Woodbury County

Major David F. Loepp



Former Mayor Here on Visit

Alerted for Assignment in Service; Cleans Up Affairs

David F. Loepp, until Friday mayor of Sioux City and now a major in the army, arrived in Sioux City Monday on his way to Fort Myers, outside Washington. He has been granted an 11 day layover to clean up personal affairs and, as he put it, “in fulfillment of commitments to the citizens of Sioux City.”

Maj. Loepp has been “alerted” and the only thing standing in his way of a definite assignment is a final physical checkup which will be made on arrival at Fort Meyers.

He left Sioux City June 26 for Camp Custer at Battle Creek, Mich., for an indoctrination course and a course in military government. Leaving there July 24, he stopped to Sioux City for five days and proceeded to Stanford University, where he received instructions in languages and customs as well as a little more military government.

The courses there are divided into three sections covering different areas by Maj. Loepp was alerted before he could finish more than two of them. He attributed this to the fact that the course of the war has speeded up to such an extent it has necessitated a change in the program.

Maj. Loepp wished the new mayor, Forrest Olson, well and said he was glad the council had selected him for he had always found Mr. Olson an excellent councilman and was sure he could carry on the affairs of the city for the best interests of the citizens.

While here Maj. Loepp expects to confer with the council and offer them any information or suggestions they may desire. He said his layover had been granted primarily for that purpose.

Maj. Loepp said his family will remain here and this is to be his farewell to Sioux City for the duration and “I am not at all likely to be back in civil life for some time."

Source: The Sioux City Journal, October 12, 1943