125 years ago
AROUND TOWN: Electric Lamps were yesterday put into the Merchant’s hotel, Frank’s restaurant and Martin’s boot and shoe store. … A party from Kansas City said “I hereby suggest that Sioux City adopt the name of Cornopolis.”… Iron was distributed yesterday for a further extension of the West Third street car track that now rests near Rebecca street. Additional cars will be put on when the line is extended.
CRUMBLING PALACE: The large arch at the Corn Palace fell yesterday afternoon, breaking nearly all the globes and bending the gas-pipe generally. It fell of its own weight. Had this fallen someday during the immense jam of people under it, the accident would have been very serious. No one was injured by the fall yesterday.
100 years ago
APPROVE CORPORAL PUNISHMENT: Miss Larina Laible, teacher in the Longfellow school, and E.E. Stacey, principal of the building, accused of whipping 7-year-old Donald Weidel for disobedience, were exonerated yesterday afternoon at a special meeting of the school board. It was found the punishment was not excessive and within the limits of proper school discipline and necessary. The parents of the boy had previously consented to his punishment and were aware of the conditions requiring it. After the meeting, M.L. Sears, chairman of the teacher’s committee said that while he was opposed to corporal punishment unless the consent of the parents is obtained, he recognized the necessity of it at times.
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MADE IN SIOUX CITY: Twenty Sioux City manufacturers yesterday placed displays in show windows of local department stores and other retailers, as one of the visible signs that this is factory visiting week and that an effort is being made to educate the public regarding goods “made in Sioux City.” It is expected that forty companies will have exhibits in the windows by this morning.
50 years ago
DOG FINDS CHILD: Barron, a police dog, again proved his worth Saturday when he located Richard Wilde, 9, 3620 Green Ave. who had been missing since shortly after school Friday. He started home from school, stopped at a neighbor’s house and then confused by the hills and gullies, got lost, said Capt. John A. Rispalje of the Police Youth Bureau. Patrolmen Boyd Spaulding and Barron and William Peterson and Old Smoke were sent to the scene. The trail led into a ravine and then into three caves in the last cave they came upon Barron, who had taken the lead, sitting by Richard, who was asleep. The boy was found about 2 a.m. and was unharmed.
THE PIANO MAN: No one can hold a candelabra to Liberace, the flamboyant, flashy pianist who returned to Sioux City Saturday night after an eight-year absence. His audience found that the magnificent show-off still is one of the top showmen of the entertainment world. His jokes were pure corny but his music was pure magic.
25 years ago
ALTA COMPANY PLAYS ROLE IN GERE FILM: It was Lights! Camera! Action! for an Alta amusement company recently when it saw first-hand the work that goes into a feature film. During filming of the Richard Gere movie “Farm of the Year” near Cedar Rapids, Schnetter Amusement furnished rides and concessions for the night filming of scenes taking place during a fair. “There was a total of 10 concessions and four rides,” said Fred Schnetter, who along with his brother Henry, have owned the business since 1981.
These items appeared in the Journal Oct. 15-21, 1887, 1912, 1962 and 1987.