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125 Years Ago

In general news: The wagon bridge across the Big Sioux river above North Riverside will be ready for use this week. …Walter Wood and his sister, Miss Grace, have accepted an engagement to play the piperlaphone and autoharp at a concert at Ponca, Nebraska.

Alarming explosions: An alarm of fire called the department to 823 Court street where a kerosene stove exploded. The flames spread throughout the house and roof and were extinguished by a chemical wagon. …An exploding gasoline torch caused an Italian fruit dealer at the corner of Fourth and Virginia streets a great deal of anguish by destroying his goods.

Blacks win: The Blacks local team won their ball game from Coleridge 20-7. They found the Coleridge pitcher very hard in the seventh and eighth innings and feel gay over their well-earned victory. They also reported a pleasant time.

100 Years Ago

Hail Britannia: Crossing prepared “shell craters,” climbing high mounds of dirt and standing nearly on end, the 60,000-pound British tank “Britannia” thrilled 15,000 persons who watched the maneuvers at the Interstate Live Stock Fair grounds Wednesday. The tank also fired a volley of blank cartridges from its rapid-fire guns. A crew of seven men operated the monster.

Booze raids: Arrests were made Tuesday by police for alleged violation of the liquor laws. The manager of Whalen Soft Drink parlor was charged with maintaining a liquor nuisance. Another person was detained in connection with the seizure of liquor at Charles R. Pool hall, 1006 Fourth street. Others were taken into custody for illegal transportation of liquor.

Around town: The stage at the Auditorium is set for the opening night of the greatest wrestling tournament ever held in the west. Sixteen of the world’s most widely known grapplers will compete in the three-day tourney. …A miniature exhibition of a typical battle field in France is on exhibition at the Pelletier department store.

50 Years Ago

Davidson Building: Sioux City businessman Jordan Ginsburg has purchased the Davidson Building at Sixth and Pierce streets for about $750,000. Mr. Ginsburg bought it from Elmer Dabin, Cleveland, Ohio. Mr. Ginsburg said he plans to build a new lobby and a conference room. It was built in 1914 by brothers Dave, Abe and Ben Davidson. Toller Drug store is located on the first floor.

Vietnam casualties: The City Council Monday honored 18 Sioux Cityans who have been killed in South Vietnam and urged all flags in the city to be flown at half-staff through Friday. They are: Marine Lance Cpl. Ricky Adams, Army Spec. 4 Dennis Brown, Iowa Air National Guard pilot Lt. Warren Brown, Army Spec. 4 Richard Boeshart, Army Cpl. Douglas Cain, Army Pfc. Vernon Chase, Army Spec. 4 Jack Collins, Marine Lance Cpl. William Downs, Army Sgt. 1.C. Donald Frunzen, Air Force Pfc. Terry Ivener, Army Pfc. Ronald Kaiser, Navy GMC 3.C. Ronald Lake, Army Spec. 4 Fred Lennon, Marine E2 William Monfore, Army Spec. 4 Duane Nelson, Marine Lance Cpl. Kenneth Scott, Army Col. Donald Sewell and Army Spec. 4 Robert Williams.

Art news: Classes for children, teen-agers and adults will begin this month at the Sioux City Art Center. A new class will be free of charge for children 4 to 7 years old whose parents are Art Center members. …The Sioux City Artists Outdoor Art Fair will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Sunset Plaza’s grass mall.

25 Years Ago

Council race: Mayor Jim Wharton announced he will not run for another term on the council, while council members Joanne Grueskin and Bob Scott will seek third, four-year terms. They will face 12 challengers in the Oct. 5 primary election.

Weed arrests: The Iowa Great Lakes Task Force arrested 12 persons in a drug sweep that began Friday. The task force includes about a dozen law enforcement agencies including the Sioux City Police Department. Those arrested were from Lake Park, Milford, Cherokee and Harris, Iowa, and two from Arizona. Marijuana was the drug involved.

New leader: During his first week on the job, Sioux City Superintendent James Austin is spending as much time talking to students as going to meetings. ”Here in the classrooms are the reasons we exist,” he said. “I’m hitting some buildings each day this week.” He previously was administrator in Poplar Bluff, Mo.

These items were published in The Journal Sept. 16-22, 1893, 1918, 1968 and 1993.

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