Sesquicentennial Highlights

Sesquicentennial Highlights
Excerpts from the Plain Talk 1899

At noon today, the floodwater is stationery here. The Milwaukee track at Burbank is slightly covered, between this city and Meckling. Boatmen say the current here is strong toward the Missouri dictating that it is lower and that the water covering the bottom is an overflow from the Jim River coming down Clay Creek.

Mount and son have started their ferry, or will as soon as the river finds its banks again.


F. E. Jones plans a big strawberry business. He will set out 5,000 plants this spring.

The dancing party given at the city hall by the young men of the city was a complete success. The music by Toce's harp was an inspiration to the gliding dancers.

The Vermillion flourmill has not been running this week on account of a shortage of wheat. They should be back running full time next week.

The Leland Hotel, C. B. Bartlett Proprietor, has everything new, clean and elegant. Come and take your Sunday Dinner with us. Rates are $1.00 per day.

A band of gypsies have been encamped near the fair grounds for nearly a week. They have been telling fortunes and in other ways beguiling the shekels from the unwary.

The band boys are going to give a concert on the lawn in front of Co. Jolley's residence. An effort will be made to keep the Colonel quiet so that a pleasant time will be had.

All the "boys" who have had to keep straight for the last three or four years, are hoping that the appointment of Chief of Police Sullivan will not be confirmed, so that they can have some fun.

Herb Sunder, the iceman, is in a predicament. The walls of his ice house have bulged out and allowed the sawdust to fall away from the ice, which in order to get the ice in a safe condition again will cost some money and considerable time.

The "Little Queen Laundry" owned and operated by Mrs. Fannie Kemis made an assignment last week and closed up shop. Mrs. Kemis has left town and gone to parts unknown. She, however, is not to be blamed for discontinuing the business, for she has done her best to make both ends meet, but her helpmate was either too proud or lazy to gather the clothes for her to wash.

The University is now a member of the inter-collegiate Athletic Association and will send delegates to the meet this summer.

That old, dilapidated sidewalk running from the Baptist Church to the gallery is not undergoing repairs, but is being replaced instead. This is an improvement which will be appreciated by all who have occasion to go that way, as the old one was almost into the ravine and it was somewhat dangerous to walk on it on a dark night.

Last night was the first time since the electric lights was started that it failed to furnish lights to its patrons. All hand went to work when the dynamo would not work. They worked all night but failed to get it in working order. However, by 10:00 a.m. the next morning the defect was located and lights will be on tonight.

Supt. Conrow left work early Monday and will visit the country schools this week. Miss Conrow has purchased a fine horse and buggy and makes her visits behind her own equipage.

Coca Cola is the new drink, which all the soda water

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dealers are now making their leader. It is a good drink and everybody should try it.

Street Commissioner Ingham is fixing up Dakota Street this week.

The only boxing kangaroo in the world will be here on Monday June 12th.

Men's spring suitings are ready at R. E. Stinson's. Stylish suits are $7.50, $10.00, and $15.00.

At the meeting of the school board last Friday evening it was decided to retrain Miss Alice Cope for another year and to increase her salary $5.00 a month. This was a very gallant act on the part of the school board, and shows they have regard for the patrons of the school.

The ice cream social given by the Salvation Army people last Saturday needed $7.00. The proceeds were used to defray the expenses of Capt and Mrs. Oliver to their destination.

The pupils of St. Joseph's convent school will give a concert at the Benedictine convent next Friday, June 23rd at 8 o'clock pm. Everybody is most cordially invited to attend. General admission 25 cents, children 10 cents.

A force of men is at the U Preparing to make improvements decided upon by the last legislature. Before the fall term is commenced new towers will have been built and other improvements amounting to $5,000 will have been made.

WHY NOT WAKE UP: Is there any reasonable excuse for Vermillion letting surround towns get ahead of her? There is no city outside of Vermillion that can furnish such inducements to the man in easy circumstances, looking for a safe place to invest his money, there is no city that can furnish a man such a pleasant place to reside as Vermillion can; there is no city in the state that can furnish the inducements to families that have children to educate, and who want to live in the place where the children attend school as can this same city of Vermillion, situated as it is in the very garden of South Dakota, with its beautiful groves, its charming river, its romantic lanes, its magnificent University, and its social, moral and intellectual population. In the first place the city ought to have a hotel that would be large enough to attract travelers, and then we want a state convention to get people to come here. If they could get started this way they will keep coming. Have no fear of that. Why would it not be a good idea to organize a Board of Trade? Why not organize a stock company and build a hotel, why not have new residents and new students. Why not wake up?

The local strawberry market will be large this year if the present indications do not fall. Jones, Collar and Butters have commenced picking. The fruit is large and firm and very delicious.

The county assessors have completed their work and turned in the book to the auditor. They have assessed unoccupied and unimproved land higher than land that is being used.

Commissioner Engman and a force of men are laying a flagstone sidewalk around the city hall.

George Ruff intends giving another bowery dance at the Dewey resort next Wednesday evening.

The assessed valuation of the city is $315,000 in round numbers. That makes us nearly a million dollar city.

Rasmussen and Beckett have finished papering the courthouse, which gives the interior a neater appearance and will preserve the plastering for a number of years yet.

A man was found wandering about the streets Wednesday morning, hatless, shoeless, and in a general demoralized condition. He had been working somewhere near Meckling and had started to walk to his home in Nebraska. He slept all night in the weeds and had not eaten for some time. Marshall Best took him in charge, got him a pair of shoes and a hat and took him across the river. The old fellow is always ready to work but won't accept more than 50 cents a day, as he says he has to work too hard to earn a dollar.

George Ruff's bowery was well-patronized Tuesday night. The music of the violin and happy feet kept up until the small hours. We are informed that George intends to keep up this enterprise during the summer giving a dance every week. It will no doubt receive good patronage.

Clark, the druggist has a power fan on his soda water stand, the first thing of the kind in the city.

A new awning has been put on the front of Chas. Vincent's fruit store this week. The old awning was moved with the building up from the bottom in 1881.

It is reported that Ex-Congressman Jolley, Acting Mayor Carson, and Commissioners Bridgeman have been engaged to manage George Ruff's dance Friday night.

The enjoyment of these beautiful evenings is seriously marred by the numerous mosquitoes. They seem to be larger, more numerous, hungrier.

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