Johnny Thompson (1876-1951) was also known as “Cyclone Johnny,” and the “Sycamore Kid.” In the early 1900s, he was a very famous boxer. He fought for 15 years, and won the Middleweight Championship of the World in 1911. After he retired, he returned to Sycamore (he lived at 453 E. State Street) and served on the local police force for four years (Sycamore True Republican May 29, 1957).
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Respondents not only discussed this impulse to document the past, they also talked about their efforts to preserve pieces of it. They said they turned photo albums and diaries into treasured artifacts passed from one generation to the next.