Sesquicentennial Highlights

Sesquicentennial Highlights Excerpts from the Plain Talk 1905 continued By Cleo Erickson While turning a corner to avoid frightening John Hirtâ�?�?s horse, Dr. G. W. Collins automobile struck Judge Runyan, who was standing on the cross walk.�?  The blow lifted him from his feet and he fell on the water cooler of the machine and finally falling to one side of the auto. He was bruised severely but no bones were broken.�? If no internal complications result the judge will be able to be about again in a day or two. The Charter of The Ladies of The Maccabees, â�?�?leave out the menâ�? â�?�? will close next Friday with at least forty members. George W. Scott of LeMars, IA has purchased the barbershop operated by Harry Lawson taking possession last Monday.�? Mr. Scott is a first rate barber, and will no doubt do a good business. A hare and hound chase is an attraction for next Saturday afternoon.�? The hares will start from the University campus at 4:30 oâ�?�?clock, the hounds thirty minutes later.�? Lunch will be served for 10 cents by the WWCA girls. The fire department was summoned to the Catholic parsonage Tuesday, but did not turn on the water. The small blaze was smothered before any great amount of damage was done. A committee appointed to investigate the condition of the city Bastille, reported Monday night that in its present location in the basement of the City Hall it was dangerous to the health of inmates, and recommended that the steel cage be moved to the room now used for a council chamber, and that the council use the room occupied by the Christian Science society.�? The committee estimated that the change could be made at small expense. After listening to the report the council refused to take any action on the matter. A town band has been organized of 25 pieces under the direction of Charlie Dawson.�? The first rehearsal was Tuesday evening. Soda fountains are now open for the benefit of the thirsty. The weather has been too cold for ice cream but by next week there will probably be a demand for it. Frank Powell made good wages last Tuesday by digging out 8 young coyotes.�?  The bounty on them amounts to $6. James Gilbertson, the harness maker has added to the equipment of his shop a Landis harness maker, being a machine that takes the place of 10 men in the stitching of harness. J. J. Miller, who has been running a ferry across the Missouri at Iona for a number of years has made an agreement with the business menâ�?�?s association and will conduct his ferry across from Vermillion this season.�?  A 50-cent fee will be charged for the crossing. The sewer laid on the bottom has proven a great blessing.�? Where heretofore pools of water have been numerous, dangerous to health and making traveling inconvenient, now the water is drained off within a few moments after a storm.�?  A few more ditches along in the right places will make the â�?�?bottomâ�? a more desirable place to live. Some sort of a hoodoo seems to hover over the Vermillion ferry.�?  The first indication was many years ago when the $1,200 boat, bought by the citizens was left in the ice after one season run, took a hike down stream in early spring.�?  Since then effort has been made again and again to get a boat to run.�? Money has been paid out as businesses and guarantees, only to see the boat sold and moved away.�? The latest trouble happened last Saturday where the last ferryboat, after a cruise of two weeks, struck a snag and went to the bottom.�? Sol Malone spent most of the day and all of the next getting the wreck to shore, partly succeeding before retiring for a nightâ�?�?s rest. The river rose about three feet during the night and sent the ferry adrift again so that the work had to be done all over. Passengers have been able to cross, meanwhile, on the Whitthouse ferry, and would be able to use the boat awaiting repairs, but it is rumored that Whitthouse is about to sell his boat to parties who will move away, and the Nebraska people will then be without means of communication with the University city. A band of gypsies passed through on their way west.�? Amid the caravan was an old pelter of a horse that the gyps thought could go some, which the Washburns very much doubted, and so a race was arranged against the gelding, Iron Chancellor.�? The track was muddy and the horses had to take the outer edge of the track but the pelter made the mile in something like .54, and the gyps took the $5 easy money and moved onward. Gravel is being hauled for the new cement walks on Forest Avenue. The walks will be laid as soon as the weather settles. It will only be a matter of some two weeks before the ferryboat will be running again. A new boat is being built to replace the one that went to pieces on a snag bound coast. A large force of men went to work Monday, expecting to be busy ten days. The residents of the island are circulating a petition for the opening of several roads through that part of the county which has no regular roads laid.�?  Residents differ as to where the roads should run, but will come to an agreement before the next meeting of the board. T. R. Walkerâ�?�?s team made a lively run up Main St. on Tuesday morning. The horses bumped into a tree at the Shaffer home, bruising one of the animals pretty bad and smashing up the buggy frame. Excerpts taken from a historical edition of the Vermillion Plain Talk published in 1905-1905. 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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