125 years ago
ENGINEER'S SEASON: So far this season, civil engineering work has been good. Messrs. Wakefield and Hill had worked about thirty men during the past month and have platted into city lots nearly 400 acres of land. These are additions to Sioux City and include Hedges' Morning Side addition, Oak Park addition, Park addition and Central South Sioux City. In addition they have completed the motor line survey to the Big Sioux, laid out a line on the Nebraska side for a railroad approaching the bridge site, and one considerable preliminary work on the boulevard north of the city. The city engineer's force has been rushed to death with work, and the other civil engineers of the city have had very few idle days.
PHONE CRAZE: Twenty-three new telephones have been put up since January 1 and a new list has been printed giving their numbers. Sioux City now has connection with twenty-eight towns.
HABIT: Habit clings to a man. In calling the roll at the city council meeting last night Clerk Linn called the name of Alderman Lewis twice before he dropped on to the fact that Alderman Lewis was no longer a member. And then the laugh went around at his expense.
100 years ago
M.G. CLARK IS REENGAGED: M.G. Clark was unanimously reelected by the board of education last night as superintendent of schools in the independent district of Sioux City for the school year of 1912-13. The salary of the superintendent was increased from $3,000 to $3,600 to take effect in June. The board also signified its satisfaction with the present regime at the high school by re-electing Prof. J.S. McCowan principal of that school for another year at a salary of $2,600.
COAL STRIKE IS FEARED: Sioux City is not in danger of a coal famine for the next few weeks, at least, in the opinion of railroad men who are familar with the quantities handled recently. If the supply of soft coal should be entirely shut off for a longer period than that, owing to the strike of the miners, a serious situation probably would develop. The concerns using large quantities of coal in Sioux City, such as the service company, the gas company and the packers, have laid in many carloads in anticipation of trouble. A huge pile, considered sufficient to last a month, has been stored by the service company near the Water Street plant.
50 years ago
RELEASED: Because they gave, "sterling services in repairing a Floyd River dike at 33rd St. and Highway 75 during the flood crisis," 22 men who were serving terms in the city jail for intoxication received suspended sentences for good behavior.
25 years ago
EAST GRAD 3RD IN FREESTYLE: Iowa State's Eric Hansen, a former swimming and track standout at East High School, finished third in the 50-yard freestyle Thursday as the three-day NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships opened at the University of Texas. Hansen, a two-time state champion for East in the 50 free, swam the two-lap sprint in 19.89 seconds Thursday. Winning the race in world record clocking of 19:15 was former Olympian and defending champion Matt Biondi, a senior from the University of California. Hanson earned the right to complete in three events in the national meet. Today, he will swim the 100-yard backstroke, a race in which he had registered the nation's second fastest time at last report. He will also compete Saturday in the 100-yard freestyle, where Biondi will be gunning for his third straight NCAA title.
HARVEY IN THE NEWS: Sioux City Manager Alan Harvey finds himself still embroiled in a Florida lawsuit seeking to stop construction of a stadium he helped plan while serving as city manager of St. Petersburg, Fla. Harvey made a sworn statement which charges fraud, conflict of interest and other crimes of unnamed St. Petersburg city officials in connection with a domed stadium being built in that city's downtown area....Veteran Sioux City Fire Chief Jack P. Lovaas, 59, is scheduled to met with City manager Alan Harvey today to discuss the goals, objectives and mission of the fire department, Harvey said. Harvey declined to comment, however, on unconfirmed reports that Lovaas has been asked to resign as chief. Harvey said Lovaas has been neither dismissed nor suspended.
These items appeared in the Journal April 8, 1887, 1912, 1962 and 1987.