125 Years Ago
No Wheel of Fortune: City Marshal Hollenbach has closed the Wheel of Fortune games that have been running in the gambling houses since they re-opened. He says his intention is to keep down all games such as the wheel, craps and so forth at which poor men play and which are sure winners for the house.
Merchants complain: Retail merchants complain that their trade is being damaged by the lack of a good road out to the farms east of the city, to join the Correctionville road. They claim the farmers within five miles of Sioux City are going to the small towns to do their trade.
Pontoon woes: There seems to be no end of misfortune for the pontoon bridge company. On several times the company was just about to open the bridge to travel across the Missouri River when some accident would occur to prevent it from doing so. This week, just as the spans were to swing into the river, a large number of boats next to the Nebraska shore broke away and went downstream.
100 Years Ago
Banning cupid: New rules published in Morningside College’s “Blue Book” states that students wishing to enter into marriage must not only have the consent of their parents, but also of college authorities. Any student who marries without the full consent of college officials will lose his or her connection with the school. That means all credit for studies completed will be forfeited. Last years, two marriages occurred at Morningside.
Making news: Charles Johnson of 19th Street killed a rattlesnake measuring more than seven feet in length while hunting in the Floyd River bottoms near Leeds. …The Commercial Club Tuesday undertook steps toward organizing a home guard for Sioux City. The need for a home protection organization in time of war was emphasized at the meeting. …A shipment of 127 bags of sand valued at $4,000 is on its way to Sioux City from England for the Sioux City Seed and Nursery company.
Comfort kits: The Sioux City Red Cross chapter has been asked by the national organization to furnish 4,000 knitted articles at once that will hold comfort kits for United States Army and Navy personnel. Another million kits nationwide will be made for the Russian Revolutionary Army as a pledge of cheer to the allied armies on the eastern front. The bags will be khaki in color with an American flag sewn on the outside of each bag.
50 Years Ago
KMEG on air: Sioux City’s third television station, known as KMEG Channel 14 on the ultra-high frequency dial, carries programs originating from the Columbia Broadcasting System. Robert Donovan is the president and general manager. The studios are located at Seventh Street and Floyd Boulevard. KTIV Channel 4 carries programs from the National Broadcasting Company, while KCAU Channel 9 now carries American Broadcasting Company programs.
Conservationist tour: Nearly 80 businessmen and soil conservationists from the four-state area will leave Sioux City Wednesday for a two-day Conservation Caravan. The program is sponsored by the Sioux City Chamber of Commerce and the Sioux City Journal. They will tour a number of conservation programs including in Holt County, Neb., and Gavin’s Point Dam in Yankton, S.D.
In the news: Mrs. Gertrude Griggs is the newly installed president of the Girls of ’68. …Mrs. Bernard Shuman has been appointed assistant social worker at the Siouxland Rehabilitation Center, 404 29th St. She will coordinate the newly expanded stroke rehab program in Correctionville and Sloan. …Spec. 4 Robert L. Ruhrs, son of Mr. and Mrs. Rohrs of Alton, Iowa, has been awarded the Silver Star for gallantry for actions March 21 in Vietnam.
25 Years Ago
Church auction: The historic old Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Riverside, a former cartridge factory, will bite the bullet Sunday with a closeout auction sale. The new church was dedicated in August 1992. In the old building is a rock grotto. The auction will feature church furnishings, including pews, furniture, stained glass windows and kneelers. The fate of the old church has not been decided.
Play ball: The City Council Monday unanimously authorized the city to proceed with development of a stadium for minor league and community baseball teams. The city will purchase a 57-acre track of land for the stadium after it obtains bids and completes a financing package. Local radio sportscaster Rudy Salem asked the council to put the matter to a vote of Sioux City residents before it uses taxpayer funds for the project. The council did not respond to his request.
In the news: Dr. Carolyn Rants, vice president for student affairs at Morningside College, has been appointed interim vice president for academic affairs to replace Dr. R. Franklin Terry who has resigned. …Public library officials have renamed the Morningside Branch Library to the Schroeder-Morningside Branch after Alvin and Gertrude Schroeder. They left $524,294 to the library, which has been designated for the $6.4 million Wilbur Aalfs Public Library, which opened two years ago.
These items were published in The Journal Sept. 10-16. 1892, 1917, 1978 and 1992