Sesquicentennial Highlights

Sesquicentennial Highlights
Excerpts from the Plain Talk

1899

There has not been a time for forty years when the thermometer registered as low as it did Wednesday night. On the 1st day of January 1894, it registered 35 degrees below a couple of times. The weather gauges around town varied so much that it would be impossible to say exactly how cold it was, but 40 degrees below was the lowest reported and 27 below the highest.


Don't get alarmed and think summer has come when you notice the many bonfires in the yards of residences, for it is only the owners thawing out a frozen hydrant.

The weather has warmed up a little and a number of men have taken advantage by celebrating and becoming a little intoxicated. Several fights and some broken bones have been the result.

Dr. Mulcahy has so successfully cured one man from Nebraska of the drink habit, that a neighbor was brought over Saturday for treatment. The new case is progressing nicely.

A license to wed was issued Tuesday afternoon to Mr. Charles W. Mount and Miss Lowese Iverson. Both contracting parties are residents of Norway Township.

A gentleman from Yankton has been in town this week attempting to revive the Knights of the Maccabees, which was organized here some two years ago and did not last long enough to gain a residence.

E. S. Gray brought a good-sized wild cat to the courthouse Wednesday to see what bounty could be had on its scalp. The county is not paying anything for wild cats, so E. S. had to go away with credit for 2 wolf caps.

Ole Lokken left for Chicago where he will buy his spring stock for his Burbank store.

Every woo soap wrapper sent to Mrs. Austin means one penny contributed to the W.C.T.U treasury.

Eric Nylene was awarded the contract for a bridge across the Vermillion River at O. A. Barber's place. He got it for $203.00.

Gov. Lee, it is now claimed, may veto the state normal bills. He could do no greater service to the state than stamp these measures with his disapproval. He would show to the honest people of South Dakota that they made no mistake when the elected him to the high office of Chief Executive, and that schemes to rob the public treasury, no matter how well disguised, would be discovered and backed by our capable and for seeing governor.

Gov. Lee has vetoed the bills establishing normal schools at Aberdeen and Watertown on the ground that the state has already more normal schools than is needed. Nine-tenths of the people will endorse the governor's position.

A gentleman living near Westreville in the city Saturday says he interviewed a party of surveyors who were working through the central part of the country last week, and gained information that they were in the employ of the Illinois Central, and that a road was expecting to push the railroad through this part of South Dakota.

The annual business meeting of the Vermillion Cemetery Association will be held at the home of Mrs. Austin, Tuesday, March 7, at three o'clock. All members of the association as well as the present directors are expected to be present at this meeting.

Last night was an elegant one for sleighing. Every cutter available in the livery barns was out besides two or three bobsleds. The jingle of sleigh bells and merry laugh of sleighing parties could be heard long into the night.

Senator Gunderson and representatives Myron and Hanson got back from Pierre Saturday, and have been kept busy ever since explaining to a lot of inquiring constituents how it was that while $141,000 was appropriated for new buildings in different parts of the state, the state university could not bet a cent, and all they can say in defense is to cuss Lee for vetoing the special tax bill, when they know the bill as passed, would neither be of benefit to the state institutions nor take them out of politics.

The wholesale booze joint is not doing the rushing business its managers expected. The other joints, when they saw that the Center street concern was selling two bottles for a quarter (one bottle is wholesale), they began to dispense the same beverage by the glass. Having the advantage of a respectable front they are doing all the business.

C. F. Lotze has accepted plans and will soon commence the erection of a commodious dwelling. Those who have seen the plan state it will be one of the best in town.

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