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Wreckage from United Airlines Flight 232 were stored at Sioux Gateway Airport after the July 19, 1989 crash.

125 Years Ago

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Peavey Grand Opera House

The Peavey Grand Opera House is shown in about 1890.

'Macbeth' review: Mme. Janauschek and her company appeared in “Macbeth” before the usual sized tragedy house at the Peavy Grand last night. Whatever powers Mme. Janauschek may have had in the years of her prime and they must have been considerable in view of her reputation still surviving, she has largely outlived them. Her 60 years have played havoc with her face, her figure, her actions, and to a less degree, with her voice. It is but charity and kindness to suggest what was present to the minds of most, if not all her audience. It is sad and painful to see the decay of once noble gifts.

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Floyd GAR grave decoration

Floyd G.A.R. decorating graves in Sioux City.

Memorial Day:  The committees of Sioux City Post G.A.R., have partially completed the arrangements for the observances of Memorial Day. Participants will march to Floyd Cemetery where the graves will be decorated. At 2:30 p.m., the memorial service will be held, though it has not been settled in what hall. The committee at first agreed on the courthouse but is now making an effort to secure a larger room. There will be several speeches of ten minutes each.

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Floyd GAR grave decoration

Grave decorating by the Floyd G.A.R.

100 Years Ago

Tornado levels buildings: The tornado that struck Woonsocket, S.D., last evening struck a path several blocks wide through the town and caused terror among residents there. Among the buildings destroyed were the Methodist Episcopal church, several residences, two lumber yards, a furniture store, numerous private garages and some barns. The storm struck the town at the southwest corner and tore through to the northeast.

Church news: Elder A.R. Ogden, a member of the Iowa conference, who spoke at the dedicatory exercise for the new church of the Seventh Day Adventists, stated that according to his interpretation of the Scriptures, the world will come to an end during the present generation. The end will come when certain conditions prevail “and those conditions are here now, as never before in the 2,000 years of Christian history,” he said.

50 Years Ago

Bank robbery: A tall, thin middle-aged man with three or four days growth of beard on his face held up a woman teller at the Toy Bank walk-up window, 314 Pierce St., at 1:06 p.m. this afternoon and escaped with an undetermined amount of money. It was the second holdup at the walk-up. The last one occurred during a Christmas shopping rush Dec. 10, 1964.

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Elmer Hansen NAMCO 1966

Elmer Hansen stands next to a feed wagon in this 1966 photo.

Business award: Elmer K. Hansen, president of North American Manufacturing Co. of Sioux City, has been named Iowa “Small Businessman of the Year”  by the Small Business Administration. Hansen manufactured a screw-type auger system to lift feed and grain from a wagon into feed banks in 1947 with two employees. With Hansen still at the helm, North American now manufactures 23 different models and 12 variations of self-unloading bulk feed handling trucks and employs 130 persons.

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West High lots 1968

A drawing of West High lots with the school.

Land buy for school: The Sioux City Community School District today purchased 11 lots and parts of two other lots in a Woodbury County Board of Supervisors tax sale. The land, which was bought for $556, is on the west side and is planned for the site of a proposed new high school building. The lots are in an area northwest of the intersection of 19th and Casselman Streets. According to a proposal unveiled in January, three 1,500-pupil high schools – one in Morningside, one on the north side and one on the west side – are planned. A bond issue for $10.5 to $11 million is expected to be voted on next January or February.

25 Years Ago

School approves prayer: Members of the senior class at Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn high school will open their graduation May 30 with prayers, the school principal said Wednesday. But the director of the Iowa Civil Liberties Union warned Wednesday the action could land the school district in court. Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn Principal Bob Vander Plaats said the 35 members of the senior class voted unanimously in March to have prayer led by two volunteers from the class during their graduation. The Sheldon School Board Monday night voted to allow prayer in the district’s May 30 graduation exercise despite the possibility of a lawsuit by the Iowa Civil Liberties Union. 

Saturday in the Park: Two Grammy Award-winning blues musicians will headline this year’s Saturday in the Park Festival on July 2 and 3, organizers announced. The musicians Dr. John and Buddy Guy will complete the two-day blues festival in Grandview Park. Nine other regional and national bands will perform during the event and festival promoters have scheduled fireworks and a fly-by from the 185th Fighter Group.

Wreckage leaves: For almost four years, it's been a grim reminder of the crash of United Airlines Flight 232. The twisted fuselage, tail section and other pieces of the DC-10 jumbo jet have been stored at Sioux Gateway Airport since the July 19, 1989, crash. Now much of the wreckage is in the process of being removed. United has arranged to have a local company cart away all but a few pieces, said Joe Hopkins, a United spokesman.

Gridiron show: Greater Sioux City Press Club members rehearsed for “Mr. Wharton’s Neighborhood,” their upcoming fundraiser at the Sioux City Community Theater.

These items were published in The Journal May 20, 1893, 1918, 1968 and 1993.

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