Sesquicentennial Highlights

Sesquicentennial Highlights
Excerpts from the Plain Talk 1906 Continued

Library Meeting: Notice is hereby given that the regular annual meeting of the Vermillion Library Association will be held at the Council Room on January 12, 1903 at 7:30 p.m. Voting on the proposition of turning the library over to the city, to be owned and controlled by the city hereafter will be held. Ordered by the Board of Trustees.

Do you like sausage? Marek's Palace Market makes the best. Pork sausage is 10 cents per lb.; chopped beef 10 cents per lb.; home made bologna, 3 lbs. for 25 cents; veal ham (it's out of sight), 15 cents per lb. The store is closed on Sundays, other days phone 41.


Blacksmiths of the city are working night and day at present to handle the great amount of work on hand. The icy condition of the roads makes it necessary to have horses sharp shod.

Landlord Sampson invites the public generally to make themselves at home in The Waldorf billiard and pool room in the amusement parlors.

Nineteen turkeys were purchased by McCaull Webster Co. in this city just before Christmas and distributed among their employees in Clay and adjoining counties.

Down at the boat landing today a big turkey shoot is being pulled off. There is plenty of game and both rifle and shotguns are being used. This afternoon a live pigeon shoot will take place.

Skating on the Vermillion River is said to be very good. The ice will be crowded this afternoon with fancy skaters, and if you want to have a good time for a few hours join in the push.

Merchants generally expect a falling off of business just after Christmas, but this year trade continues as good, if not better, than during the holiday season.

The first annual meeting of the Vermillion Hotel Company was held Tuesday evening. The company has spent $27,000 in the construction and filling of The Waldorf.

Pneumonia follows a cold, but never follows the use of Foley's Honey and Tar. The 50 cent size, 2 1/2 times as much as the small size, and the $1.00 size almost 6 times as much. Sold and recommended by all druggists in Vermillion.

There was fair attendance at the Library Association meeting on Monday night, but not enough to constitute a quorum so the meeting was postponed until the first Monday in April.

The fees from the office of the Register of Deeds during the year amounted to $1,373.11 or within $57 of the record made during the previous year.

It is surprising the number of Clay County citizens who have gone up to Canada and taken land under the British Homestead laws. It is claimed that the laws are lenient to an extreme.

Wood promises to bring a neat price next fall and winter, even though coal is plentiful then. The choppers are none too numerous this winter, and those who are swinging the axe demand $1.25 per cord against .75 cents heretofore.

The Library Committee is selecting a number of new books to be purchased shortly. The demand for popular stories is greatly in excess of the supply.

George Gee will discontinue running the barber shop under Grange & McVicker's store and will henceforth be found taking care of one of the chairs at The Palace Shop at The Waldorf.

It will seem like old times to see the name of John O'Connor's new harness shop on Cottage Avenue. It was 13 years ago that he went out of business, but his hands have not lost the ability to make harness nor has he lost any friends.

The gasoline lamp under the hot soda fountain at Vincent's store exploded Tuesday afternoon. The burner was thrown in the street and the fire extinguished before the fire department could arrive on the scene. Winfield Copeland burned his hand in trying to throw out the burning tureen.

Dill pickles per dozen, 15 cents. Sauerkraut per gallon 25 cents at Mareck's Market.

Real estate dealers state that there is an unprecedented inquiry for city property this year. There is one order for 38 lots within seven blocks of The University.

Workmen are busy making improvements in the interior of Lee & Prentis's store. A skylight has been placed near the rear of the clothing department and the hat department is being modernized.

The Odd Fellows will hold a banquet in their lodge rooms for the benefit of the I.O.O.F. home. All members and friends are urged to be present.

If you want the bus, phone 2L3.

The carpenters have finished their work on the R. F. Stinson home and now the painters are putting on the finishing touches. Mr. Stinson hopes to move into the home very soon.

The residents of Fairview Township should get together and make arrangements for the building of their new Catholic Church. We understand that enough money was raised by subscription several months ago for a new building, and that now all that is necessary is to go after it. The changes in priests, which have taken place two or three times of late, are responsible for the seeming inactivity in the erection of the church. We hope Rev. Father Flood will remain here permanently, and that he will arouse his flock in Fairview to action.

Excerpts taken from a historical edition of the Yankton Press & Dakotan published in 1903.

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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