons, and something resembling the internet, early
in the 20th Century. Among his books are War of the Worlds, The
Invisible Man, and Time Travel, which is the one book that DeMunn
mentioned. He said he has been fascinated by the concept since
youth and was drawn to the H. G. Wells Society and is listed
as a Certified Time Traveler.
I have tried to imagine what life must have been like in
1835 when the Miller family built that log cabin in the wilderness
near the Kishwaukee River west of Genoa. I may just ask DeMunn
for a ride back to 1835 if the technology advances allow such
an exciting adventure in the not-too-distant future!