Sesquicentennial Highlights

Sesquicentennial Highlights
1899

We are told that one family in this city, who has recently received over $100.00 from the county for taking care of their own grandchildren, went to Sioux City and spent the whole amount.

Now that is what might be called ingratitude with a vengeance, and we would suggest that if Sioux City be such a good place to buy goods, it might be a good place to live.


Work on Hadley's Meat Market building was postponed for a few days while waiting for a kiln of brick to cool off.

The sidewalk in front of the barn and office of Dick Grange is being re-laid.

David Guillaume's blacksmith shop will also have a new walk in front making it possible to walk on this side of the street without running the risk of breaking his neck or receiving some other minor injury.

The teachers in the public schools of this city who were receiving forty dollars per month had their monthly salaries raised five dollars to take effect from the beginning of the present school year, by a unanimous vote of the Board of Education at their last meeting.

A plank was stretched in front of Lund's store Sunday, and upon it was a warning to passerby's that the bricks from the top of the building were loosened. Although everyone who passed the building stopped to read the sign, no bricks fell during the day and its trouble was corrected early Monday.

As an experiment, Express Agent Fowler shipped in a bushel of oysters in the shell. The call for them was so great that Fowler was compelled to dole them out in dozen lots. He is making preparations to supply all with the delicacy for Christmas.

Burr Brothers raised about ten tons of broomcorn on their farm north of town this year. The usual price for this product has been about $64.00 per ton, but the corner recently made has elevated the price to $250.00 per ton. The crop is now worth $2,500.00.

Governor Lee's team started to run and while attempting to get out of the buggy, the Governor became entangled in the lines. Someone stopped the horses before much damage was done.

The total amount of taxes to be collected in Clay County for the year of 1899 amounts to $70,341.45. The greater part of this money is expended for school and township expenses. Almost every farmer has to pay more taxes than he did last year but the railroads, by a strange coincidence, pays exactly the amount to a cent they paid one year ago.

The mill has been compelled to work day and night to fill all the orders.

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