125 Years Ago
Kicking out saloons: Saturday night at 12 o’clock Mayor Peirce’s week of grace to the saloonkeepers ended. From now on, if the mayor and his police force are equal to the task, the prohibitory law will be enforced in Sioux City. …The Sioux City Gas and Electric company has shut off its circuit of day electric lights because it anticipates losing revenue with the closing of the saloons.
Birthday girl: Little Grace Starks celebrated her 10th birthday at the family home, 813 17th street from 4 to 8 o’clock. The house was alive with merriment. The wonderful birthday cake with its 10 lighted candles was a source of much amusement. Each child got to blow out a candle and make a wish, with the candles relighted for the 32 guests.
Trade palace: The owners of the old frame building at 417 Fourth St., now occupied by Crady’s drug store, will have the building torn down. In its place will be built a modern two-story brick building. It will be occupied by F. A. Moore’s trade palace.
100 Years Ago
Recruits needed: Telegraph orders to speed up recruiting so that the Army and Navy can be placed on war footing were received by the recruiting offices here. The telegrams stated that President Wilson had declared a national emergency exists and that the first line of defense will be to have the Army and Navy increased to war strength.
“Peeper” returns: “Jack the Peeper” has again made his appearance in the hill district. Garbed in a “swallow-tail coat and plug hat” the peeper has been terrorizing women and children in the neighborhood of 13th and Douglas streets. He has been peeping in windows and following children, but no attacks have been reported.
Alley cat hunt: An ordinance providing for the licensing of cats was approved by members of the Sioux City Bird Study club. The measure will lead to the destruction of the common alley cat, which the club characterized as a “disease carrying vagrant.”
50 Years Ago
Western Days: Sioux City businessmen and officials are donning western hats, boots and ties this week promoting Western Days. The free show, sponsored by the Tri-State Roping Club, will be staged at Wilson Trailer Co.’s indoor horse arena this weekend.
Killed in Vietnam: Army Pfc. Michael D. Schultz, 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kermit Schultz of Sanborn, Iowa, was killed by hostile small arms fire during combat operations in Vietnam. He is the first O’Brien County man to die in Vietnam. He was a 1964 graduate of Sanborn High School and deployed to Vietnam on Sept. 28, 1966.
Policemen’s Ball: The annual Sioux City Policemen’s Association stage show and ball was held Wednesday evening at the Municipal Auditorium. Miss Iowa, Pam Ericson of Sioux City, presented marksmanship awards to six officers: Charles Reed, Paul Gant, Gerald Winn, Ronald Pettit, Glen Hanson and Carl Petronis.
25 Years Ago
For the birds: The Junior League of Sioux City will display more than 50 bird houses Saturday at the Mayfair Mall. Community leaders, artists, business people and media personalities designed or created the bird houses, which will be auctioned during April.
Baseball news: Minor league baseball, absent from Sioux City for the past 31 years, could make a triumphant return as early as next summer. Mayor Bob Scott and others will meet in St. Paul, Minn., Saturday to begin talks about reorganizing the Northern League.
In the news: Cal Olson, retired editor of The Journal, is conducting a seminar on news photography this weekend for members of the New York Press Association in Albany, N.Y. …Roger Schultz has been named marketing director for the Convention Center/Auditorium/Tourism Bureau.
These items were published in the Journal March 26-April 1, 1892, 1917, 1967 and 1992.