125 Years Ago
New city hall: The City Council held its first meeting in the new building with a business-like session. The meeting was well attended. John Deuschle, reservoir watchman, brought down bouquets of his celebrated flowers which decorated the desks of the mayor and aldermen. Boutonnieres were provided for all officials and a huge wreath hung on the wall in back of the mayor’s chair. The public library is on the first floor.
Opium dens: It is rumored that the police are making an investigation into the character of a place on Douglas Street and another at the corner of Fourth Street where it is said opium joints are kept in the rear of Chinese laundries. A number of young men and quite a number of fast women visit these places for the purpose of hitting the pipes.
Lots of complaints: People on the riverfront complain that the new city dump at the foot of Pearl Street is a failure as the refuse is not deposited far enough out in the Missouri to be carried away by the current. …People on West Seventh Street are complaining that the dust is not swept and it is two to four inches deep.
100 Years Ago
Teens working: Some 700 boys and girls under 16 years of age are employed in the factories and on the streets of Sioux City, according to H. L. Houghton, city probation officer. That is more than 200 over a year ago. “I attribute the heavy increase to the high cost of living at present.” All children who are employed must get a permit from Mr. Houghton before they start to work. They must be at least 14 and show school credentials indicating they had reached the sixth grade. He said 400 are working in factories and 300 received newsboy badges.
Armour expands: Armour & Co. plans to spend $500,000 on improvements and additions to its Sioux City packing plant, according to General Superintendent John E. O’Hern in Chicago. He said the plant is due for expansion due to the belief that Sioux City as a packing center is destined to assume much greater importance in the not too distant future. It now is ranked as the fifth greatest center in the United States, having this year usurped South St. Paul in the quantity of cattle and hogs slaughtered.
German sympathizers: A secret service man has arrived in Sioux City from the Department of Justice. He will investigate reports of treason on the part of German sympathizers. He also will look into the case of the Rev. Michael Cybulski, whose life has been threatened by some members of St. Casimir Lithuanian Church. They hold the father responsible for working with the selective draft system. Members of the congregation protested that it was anti-Catholic Lithuanians who are causing the trouble.
50 Years Ago
Upcoming events: Sioux City’s White Horse Mounted Patrol will travel to Algona, Iowa, this week for two performances at the Kossuth County Fair. The performances will feature trick acts under the direction of trainer Bob Taylor, as well as a square dance on horseback and a precision drill. …Sioux City Ring 20, International Brotherhood of Magicians, will have its 20th annual picnic Sunday at the Jackson Hotel. Magicians from at least five states are expected to attend. Magic acts will be performed.
Together again: Leo Kucinski and Robert R. Hansen, who started harmonizing in 1945 while both were serving in the armed forced in the Philippines, are still at it. They’ll team up Sunday night at the Grandview Park band concert -- Mr. Kucinski with his baton and Mr. Hansen with the artistic baritone voice that has endeared him to Siouxland music lovers. Mr. Hansen will sing “The Lost Chord” and two other numbers.
Gold medalist: A gold medal is one of the souvenirs of the Pan-American games for Morningside College athlete Paul Splittorff, who returned this week from competition in Winnepeg, Manitoba. The left-handed pitcher was the only Iowan selected for the U.S. baseball team and the first athlete in Morningside history to participate in the games. He chalked up a 2.25 earned run average while recording five strikeouts. As a batter, he banged out hits in his two appearances at the plate and drove in two runs.
25 Years Ago
Recalling Lewis and Clark: Explorers clad in uniforms and armed with muskets pitched tents on the banks of the Missouri River in Sioux City. They were re-enacting the 1804 trip up the river by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark and their band of explorers. The Discovery Corps opened its camp, complete with tents, cannons and black iron cookware, to people who wanted to know what it was like for the explorers.
In the news: Doug Ohlfest of W. A. Klinger, Inc., is the new president of the Siouxland Builders Associaytion. …John W. Aalfs, president of Aalfs Manufacturing, Inc., has been elected president of the Siouxland Foundation. …Roger H. Schultz, marketing director for the Sioux City Convention Center/Auditorium Bureau, has been approved for professional staff membership in the International Association of Convention & Visitor Bureau.
Air museum plans: The Mid-America Air Museum in Sioux City is closer to becoming a reality. Maurice Topf, chairman of the Siouxland Aviation Historical Association, said plans call for the museum to open in 1993 or 1994. The museum not only will contain displays of aircraft, but also will include demonstrations in how aviation equipment operates.
These items were published in the Journal Aug. 13-19, 1892, 1917, 1967 and 1992.