Clubs Union County Historical Society

The October monthly meeting of the Union County Historical Society was at the Beresford Library. Thirty people were present from Union County and from Vermillion, Akron and Canton.

Acquisitions for the month are: two old Valentines and a Christmas card from Dan Flannery; a small dish with picture of the Union County Courthouse on it from Joyce Bortsheller; luncheon cloth and names of students from Coyote school given by Gladys Heubner; a display of political buttons on loan from Eric Rosenbaum; 13 Dakota Territory books on loan from Ron and Dorothy Ringsrud.

A much-needed glass display case was offered to the museum for $50 this month and the directors purchased it. Stop in and see it on Saturday or Sunday afternoons or by appointment.

Dr. Herbert Hoover of The University of South Dakota gave the program for the evening. He headed up the group of 14 authors that wrote the Bon Homme County History. The project took five years to complete. Al Capone and Rattlesnake Pete were both brought up when writing this project. I am sure everyone enjoyed his talk and learned a great deal from it.

When referring to writing on a new project I liked the way Hoover mentioned the "language mechanics!" Garryowen is a nationally known community whose name is derived from the bugle call of the Calaway. Beresford is named for a British admiral. Hoover hoped that small, almost forgotten stories would surface in writing a book on Union County History.

The UCHS will meet on Nov. 20 at 7:30 p.m. for its next meeting.

Vermillion Rotary

Dean Clark called the meeting to order for our regular luncheon at the Silver Dollar. Guests today were Rollie French, Jill LeCates, Matt Krell, and Tami Bern. Deb Reeves announced some preliminary planning for a Rotary social tentatively scheduled for January. The social will feature a chili cook-off, so we'll save some of those hot peppers for January when we'll no doubt be needing the warmth.

Ken Schmidt presented our program today filling us in on the plans to fix up Vermillion's largest white elephant, the DakotaDome. By the end of next summer it should be even larger and whiter. The current fabric roof, a membrane that is supported from beneath by that pressurized air that your ears might have noticed on visits to the Dome, will be replaced by a much more solid roof � a structural steel frame with a white PVCish covering built to withstand wind and snow and just about anything else short of Armageddon.

When the new roof is in place the structure will stand about 30 feet taller than at present. Our own designers and engineers managed to find ways to reduce the original bid on the project by roughly $1 million by, among other things, figuring out a clever and inexpensive way to strengthen and extend footing to support the considerably heavier roof. On the other hand, some of this stuff just doesn't come cheap. The structural steel, for example, will account for $6.8 million of the total cost of $10.5 million.

Ken described how giant cranes will be used to raise the huge steel spans in place. Fourteen such spans will be mounted on 14 separate days. Vermillion's sidewalk engineers can look forward to an eventful summer and the project should be all wrapped up by football season when "bleacher potatoes," if there is such a term, may watch in air-conditioned comfort as some team vanquishes another.

Senior Citizens Center

The weekly card party at the Senior Citizens Center had 12 pitch, six pinochle, and 27 bridge players present on Oct. 25.

Bridge winners were: Howard Melstad, high; Jim Prosser, second; Isabel Manning, third; Maurice Erickson, fourth; Ernie Miller, blind bogie and Lola Christensen, low.

Servers were Pat Berglin, Sarah Brown, and Phyllis Christol.

Cards are played every Wednesday at 1 p.m. No reservations are needed. Come join us.

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