125 years ago
CHANCES ARE GOOD: D.T. Hedge returned yesterday from Chicago, where he has been several days awaiting a decision from the Cudahy Bros. in reference to putting in a packing house plant in this city. Much interest has been manifested in this scheme, principally because of its magnitude, and because to secure it was to establish at once and beyond all doubt the precedence of Sioux City as a packing point. Hedge said, "Sioux City is the point decided on, and it is only a question of a few months when the Cudahys will put in a plant here. ... When they do come they will bring the most extensive enterprise ever started in Sioux City.”
100 years ago
CITY TAX LEVY INCREASED: Sioux City’s 1913 tax levy will be increased 6.2 mills over the 1912 levy. The total city levy for next year will be 41 mills. Including the county, state and school levy, the total for 1993 will be 92 mills.
PROTEST CURFEW’S NOISE: Scene on the West Side at 8:53 p.m.: Business of women rushing into houses, closing windows and doors and sticking fingers into their ears. Many children weeping with heads buried in mothers’ laps. Men mutter unprintable ejaculations. Such dramatic conditions prevail nightly in the vicinity of the Main street pumping station, assert signers to a petition filed at the city hall for the perusal and consideration of the city council. The fifty petitioners ask that the curfew whistle be relegated to parts unknown, and that the fire whistle be sent along with it. The signers place the curfew and fire whistle in the nuisance class and ask that he whistle be placed in the city building.
GRANDVIEW SWIMMIN’ HOLE POPULAR: The mystic sign of “kid-hood” now betokens a rendezvous, not the old river “hole” but at Grandview Park. A little depression in the bottom of the gently sloping valley that forms the park is filled with overflow from the city reservoir. Here youthful devotees of aquatic sport meet at all hours of the day. The little mud hole, often only waist deep, sometimes is actually crowded with lads from all parts of the city. Mothers know that there is slight danger when Johnny, if he should get a cramp, can hop to shore. The dressing room has been provided on the bank of the pond. Many of the lads utilize their scanty underclothing in lieu of more conventional attire.
50 years ago
STOLEN FUR: At least three fur pieces which were part of an intercepted shipment of merchandise stolen recently by a ring of Midwest thieves bore labels of Fishgall’s Store, 521 Fourth St., according to Lincoln, Neb. police. Officers said in a talk with Sioux City police that five items of mink had been taken from Fishgall’s. However, Sioux City Fishgall’s executives asserted they had missed nothing from their large and varied stock of merchandise, but that a complete check would be made.
TOWERING: South Sioux City’s new 425,000-gallon water tower is expected to be in use within two weeks. The new tower which rises 108 feet above the ground will replace one which is 40 years old and which has a 60,000-gallon capacity.
25 years ago
50,000 LINE STREETS: The choice curb seats were taken early -- some two hours ahead of starting time. And by 6:30 p.m., more than 50,000 Siouxlanders were lining the streets of the River-Cade Parade route Wednesday to watch and applaud the 185 entries. The route reached into the skies this year as four A-7 jets from the 185th Air National Guard buzzed the crowd moments after the All City Band played the Star-Spangled Banner. The FAA initially nixed the fly-over, but Congressman Fred Grandy intervened, taking his case to the Pentagon for final approval.
ONE PRO SIGNS CONTRACT; ANOTHER RETIRES: One former Sioux City high school football player signed a National Football League contract Friday while another announced his retirement from the league. Former East and University of Iowa lineman Dave Croston said he signed a Green Bay Packer contract Friday morning. Meanwhile, defensive end John Harty, who prepped at Heelan before winning All-Big Ten laurels at Iowa, retired after an injury-plagued, six-year career.
These items appeared in the Journal July 23-29, 1887, 1912, 1962 and 1987.