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By Jo Fredell Higgins

DeKalb used to be initially referred to as Huntley's Grove, named after Russell Huntley, an early settler who used to be one in all its founders. the realm had additionally been referred to as Buena Vista and DeKalb middle, earlier than making a choice on the identify DeKalb in 1881. The identify was once derived from Baron Johann DeKalb (1721-1780), a German soldier who served less than Washington at Valley Forge and died a progressive battle hero. 3 august DeKalb males are credited with the discovery of barbed cord and started production it in 1873. this present day DeKalb is an international chief in hybrid seed improvement and genetic study, in addition to the house of Northern Illinois University.

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