Sesquicentennial Highlights

Sesquicentennial Highlights
Excerpts from the Plain Talk 1897 Continued

The spring rise of the Vermillion River was at its height on Saturday. The river was brim full and the water ran over in some of the low places. No damage was done outside of sweeping away nearly all the wood bridges. Lee & Prentis' private bridge was the first to give. It broke loose on Friday. Men were at work Saturday blasting the ice of no avail. In the afternoon the Russell and Air Line bridges gave way. A lot of the lumber from the Russell bridge was pulled into shore and saved, but the Air Line bridge moved down the river unobstructed; so also did the swimming pier at Jordan's boat landing.

The railroad bridge was considerably damaged, but at the present writing is all repaired. The Big Sioux railroad bridge was quite badly damaged also, a section of it being entirely taken out, but as luck would have it, a passenger train was caught between the two bridges, which has been doing double duty since, or else we would have been cut away from the outside world entirely for a short time. All the mail, express baggage and passengers had to be transferred at the Sioux River by team, which was also the case at the Vermillion River the first of the week.

The bridges west of here are all right now. The county's loss sustained by the rise will probably amount to $3,000. Nearly all the bridges across the tributary creeks to the Vermillion River in this county have been swept away. A number of the farmers southwest of town had all their stock driven upon high land. Bridges will have to be rebuilt in the county this spring. There is no way to get to the lands on the Island so work will have to be pushed on the Air Line bridge.

An advertisement in the April 16th Plain Talk stated that Mr. Russell has some fine boats to let at the landing south of the depot.

T. A. Christy is kept busy these days building boats for C. S. Russell. Mr. Russell will build a dock next to Tom Jordan's boat landing, as soon as the high water goes down. He has already a number of boats and will before long have enough boats to supply the entire boating trade.

Owing to the absence of the Air Line bridge, "cleaning up" in the city has been abandoned for the present because the people have had no place to dump the rubbish. Chief Sullivan informs us that he has found a place to dump manure, but as yet no place can be provided for the dumping of garbage. Manure can be dumped in Harvey Gunderson's 20 acre field in the south east end of town, just west of F. M. Smith's residence.

"No 235" cigar is the talk of the town. It keeps the hair from falling out, brings on a thick and glossy growth, brightens the eyes and turns the teeth to pearly white. Try it. Ask your dealer for it.

Last Saturday the fire whistle was vigorously blown and the town turned out. A gasoline stove was the cause of the whole rumpus. Olson, the tailor, had a gasoline stove in a large dry goods box, which he kept to the back door of the tailor shop upon which to heat his pressing irons. The stove exploded and caused the rapid spread of fire. The fire company turned out, but were not required to turn on the water.

The WCTU will meet at Mrs. Morton's next Friday afternoon at 3 o'clock. A cordial invitation is extended to all ladies. Refreshments will be served and a ten-cent collection will be taken.

A citizens mass meeting will be held in city hall next Saturday afternoon at 3:30 to supply corn to starving India. The case is urgent. Everybody come. Addresses will be made by ministers and laymen. This is a rare opportunity to do good, let us improve it.

2009 will mark the 150th birthday of the city of Vermillion. Each week until the sesquicentennial celebration, this column will present notable historic information pertaining to the city and surrounding areas.

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