125 years ago

HOTEL IS BEING TOWN DOWN: The work of tearing away and removing the debris of the old Merchants hotel is going on, preparatory to rebuilding. With Sioux City’s growing demand for additional hotel facilities, it is too bad that the owners do not see it to their interest to tear the old building entirely away and put up a new and creditable structure. But the rebuilt building will be a great improvement on the old, and under competent management ought to yield handsome returns.

SIX LEGGED PIG: The mystery has leaked out at last about that six-legged pig on exhibition in the city for several days. It is an Iowa production and comes from Battle Creek. Western Iowa has gone so thoroughly into the hog business that in the hurry and bustle of business some green hand put an extra pair of legs on this Battle Creek porker. There is probably a two legged hog down that way.

100 years ago

GARBAGE DEBATE: New arrangements must be made for disposing of Sioux City’s garbage, yesterday declared Mayor A.A. Smith. An incinerating plant is out of the question because the expense would be about $18,000 the mayor said. The city executive favors use of barges on which refuse could be floated to the middle of the Missouri River and dumped in the stream. This plan is in force in Omaha.

PIONEERS GATHER: Sergeant Bluffs yesterday prepared to entertain 3,000 people at the annual pioneers' and old settlers' picnic which will be held today. The program is scheduled to begin with Reed's Military band performing a short concert. The after noon athletic program will begin with a baseball game between teams from Lawton and Sergeant Bluffs. Other contest include 60 yards boys' races, 60 yards girls' race, 100-yard race for men, pie eating contest for boys, potato sack races, broad and high jumps and hitching contest for men over 50 years of age.

RICH MAN NOT TAXED ENOUGH: In a recent public announcement, Andrew Carnegie, the American millionaire steel magnate, said "I believe every subject should contribute to the support of the government in proportion to the income he enjoys under the protection of the state. The hoards of millionaire should be so treated not as punishment, but for their good, because it is just, and justice alone insures general contentment."

50 years ago

LANE CHANGES: Four-laning of Highway 20 from South Sioux City west to Jackson was proposed by the South Sioux City Chamber of Commerce at a Nebraska Highway Commission information meeting at South Sioux. More than 100 persons from Cedar, Dixon, Dakota, Wayne, Thurston, Cuming and Burt counties attended. ... The northernmost block of the one-way portion of Pearl Street will be restored permanently to two-way traffic. Southbound-only traffic on Pearl now extends from 9th to 3rd streets. As of this week, it will start at the W. 7th-W. 8th intersection.

25 years ago

WHAT’S IN AND WHAT’S OUT IN 1987: Jeans will be acid-washed, skirts will be short and sweaters will be oversized as youngsters and teenagers head back to class this fall. In this year: Levis 501 jeans, oversized sweaters; sweats, walking shorts, oxford shirts, rugby shirts, khaki pants, polo shirts and high-top tennis shoes. What’s out?: wide ties, neon colors, painter’s pants, torn-neck shirts, overalls and stirrup pants.

YOUTH GETS BIG WELCOMING: When 16-year-old Kevin Heinemann arrived at the Sioux Gateway Airport Friday after a four-month stay in Colorado, he was confronted with the biggest surprise of his life. Awaiting his arrival was a crowd of about 250 friends, relatives and schoolmates. For the first time since a tragic accident left him paralyzed in February, the North High School student was finally home among friends. Outside the airport a North High School pep band proudly played the school song in Heinemann’s honor while flag and pompom girls preformed routines alongside. Mayor Loren Callendar was on hand to welcome Heinemann home and to present a welcoming gift. Heinemann, who knew nothing about the event, said he was flabbergasted by the turnout. When a Feb. 5 swimming accident at North High left him paralyzed, Heinemann was taken to Iowa City where he was told he had suffered a broken neck. He has undergone physical and occupation therapy at been in Craig Hospital, in Englwood, Colo., since April. He will start school in a few weeks.

These items appeared in the Journal Aug. 13-19, 1887, 1912, 1962 and 1987.