125 Years Ago
Best in the west: After the new police station, 209-211 Third St., was wired for the electric police and fire alarm system, officers began moving their effects into the new building. The only work to be done is to place furniture and drive a few rivets to complete the jail cells. The building is considered to be the best station house in the West.
Telephone girls: There is no immediate prospects of retiring our telephone girls in Sioux City. The Iowa Union Telephone company does not endorse those newfangled automatic exchanges, which have been installed in other cities. It is unlikely they will be put in use in the near future either.
Doctor complains: Dr. Jepson, the city health officer, asked the City Council for a pay increase from $30 a month to $65. He said the extra duties that have been forced upon him by the council’s action justifies doubling his salary because it has placed upon him responsibilities which the law proscribes as the mayor’s duties. (The story did not specify those additional duties.)
100 Years Ago
Soldiers burials: Burial plots for Sioux City soldiers who die in American camps or on the battlefields of France will be set apart in Graceland Cemetery. That section will some day be surmounted by a monument to the memory of the men who sacrificed their lives in the cause of world democracy. The Commercial Club has taken the initiative on the project.
New courses: The Sioux City Board of Education decided to add a course in telegraphy at the new high school next semester, as well as to create a department of gardening extension work. The board added the telegraphy course upon the recommendation from the war department and a petition signed by 120 high school students.
Tub of booze: A bathtub full of water that had been poured two or more gallons of whiskey was the only tangible evidence captured by the police raiding squads Saturday night went it visited 311 Jones St. Several gallons of the mixture were taken to the station to be analyzed by W. D. Hayes, city food inspector. Nell White was arrested for running a disorderly place while six others were charged with frequenting a disorderly house.
50 Years Ago
Vietnam casualty: Army Pvt. Paul Striepe, son of the Rev. and Mrs. William Striepe of Holstein, Iowa, was killed in action in Vietnam Wednesday (Jan. 3, 1968), his parents were notified. He died while riding on an armored personnel carrier. He was a member of the 25th Infantry Division at a base camp in Cu Chi. He had been in Vietnam since November.
In the news: South Sioux City – Mayor Ernest Albertsen, 54, announced he will be a candidate for re-election for his third term as mayor. …Businessman Orrie M. Roe is the 1968 potentate of the Abu Bekr Shrine Temple. …Riverside High School students have formed a folk singing group, “The Blueberry Umprella,” with sisters Nancy and Susan Reese and Wendy Leith, an exchange student from South Africa.
Curtains for stage: Red velvet curtains on the stage of North Junior High School’s auditorium caught on fire Friday and the fire alarm sent 620 students out into near zero temperatures. A spotlight ignited the curtains near the ceiling. The fire was discovered by three ninth graders about 2:50 p.m., who were preparing the stage for an assembly at 3 p.m. Two teachers and Principal Cleo Weins pulled down the burning curtains. Fire officials said the damage was minor.
25 Years Ago
Baseball manager: The Northern League franchise announced that baseball veteran Ed Nottle, 53, will be the field manager and director of baseball operations for the new team. Nottle managed eight seasons in Class AAA and in 1981 he was hailed as Minor League Manager of the Year. He also spent from 1960 to 1970 as a pitcher for the Chicago White Sox farm team.
Making news: Tickets for a luncheon at the Hilton Inn Wednesday with Gov. Terry Branstad are still available at the Chamber of Commerce Office, for $10 each. …Attorney Martha McMinn has become a partner in the Sioux City law firm of Shuminsky & Molstad. …Dr. Gerald McGowan has been elected president of Marian Health Center’s Medical staff. …Sioux City Police Sgt. John Peeple, a 21-year veteran of the department, has graduated from the FBI National Academy at Quantico, Va.
Name contest: The Journal is publishing coupons to allow people to select a name for the minor league baseball team: Cowboys, Explorers, Hawgs, Packers or Soos. A committee will select the name. Representatives of four Indian tribes and Sioux City’s black community are promoting the name Packers rather than the Soos, which they said creates a negative Indian image.
These items were published in The Journal Jan. 7-13 1893, 1918, 1968 and 1993.