Sesquicentennial Highlights

Sesquicentennial Highlights
1901 Continued

Excerpts taken from the Plain Talk

At the Monday night Council meeting the city dads deferred action on the petitions of the residents of University and Clark streets for an extension of water mains along Clark and University.


The city had $4,349.80 on hand on July 1. Bills amounting to $700.00 included stone for crosswalks, lighting, assessor, salary and minor items were allowed.

An electric fan is a new feature in C. F. Vincent's store.

Contractor Nylen has a large force of men at work laying cement walks this week. The old wooden walks are fast disappearing. Property owners have discovered that cement or brick walks are much cheaper than boards and they are far neater too.

LOST OR STOLEN: For information concerning my large pleasure boat, which has been missing from the Vermillion dock since June 24th, I will pay a reward of $1.50. The boat was painted gray, with a galvanized iron bottom. Mrs. A. E. Lee

The large cistern at the court house has been cleaned this week, and from the large amount of refuse taken out it would seem that the cleaning was necessary some years ago.

During these hot days the Vermillion Million Company has not been running in the afternoon, owing to the fact that the machinery became too hot.

Want to know the difference between a salary and wages? If a man gets $4.00 a day for running a machine of some kind, laying brick on a wall, or doing something that makes white collars and cuffs uncomfortable, he is getting wages. If he sits at a desk and gets $6.00 a week, has soft hands, wears white collar, cuffs and tie, he is getting a salary.

Loetel, the cigar manufacturer, has moved his place of business from Cottage Avenue to the Lathrop corner on Main Street.

What girls about town are not going bareheaded are having their hats made of tissue paper. The paper is twisted and braided in 4-strand strips and then fashioned as the taste dictates and ability permits. Some real pretty hats are seen, and the cost of the most nobby one is not more than 30 cents.

Lumber is already on the ground for the erection of a fine new church at Garryowen. Architect Swarts of Sioux Falls and Contractor Hanson of this city are masters of ceremonies. Costs will be about $10,000.

The Catholic Church in this city will be remodeled to considerable extent. A gallery will be added and a basement for a furnace is now being put in. This is a good move on the part of the church members and will lend much to the pleasure and convenience of the church.

A number of young people enjoyed a novel entertainment in the form of an "attic party" at the home of Minnie Sergeant on Monday evening. The party was scheduled as a hayride with a picnic supper by the campfire at Dewey's Point but due to copious showers the attic party proved an excellent substitute. A delicious spread was prepared by the young ladies and the gentlemen ate so freely it was feared the services of one full fledged and two prospective physicians present would be needed for them. They recovered and spent the rest of the evening with music and old-fashioned games.

A petition has been in circulation since yesterday morning among the businessmen to raise money to assist in paying for special attractions at the fair, free passage across the river and proper lighting of the streets in the evening.

The location of the two historical spots on the bottom were marked last Tuesday by Doane Robinson assisted by H. G. Tilton and marked as follows: "Site of first church in Dakota, erected by Presbyterians, June 1860." "Site of school house erected November 1864 by Captain Nelson Miner and his soldiers."

Loetel, the cigar man, returned from Yankton where he had been on business. While there he noticed that one cigar firm in that city employed eighteen men and that several smaller shops were in operation. If the city of Yankton, by supporting home made cigars can support a score or more of cigar makers, there is no reason why Vermillion should not have a dozen more men here making cigars and spending money. The factory here can and undoubtedly does turn out just as good smokes as those made in distant towns, where the money goes to benefit other communities to the detriment of Vermillion. Make it a point to ask for a Vermillion made cigar and help along a home institution.

Potatoes are still worth ten cents apiece, with little chance for a reduction until some of our dealers ship in two or three carloads, when they will drop a few cents.

The crowing event of each days' fair program was the down town festivities after supper. Young and old participated and the city seemed to be transformed into a populace of several thousand residents. The bands played, a gentleman sang and told funny stories, the acrobats performed and the dancers enjoyed the bowery. Such times were never so thoroughly enjoyed in Vermillion.

The new brick platform, now under construction at the depot, is something that has been needed for some time and will add much to the appearance of the depot. It will be 300 feet long when completed.

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