125 years ago
ADVERTISING THE CITY: Mr. Henry Wellge, of Wellge and Co., publishers at Milwaukee, is here for the purpose of interesting business men and property owners in the publication of a prospective view of the city. The pen and ink sketch which Wellge is exhibiting is an elegant and faithful work of art, showing the buildings in the entire city and additions. The lithograph reproduction of the view would make a fine advertisement of Sioux City.
MERE MENTIONS: The Franz brewery has discharged all its men but a few, and is fast approaching a wind-up in business. ... The monthly collections for February are reported to have been the very best known in the business career of Sioux City. Cash was on hand at nearly every call.
BRIDGE NEWS: The caisson for the third pier of the railroad bridge is now down eighty-four feet. It will be sunk nine feet farther than the rest. With favorable weather the work of sinking will be competed this week and it will take another week to fill it up. The only fear now is that the river may break up before the caisson is filled and in that event it would have to be pumped out.
100 years ago
35,000 BOOKS IN PLACE: The new Carnegie library building, Sixth and Jackson streets, has been occupied. The 35,000 books are in place. Reading rooms and other facilities are in order. Formal opening of the new library to the public will be tomorrow evening from 8 o'clock until 10:30 o'clock. …The drive to get the new library was started in 1909. Negotiations with Mr. Carnegie began Feb. 23, 1911, with the offer from him to furnish a $75,000 building was received April 8. The building is in the design of the Italian renaissance, treated freely. Material is red brick with terra cotta trimmings and sloping red tile roof. … The museum of the Sioux City Academy of Science and Letters will be located in the building.
50 years ago
SUIT UP: Sioux City's four District Court and two Municipal Court judges have donned black robes which will be a permanent fixture here. The judicial robes are being worn for the first time in Sioux City. Their wearing results from a request of the state and local bar associations, who felt the robes will add to the dignity and decorum of the high office.
SSC MAYOR SPEAKS OUT: The South Sioux City school district merger with the Dakota City school district was soundly criticized by Merle Haynes, South Sioux City mayor, prior to the school board meeting. He also spoke against a proposed merger with the Walker Island district. Board president Al Thacker Jr. pointed out to the large crowd present that Haynes was appearing as a private citizen and that his views did not represent the city.
25 years ago
NO BIDS ON FARM: With the Wodke family under judicial warning Thursday not to interfere, the third attempt to sell their Woodbury county farm for back taxes failed to bring forth a bid. More than two dozen spectators lined the courthouse lobby as U.S. Marshal Lloyd Trout opened the sale. When no one responded to the minimum $50,000 bid for the land, Trout continued the sale until future notice. Standing singular and silent in the lobby was Leonhard Wodtke, the farmer and tax protester whose 340-acre farmstead near Oto, Iowa, was on the auction block. In contrast to the Dec. 1987 attempted sale, when he made the lone bid of 21 pre-1964 silver dollars, Wodtke said nothing at Thursday's event. Hours earlier in U.S. District Court, Wodtke had been instructed, along with his wife, June and their sons, Bruce and Gary, not to interfere with the sale under threat of imprisonment for contempt of court.
SCHOOL STINKS?: "School stinks" is a thought long thunk by some school-age youngsters. But nowhere was that more evident than Thursday morning when the legend became fact and the Laurel-Concord School District had to shut down classes because of the stink. Officials said classes were dismissed because of a chemical spill in the high school science department.
These items appeared in the Journal March 4-10, 1888, 1913, 1963 and 1988.