125 Years Ago
Independence Day: Sioux City celebrated the nation's birthday as quietly as possible in view of the fact that dealers of pyrotechnical supplies had an usually good trade in advance of the holiday. Residents celebrated by taking steamboat excursions on the Big Sioux, having picnics and enjoying private fireworks displays.
Police news: The electric police call system is being extended to include a box that is being placed on the new lock-up recently built on the end of the pontoon bridge. ...The police station in Leeds has been removed to the lot occupied by the fire department station. Hereafter it will be connected with police headquarters by telephone.
Bath house explosion: A water heater in Frank Kelly's bath house, under the Chicago House, exploded Monday and wrecked the interior of the place. The force of the explosion also blew out the front windows. No one was injured, but the employees were kept busy dodging the flying fragments.
100 Years Ago
Dances banned: Dances on Sundays at Crystal Lake have been ordered stopped by the South Sioux City Council. Rowdyism and the presence of intoxicating liquor at the dances contributed to the order. The chief of police, mayor and council members made personal surveys the last few weeks. The final straw came last Sunday when a fist fight broke out in the dance hall.
Circus arrives: The Barnum & Bailey circus arrived in Sioux City Sunday, coming from Boone on the Northwestern on four special trains of 85 cars. More than 1,000 people visited the show grounds where performers raised $500 for hospital supplies to treat American soldiers in the European war.
Safety free: A Fourth of July without a firecracker injury was Sioux City's record on Independence Day. For the first time in many years, a hospital list of patients was not tagged with the day's fireworks programs.
50 Years Ago
In the news: Sidney Kalin, of Kalin's Heating & Air Conditioning, has been appointed chairman for the 1967 Sioux City and South Sioux City Metropolitan United Appeal effort. ... Herman LaPlante was re-elected secretary of the Sioux City Board of Education. He has been board secretary for the past four years and his salary has been increased from $9,500 to $10,500 a year.
Sunrise Manor: Officials broke ground at Sunrise Manor Retirement and Nursing Home for the first three cottages to be built on its campus, at 5501 Gordon Drive. The cottages are scheduled to be constructed by Aug. 1. They are the first of 14 cottages to be built over the new few years.
Vietnam medal: Pfc. Lee W. Townsend, 4023 Jefferson St., has received the Soldiers Medal for Heroism. While serving in Vietnam on Sept. 16 last year, he dove into the Song Ba River and saved the life of a soldier who was drowning while carrying a cable across the river. He has since been discharged and is employed at the Wincharger Corp.
25 Years Ago
New riverboat: The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission granted a license to Sioux City Riverboat Corp., which plans to dock a gambling boat on the Missouri River this fall or next spring. Ted Carlson, head of the company, said the local group plans to purchase a 600-passenger boat that is for sale in New York.
Bridge collapses: Twelve persons were injured Saturday in Lake Park, Iowa, when a foot bridge collapsed as they watched a plastic duck race. About 20 people were standing on the metal and wood bridge when the middle of the span buckled. The victims fell 10 feet into a shallow creek. Only one of those injured needed to be hospitalized at Dickinson County Memorial Hospital and was in stable condition.
Making news: Jerome Pierson, M.D., has joined Cardiovascular Associates of Sioux City. ...Paul Seaman, a native of the San Francisco Bay area, is the new general manager at Plum's Restaurant at the Mayfair mall. ...Debbie Hubbard, executive director of the Siouxland Foundation, attended the Midwest Conference on Community Foundations in Kearney, Neb.
These items were published in The Journal July 2-8, 1892, 1917, 1967 and 1992.