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Ritzman Photo Collection

Floyd R. Ritzman (1885-1975) was a teacher and administrator in the DeKalb public school system. His passion was photography, especially of trains. When the Ritzman family traveled, Floyd always carried a camera. According to his son, Allyn, he and his father would take drives with the intention of photographing area depots, trains, bridges and events.

Through the generosity of Allyn, his father’s collection of photographs was donated to the Joiner History Room in Sycamore. The collection contains pictures of many railway trains, including 400 pictures of the Chicago North Western Railway trains, and 135 pictures of the Chicago Great Western Railway trains.

The Ritzman Photo Collection was digitized in collaboration with the Joiner History Room. For more information, please see their webpage.

William H. Fredrick, Company G, 95th Illinois Infantry
Joiner History Room, Sycamore Public Library., DeKalb, People, Civil War
Holey G. Feakins, Company G, 95th Illinois Infantry
Joiner History Room, Sycamore Public Library., DeKalb, People, Civil War
D. B. Cornell, Company G, 95th Illinois Infantry
Joiner History Room, Sycamore Public Library., DeKalb, People, Civil War
Willis Case, Company G, 95th Illinois Infantry
Joiner History Room, Sycamore Public Library., DeKalb, People, Civil War
Captain E. N. Bush, Company G, 95th Illinois Infantry
Joiner History Room, Sycamore Public Library., DeKalb, People, Civil War
George M. Bell, Company G, 95th Illinois Infantry
Joiner History Room, Sycamore Public Library., DeKalb, People, Civil War
Invitation to the Laying of the Corner Stone for the Northern Illinois State Normal School, page 2
Joiner History Room, Sycamore Public Library., DeKalb, Entertainment
Invitation to the Laying of the Corner Stone for the Northern Illinois State Normal School, page 1
Joiner History Room, Sycamore Public Library., DeKalb, Entertainment
Alexander Southun's Itemized Expenses for Capturing Horse Thief
Joiner History Room, Sycamore Public Library., DeKalb, Frontier Settlement, Law and Society
Bill of Alexander Southun for Expense Capturing Horse Thief, Chas McNeil
Joiner History Room, Sycamore Public Library., DeKalb, Frontier Settlement, Law and Society
Expense Report for Searching Alexander Southun's Horse and the Thief in the Summer of 1876
Joiner History Room, Sycamore Public Library., DeKalb, Frontier Settlement, Law and Society
Notice of the Theft of Alexander Southun's Horse
Joiner History Room, Sycamore Public Library., DeKalb, Frontier Settlement, Law and Society
Grand Army of Republic (G.A.R)
Joiner History Room, Sycamore Public Library., Civil War Veterans, Men Hold Flags, DeKalb, People, Civil War, Political Development
'Golden Rules' Sales Day Scene
Joiner History Room, Sycamore Public Library., DeKalb, DeKalb, Lincoln Highway (Main Street), Malone Brothers Store in Background, Coca-Cola Sign, Ice Cream-Lunch Restaurant, Sanitary Barber Shop, Many People in Street, DeKalb, Commercial/Business, People, Place, Lincoln Highway, Economic Development, Entertainment
Sycamore Wagon Works
Joiner History Room, Sycamore Public Library., Sycamore, Now Blumen Gardens Located Here (2004), Edward Street Looking to the North, Between South Avenue and Park Avenue, Chicago and Northwestern Depot on DeKalb Avenue Barely Visible on Right, DeKalb, Commercial/Business, Industrial, Equipment, Place, Economic Development
Sycamore Looking West on State Street
Joiner History Room, Sycamore Public Library., Sycamore, Sign Reading ?Railroad Cross Lookout The Cars,? Possibly West End of Sycamore, Residential Area, Trolley Car Tracks and Overhead Wires Visible, DeKalb, Residential, Equipment, Place, Economic Development
Kishwaukee River
Joiner History Room, Sycamore Public Library., DeKalb, About 1899, on Tree (Left) Ruth Minnegan, on Tree (Right) Winne Glidden, On Lower Tree Branch Josie Glidden, Bottom Left Nansen Glidden, Middle Left Kathleen Munger, Far Right Ethel Taylor, Other Two Not Given, Children Playing in River Near Fallen Tree, Rural DeKalb, DeKalb, People, Place, Entertainment, Women and Gender
Wagner Block
Joiner History Room, Sycamore Public Library., DeKalb, Northwest Corner of Second Street and Lincoln Highway, was Oblander Drug Store, Popcorn Stand on Second Street in 2003, DeKalb, Commercial/Business, Place, P. G. Wagner Building, Lincoln Highway, Second Street, Economic Development
DeKalb City Hall
Joiner History Room, Sycamore Public Library., DeKalb, First DeKalb Public Library on Second Floor, Fire Truck DeKalb Fire Department #1, Horse Drawn Trucks, Motorize Fire Engine, 1891 on Top of Building, DeKalb, Educational, Government, Equipment, People, Place, Economic Development, Law and Society
Ellwood Farm
Joiner History Room, Sycamore Public Library., DeKalb, Tractor and Disc, Sheep (Off in Distance), People Unidentified, White Shirt Farmers (Farmers in Suits and Hats), Rural DeKalb, Possibly Along North First Street, DeKalb, Equipment, People, Place, First Street, Agriculture, Economic Development
Horse Drawn Hearse
Joiner History Room, Sycamore Public Library., People not Identified, Young Girls Carrying Casket of What Appears to be a Young Child, Small White Casket, Male Adults in Photo Also, Very Ornate Horse Drawn Hearse, DeKalb, People, Economic Development, Law and Society, Religion
Bridge
Joiner History Room, Sycamore Public Library., DeKalb, Main Street (Lincoln Highway), Children Sitting on Bridge Rail, People on Bridge, Horse and Buggy on Bridge, Just West of North First Street, At NIU Lagoon, DeKalb, Equipment, People, Place, First Street, Lincoln Highway, Economic Development
Railroad Crossing
Joiner History Room, Sycamore Public Library., DeKalb, DeKalb, Looking East from Third Street, Fourth Street Bank on Left, East Lincoln Highway, South Side Rear of Buildings, DeKalb, Financial, Industrial, Equipment, Place, Chicago and Northwestern Railroad, Fourth Street, Lincoln Highway, Third Street, Economic Development
Julius Matterson, Law Office
Joiner History Room, Sycamore Public Library., DeKalb, Second Street and Grove Street (203 Grove Street), Home, 334 West Roosevelt Street, DeKalb, Commercial/Business, Residential, People, Place, Second Street, Economic Development, Law and Society
Chicago and Northwestern Railroad Yards
Joiner History Room, Sycamore Public Library., DeKalb, DeKalb, American Steel and First Lutheran Church in Background, Fourth Street and East Lincoln Highway, Locust Street, DeKalb, Commercial/Business, Industrial, Equipment, Place, Chicago and Northwestern Railroad, Fourth Street, Locust Street, Economic Development