From the Archives: 125 years ago, City water main project nears completion

From the Archives: 125 years ago, City water main project nears completion

Sioux City water main construction

Workers dig a trench during water main construction in Sioux City around 1910.

125 years ago

WATER WORKS TO BOAST ABOUT: It has been written that the water-works system of Sioux City is in many respects unique, and in general one of the most perfect in the United States. It is entitled to this distinction whether considered as a protection against fire or as a motive power or as a supply of pure water in the relation to private economy and to public health. Work on the project began in April 1884 and with the exception of the reservoir attachment, began pumping Jan. 12, 1885.

ONE DEAD AFTER BLAZE CONTAINED: The fire on the corner of Fourth and Jackson streets, which occurred early yesterday morning, completely destroyed the frame building on the corner owned by Joseph Cullinan and badly damaged Barlow's brick building adjoining, occupied by Alex Larson's dry goods store. The fire originated in Matt Franciscus' second-hand and auction store in the Cullinan building. The morning was bitter cold, the thermometer registering 25 degrees below zero. Several hose companies did good service in saving adjoining property....The deplorable part of this occurrence was the death of Henry Neibuhr, which occurred after the fire was out. The hook and ladder team were very uneasy in the cold and just before starting to the truck house, and had to be held by the bits. Neibuhr had hold of the off horse when the driver got ready to start he called to him to let go, but the call was not heeded by Neibuhr, who was thrown down and trampled upon and then run over by the heavy cart. He was at once taken into the barber shop in Dr. Mosher's building, but was dead before medical aid could be summoned. Mr. Neibuhr, age 25, was not a member of the fire company and was helping merely because he head been awakened by the call and saw there was a need for help.

100 years ago

SNOW BRIGADE STARTS TODAY: Clean the snow off your sidewalk if you don't want the city to do the work and charge it up to you. A gang of men in the city's employ will start out today on a sidewalk cleaning tour. The police are notifying owners of property in the business district of the street department's plan.

WOMEN GIVEN A VOICE: Future meetings of the First Ward Improvement association will be open to the women of the ward and their suggestions. Such a ruling was adopted at the annual meeting last night at the Everett school building. It was the unanimous opinion of the members that the women will take an active interest in the welfare of the association and offer suggestions as to the betterments for the district. The right of membership will not be extended to them.

50 years ago

TO CALIFORNIA: In California, the Abu Bekr Shrine White Horse Patrol appeared in two extravaganzas- the Shrine East-West football game in San Francisco, and the Tournament of Roses parade in Pasadena.

POPULATION BOOM: By 1965, the population of Sioux City conceivably could reach the 110,000 mark. Such a jump would give the city an increase of 10,000 over the 1960 census figure of 89,167. The projected estimate is based on figures provided by Northwestern Bell Telephone Co.

25 years ago

WITCC ENROLLMENT UP: Enrollment for the winter quarter at Western Iowa Tech Community College is up seven percent. Officials announced 1,334 full- and part-time students are enrolled for the winter term.

MY TURN: Journal Editor Cal Olson's resolutions: Slow down instead of speed up when the traffic light turns yellow; Refrain from writing snotty mini-editorials the next time the City Council hold an out-of-town meeting; Do not get physical with the next person who demands preferential treatment in the newspaper because he is (a) a big advertiser, (b) a friend of someone in the paper's management structure, or (c) any other reason that comes to mind; Do not suggest resolutions that might be made by any of the principals involved in Mingogate; Quit trying to convince folks that those countless mistakes on the part of television news people are the result of congenital idiocy, while the rare mistakes committed by newspaper people are merely typographical errors; and encourage someone to seek a court injunction that would restrain airlines from using "SUX" as luggage identification for Sioux City.

These items appeared in the Journal Jan. 2-8, 1887, 1912, 1962 and 1987.


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