125 Years Ago
Elegant Banquet: The Life Indemnity and Investment Co. was the first to give a banquet in the elegant dining rooms of the Mondamin Club. It was a pretty table under which 40 guests stretched their legs. The menu featured Blue points, on half shells; consommé Princesse; boiled salmon; sauce Hollandaise; fancy potatoes, fillet of beef fricasseed; chicken croquettes; French peas; rum punch; roast quail on toast; lobster salad; fruit glace, and compotes dessert.
In general news: A. Prichard of Smithland says the wolves are being killed almost daily along the Little Sioux. …A bright new velvet carpet now covers the floor of the chief’s room at the new police station. …A call has been made in this city for the organization of an Order of the Tribe of the Red Men.
Corn Palace talk: There should be a Corn Palace in Sioux City in 1893, decided at an enthusiastic meeting by a group of city leaders. The palace, they said, should open the eyes of American and European tourists who will come to see the sights during the Columbian season display.
100 Years Ago
T.S. Martin plans: B. E. Short has been awarded the general contract for the proposed new T. S. Martin Co. store to be built on the northeast corner of Fourth and Nebraska streets. Construction and equipment will involve an expenditure of $500,000. Reinforced concrete is to be used in construction while brick and stone is to be employed for the exterior finish. The store, selling merchandise, will be six stories high.
Another round-up: Fourteen persons were caught in a police dragnet at two locations this past weekend. Nine men were arrested on the second floor of the house at 419 Jennings St. when the raiding squad found them shaking dice. The police seized 25 cents, the dice and a dice box. Five men were arrested at 716 Iowa St. playing cards for money.
Jottings about town: Chapter DH of P. E. O. will spend Wednesday at the Boys and Girls Home sewing for the Belgian babies. …The Dinner Dance Club will give a party in the Martin Hotel with Mrs. W. F. Grandy and Mrs. C. Roy Tyler in charge of the dinner. …The Literary Outlook members will meet Thursday afternoon at the Pelletier Store to make layettes for the Belgian babies.
50 Years Ago
185th activated: Col. Donald Forney issued the order at midnight Friday that all personnel of the 185th Tactical Fighter Group, Iowa Air National Guard, and all supporting units are to report to the base at 7 a.m. Saturday. The 780 men and 80 officers are involved in a nationwide active duty call-up. For the present, the group will remain at the base. The group is equipped with 22 F100C Super Sabre fighters. The activation is due to the crisis due by the seizure of the USS Pueblo by North Korea.
Dolly and Porter: Country star Dolly Parton joins host Porter Wagoner and his Wagonmasters and a cast of more than 20 other artists who will present a Grand Ole Opry performance at the 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Municipal Auditorium. The event is the fifth annual benefit to be conducted under the auspices of Monahan Post 64, American Legion.
Making news: Mrs. Etta Grider was installed as president of the Sioux City Chapter, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. …Irving Jensen, Jr. of the Irving F. Jensen Co., Inc., was elected president of the Iowa Concrete Paving Association. …Mrs. L. L. Kennedy was chosen president of the newly-formed Sioux City Community Theater Women’s Auxiliary.
25 Years Ago
Film award: “Crash Landing: The Rescue of Flight 232” won the Feature Film Award at the Iowa Film Awards Friday in Cedar Rapids. The ABC television movie was shot in Sioux City, focusing on the efforts to save the lives of passengers aboard United Flight 232. The plane crashed at Sioux Gateway Airport on July 19, 1989.
Making news: The Public Museum Board of Trustees appointed Scott Sorensen as director, succeeding Bill Diamond who retired. …Robert Gleeson, chairman of the board of W. A. Klinger, Inc., has been awarded the Master Builders of Iowa’s “Build Iowa Award.” …The Walgreens store at Southern Hills Mall is closing this week, with most of its 20 employees transferring to two other Walgreens in metro Sioux City.
Fire kills pets: A fire at 3290 Martha St., Lot 112, destroyed the trailer and killed a dog, two cats and a pet rabbit, but Donna Ayers escaped unharmed. Her husband, John Ayers, was not home. Assistant Fire Chief Orville Thiele said a discarded cigarette had set the davenport on fire, which spread to the structure.
These items were published in The Journal Jan. 21-27, 1893, 1918, 1968 and 1993.