125 Years Ago
Train stick-up: The St. Paul and Kansas City limited was an hour late to Sioux City because of an attempted holdup between Kasota Junction and St. Peter. Firemen found themselves facing muzzles of four revolvers in the hands of two masked men. They ordered the engineer to stop the train, which he did. The masked men went through the baggage cars expecting to find bags of money. When they didn’t find the loot, they jumped off the train.
Seeking site: The Women’s Christian Association is delaying commencing work on the new hospital for which funds have been solicited. They hope that a new site for the building may be secured soon.
Camping season: The season of camping out at Riverside has fairly arrived and the vicinity will be populated during the rest of this month. It is anticipated that a much larger number of these pleasure seeking transients will be there in greater numbers during hot August.
100 Years Ago
Rats and mice: Wholesale extermination of rats, mice and other vermin is pronounced by Dr. Harry Nierenberg, a rat authority, who arrived in Sioux City for ten days after being in Omaha. He will seek the co-operation of the mayor and other municipal officers. He is headquartered at the Marin hotel, where he can be contacted. He will use “dope” to kill the vermin.
Helping the guard: The Woodbury County Medical Society joined as a body in contributing $2,500 to the military mess fund. The money is being raised for the benefit of the five national guard units now at Camp Eaton. Eventually, most will be deployed to the European war.
Lots of vegetables: There are 1,000 vegetable gardens in Sioux City cultivated by pupils of the public schools. The choice products of these youthful tillers of the soil will be exhibited at the Interstate Live Stock Fair this fall. The public schools suggested the gardens out of the necessity for food conservation due to the war in Europe. The boys and girls engaged in cultivating the gardens are 12 and 13 years old.
50 Years Ago
Honoring Lennon: Sunday’s Soap Box Derby will be dedicated as a memorial to former derby winner Spec. 4 Fred W. Lennon, who was killed in action on Oct. 17, 1966, in Vietnam. He won the race in 1956 and became the first of five in his family to win the derby. Jaycee members will present a plaque to Fred’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred S. Lennon, and family.
Railroad strike: Four of the five railroads operating in Sioux City will completely shut down here Monday by the national railroad machinists strike, while the fifth railroad will see how long it will be operating. The Chicago & North Western, the Burlington, the Milwaukee and the Illinois Central announced there will be no trains in or out unless the national situation changes. Only the Great Northern still is trying to operate. An estimated 300 railroad workers have been laid off by the strike.
Bread upon waters: The brakes failed on a 40-foot semi-trailer leased to Continental Baking Co., 913 Grandview Blvd., at 12:30 a.m. Tuesday. The unit plunged down an embankment 25 feet into Perry Creek. The truck had just been loaded with bread and rolls to be delivered to Sioux Falls. The driver, Jack Weiner, had gone to the rear of the trailer to close the doors when the air brakes failed. No one was injured.
25 Years Ago
Wild West expo: The Old West Expo opens River-Cade festivities for its fifth year at 6 o’clock Friday night. There will be Can Can girls entertaining in the saloon, while bank robbers will keep; the marshal busy across town. Other entertainment will include buckskinners and black powder shooters. The part of the marshal will be played by Sioux Cityan Lloyd Trout, who is a deputy marshal in real life.
Texan wins tourney: The third annual Dakota Dunes Open got its first play-off Sunday with the second-round leader, Rick Todd of El Paso, Texas, winning $30,000. He defeated David Jackson of Monticellop, Fla., who took home $17,250. Todd who started the day 8-under par, had five bogeys, an eagle and four birdies, completing 54 holes at 9-under par in the Ben Hogan PGA Tour.
In the news: Dr. John J. Meis has been elected president of the Sioux City Dental Society for 1992-93. …Rick Tunning has been elected president of the Sioux City Noon Lions Club for 1992-93. …Larry Countryman has been appointed a member of the Board of Governors of Leadership Iowa.