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FROM THE ARCHIVES: 100 years ago, Catholic college takes shape

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Trinity College

Trinity College near Leeds is shown. Construction started in September 1912.

125 years ago

PRESIDENT ASKED: Sioux City’s invitation to President Cleveland to visit us next month is about ready for transmission. The invitation is a complementary example of what Sioux City can produce in art. It must not be thought we can raise only corn, cattle and hogs. The cover of the invitation is in silk, plush and satin, 9 inches by 12 in size. A artistic picture of Sioux City’s Corn Palace and corn fields are shown on a satin panel. Watercolor artist Mrs. W.I. Buchanan and ink master Bonfield, of the Sioux National bank, completed the project.

RESIDENTS WANT TREES SAVED: Jennings street property owners are hammering away at the council at every opportunity. They want the street parked so as to save the trees from the grading plow. Their desire is contrary to the ordinance requiring the dimension of the street from curb line to curb line of fifty-two feet, on streets having railway service.

THE NEW CITY: That booming, active town across the river, so widely known as South Sioux City, is getting to the front in great shape. Five months ago it was born and the first building started. South Sioux City has at least 500 inhabitants, all of who are active, pushing fellows. It is the youngest city in the United States operating a street railway. Within the last thirty days over twenty-five buildings have been completed.

100 years ago

COLLEGE RISING: Despite the fact that the contractors have experienced difficulty in getting men, the new Catholic college is beginning to rise on its elevated site near Leeds. It has been decided to complete three stories of the structure before the opening early in the winter. Something over $120,000 is to be spent on this group of buildings.

CITY VAULT HARD TO CRACK: If Jimmy Valentine had dropped into the city hall yesterday an ovation would have awaited him. Paul Wells, city clerk, went to St. Paul on a vacation and neglected to leave his address. He was the only city official who knew the vault combination. The council was unable to get to the records, minute books and other necessary equipment. A locksmith was requested to try his luck on the door. The click of the lock failed to gladden waiting ears. The city jail was searched for a real Valentine, but to no avail.

50 years ago

SCHOOL WITH HEART: The new Sacred Heart parochial school building on Military road, was initiated as 180 pupils began classes for the 1962-63 school term. The one-story building is located on the hillside and replaces one which was raised at that same location.

PIPING IN THE SEWAGE: The City Council of Sioux City ordered an engineering survey to be made of the proposal to run South Sioux City sewage under the Missouri River and through Sioux City’s new treatment plant. The survey will determine how much Sioux City should charge South Sioux City for handling its sewage and also will determine the best location for an under-the-river interceptor sewer.

25 years ago

CIVIC CENTER NOT BUSTLING: Sioux City’s proposed new civic center likely will have little business from conventions and trade shows the first two or three years after it has opened and only “slight to moderate” use when it is in full operation, a consultant reported Wednesday. Because conventions are booked two to three years ahead of time in most cases and the new center will open next year, it may be in use for the first few years for no more than 15 event days a year for conventions and no more than 10 events days a year for trade shows, the board was told.

UNITED NONSTOP TO CHICAGO: United Airlines announced Tuesday it will initiate non-stop service form Sioux City to Chicago Oct. 31, a major goal of Sioux Gateway Airport officials for the last year. It will be the first time in seven or eight years that Sioux Cityans will be able to fly non-stop to Chicago.

These items appeared in the Journal Sept. 3-9, 1887, 1912, 1962 and 1987.


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