Sesquicentennial Highlights

Sesquicentennial Highlights
Excerpts from the Plain Talk 1895 continued

In May, the city hall which has for some years been regarded with more or less suspicion, has now been virtually condemned. Last week one of the heavy timbers forming a portion of a truss under the roof snapped in twain as it had been pulled apart. The east wall of the building is very much out of plumb, and although an effort has been made to repair the fracture of the truss on the inside; nobody has sufficient confidence in the building to go inside of it. It is quite apparent that the foundation is exceedingly faulty and that sooner or later the structure will collapse if it cannot be successfully repaired.

The Methodists have abandoned the place and will hereafter hold their meetings in their own church. (This first city hall was located at the corner of Main and Church St. where Bank of the West is located.)


The people of the city do not know how fortunate they are in the possession of an establishment such as Thos. Jordan is conducting at the boat landing located at the Vermillion River. A better place for boating is not to be found in a hundred miles and finer boats or better arrangements are scarcely ever found than Mr. Jordan has prepared. His bathing houses are also becoming deservedly popular and will become more so as the season progresses.

Next week we shall print an article relating to Vermillion�s new electric plant which will be the means of conveying much information in relation thereto. From a careful investigation of the subject, we are quite certain that the incandescent system which the city council will order will prove highly successful.

It is reported that Vermillion will have a daily paper in the near future. It certainly will be appreciated in this booming burg.

Meckling will soon be among the first of modern towns. There is rumor of water works and electric lights. Let the good work go on.

Mary L. Seiler, the ferryboat will carry freight and passengers across the Missouri River from 7:00 o�clock am till sunset every day except Sunday. The boat will not run Sundays unless arranged for during the week. Rates are reasonable. Landing is southwest of town. Peter A. Seiler, Captain.

The county commissioners agreed to take electric lights for the court house and the building is now well wired. All the public buildings of the city should be well lighted.

Uncle Miles Russell�s horse got loose in front of the post office Wednesday morning and stripped itself of buggy and most of the harness. The animal was caught at Eve�s drug store. Uncle Miles was not in the buggy so was not injured.

The citizens of Vermillion ought to do more to encourage the trade of Nebraska farmers. Heretofore too little attention has been paid to this trade which is a considerable item in the course of the year. We have been content to take what Nebraska was willing to give us during the open season and have banked somewhat upon trade from that quarter when the Missouri River was frozen solid. But there is now a good ferry boat – the best one that has been on the river for years. People can cross with big loads, but when they cross what do they find? Good roads? No; the most miserable roads in this part of the state. Vermillion can remedy this. A good, broad, high grade can be built from this city to the ferry landing and kept in good repair at a nominal expense. Such a thoroughfare would sustain heavily loaded wagons and make Vermillion the nearest most accessible point for several miles along the Nebraska side. If this were done there would be some incentive for Nebraska farmers to improve all their roads leading to the ferry landing. It will thus be seen what might be done in the way to encouraging Nebraska trade which comes more and more important as towns around us on this side grow and yearly absorb more of our trade. Who will move in this matter of a good road from Vermillion to the ferry landing?

Vermillion now has the best police force it ever had in its entire history. The boys are attentive, careful and obliging. We feel sure this well deserved compliment will not swell their heads.

Fourteen persons were baptized in the Vermillion River at the Bloomingdale Mill last Sunday. These converts were the fruit of Evangelist Thompson�s work at Spirit Mound. A very large crowd was in attendance to witness the baptisms, the bluff being lined with teams and people on foot. A large number went up from Vermillion.

At their meeting in October, the commissioners passed a resolution authorizing the telephone company to put an instrument in the court house, for which $5.00 per month will be paid. This will be a good thing for the people. It will save the farmers lots of running to town to make inquiries on matters of county business and will save the county officers some time consumed in explaining matters to visitors.

The light plant was started up Monday night. It is possible to stand midway between the blocks and tell the time of day from a watch. The walks and roads are lighted so that night traveling around our streets will no longer be in terror. Congratulations to the electric light folks for the success of their effort.

The ice froze an inch think on Monday night. Some of the fever will soon begin to move south with the geese and ducks.

Most everybody around town is putting in the electric lights. The business place which does not use them is simply not in it.

There are lights on the hill – the free gift of the company to the city – it is a dandy. You can see all over the whole �botten� now.

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