Sesquicentennial Highlights City Deals with Jail Issues By Cleo Erickson During the month of August 1905 there were 11 births in Clay County, four girls and seven boys. There were eight deaths, five were persons above age 60. Seven marriage licenses were issued. Michel is having a high sign board built along his property along the ravine, and while not a very pretty thing, it serves to keep people from falling off the embankment on dark nights. The ravine will be filled up in time then the structure will come down. The old high board fence, which has for a number of years been an eyesore to residents near St. Josephâ�?�?s Academy, has been torn down, and a substitute wire fence will enclose the grounds. The sisters are to be congratulated. The Vermillion Laundry is in the hands of Fred Popple and Frank Downer of Sioux Falls, who expect to open up for business the first of the week. Vermillion people are anxious to patronize the laundry when it becomes efficient. If you will go to the basement of the Baptist Church next Wednesday between 5 and 7 p.m. you can get a good supper for 15 cents. The Methodist Church membership increased last Sunday by 38 people. It was a great day and a delight for the pastor. WANTED: A good girl for general housework. Good wages. Apply to Mrs. Stinson. The Vermillion Ice Company is now selling ice that has been stored in the ice house for two years and fears are entertained that the supply will become exhausted before the cold weather sets in. Dealers in Sioux City, Aberdeen and Armour, and in fact all along the line, have been begging for a carload, but more cannot be shipped. The icehouse will be filled with new ice from top to bottom when the harvest sets in. Remodeling of the opera house began this week. The stage will be enlarged and a new dressing room added along with other changes. When the city authorities made arrangements with the county for use of the jail for the occasional prisoner needing incarceration, neither the city nor the county had a prisoner for months. No sooner was the new arrangement put in force than both city and county police began taking in boarders. At one time there were five prisoners in the jail, three of them for the city. The jail is all right for the city when there are no county prisoners but when the county has prisoners as well it is too crowded. The city is therefore compelled to make immediate arrangements for the housing of its unruly, as the cooler is not a fit place to put anyone. It may be necessary to move the cage upstairs. The committee has the matter under consideration. It is estimated that the cost of running the public schools the ensuing year will be $14,000 and the tax levy for that purpose has been fixed at 22 mills, an increase of 3.7 mill over last year. You will enjoy a good laugh for two hours if you see Yon Yonson at the opera house tomorrow night. You will also have a chance to see the new stage. Bert consumed his last morsel of dry bread last Thursday and is once more enjoying liberty. Just the thought of another 10 days on bread and water upsets his bread basket and he will try to be good hereafter. The old approaches to many of the crosswalks in town have been replaced by new ones. The money received in fines for Halloween pranks almost paid for the lumber and the lads who were arrested consented to do the work. The paths of the County Commissioners are not all strewn with roses. Mr. Conrad was sued twice last week. Once because he put a ditch through and once because he didnâ�?�?t. The city jail will be moved from its present location in the opera house basement to the room in the southwest corner of the first floor. The city dads will hold sessions in the Christian Science room. Broom maker Rust of Elk Point was in the city Wednesday trying to dispose of some of his product. He claims he disposed of 23 dozen, but a diligent search of the local merchants failed to disclose where any of them had been unpatriotic enough to patronize an outside broom factory when Burr Brothers are turning out such a good product at fair prices. The county jail is once more without an occupant. The 10 or a dozen prisoners who were â�?�?run inâ�? during the past two months have either been released, served their sentences or are out on bond. Roy Davis is moving into his new home the latter part of November. The roller skating rink in Reillyâ�?�?s Hall has been in operation for over a week and each evening sees a large attendance. NOTICE: I am in search of a buggy with red running gear, black box, leather cushion, end springs and single tree; good as new. Also, a single harness was disposed of on Tuesday evening of last week. These are stolen property and anyone knowing of their whereabouts will confer a favor by notifying Sheriff J. A. Gunderson at once. With this issue the Plain Talk writes into the 23rd year of its existence. The past year has been a favorable one in all respects. Cream separators are the latest fad for farmers. Nearly every home in the Greenfield vicinity has one or two machines. The assessed valuation of Clay County, according to the correct list computed by Auditor Erickson, is $5,133,269 of which $23,219 belongs to telegraph and telephone companies. A book typewriter has been left at the courthouse by the Elliott Company on trial. The machine works on the flat open page of the county records, making the work easier for the officials and realizing a great savings in the number of books used. Excerpts taken from a historical edition of the Vermillion Plain Talk published in 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.