125 years ago
FOWLS IN TOWN: The fowls are to be engaged in the Covington cock-fight Sunday have arrived in that city from Yankton and Omaha. The $100 stake money has been posted and numerous side bets are being made on the outcome by members of the sporting fraternity.
IN CLUB NEWS: The Auntie club will meet with Mrs. V.F. Lowery on Tuesday afternoon. ...The Informal club was elegantly entertained by Capt. and Mrs. Belden. ...At the upcoming meeting of the poetry section of the Unity club, Miss Gertrude Rose will present a paper entitled, "Poetic Sympathy with Animals."
CARING FOR POOR: The Woodbury county board of supervisors has made arrangements with the Sioux City hospitals for care of the county patients during the ensuing year. The supervisors appointed Walter Strange overseer of the poor, at a salary of $30 per month. He will have the power to employ a physician at a salary not to exceed $500 per year.
100 years ago
WHERE'S THE COFFEE: An alleged gambling house at 900 Fourth street was raided Sunday night by police who took 21 men to headquarters. Owner A. Balaskus was charged with running a gambling house, even though he calls his place a coffee house where Turkish coffee and light lunches are served. On the second floor, the raiders found tables of men playing cards, with money on the tables.
WAR IMPACT: In the future, broken shoestrings cannot be replaced though the kindness of the accommodating shoe clerk. The war is the cause. The wholesale price of laces has been rising dizzily, until they now command a price more than 200 percent higher than when the war began. They now cost at least 15 cents.
DAVIDSON HONORED: Sioux City businessman Ben Davidson has been appointed as a member of the national committee of the American Defense Society, headquartered in New York. Others associated with the organization include Theodore Roosevelt, the past president of Princeton and the former secretary of the Navy. Mr. Davidson was the first man in the country to organize employees at his Davidson Bros. Co. for military training.
50 years ago
SAFECRACKERS STRIKE: Sioux City's safecrackers went to considerably more effort than they usually do when they climbed a 10-foot high gate Sunday night to gain entrance to Hoak Oldsmobile, 620 Pearl St. After an attempt to cut the safe open failed, they peeled it and netted themselves $824, according to Lt. Toas Warnstadt of the detective bureau.
TO THE CHIEFS: A former Heelan High School All-American and three-year letterman at the University of Iowa has signed a professional contract with the Kansas City Chiefs of the American Football League. Leo Miller, although only 5-foot-11, will probably be given a shot at offensive center, guard or tackle.
MAKING NEWS: Miss Lynn Broyhill, 20, of Dakota City, has been chosen as a Cherry Blossom Princess to represent the state of Nebraska at the annual Cherry Blossom Festival held April 10-17 in Washington, D.C. She will compete with princesses from other states and the District of Columbia for the title of Cherry Blossom Queen. ...Ernest Albertsen, 52, mayor of South Sioux City, announced he will be a candidate for re-election in the April 5 election.
25 years ago
DESERT STORM: Strings of tension tightened across Siouxland Thursday as families with loved ones in the Persian Gulf absorbed the reality that war had begun. Across Siouxland, communities and organizations responded: In Rock Valley, Iowa, residents will send boxes of food, including 600 pounds of cookies, to military units. ...In South Sioux City, eight residents serving in the military in Saudi Arabia and the Persian Gulf were honored at a flag-raising ceremony. ...The Siouxland Area Chapter of the American Red Cross is preparing the most extensive support operation since the Vietnam War. ...The Siouxland Blood Bank sent 25 pints of blood for use in treating American soldiers. ...In Cherokee, Iowa, yellow ribbons, each with the name of a serviceman or woman serving in Operation Desert Storm, adorn planters along the main street. ... In Spencer, Iowa, a prayer service was held at Grace United Methodist Church to honor Gulf soldiers
MUSICAL REVIEW: "Thanks to Cole Porter and the Sioux City Entertainment League, there was something to smile about Sunday evening at he Municipal Auditorium. The capable musical, 'Anything Goes,' soothed war-ragged nerves and wooed theater-goers with some of the master's most singable songs." By Journal reporter Marcia Poole.
These items were published in The Journal Jan. 17-23, 1891, 1916, 1966 and 1991.