125 years ago
WHEN A STAMP WAS LICKED: A Sioux City office man was yesterday engaged in putting postage stamps on a large number of packages that he was getting ready for mailing. The reporter asked him for something new and he said as he wiped the reverse side of George Washington's photograph over his tongue: "I am running a ‘licker' business to-day, and the prohibitory law can't touch me."
HADDOCK SELLS PAPERS: The Haddock case attracts much attention from the outside, and every scrap of information concerning it is eagerly sought for. In speaking of the fact a gentleman said yesterday that in his town, where the Journal is delivered early in the forenoon, it had only to be announced that there was something fresh in the Haddock case and every paper was gobbled up in no time.
100 years ago
NEW COLLEGE IN PROSPECT: A Catholic college is to be erected in Sioux City on a tract of land immediately south of the Lawrence property at Leeds. It will be built and conducted under the direction of the Third Order of St. Francis, a branch of the Franciscans. Rt. Rev. P.J. Garrigan, who has be instrumental in securing the college for Sioux City, plans to make his first public announcement regarding the school at the annual meeting of the Commercial club Jan. 16. The college probably will be started with $100,000 fireproof building of four stories, suitable for the combined needs of a college and boarding school. The Catholics of this city have promised $10,000 toward the school and the commercial club a like amount.
AUDITORIUM PAYING WAY: The annual meting of stockholders of the Auditorium company, held last night at the headquarters of the Commercial club, was slimly attended. It was spoken of the year of 1911 as having been a successful one for the company. Several conventions which had been attracted to Sioux City during the year of 1911 by reason of the Auditorium more than proved its usefulness.
50 years ago
IT STARTED IN SHELDON: Iowa's celebrated bank embezzlement case at Sheldon is believed to have been the cause of a rush of state banks to join the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp in 1961. The $2 million defalcation at the Sheldon National Bank was obviously the reason for the big increase in the number of applications for membership in the federal insurance agency, said D. Wilkins of Chicago, FDIC regional director.
LIVESTOCK: Sioux City ranks as the nation's third largest livestock center for the first time. The jump from fifth place in 1960 to third in 1961 was termed "tremendously significant."
25 years ago
FUGITIVE CHIEF VISITS TRAVEL AGENCY: Burt County, Neb. authorities now know fugitive Gregory J. Webb visited a travel agency and asked about traveling to South America and carrying a gun along after trading his car in Fremont. Authorities confirmed Thursday and that Webb, the ex-Lyons police chief wanted on a murder warrant in the shooting death of Anna Marie Miller Anton, made the inquiries and the also had a valid passport.
These items appeared in the Journal Jan. 9-15, 1887, 1912, 1962 and 1987.