125 years ago
STREET CAR MAKES SOLO FLIGHT: At about 4:30 p.m. yesterday, a Pierce Street car going north broke away from the equine anchors to which it was hitched, near the top of the Tenth Street hill, and came tearing back into the city at a rate of ten miles per hour. A fleet-footed citizen boarded the runaway as it passed Sixth Street and by applying the brakes halted the car, which was unoccupied.
CROWDED HOUSE: Sioux City Schools are crowded again and the directors are put to wits’ end in devising means for their accommodation. One hundred and twenty-one new pupils applied for admission Monday and many other have been admitted since. A school board director said that a story would be added to the Third Street building this summer and frame buildings erected east and west. The frame buildings are only for temporary use until the drift of population indicates the course of settlement, he said.
100 years ago
GARBAGE DISPOSAL PLANT PROPOSED: Threatened with loss of the river front as a dumping ground and forseeing trouble with the federal government from that source, Mayor Smith has renewed his efforts to get data on garbage disposal plants that are in use in the various cities of the country.
PASSENGERS SLOW TO REALIZE CHANGED CONDITIONS: More mistakes, more disappointments and more “missed car” tragedies followed yesterday in the wake of the new “near stop” rule on Sioux City trolley car lines. Trolley patrons who tried to board the car on the “near side” of dirt streets saw the trolley whiz past them. Many such “tragedies” occurred yesterday. But the motormen were obliging. They held their cars on the far corner until mistaken patrons could catch up with the “running board.” The new rule applies to dirt streets, where the rear entrance cars are used. Because some unpaved street intersections have only one cross walk and that on the far side of the corner, service men found it necessary to continue the far side stop.
50 years ago
HALF OPEN: Sioux City’s sewage treatment plant has gone into partial operation for the first time. It may be several weeks before all of the facilities are in operation. The plant, located just south of South Ravine Park on the east side of Highway 5, was completed at a cost of $3.2 million.
WHO IS IN CONTROL?: Iowa State law makes it mandatory that voting machines should be controlled by the county, William C. Harper, county auditor, told the Board of Supervisors. He said he received this information from Chet Akers, state auditor. Who should have control of the machines -- the auditor or the Woodbury County Board of Supervisors -- has been the subject of argument between Harper and the board.
25 years ago
BELAFONTE PROMOTES RIVERBOAT GAMBLING: Riverboat gambling on Iowa lakes and rivers is an opportunity to expand Iowa tourism and to foster economic growth in the state, said internationally known entertainer Harry Belafonte. Belafonte was in Sioux City Thursday to help promote the nation’s first casino gambling excursion-boat. “It is an enterprise that really has much more to do with bringing people to an area that has an awful lot to offer,” said Belafonte who is an investor in the Iowa Queen, a proposed riverboat gambling casino. “But that potential has just not been realized or tapped into,” he said.
These items appeared in the Journal April 14-20, 1889, 1914, 1964 and 1989.