Sesquicentennial Highlights

Sesquicentennial Highlights
Excerpts from the Plain Talk

1903 continued

Fire destroyed the residence house at the Bower brickyard Tuesday afternoon. The flames originated from sparks blown from a pan of ashes that had been set in the back yard. The alarm was given, but the fire department was unable to render any assistance, the building being out of the water limits. The crowd of neighbors saved the household effects. Mr. Bower began at once to build a new cottage, it being necessary to have a watch at the yard and to care for the large plum orchard adjoining.

The Waldorf was overflowed again last Monday night and Tuesday. No doubt Landlord Sampson will make some money on his investment.

Capt. Byrenson is getting his ferryboat in readiness for the spring trade, and will launch his craft as soon as it is certain the ice is out of the Missouri River.

Although there has been no formal action yet, it is reported that the City Council and the site committee met on April 2, 1903 and have come together and have determined on the Vincent property south of the old Baptist Church for the location of the new library. It is expected that work on the Library building will be commenced inside of 60 days. The Vincent site was purchased for $1100.00. The library fund will be apportioned $250.00 per year by the council.

The ladies of Busy Bend will hold their annual sale of aprons and sunbonnets at Mr. Elmore's store Saturday afternoon and evening, April 11th, from 3 to 7 p.m. A .10 cent lunch will be served in connection. Proceeds go to the Children's Home.

A meeting of the fire department was held last Thursday to discuss the needs of the department with a view of asking the city council for the things it is considered necessary. The mayoral question came up for discussion, and it was finally proposed that a straw vote of the department be taken. Both candidates for the office of mayor have warm supporters among the fire laddies, but Mr. Bryant received a handsome majority when the vote was counted.

Mr. Whittemore went to Yankton Monday to shake hands with his old friend "Teddy" Roosevelt.

George Palmer run a knife into his right leg and as a consequence his gait is not graceful.

The fire alarm sounded for the third ward Monday evening, calling the firemen to Market Street. The blaze was in the barn back of the home occupied by Bunnie Palmer. A tramp gasoline stove cleaner had been given a job. He repaired to the barn with the stove, and after cleaning it applied a match to one of the burners. An explosion followed, with the result that the barn was entirely destroyed. Prompt action by the bucket brigade probably saved the Chandler House from destruction.

The town boys have organized a ball team and will cross bats with the College Nine this afternoon.

And now several of the young ladies of the city are about to organize a secret society, presumably for the purpose of advancement along matrimonial lines. Better give it up, girls, and come out into the open.


20 lbs sugar…$1.00

8 bars "Beat E'm All" soap for …25 cents

8 bars "Swifts Pride Soap" for…25 cents

1 lb. Calumet Baking Powder for…20 cents

20 lbs. Prunes for…$1.00

Rockefeller's standard oil per gallon…12 Cents

T. R. Walker is having a large addition built to his residence on Forest Avenue.

Druggist Clark will have one of the finest stores in the state, if not in the northwest, when he gets located in his building on the corner of Main and Court streets.

Miss Armstrong is closing out her summer stock of hats at cost. Now is the time to get your hats.

According to reports, two burglaries were committed in the city last Saturday evening. The drug stores of Palmer and Vaughn were entered but the proprietors were none the losers, so they say. About ten o'clock two men forced their way into the back shed of Vaughn's place of business and rolled out a barrel, which was thought to contain something good. But it didn't. The thieves secured only a number of bottles, used for prescription purposes. Not being satisfied with this haul, the door to Palmer's drug cellar was pried open and a box or two removed, but the lawbreakers were again disappointed, as there were no "liquids" of any sort in glass receptacles. Thus far the intruders have not been apprehended, though some names are entertained as to who they were. Whoever they were they went away sadly disappointed, and fully convinced that there was nothing insight.

The interior of the courthouse presents a very homelike appearance this week. Every office in the building on the first floor has been papered with flashy colors, and the woodwork shines with a fresh coat of paint. Crane and Shurtleff were the artists in charge.

It is only a short time before the Vermillion post office will be raised to a second-class office in which event residents will then enjoy the benefits of a free delivery system. Postmaster Brosious received word that his salary had been raised to $100.00 a year in lieu of the business done the past year. Another $1000.00 increase in patronage will bring with it free delivery.

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