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125 years ago: Coin pressed for Sioux City Corn Palace festival

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Corn Palace coin

A special gold coin in commemoration of the Sioux City Corn Palace Harvest Festival is shown. Coins were minted in Philadelphia and sold as souvenirs.

125 years ago

COLLECTABLE COIN: A beautiful Corn Palace souvenir in the shape of a medal has been designed by the United States mint at Philadelphia. The metal will be about the size of a silver quarter and heavily plated with gold. On one side are the names of “Iowa Dakota, Minnesota, and Nebraska.” In the center are the words: “Souvenir of the harvest festival.” On the reverse side is a die of the Corn Palace, with the words “Corn Palace,” over the die, and underneath the words “Sioux City, October, 1887.” It will prove a beautiful souvenir of the first Corn Palace ever held in the west.

DAKOTA CITY MOVERS: Dakota City has at present a flourishing single men’s club, and the boys meet and do lots of resolving. There is not a member of the club that wouldn’t marry a girl with a house and lot on ten minutes notice. Three members are mellow on the same number of Sioux City maidens, and four others have asked for letters of introduction. That club will bust quicker than a wildcat life insurance company.

100 years ago

WILSON ONLY SPEAKS HERE: Judge A. Van Wagenen last night received word from democratic state headquarters in Des Moines stating that Gov. Wilson would leave Chicago on the evening of September 16 and arrive in Sioux City on the morning of September 17. It means that Sioux City will get the only sight of Gov. Wilson in Iowa during this campaign. Gov. Wilson will be the guest of Sioux City for a full day, coming here for the Interstate Fair.

SCHOOL OFFICE PLAN: The board of education at a special meeting last night considered the proposition of G.B. Healy, superintendent of parks and public property, to use the building at 312 Sixth street, which will be vacated by the City Detention hospital, for the offices of the board. The city now pays $100 per month to Mrs. John Shipman, of California, for the use of the building. The building was formerly the Shipman home.

50 years ago

CITIZEN FILED ULTIMATUM: An "ultimatum" has been filed by Paul Jackson with the Woodbury County Board of Supervisors demanding that the board redistrict itself forthwith or face a court battle. The papers pointed out that the board is composed of five members, only one of whom resides in Sioux City, while the city has the preponderance of the county population—90,000 of the 108,000 total. Jackson said the board must realign the supervisor districts according to population.

25 years ago

CITY RECEIVES $335,000 GRANT: The Iowa Department of Economic Development approved a grant of $335,000 for Sioux City to help establish a welcome center and museum for tourist on the Sergeant Floyd towboat. The grant money for the pilot project will come from state lottery proceeds. The city of Sioux City will match the state’s $335,000 to pay for the local welcome center and museum and to operate and maintain them for a seven-year period.

HOUSE OF ANN AND ABBY: The house that Sioux City’s most famous twins grew up in, located at 1722 Jackson St., would make a pretty nice tourist attraction, some Sioux City Chamber of Commerce and city officials believe. City council members and chamber members have discussed turning the one-time residence of the Friedman twins into a museum or tourist attraction of some kind. Officials don’t know if the privately owned property is for sale and officials have yet to contact either of the Friedman twins for their reaction. Dear Abby and Ann Landers are syndicated advice columnists whose columns are featured in The Journal.

These items appeared in the Journal Sept. 10-16, 1887, 1910, 1962 and 1987.


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