1887 Sioux City Corn Palace Inside Look

The inside of the 1887 Sioux City Corn Palace is shown. President Grover Cleveland and his wife made a trip to Sioux City to tour the Palace.

125 years ago

JUST A BALL: The Corn Palace will be thoroughly aired and dried today and the floor of the Palace and the Armory Hall carefully prepared for the ball to-morrow evening. ... The ball was largely attended last night, the 300 tickets issued for the purpose being sold. The ball was certainly a grand affair, and had it not been for the lack of warmth in the hall, the enjoyment would have been perfect. To hold insurance on the building, no fires were permitted on the property, and as a result there was a general shivering.

PRESIDENT COMING TO VIEW PALACE: Yesterday Mayor Cleland received a telegram from Secretary Lamont, asking if President Cleveland could see the Palace if a stop of half an hour was made. There seems to be no doubt that Cleveland and party will stop at Sioux City for an hour, at least, Wednesday morning, though the mayor and the management of the Palace have thought best to make no official announcement until a telegram announcing the fact positively arrives. ... PICKED: Sioux City gets a visit from Cleveland when other towns fail. ... AGENDA: The President will drive about the city, but no speech-making or hand-shaking will occur. The reception will move from the station west on Fourth street to Pearl, north on Pearl to Fifth and east on Fifth to the Palace. The party will not be led by band, civic or military organizations, because of the expressed wish of the president that nothing of the kind occur. Company H will be stationed to keep the main entrance free from the crowd. There will positively be no use to try and enter the Palace during the time the president and the party are there. The best and only satisfactory way to see the president is to remain along the route traveled going to and from the Palace. ... WHAT THEY NOTED: It was the Monona county booth that the president and his wife tarried longer than at any other. Mrs. Cleveland asked Judge Whiting if he could be kind enough to giver her “one of those beautiful red apples.” The Judge gave her two. ... The president was particularly pleased with the Woodbury county exhibit of ear corn. He remarked “With your permission I will take this large ear of corn,” and the corn was put into his pocket. The party was in the Palace 25 minutes and then back on the train.

100 years ago

TRIBUTE TO DAVIDSON: Four hundred employes of Davidson Bros. last evening paid a tribute of loyalty and esteem to Ben Davidson, president of the company. Its occasion was the fact that Mr. Davidson is this week celebrating the thirtieth anniversary of his arrival in Sioux City. It was announced that Davidson would give under the direction of a committee of fifteen community members, $3,000 will be given to charity and the churches and $2,000 will be given to individuals for winter coal.

HEROIC FIRMAN: In a daring act of heroism Mil C. Dodge, fireman on the Milwaukee railroad, yesterday saved the life of Gerald Allard, 2 1/2, years old, of Union county, by crawling out on the pilot and kicking the child from the track as the train sped by. The little boy, who landed in a ditch by the track, suffered minor injuries and was taken aboard the train and brought to the Samaritan hospital in Sioux City, but survived the ordeal.

50 years ago

LOCAL SAILOR GRABS ASTRONAUT: Airman Darold Nyreen, a Sioux City sailor, was serving aboard the USS Kearsage when the aircraft carrier plucked Astronaut Walter Schirra Jr. from the water following his orbital flights. Schirra circled the earth six times as the U.S. Took another step, however small, toward a hope for landing on the moon before the end of the decade.

25 years ago

CRASH TEST EMERGENCY SKILLS: Emergency personnel from throughout Siouxland- assisted by dozens of volunteer “victims”– staged an elaborate training exercise Saturday afternoon geared toward sharpening their rescue skills. The scene at the Sioux City Airbase simulated a major national disaster- a commercial airliner which had crashed shortly after take off, scattering its 130 occupants to the grass and pavement below. The simulation is a chance to test the response of the Siouxlanders and area agencies involved in handling a major disaster.

These items appeared in the Journal Oct. 8-14, 1887, 1912, 1962 and 1987.

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