Sesquicentennial Highlights

Sesquicentennial Highlights By Cleo Erickson
Clay County Among
Oldest Permanent
Settlements Dunlap Brothers are doing a hustling business in wholesale produce shipments. They shipped a carload of eggs to Chicago on Wednesday. Burbank is to have a celebration on the 4th of July, and it will no doubt be a good one. It will be held in T. C. Maudeâ�?�?s grove and there will be plenty of amusement for all. Between Wakonda, Dales-burg and Burbank people of Vermillion should have no difficulty in choosing a place to celebrate. Clerks in the Vermillion stores are lamenting the fact that July 4 falls on Saturday, and that they will have to remain on duty that day. The merchants noting itâ�?�?s the last day of the week agreed to close up shop from Friday night until Monday morning would be an injustice to patrons. But they are willing to meet the employees half way and agreed to close at 12 oâ�?�?clock and stay closed over the Sabbath. Be sure to shop before Saturday noon otherwise youâ�?�?ll be deprived of many of the good things for a Sunday dinner. The new law regarding the sale of intoxicating liquors in South Dakota drug stores went into effect yesterday. Hereafter a prescription will be necessary to obtain â�?�?boozeâ�?. Shouldnâ�?�?t wonder if the sick list in Vermillion is unusually large from this time on. Paineâ�?�?s Celery Com-pound makes and keeps children well and strong. Residents of certain parts of the city are grumbling because their neighbors are stepping over bounds of the city ordinance referring to stock raising within the corporation limits. When it comes to keeping a dozen hogs and three or four cows it is high time the board of health gets busy. We know of one pigpen and barnyard located up on the hill in a thickly settled district, that sends out a stench strong enough to cause people down near Elk Point to hold their noses in an effort to escape the disagreeable odor. A couple of young men were speeding their horses along east Main St. Sunday evening and in attempting to pass a buggy containing Mrs. and Miss Fowler, drove too close, striking one of the wheels and overturning the vehicle. The ladies were thrown violently to the ground, but their horse did not run and no serious injury resulted. New uniforms have been ordered for the Vermillion Fire Department and are expected to arrive in a few days. They will initiate the new suits when they go to Sioux City next month to witness the annual state tournament of Iowa firemen. Contractor Hanson has nearly finished the Richardson house on University St. and his workmen are engaged in enlarging another house in the neighborhood. Fishing in the Vermil-lion River has greatly improved during the past few days and the finny creatures are biting in good shape. The river is alive with pickerel, catfish, bass, bullheads and other varieties and it is a poor fisherman who returns to Vermillion without a nice string. With five drugstores in Vermillion, the sick should not want for medicine, no matter in what quantity or of what quality or for what purpose. Workmen were busy all Saturday night putting in a backwater trap to keep sewer water from backing into the basement of The Waldorf. A stonecutter from Sioux City arrived Monday night and will begin work on the first floor of Seth Elyâ�?�?s new residence on Court St. The committee opened the bids for the construction of the Carnegie Library Monday night and found Eric Nylen had the lowest bid at $6,938 for #1 brick. The building fund available is $10,000 so the committee proposed to change the plans somewhat and put in the better material. Work will begin at once. The assessed valuation of Clay County according to the state board of Equalization is $4,957,187 which is $407,932 more than last year. The taxes have been increased 1/2 mill over last year or a total assessment of 10.5 mills. Friday morning the janitor of the west school building found the rooms had been besieged the night before by a gang of rowdies. Beer bottles were scattered right and left, tobacco spit covered the floors and things were topsy turvy. They got into the building by climbing through the top of a window and evidently indulged in an all nightsâ�?�? carousal. Ole Iverson introduced to the people of this vicinity the round oak heating stoves that have made such a success as all around fuel savers and heaters. A team, harness and buggy were stolen from the Fritz Lass farm last Sunday. A reward of $25 is offered for the recover of the team and $25 for the arrest of the thief. It will be nearly the middle of October before cut stone for the new library will arrive. In the meantime the foundation will be laid and when the stone gets here the work will be pushed with all possible speed. The ladies are eagerly awaiting the opening of Mrs. L. G. Palmerâ�?�?s millinery store. Her fall display will be ready at this time. The last that remains of the old Baptist Church is being moved from its old location further up the same street. The lumber in that part of the old landmark which was torn down will be used in the construction of a residence. The concrete work on the Carnegie Library building is completed and masons are now at work on the brick foundation. The ironwork is here, so there will be no delay in the finishing of the structure. The city council met Monday night but the ordinance requesting the salaries of city officers was laid over until the next meeting. The ordinance provides the Mayor shall receive $50 per annum; Aldermen, $15; Treasurer and City Attorney, $100; Chief and Assistant, $600; Police Matron, $50; Street Commissioner, $1.50 per day; and City Engineer, .50 cents per hour. â�?�?It is a great wonder to me,â�? said a business man Monday, â�?�?that the farmers donâ�?�?t cure their own meat. Yesterday live hogs were selling in Sioux City at 5 1/2 cents per pound, and on the same day, I had to pay Armourâ�?�?s man .14 cents a pound for bacon.â�? After a hard fight to retain their organization, the members of the Catholic Church at Fairview have concluded to give up their society in the country and come to town to worship. The church building and the ten acres of land adjoining have been ordered sold. Excerpts taken from a historical edition of the Yankton Press & Dakotan published June 6, 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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