125 years ago
SCHOOL BUILDING BUSINESS: Work on the West Eighth street school building will begin early in the spring, the foundations being already in. The new structure will be very much like the Jennings street school, and will add much to the appearance of that quarter of the city.
SWEET OR NOT: The crop of valentines is beginning to blossom, one or two store windows having already been decked out with the various styles, ranging from perfect gems for the worst case of love-sickness, down to the flaming vulgar prints that act as a medium to vent hatred on the unfortunate recipient.
BIG DEAL: D.T. Hedges and Ed Haskinson returned from an eastern trip, the object of which was said at the time To have been to close a deal for the erection of another extensive packing-house at Sioux City. To reporters, the men said the matter could be given out for an assured fact. A killing packing-house, fitted for killing and taking care of both hogs and cattle and necessitating an outlay of fully $150,000, would be built during the coming spring and summer. The location will be on the Floyd bottom, near the stock yards. It will give employment to 500 hands the year round and the amount of money put into circulation through this one channel alone will be very great.
HORNICK GROWING: A gentleman who came up from the new town of Hornick yesterday, informs a reporter that business is lively there, and the spring promises extensive improvements. The place already has a grocery store, lumber yard, grain and coal dealer, blacksmith shop and boardinghouse.
100 years ago
COASTERS KEEP COPS BUSY: Enforcement of Chief of Police, J.B. Richard's order against coasting (sledding) on dangerous hills or places where important traffic highways intersect has not been easy today, according to testimony of patrolmen in the districts concerned. Officer Tedford, whose beat embraces the Pierce street cross streets, to which district the chief's order particularly applied, said he had much trouble hotfooting from one coasting hill to another, as the coasters were loath to leave. An effort was made to stop the sport on Jackson street, also. At the lower end of this street "bobloads" of coasters ran clear to Fourth street.
COP SHOOTING JUSTIFIED: G. Angle will not be compelled to pay the fine imposed in police court for discharging firearms within the city limits. The targets at which the bullets were fired by Angle happed to be three Sioux City policemen who entered the open door of Angle's store, near Fourth and Wall streets, at 5 o'clock on the morning of Sept. 10. Angle was sleeping in the building. Patrolmen E.E. Dana and two other members of the force were walking past and found the door open. The occupant of the place heard the three men enter and opened a fusillade. The officers declare that they did their best to make their identity known, but that Angle refused to listen to their arguments. Angle was arrested and fined.
50 years ago
IRANIANS TRAIN HERE: Four officers of the Iranian gendarmerie will arrive here this week to study Sioux City Police Department procedures and methods for 10 days. The training division of the Internal Association of Chiefs of Police currently is conducting a training program for members of the gendarmerie as sponsored by the Agency for Internal Development.
RUNWAY ISSUE: The City Council has been confronted with a choice of either raising $200,000 to help pay for major repair of most of the main runway at the Municipal Airport or possibly losing more than a million dollars which the Air National Guard reportedly is prepared to spend on the project.
25 years ago
SWITCH JOLTS VIEWERS: A cable television viewer in Norfolk, Neb. says Hiroshima had just been bombed on the "Air Power" documentary when suddenly the screen showed a magic wand removing women's clothing. Viewers catching the Arts and Entertainment channel on Norfolk Cablecom got an eye full when the Playboy Channel interrupted. The snafu happened for about five minutes Wednesday night when Cablecom was rearranging the programs it receives via satellite.
These items appeared in the Journal Jan. 23-29, 1887, 1912, 1962 and 1987.