150 Years: Centennials planned

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Posted: Thursday, September 19, 2019 12:09 pm

The earliest archives of the Union County Courier at the Elk Point-Jefferson Community Library begin in November of 1877, although the paper began in 1870. The Elk Point Leader debuted in 1890. The Leader bought out the Courier in 1913 and became the Leader-Courier. In 1947, the Leader-Courier purchased the Union County Herald.

Elk Point began preparing for its centennial celebration in 1959. A story on the Jan. 8, 1959 paper was headlined, “Sorry Ladies! There Is Going To Be A Beard Growing Contest.” Residents were reminded to turn in their information for the Historical Booklet, including photos of anyone 90 years or older.

Sunday, Feb. 22 was Heart Sunday, according to a front page ad Feb. 19, 1959. Volunteers were going door-to-door to collect donations for heart disease research and education. Considering nearly every front page that year carried a story about a local man dieing of a heart attack, the need was great.

American Legion Post 134 and Auxiliary celebrated their 40th anniversaries, according to the March 12, 1959 paper. Local charter for the post was granted Jan. 6, 1920.

How things have not changed! A March 26, 1959 story on Jefferson’s centennial plans started off,

“The fun loving town of Jefferson displayed a fine array of good sportsmanship and fun,” with their centennial kickoff. It featured a kangaroo court, barbershop quartet and a square dance.

North Sioux City voters turned down a bond issue, according to the May 28, 1959 paper. The vote was 89-67 to reject a $75,000 bond to finance the construction of six new classrooms at the McCook School. Residents had approved a $100,000 bond in 1957 for four classrooms. The building was losing two classrooms to construction of the new interstate through the area, leaving it nine classrooms for its 265 students.

See full story in this week’s Leader-Courier.