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100 YEARS AGO: Greenville residents push for street car line

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Streetcar line

An electric streetcar line from East Fourth into Greenville crosses the Floyd River in 1913. Streetcars were the main mode of public transportation in the early 1900s.

125 years ago

MERE MENTIONS: High water in the Little Sioux is still seriously annoying people living in the valley, as many of the bridges are impassable and cannot be repaired until the flood subsides. … A 3-year-old daughter, of S.G. Graves, of Pender, Neb., was bitten on the leg by a rattlesnake last Monday while playing on the porch of the house. Prompt medical treatment placed her out of danger. … The sheriff was telephoned on Friday from the stock yards that unless the flatboat hole-in-the-wall on the Floyd, near the railroad bridge, was suppressed, the Fowler packing-house would be compelled to close. The flatboat ceased to do business in a very short time.

100 years ago

SSC DRIVES OUT SECT: Declaring that the exhortations of a band of “holy rollers,” who are holding a series of evangelistic meetings in South Sioux City, on First street, south of the combination bridge, disturbs the shoppers, persons living in the neighborhood have asked the South Sioux City council to abate the nuisance. According to the residents, the “holy rollers” carry on their sermons and trances until long after 10 o’clock, when residents are in bed. The rollers today will be notified to close their meetings at 10 o’clock or leave the city.

WANT LINE EXTENDED: Residents along the Correctionville road, many of whom declare they have walked almost a mile to a street car for twenty years, will consider tonight ways of making a desired new car line materialize. The Correctionville Road Boosters’ club want the desired service brought before the people of the city at the general election in the spring. No street car line has run on Correctionville road since the days of the boom. A line which was discontinued in 1893 used to run on the road as far as Washington park, one mile and a half east of Greenville. The people there are now served by the East Fourth and College line.

50 years ago

DIAMOND JUBILEE: Residents of Anthon, a community nestled in the rolling hills of eastern Woodbury County, capped their two-day Diamond Jubilee celebration with a parade which wound through town for an hour. Some 4,000 persons lined the 23-block route and watched the town’s history pass in review. Shirley Pederson was jubilee queen.

PULLING THE LEVER: Do you want to try your hand on a voting machine? You can in Sioux City and the county this year. Such machines will be displayed and demonstrated at various locations in Sioux City and vicinity. The Woodbury County Tax Research Conference helped make arrangements for the demonstrations.

25 years ago

LAWRENSON 5 VOTES SHORT: Five ballots accepted in a challenged ballot hearing Thursday do not have enough votes to affect the outcome of the race for the Republican candidate slot for the 5th District Woodbury County supervisor. Officials said of the 21 challenged ballots from Tuesday’s primary, five were accepted. Of those, three contained votes for 5th District Republicans, two for Don Lawrenson and one for Ken Gard. Lawrenson, the incumbent, emerged top vote-getter of the four vying for the nomination. But he failed by four votes to receive the required 35 percent necessary to assure him the party nomination. The selection is now up to the county party, which must reconvene its convention to select a nominee.

NORTH SWIMMER, RUNNER ATHLETE OF THE YEAR: Kathy Unruh has been named Sioux City’s eighth female Athlete of the Year. Unruh leaves North with 15 school records in swimming alone. She owns seven records -- that’s all but two swimming events -- at the varsity level, counting five individual marks plus her contributions to the North standards in both relays. In track, she became the city record-holder in  the 800 meters and one of the all-time leaders in the 1,500 and 1,600 meter distances. She is considering attending DePauw University.

These items appeared in the Journal June 10-16, 1888, 1913, 1963 and 1988.


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