125 Years Ago
Missouri’s Nessie: Edwin Philbrook, a Sioux City insurance man, told his luncheon companions that while he was on a farm he owns a short way down the Missouri River, he heard a great thrashing near a sandbar. There, he claimed, he saw a giant serpent pull up his body onto the sandbar. It was about 30 to 50 feet long, had fins like a fish and its body was covered with scales. It was frightful sight, he said.
Vandalism reports: Complaints are made that boys in the neighborhood of 14th and Douglas streets are destroying property in various ways. Recently, they broke all the windows in two vacant houses in that area. Police are looking for them.
Boxer dies: After five rounds of a sparing match in the Pashion Theater in Covington, Jack Keefe struck George Roway, alisa Bill the Kid. The Kid was carried to an upper room where he died. The fight was impromptu. Roway had been looking for an opponent and ran across Keefe, a professional pugilist. A coroner’s jury ruled the cause of death as “over-exertion.” However, Prosecutor McAllister had Keefe jailed on a manslaughter charge.
100 Years Ago
New park: The City Council paid $10,000 for a new park Monday located on Floyd’s Bluff, one-eighth of a mile south of the Floyd Monument. The park consists of 130 acres and probably will be named in memory of William Thompson, who came here in 1848 as one of Sioux City’s first settlers and formed the village of Thompsonville a year later.
Plain luncheon: Miss Catherine Brown entertained the Gayoso Club Sunday at a 1 o'clock luncheon. A conservation lunch was served as there were no nuts, candies nor flowers to add to the attractiveness of the affair. The girls spent the afternoon playing auction bridge.
Dancing party: A Halloween party will be held Thursday night at the Carroll School hall in the Davidson Auto Block. The hosts will be the Sioux City Chapter of the American Guild of Banjoists, Mandolinists and Guitarists. A short program will precede the dancing.
50 Years Ago
Mobile classroom: A motorized learning laboratory is ready to use by Western Iowa Tech in its four-county area: Ida, Plymouth, Monona and Woodbury counties. The classroom, constructed on a truck chassis, will be used to provide basic educational instruction for training programs and for testing services for adults.
Vietnam news: Lt. (j.g.) Norman Roggow, 26, was killed Sunday in Vietnam when the Navy radar plane he was piloting struck a mountainside during a storm, his parents Mr. and Mrs. Orville Roggow of Le Mars, Iowa, were notified. Three crewmen also died. …Air Force First Lt. John G. Wilen, son of Mr. and Mrs. John E. Wilen, 2518 WS. Fourth St., has returned to the United States after receiving a Bronze Star medal for services in Vietnam. His next assignment will be in Germany. …L. Cpl. Melvin Foster Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. M.W. Foster, 806 Dubuque St., has been awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received in battle in Vietnam. He is now stationed in Los Angeles.
In the news: Eugene R. Larkin, 23, 2423 Jackson St., has been named a Peace Corps volunteer in Brazil. …Mrs. Jack Rispalje of Sioux City, president of the Iowa State Policemen’s Association Auxiliary, will preside at the state convention this week in Davenport. …Homecoming royalty: Heelan High: Denise Marx and Dennis Edwards; Sergeant Bluff-Luton: Linda Loisel and Lee Heiden.
25 Years Ago
Sue arrives: Blowing its horn to great its new home, Sioux City's gambling boat glided up the Missouri River just a few minutes after noon Saturday. The boat stopped at the Big Soo terminal to pick up Ted Carlson, president of the boat’s owner, Sioux City Riverboat Corp. Then it continued up river by its new home at Chris Larsen Park and turned around at the Veterans Memorial Bridge. The Sioux City Sue will officially open Dec. 1.
Stadium campaign: The Sioux City Chamber of Commerce announced it will organize support for a new baseball stadium among the “silent majority” who want to see professional baseball here next year. Chamber President Ray Cole said the petition drive sponsored by broadcaster Rudy Salem to put the measure on the ballot is an “11th hour attempt to kill the project.”
Newsmakers: Mark Hahn has assumed duties as afternoon disc jockey at KG-95-FM radio and will continue his duties as assistant sales manager. …Bev Lessman of Sioux City received the Distinguished Service Award from the Siouxland Committee for the Handicapped. …Homecoming Royalty: Lawton-Bronson High: Tisha Newman and Daren Schlotman; Heelan High: Heean High: Tom Ratino and Molly Norvell.
These items were published in the Journal Oct. 8-14, 1892, 1917, 1967 and 1992.