125 Years Ago

Alarm boxes: Chief Kellogg, of the fire department, is in Chicago on business. He plans to place an order for 10 additional fire alarm boxes, wire and other materials. The city council granted the funds for the alarm boxes at a recent meeting.

A full moon: The moon was full Wednesday night. That leads certain of the amateur weather prophets to conclude that there will be an immediate improvement in the weather.

Community news: The recent entertainment given by pupils of the Irving School to benefit the school library netted between $75 and $80. ...The Knights of Pythias band and orchestra played at the K. of P. Banquet and Ball at Charter Oak, Iowa, Friday evening. The occasion was the opening of the new opera house there.

100 Years Ago

Horse for war: Sioux City horse dealers are preparing to supply a share of the 350,000 mounts required by the government for its active participation in the European war. Government buyers are expected to be active in the Sioux City market. Two French army officers have been making daily purchases here for several months and already have shipped 800 horses to France.

Sedition charge: Eric Wolff, manager of the Schmoller & Mueller Piano Company in Sioux City, was taken into custody by a deputy U.S. marshal for alleged utterances made against the United States government. Wolff said he was entirely ignorant of any statement or actions. He is an American citizen who was born in Germany.

Mother's Day flowers: More flowers were sold in Sioux City Friday for Mother's Day than ever before in the history of the city, florists declared. No less than 300,000 blossoms were delivered by florists, including 160,000 carnations and 20,000 roses.

50 Years Ago

Killed in Vietnam: James Balch, 20, of Fresno, Calif., a former Sioux City resident and a Navy corpsman with the 3rd Marine Division, was killed by mortar fire in the Quang Tin area of Vietnam on May 3. He was a 1964 graduate of East High School.

Track winner: Central High School outdistanced city foes in both the varsity and sophomore sections at Roberts Stadium to sweep the city track and field championship for the 13th straight year. It was the fifth win in a row for Central's sophomores. Outstanding distance runner Doug Smith was held out of the meet by Coach Mark McLarnon due to having bronchitis.

Making news: Rabbi Philp Silverstein of Shaare Zion Synagogue has been elected president of the Sioux City Ministers Association. ...Danny Blankenburg of Hinton, Iowa, and Mary Smith, of Sioux City, were crowned king and queen at the Bowlers Dance . ...Rt. Rev. Msgr. W. B. Bauer, pastor of the Cathedral of the Epiphany, will celebrate his silver jubilee of his ordination to the priesthood Sunday at the Cathedral.

25 Years Ago

New riverboat: The City Council approved a preliminary proposal from a group of Sioux City investors to develop a riverboat casino on the Missouri River in Sioux City. The nonprofit group Missouri River Historical Development would jointly hold the gaming license with the group headed by businessman Ted Carlson. The project would cost $3 million to buy the boat and $1 million to build the dock.

In the news: Patricia Hubbard has been promoted to director of current giving for St. Luke's Health Foundation. ...Ted Waitt, president of Gateway 2000, was named "Young Entrepreneur of the Year" by the Small Business Administration during ceremonies at the White House. ...Record-hitting outfielder Reed Secrist of Briar Cliff College has been named the NAIA District 15 baseball Player of the Year.

Tulip costumes: Orange City, Iowa -- Denise De Vries spent more than 250 hours making the 30-piece costumes for Tulip Festival Queen Carissa Oldenkamp and her four-member court. She selected costumes from Handeloopen, a small fishing village located in Friesland, The Netherlands.

These items were published in The Journal May 7-13, 1892, 1917, 1967 and 1992.

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