125 Years Ago
Lots of horses: Twelve railroad carloads of horses, containing 816 head, were received at the stockyards, 11 head of which were western-bred horses on through to South Dakota and Minnesota destinations. The other load were draft and driving horses which are being taken to North Dakota for sale to the farmers. Since Jan.1, 2,565 horses have been received in Sioux City.
Overzealous sprinklers: A number of business men are requesting the city that it require operators of street sprinkling carts to shut off the water at street intersections. They claim the practice is an inconvenience to ladies who have to drag their skirts across the muddy crossings, and that the cart drivers are careless and frequently turn the water on persons crossing the streets.
Old soldiers meet: Stories remembering the War for the Preservation of the Union were retold at the annual campfire of Sioux City and Hancock posts of the Grand Army of the Republic at Riverside Park. The old soldiers sat under trees and held campfires by lantern lights. After supper, they sang songs, with “Marching Through Georgia” particularly popular.
100 Years Ago
Tobacco for soldiers: My Lady Nicotine will comfort the American soldiers in France. In Sioux City, barrels to collect donations were placed in a number of cigar stores through the initiative of The Journal. At one cigar store, 50 packages of Bull Durham had been contributed by patrons on the first day. Cigarettes and pipes are as indispensable as rifles and canteens, the experts claim.
Popular fair: One of the greatest crowds ever assembled in Sioux City, estimated up to 20,000, swarmed into the Interstate Fair Grounds Sunday afternoon to attend the military carnival which was staged by the units at Camp Eaton. The people came from South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota and Northwest Iowa starting at 8 o’clock in the morning. The feature of the day was the program called “Somewhere in France.”
Events reported: Golf, bowling, tennis and knitting will while away the hours for the members of the Girls’ Athletic Club, which meet on Monday at the Sioux City Boat Club. …The Knights of Columbus are to hold a dancing party at the Riverside Boat Club Tuesday evening …The Literary Outlook Club will hold a picnic Wednesday at Riverside Park at the cottage of Mrs. Roy McGregor.
50 Years Ago
New county park: State Sen. Alden Erskine, Republican representing Woodbury County, will be the keynote speaker at dedication ceremonies Sunday for Little Sioux Park near Correctionville. Mr. Erskine, a noted conservationist is a former national president of the Izaak Walton League. He will speak on ”Iowa People and Their Recreational Needs.” The park covers 335 acres.
In the news: Mrs. Marvin Berenstein of Sioux City was named Iowa-Nebraska-South Dakota coordinator of the Yiddish Educational Service, a new organization established to educate American Jews about their eastern European roots and other programs. …Linda Jean Wadedo of Sioux City has been crowned the 1967 Miss Federation Beauty Queen at the 31st annual convention of the Midwest Federation of Syrian American clubs in Omaha. …Army Pfc. Martin Sanders, 20, of South Sioux City, has been awarded the Bronze Star Medal with a “V” for bravery in helping evacuate injured comrades in combat in Vietnam last May 3. He was wounded in the left leg by a Vietcong round of fire.
Traveling shriners: About 400 Shriners and their wives from the Sioux City area will leave on a special nine-car Great Northern train at 6 a.m. Wednesday for the annual Midwest Shrine Association summer session in Winnipeg, Canada. The 12 units of the Abu Bekr Shrine Temple will be led by Illustrious Potentate E. R. Monson. Shriners from 14 Midwestern temples will attend. All will participate in two parades in Winnipeg, including Abu Bekr’s White Horse Mounted Patrol.
25 Years Ago
Drug raids: Nebraska state and county officials rounded up 18 suspected drug dealers in a series of raids Tuesday night around Dakota City. Sioux City police arrested four more in connection with the case. Dakota County Attorney Kurt Hohenstein said Wednesday the arrests came after 25 officers from the South Sioux City Police Department, Dakota County Sheriff’s Office and the Nebraska State Patrol searched six properties.
Restaurant owners: Carrying on a restaurant tradition in Sioux City that dates back to their grandfather, Dave and Richard Ferris are brothers and partners in the successful Sneaky’s Restaurant and Catering Service operation. They have been partners since 1975, and said their family tie has proven to be asset, not a liability. Their grandfather operated the College Inn restaurant in Morningside for many years.
In the news: The Boulevard Foods Store in the MarketPlace has begun a remodeling project, which will increase the store’s size by 11,000 square feet, including adding a deli café. …Susan Jean Dannenberg, 47, of Sioux City, was crowned Mrs. Iowa in a state pageant held at the Siouxland Convention Center Saturday night. …The 13th annual Iowa Great Lakes Coin, Card and Paper Money Show will be held in the Community Building in Spirit Lake this weekend, featuring 25 dealers from five states.
These items were published in The Journal Aug. 20-26, 1892, 1917, 1967 and 1992.