Sesquicentennial Highlights

Sesquicentennial Highlights
Excerpts from the Plain Talk 1906 Continued

If there is one thing Vermillionites should feel ashamed of it is the old dilapidated sidewalks in different parts of the city. Some of these days a neck, arm or leg will be broken, and then who will pay the freight? There is a remedy for this state of affairs and if property owners will not use it the city council is in position to forcibly administer the dose. The time is ripe for a sidewalk reform.

Mary Gunderson has been elected librarian for the new public library and the room will be opened as soon as the 300 donated books are ready for use.


The Vermillion Public Library will open Friday, April 18, for the use of patrons. Open hours will be from 3 to 6 o'clock and 7 to 9 p.m. and closed from 6 to 7 p.m.

The Standard Oil Company has served notice on its representatives here that there may be times this summer when the gasoline supply will be cut off. The cause of this move is very simple. The company is pushing the sale of an oil stove and in order to get it to the front in a hurry will shut off on gasoline. The housewife has long felt a want for this type of stove in the hot summer.

During the last week there has been formed a corner on cabbages, onions and poultry. This, together with the high prices on meat, causes every man with a garden, a hencoop and fishing rod to rejoice that he will soon be beyond the reach of all those grinding monopolies.

On April 24, 1902, Handy Andy is circulating a petition to secure funds to enable him to go to Sioux Falls to have a cataract removed from an eye, so that he may be able to earn his own living. The paper is being generously signed.

Evidently someone has a grudge against the stockyards on the bottom directly under the hill. Several fires have been started there this past week and unless the fool fire fiend is soon apprehended, serious loss may ensue. Several tons of hay have been consumed by the fire.

Birth notices do not often get into the editorial column, but the addition of five girl babies at one time to a family in New York last week deserves comment as a rare biological phenomenon.

Our citizens were entertained on the streets last Thursday afternoon and evening by a traveling contortionist. The performance was well worth the few nickels and dimes donated.

The May 8, 1902 Plain Talk tells us that bids for the construction of the new hotel were opened at the Clay County Bank last Monday evening, but it was found that all bids were higher than the amount appropriated for construction and therefore all bids were rejected. The plans will be altered and new bids will be asked for.

The new steamer, which H. L. Collins has built and put on the Vermillion River, is well patronized and promises to have a good run this summer. Round trips are made from the boat landing to the railroad bridge, for which a fee of only 15 cents is charged. The "SD" is a neat structure and will be chartered many times this summer for picnic excursions.

One of the water mains on Market Street sprung a leak last Saturday evening and it took workmen until midnight to repair it.

Attendance at the University has more than doubled since President Droppers began. An increase of more than 50 percent in two years is a record that President Droppers should feel proud of.

At a meeting of the Vermillion Hotel Company it was decided to award the contract to Erick Nylen, and he, true to his hustling productivities, started Monday morning for Sioux City and before night had engaged for the brick, iron and tile work for the building and will begin construction as soon as the material arrives. The work will be pushed with all possible speed and we may be able to eat our Thanksgiving Dinner at the new hotel – if we have the price.

The County poor farm the past year has not only provided a home for a goodly number of the county's poor but has been a means of profit to the county besides. The treasurer's books show the following items sold: $28.64 worth of hay, $591.95 worth of wheat, $347.10 worth of cattle and $872.92 worth of hogs. This is quite a compliment to the management. Now with warm weather here there are but five inmates at Washburn's domicile, but will increase when winter comes.

As advertised the concert by the University Faculty at the Chapel last night was "rich and racy" and not half bad either. The most disappointing part of it was the small audience.

Erick Nylen began work on the new hotel last Monday, and anyone who knows Erick need not be told that it will be rushed from now on.

Excerpts taken from a historical edition of the Yankton Press & Dakotan published June 6, 1936.

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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