Sesquicentennial Highlights Excerpts from the Plain Talk 1906 continued By Cleo Erickson Barber John Scott departed the first of the week for his home in LeMars.�? Although a rattling good barber, and able to demand a salary above the average, John does not like the business and has decided to pass it up in the future. Ed Smith got his auto out of the mud between here and Elk Point the first of the week and is enjoying the local speedway. Some parents are receiving from schoolteachers this week a note stating that if their children do not make an extra effort during the remaining time between now and the close of school they will not be able to pass to another grade. The note will probably cause some studying to be done at home. The fishing season opens up early this spring, and several good strings of finny tribe have already been exhibited.�? There are plenty of good fish in the Vermillion River, but catching them is another story. A prairie fire got started in swampland 4 miles southwest of the city last Tuesday night, but a firebreak made the day before stopped its progress. No great damage was done. Clay County now has one of the finest road graders in the state.�? It was purchased for $1650 less $300 for the old grader. Only the rich can afford to be without ice, for itâ�?�?s a money saver.�? Soft butter, turning milk, spoiled meat and sour vegetables are unknown in homes visited by Happy Howard, the Iceman. If you want to save your dog you should hurry to the city Auditorâ�?�?s office and buy a tag.�? All untagged dogs are to be shot after June 1. Frank Jordan discovered that someone had entered his barbershop during the night and carried off the working tools of his profession.�? They took 1/2 dozen razors, several bottles of hair tonic and toilet waters, hair dips, etc. No clue to the robbers is at hand but it is suspected the theft was made by transients. Victor Tollefson has demonstrated his ability as a ship builder, and now that he has made a success of boat construction he should go into the business on a larger scale. He has placed a gasoline launch in the Vermillion river which goes along at a rapid pace, and though as yet it does not glide along as smoothly as the ones made in the city, still it gives very good service.�? Victor has the right idea and should have no trouble in gaining perfection in the construction of a second launch. G. W. Scott returned last Thursday from Lake Andes, where he made an attempt to catch black bass out of a body of water that contains nothing but bullheads.�? Mrs. Scott visited with relatives until Monday. A number of people have asked what Vermillion intended to do in a way to celebrate the 4th of July. It would be easy to raise enough money for a celebration, but no one seems to want to start the ball a rolling.�? The time is getting short, and if Vermillion is to celebrate it is time to get busy. W. O Thompson and Seth Ely went to Chicago last Saturday for the purpose of purchasing automobiles.�? We understand that the Thompson-Lewis firm has taken the agency for the Maxwell machine. Clerk of Courts Weeks is having trouble completing his vital statistic record as parents fail to record the names of their babies.�? The law requires that registration must be done in 60 days.�? (A law was passed that all children born in 1905 and later be registered by their parents or attending physician.) Vermilion should not harbor â�?�?bootleggersâ�?.�? There is a certain class of fellows in the city who cannot buy booze, yet they are filled up with it most of the time.�? Somebody is making a practice of getting booze for the inebriates, and if caught in the act it is likely to go hard with him. Mr. J. C. F. Elmore has improved the hearse in appearance.�? A fresh coat of paint and a railing on top for the urns is giving it a neater appearance. New rubber tires will be used in place of the steel ones when the roads are smooth and dry. A number of Vermillionites went across the river the first of the week to see the old Missouri derelict, â�?�?The Evening Starâ�?, which struck a snag and sank beneath the waters in 1861.�? Those who saw the remains of the big freight boat say it is about 150 feet long and wide in proportion.�? Whitehouse, the ferryman, is tearing the boat to pieces and saving the available lumber. (The story of the boat may be read in the July 12, 1906 Plain Talk.) Soren Jasperson lost 11 stacks of hay when a fire started in the field about noon on Sunday. The owner considered the loss at $400.�? The origin of the fire is unknown . 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.