125 YEARS AGO
LABOR DAY OBSERVANCE: Labor Day, as a legal holiday, was observed throughout Iowa for the first time. The new institution is universally popular and the workingmen desire to have it regularly observed. A big picnic was held in Horseshoe grove out by the Floyd in the east part of the city. A broad dancing stage was erected in the middle of the grove and music was furnished for the dancers. Games were held and refreshment booths were provided.
FANCY FOUNTAINS: The first of the new drinking fountains has arrived and it is a handsome bronze affair, seven feet high, and is contrived for the accommodation of men and dogs. It will be placed on the northwest corner of the Court-house yard. Six other fountains also ordered by the City of Sioux City are on their way. They will have troughs to water the horses, too.
TIME FOR PARTIES: Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Higman treated a number of their friends to a very enjoyable outing in the shape of a picnic by tally-ho to Homer, Neb. The party enjoyed their lunch at the foot of the Nebraska bluffs. ... Misses Edith and Kathleen Webb, daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Walter R. Webb of Sioux City, gave a large and enjoyable party to about fifty of their little girl friends as a double birthday party. Two long tables were arranged for refreshments.
100 YEARS AGO
LIQUOR ARRESTS: "Kokomo" Jimmie Walsh's place at 1124 Fourth street was raided after midnight Saturday by patrolman Edward Becker and his squad. Walsh is charged with illegal sale of intoxicating liquor and disturbing the peace. His wife Zelda is accused of disturbing the peace. ... Detectives raided the home of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Snook, 1909 Fourth street, finding seven cases of beer and six quarts of whiskey. They were charged.
IN AREA NEWS: LAUREL, NEB. -- Laurel residents approved $12,000 in bonds for construction of a municipal light plant, the vote being 102 for to 27 against. ... ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa -- Farmers depending on machines to thrash their grain from the shock are having a strenuous time getting the work done on account of too much rain so the machines cannot work to any advantage. ... ALCESTER, S.D. -- Farmers are harvesting wheat at the rate of 4,000 bushels a day.
WRIST WATCH WOES: Sioux City jewelers agree with the verdict rendered by the members of the National Jewelers' association that the "wrist watch" is doomed to oblivion. In Sioux City, the wrist watch has found little favor, jewelers said, because the males who see this new watch claim it is effeminate and males who wear it often are greeted with the tip of the hat from other men as a result.
50 YEARS AGO
LABOR DAY WORRIES: Authorities in Dickinson County are prepared for riots at the Arnolds Park area on West Lake Okoboji over the Labor Day weekend. The resort area was the scene of rioting over the Fourth of July. Sheriff Bob Baker said, "We are prepared for any eventuality." He has a trained force of 50 volunteers and, if necessary, will call in the Iowa National Guard. Among the rumors, he said, are that holiday rioters plan to use "Molotov" cocktails ("gasoline bombs") on boats that dock along the amusement park. Law enforcement officers and volunteers will have gas masks and riot gear.
IN THE NEWS: John Spellman, 14, son of Dr. and Mrs. George Spellman, and Edward Agnes, 14, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Agnes, were presented with Eagle Scout awards. They are members of Boy Scout Troop 136. ... Duane S. Kidder, president of Miller-Kidder Chevrolet Co., announced the firm will be known as the Kidder-Knoepfler Co. since Jim Knoepfler, sales manager since 1952, has assumed more executive duties.
INTO JET AGE: Sioux City will join the jet age Sept. 11 when Braniff International inaugurates One-11 jet service. This will be the first commercial jet to serve Sioux City. The airline, which will carry 63 passengers, will fly to and from Omaha and Kansas City.
25 YEARS AGO
FOOTBALL OPENERS: Sioux City high schools played their opening games with the following results: South Sioux City beat West High 7-0. Aberdeen Central defeated North High 21-20. Heelan High was victorious over Waterloo East 27-13. East High defeated Fort Dodge 20-10.
IN COMMUNITY NEWS: The first rehearsal of the Siouxland Community Band will be Sept. 9 at Eppley Auditorium at Morningside College, organizer Mike Hogan announced. ... The Siouxland Area Chapter of the American Red Cross is preparing to expand its activities to support area reserve and national guard units if Operation Desert Storm should escalate in the Middle East. ... Amy Bryant, 17, of Aurelia, Iowa, was crowned queen of the Iowa State Fair.
ENROLLMENT UP: Sioux City School Superintendent Sally Bell announced that for the first time in 11 years the district's enrollment should top 14,000, a positive indicator of the community's growth. Preliminary enrollment numbers in the first week of school showed there were 13,947 pupils, an increase of 154 students over the count on Sept. 1, 1989. More students are expected to enroll in upcoming days.
These items were published in The Journal on Aug. 30-Sept. 5, 1890, 1915, 1965 and 1990.