Sesquicentennial Highlights

Sesquicentennial Highlights
Clay County Among Oldest Permanent Settlements

Trinity Lutheran Church voted unanimously to make a thorough canvass of the Scandinavians in and about Vermillion for the purpose of raising money for the relief fund for the starving Finns.

When The Waldorf was built it was stated and believed by many that the building was too large for the city, that it would be large enough for all uses five years hence, that a house with more rooms would be useless, an extra expense and a fool hardy undertaking. Yet last Monday night, scarcely three months after the hotel opened it was full. As soon as possible the billiard room in The Waldorf is going to be enlarged by moving the west partition so that two more tables may be put in.


I wish to announce that the second term of my Dressmaking School will be open March 18. The system is easy to learn. Please call and investigate or write Mrs. Will Gremmels at Vermillion.

Beef rolls just the thing for pot roast, entirely boneless, 8 cents per lb. at Marek's Market.

New phones put in the past week were Dr. White, 137; Roy Davis, 49L4; and A. L. Davenport, 115. The telephone business has increased rapidly and it now seems likely that a second "hello" girl will have to be engaged soon.

Eric Sweberg is making some fine improvements in the building on the corner of Cottage Ave. (now Center St.), and National St. It is being fitted up for storerooms with big windows, doors, etc. Although no definite announcement has been made, we are led to believe that Mr. Swedberg will put in a feed store on one side and occupy the other room with his tombstone business. (This building still stands in 2008 and has been known as the Swedberg Apartments for many years.)

The matter of a new courthouse for Clay County has been suggested, and the time is not far distant when such a structure will be built. A north side farmer suggests that it would be a good time to change the county seat and locate it at Westerville, a point that is easily accessible from the whole county. Still we hardly think it will be located there though the geographical center argument would fit all right.

A committee has been appointed to solicit signatures to a petition asking the county commissioners to appropriate $1,500 to wipe out a debt hanging over the county fair association, the money to be either donated or exchanged for certificates of stock. While we have no radical views on the subject yet, we question if the matter is of sufficient moment to the whole county to justify such a step by the commissioners. Perhaps if the Vermillion city council would assume half the debt it would be fair to ask the county to look after the rest.

The band boys have circulated a petition and secured enough pledges to ensure an open air concert on the streets once a week from now until the close of school in June.

The boys of the high school will give a basket social at the city hall, Friday, March 13. The social is given to secure funds to meet the expenses of the Yankton meets.

Considerable comment was occasioned by the report that the legislature had passed the anti-football bill. The cause of the discussion was the passage by the house of the bill that had been introduced in the senate and failed passage in the last named body, although this fact was not given in the messages. The bill also prohibited the games of ping-pong and checkers, and barred old maids with red hair from witnessing any such games.

A letter has been received from Andrew Carnegie stating that the money for the new library building is ready whenever wanted. Therefore it is safe to state that work on the new building will be started at once.

The City Council will meet tonight to hear the report of the site committee for the new Carnegie Library building and will finally decide on the location. Options on two more sites have been obtained by the committee and the old warehouse on Market St. and the Bridgman property across from the city hall. The committee would favor either the Wheeler lots or the Burdick property across the street.

There has been quite a little complaining made because of the number of young girls on the streets at night alone. Parents should know where their daughters are at night, as they may by that precaution save themselves considerable worry and grief in the future.

The people of Vermillion are rejoicing over the gift of ten thousand dollars, which the generous hearted philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie, has donated to them for the public library building.

The electric light folks have been having a hard time this week trying to locate a break in the street wire running through the eastern part of town. The high wind would continually break the circuit, making a test impossible. The trouble was finally located Tuesday and the lights were burning as usual that evening.

The servant girl questions have been relieved somewhat in this city by the arrival of several good looking and capable girls from Sweden. They all found homes readily enough and it is said have written to their girlfriends in Sweden to come over.

The bill of fare at the Congregational Church Wednesday evening, April 1, will be hot biscuits, fritters and pure Ohio maple syrup. It will be served from 5:30-8 o'clock. Price only 19 cents.

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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