Riverside Entertainment

People crowd around the Boat Club shore in Riverside park to watch circus entertainers work with elephants.

Sioux City Public Museum

125 years ago

PLEASURE DRIVES: Hundreds of Sioux City people go driving every Sunday and yet they miss the full pleasure of driving by not knowing where to go. The Sioux City public has just began to find out that just west of the city limits there are magnificent natural parks, the most romantic scenery, including dense forests, every variety of bluff outlooks and riverside views, through all of which there are the finest roads, thus presenting every respect which makes driving a pleasure. It is known as Riverside Park and the upland lying just north of that park is Highland park. The convenient way to it is by West Third street.

POLICE COURT PICKINGS: Thirteen persons appeared before Judge Lawrence yesterday morning, when the police court was declared in session by the marshal. Among the number were two prostitutes, several gamblers of the tin-horn class who had been pulled as vagrants, a few strangers on whom Sioux City liquid refreshments had a bad effect, tending to make them noisy and two or three of "the boys" who had got a little full just because pay day comes Saturday night and next day is Sunday.

100 years ago

AMUSEMENT PARK POSSIBLE: Following closely the announcement that Sioux City Service company will not renew its lease on Riverside park, comes the report that negotiations now are pending between the service company and several Sioux City men of the transfer of the lease at once. It is the declared intention to fence the park and turn it into more of an amusement park than at present. Admission to the grounds would be charged and Coney island features installed, probably beginning next season. The association will not renew at this time the leases held by the boat clubs on property owned by the association and the Interstate Fair association has not asked for an extension of its lease.

LANDLORDS WON'T DISCRIMINATE BETWEEN MUSIC AND NOISE: Prof. O.A. Morse, director of the conservatory of music at Morning Side college is making an effort now to secure enlarged quarters for the downtown branch of the conservatory. Much difficulty is experienced in getting a location, as the office building owners will not rent rooms without assurance that noise will be at a minimum. Prof. Morse is despairing of convincing the landlords that music is not noise.

50 years ago

PARKING PROBLEM: Representatives of the Chamber of Commerce and the Merchandising Council asked the City Council to reserve the north half of the auditorium parking lot for shoppers by closing it every morning until after downtown employees have arrived at work. Mayor George W. Young said he is strongly opposed to putting any restraints on the lot because the entire auditorium parking lot was pledged as a free and unrestricted lot when it was built. No action was taken.

EMERGENCY APPEAL: An appeal to help find housing for 150 persons who live in the Floyd River flood control project area has been issued to Sioux City dwelling owners. Fifty families must be moved out by July 31 and 29 of them have no place to go. These persons may be moved into the street at deadline time unless they find another place to live.


25 years ago

SSC ADOPTS AIDS SCHOOL POLICY: Acquired immune deficiency syndrome, or AIDS, has not affected the Midwest much to date, but national concern over the deadly disease has prompted the South Sioux City school district to adopt a policy to deal with student cases. The board of education approved on final reading a policy setting guidelines for handling students diagnosed as having AIDS. The policy will go into effect with the beginning of the 1986-1987 school year. Once a case of AIDS has been reported to the superintendent, the affected student will be removed from school. The school district may be obligated to provide home instruction for the student.

These items appeared in the Journal July 18-24, 1886, 1911, 1961 and 1986.


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