125 Years Ago
Thank our stars: We all laid aside our daily tasks and thanked our stars that our well-respected ancestors landed on a rock. Our glorious Thanksgiving Day came to Sioux City with its annual regularity and was received with characteristic favor as an occasion for much feasting and rejoicing.
Sawyer stars: Sioux City was represented on the Iowa University football team that played the University of Nebraska on Thanksgiving Day at Omaha by Prince Sawyer. He was mentioned in the papers as one of the stars on the Iowa team. The game ended in a 10-10 tie.
Hurtling street car: On Thanksgiving, a Jennings Street car going downtown became unmanageable at Sixth and Jennings because of ice on the tracks. The motorman thought the trip had become too exciting and not caring to sacrifice himself to save the car, he jumped off. The car left the tracks on the corner of Fourth and Jennings, tearing across the southwest corner and tore off the planks and sidewalk 20 feet square before stopping. No one was on the car.
100 Years Ago
Women drilling: Fifteen young women, inspired by a desire to be of service to their country, met Monday at the Armory and engaged in the first drill of what may become one of Sioux City’s most reliable guard units. It is believed that the drilling of the women will make healthy, able bodied men ashamed to stay out of the Army.
Wall Street dinner: The biggest Thanksgiving dinner in Sioux City was prepared Thursday by the women and girls at the Wall Street Mission. Chickens were cooked and chicken gravy was made by the kettleful for the 500 guests of the neighborhood. Even the boys helped peel lots of potatoes. Other food included fruit, nuts and vegetables. Thanksgiving Day is a happy occasion for the whole neighborhood.
Poker bust: A full house, three kings and a pair of queens were taken in a raid Tuesday night when police broke up a poker game at the Regent Hotel. The last hand of the game, which indicated everybody was “staying,” was won by the police. Florence Wilson was charged with keeping a disorderly house and others were charged with being in a disorderly house.
50 Years Ago
Airline service: North Central Airlines began four daily flights from Sioux City to Kansas City, replacing Braniff Airways in the north-south route. A Convair 580 prop-jet began its service Friday and is the first plane of its kind to be used by North Central. The nonstop flight will include service to such towns as Huron, Watertown-Mandan, Grand Forks and Fargo.
Nordic Chorus sings: Sioux City’s Nordic Male Chorus will present a concert at 8 p.m. Thursday at the YWCA. The music will include traditional Scandinavian numbers, sacred selections and show tunes. The 30-member group is directed by Don P. Horsted and Mike Hogan is the accompanist.
Frances Shoes: Formal opening of the newly remodeled and expanded Frances Shoes store, at 507 Firth St. in downtown Sioux City, will take place Monday. The firm has been in business for 18 years.
25 Years Ago
Thanksgiving frenzy: Like people seeing the first robin of spring, local store managers watched shoppers enter their stores Friday with obvious delight. One factor of the busy Black Friday probably was the sunny sky, managers said, which contrasted with last year’s ice storm. Many shoppers proclaimed they plan to spend more money this year.
Job seekers: The Missouri River’s first riverboat casino has got just the right deal for many Siouxlanders – a job. The Sue City Riverboat will employ more than 200 people when it opens after the first of the year. Applicants waited up to four hours to be interviewed by 17 casino managers at the Siouxland Convention Center.
Making news: Sioux City Democrat Al Sturgeon, head of the State Judiciary Committee since 1991, will lead the powerful panel for two more years. …Gary Willing, the Journal’s 42nd Siouxland Football Coach of the Year, won a trophy signifying his Bloomfield team is the Nebraska champion. …The city’s traffic engineering staff announced it will install a four-way stop sign at Third Street and Hamilton Boulevard to protect Everett grade school pupils going to and from school.
These items were published in The Journal Nov. 26 – Dec. 2, 1892, 1917, 1967 and 1992.