Sesquicentennial Highlights

Sesquicentennial Highlights
1897 Continued

Wm Burr was in Yankton Monday night and Tuesday talking brooms with the merchants. The Burr Brothers have quite a sale for brooms in Yankton.

At the fire department meeting another vote was taken on the color of trimming for their uniforms. Red carried. At the previous meeting blue carried. Then its blue, then its red, then blue- -red-blue. What shall it be?


A quarter section of land in Meckling Township was sold by A. Hollman to Chas. Walraven for $4,200.00. C.B. Larson and Ole B. Larson sold 80 acres in Meckling Township for $2,000.00. Mrs. Austin sold Lot 16 Block 35 in Snyder's addition, Vermillion, to G.P. Gilbertson for $900.00

One of the members of the Swedish Quartet missed the train at Sioux City Monday night. He got some one at Sioux City to drive him up here in a carriage, which made him somewhat late for the concert, but he made up for lost time after his arrival.

The basket social held at the Clay Point schoolhouse last Saturday evening was quite a success taking the weather into consideration. The Erickson band furnished the music.

A party was given at Thos. Jordan's last Monday night by Harry Jordan, to a number of friends. The Phonograph man was present with his machine and amused the guests with phonograph music for a couple of hours. Everyone in attendance report having had a joyful time.

Burr Brothers, broom manufacturers of Vermillion were here last week and disposed of a large lot of their product to Yankton merchants. Their goods are considered to be the best that are offered in the local market.

NOTICE: Complaint is made to me that certain persons are in the habit of carelessly shooting at rabbits or other game within the City limits, thus violating one of the city ordinances. All persons are hereby warned against firing off any gun within the limits of the city of Vermillion under the penalty prescribed by ordinance relating to the same. L.T. Swezey, Mayor.

The illuminated affair at the City Hall last Friday night, financially, was not a very shining affair. Only .50 cents was taken in at the door, the commission on which was .20 cents to the city, leaving enough for the professor of the magic lantern to buy breakfast.

There is considerable talk of starting up a creamery again in Vermillion. All the creameries in the county show good reports of good business.

Bert Partridge is expecting word most any day now for him to pack his trunk and pull out for St. Louis where he will join the Minneapolis baseball club, with whom he has signed a contract to play the coming season.

Jim Patridge will leave for Austin, Texas on the 15th of March where he accepted a position to play ball there the coming season. He signed the contract sometime ago whereby he will receive $100.00 a month and expenses. The first of the week he received his transportation.

J.C.F Elmore, the furniture dealer and undertaker, has put in a large supply of coffins. Mr. Elmore is a first class undertaker and it is hoped that he may receive his share of the trade, for he is worthy of the same. He has also a complete line of furniture. Mr. Elmore believes in keeping nothing but first class goods.

A petition signed by nearly all the businessmen of the city was presented to the city council at their meeting Monday night, to increase the fine of running a gambling room from $10.00 to $100.00. The petition was recommended by the city council and a committee was appointed to revise the ordinance and it will receive its first reading at the next regular meeting.

The Fireman's Ball will be held at the City Hall on St. Patrick's Day. The best of music will be furnished by the Union Orchestra of Sioux City. Give the fire boys a lift and thereby show your appreciation of their volunteer work.

One of the firm of Burr Brothers, proprietors of the Vermillion Broom Factory, visited Centerville for taking orders of their goods. Good results were reported.

The laundrymen have been resting this week on account of the polisher getting out of repair. As soon as it is repaired, they will be busy for sometime. Mr. Whitaker had to get some of the most needed ironing done at Sioux City this week.

The Fire boys came out $39.75 winner at their last ball after paying all the expenses.

Postmaster Totten has registered his kick against the saloon in the front rooms over the post office.

A petition was circulated today by G.T. Palmer to submit the following question to the legal voters of this city at the general election, which will be held on April 20th. "Shall intoxicating liquors be sold?" He had no trouble at all in getting the required number of signatures.

The repairs for J.T. Whitakers polishing machine arrived this week and is now in running order. John is now busy converting old shirts into new ones.

Hogs are worth from $3.40 to $3.50; steers $3.50 to $4.25; corn 10 cents, wheat 58 cents, oats 9 cents, hay $3.00, flax 55 cents, potatoes 25 cents, butter 6 to 10 cents and eggs 7 cents.

The main fight in the coming city election will be on the liquor question.

Get rid of the holes in the wall by allowing open saloons to run. Vote for high license.

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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