125 Years Ago
Spooked horses: Justice Linn and Constable Petty were driving on Pierce Street near Fifth when their horses became frightened by an electric car, which turned suddenly. The team dashed up Pierce Street to Sixth and over Sixth to the east. Near the corner of Sixth and Nebraska streets, the carriage got mixed up with some big shade trees and was completely wrecked. Both lawmen escaped with slight injuries.
Arson reported: Thomas Bill, a farmer living on the Dakota side of the Sioux River, almost opposite of Riverside Park, notified police that his house, barn, shed and granaries with 40 tons of hay and two barns on the Iowa side of the river had been set on fire. The buildings were totally destroyed. He accused Frenchman Mike Bafoon of the crime.
Help wanted ads: Two experienced dry goods salesmen. Must speak German and French. …Men or women wanted as district managers for Koal-Spar, the great coal saver. $9 a month or commission. No experience necessary. …Nurse and second girl needed in county.
100 Years Ago
Gum plant: The J. A. Duffy Company of Sioux City, manufacturer of “Duffy’s Bitter Gum,” has entered into a contract with the departments of the Army and Navy and Y.M.C.A. to take the entire output of the plant. The gum must be furnished in carload lots, with each car containing 1.5 million cartons.
WWI deaths: Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Goodburn, of Marcus, received notification this week of the death of their son, Pvt. Frederick Irving Goodburn. He died in France Sept. 16 from wounds received in action. He is the first man from Marcus to give his life to this great cause. …Lt. William Severson, who was a city salesman for the Palmer Candy Company, was killed in action in France, according to word received by his parents Mr. and Mrs. Chris Severson of Jackson, Nebraska. He was engaged to marry Heather Hunt of Sioux City in June.
In entertainment news: ”Cheating Cheaters” will be the attraction presented by the Morgan Wallace players at the Grand Theater all this week. …Whitney Collins, one of the best known authors of plays for the spoken stage, is the writer of “The Lure of the City,” a melodrama that will presented at the Auditorium Sunday evening.
50 Years Ago
Buildings sold: The Sheraton-Warrior Motor Inn, Sioux City’s largest and most-used convention headquarters at Sixth and Nebraska streets, is one of 18 hotels and motor inns in the United States and Canada sold by the Sheraton Corp. to Wellington Association of New York City. …H. O. Benson announced the sale of his Benson building, at Seventh and Douglas streets, for an undisclosed sum to David L. Levitt and Associates. Mr. Levitt is president of the Postal Finance Co.
Praising visitors: A story about Sioux City’s International Visitors Program has appeared in the magazine “America Illustrated” published for distribution in the Soviet Union. The article is a reprint of “Life” magazine’s August 1968 article. The Soviet story includes pictures of Russian visitors to Sioux City.
Shrine parade and game: The annual Shrine Charity parade and later the football game at Roberts Stadium drew a capacity crowd of 10,000 persons. Proceeds from the game will go to the Shrine hospitals in this area. The University of South Dakota Coyotes defeated Morningside College Maroons 35 to 13. The half-time program featured bands, the White Horse Mounted Patrol, motorcycle corps and fireworks.
25 Years Ago
Turkey bound: For the first time since Vietnam, pilots of the 185th Tactical Fighter Group of the Iowa Air National Guard could see actual combat. The 185th is being deployed to Incirlik, Turkey and will combine with other air guard units to provide support to enforce the no-fly zone over Iraq. Lt. Commander Gary Cramner will head the detachment in Turkey.
In the news: State Rep. Christopher Rants, R-Sioux City, will be one of 10 officials in the United States who will participate in an exchange program with Japanese government officials in Japan. …Bruce L. Johnson has been named principal at North High School, where he was an assistant principal. …Dakota City – Former Nebraska State Sen. Kurt Hohenstein has appealed his sentence on a theft charge in which the judge ordered him to serve the maximum sentence of 6 ½ to 20 years. Hohenstein had plead guilty in August to the theft charge.
On the job: The Monona County Sheriff’s Department has its first canine, Eiko, who will be the new weapon on the war on drugs. The German shepherd’s handler is Deputy Gary Addy. Eiko’s commands are all in German, so Addy had to learn to speak the language.
These items were published in The Journal Oct. 7-13, 1893, 1918, 1968 and 1993.