Sesquicentennial Highlights Excerpts taken from the Plain Talk 1910 By Cleo Erickson G. H. Brown, sold his feed business to John Coffield and has plans all made to open a meat market in the Scott building on Market Street. The liverymen of the city have decided that the high price of grain and hay warrants them in raising rates on feed at the barns. The charge for a single horse for hay will be 15 cents and 25 cents for a team. A team to grain will be 50 cents.�? Day rates are $1.50.�? Extra charges will be made after eleven oâ�?�?clock at night.�? Hereafter, when a special call is made for the hack and Liveryman Gardner is obliged to hitch up, a charge of $1.00 will be made, whether the number of passengers is one or four. The hack for the early morning train will also be $1.00 per head; more than one, 50 cents each. Foreman Sebe Richmann is anxiously awaiting the arrival of a gasoline car, which is to be put in charge by the Milwaukee Co. for use by the section gang. It will no doubt seem quite a relief for the foreman and his men when they discard the old handcar. Next week we intend to comment briefly on the â�?�?joysâ�? and thrills of being an alderman or mayor in the city the size of Vermillion at salaries of $15.00 and $50.00 per year respectively. In about 10 days G. H. Brown will be ready to serve patrons, as he intends to have everything in apple pie order before calling for business. NOTICE: All parties knowing themselves indebted to me will please call and settle their accounts before Feb. 1st.�? I need the money to pay my debts.�? (No name was given). License to wed was issued on January 8 to Walter Erickson and Martha H. Knutson, both of Norway Township.�? �? �? �? �? �? Owing to a series of unfortunate circumstances, the Vermillion laundry decided to stop operations until spring. The company will be improved while closed by adding a $500. water softening plant. The company fully realizes that the work has not been of the best, and to continue under existing conditions is folly.�? Vermillion should have a laundry of which she can justly feel proud. Shortly after six oâ�?�?clock this morning, J. C. Brammerâ�?�?s home southwest of the city just outside of the corporation limits was totally destroyed by fire.�? The fire started from an overheated stove. LAUNDRY:�? Leave laundry at Vincentâ�?�?s store for LaCrosse Laundry, or see T. S. Brown or W. White.�? Laundry gathered on Monday will be delivered on Saturday. There was considerable excitement in Yustenâ�?�?s billiard hall last Saturday evening.�? The trouble arose over a game of pool.�? Some blood was spilled before the prizefighters were hustled out of the building but no one was seriously injured.�? Judge Best acted as referee when the men arraigned for disturbing the peace, and he attached a fine of $7.00. G. H. Brown opened up for business with his new meat market on Market Street last Saturday.�? With four meat markets in the city no one need go hungry on the meat questions. License to wed was issued in Sioux City to Hans S. Christopherson and Miss Grace McDonald, both of Clay County. The man who runs a dairy in connection with his farming will usually have better crops than has neighbors who try to make every crop with the use of commercial fertilizer. On Saturday of this week the voters of Vermillion will have a chance to say whether or not they want a change in the municipal government of the city.�? We have heard very few deny that the commission form of government is all right.�? Some argue the size of Vermillion is too small and not ready for a change. Carrie Nation is coming to town. She will be at the tabernacle next Wednesday evening. Contractor Erick Nylen has purchased the lumber in the tabernacle, and it will be torn down next week immediately after Carrie Nation delivers her address. GREAT CAMPAIGN CLOSES: It was the greatest revival in the history of Vermillion. The greatest series of revival meetings Vermillion has ever known came to a close last Sunday evening, or rather Monday morning. It was nearly 2 oâ�?�?clock last Monday morning when the pastors and Christian workers retired to their homes, after laboring for several hours to bring sinners forward. LAUNDRY SECRETS:�? A tablespoon of black pepper stirred into the first suds in which cottons are washed will prevent colors from running. Oxgall is good to use for gray and brown. Hay water (made by pouring boiling water over hay), is excellent for washing tan or brown linen.�? If the colors have been taken out of silks by fruit stains, ammonia will usually restore it. It would seem that a great deal of unpleasantness caused by the dust storms could be relived by sprinkling the streets.�? We do not know what arrangements will be made with regard to street sprinkling this summer, but believe the city council ought to make some arrangements right away. The merchants have always paid for this service and we presume will do so again if the city is not disposed to have the work done. We have been trying to locate Halleyâ�?�?s comet for several evenings but have been unsuccessful.�? If you find the last comet please confer a favor on the writer showing us where it is located. Several fine homes will be erected in Vermillion during the summer. R. E. Stinson is having an automobile garage erected back of his home on Main Street. Last Sunday at the Methodist church twenty-two were baptized, fifteen were received into full connection and ninety seven were received on probation, making 112 names added to the church roll. The doors of the church will be opened next Sunday for the reception of members when another class will be received.�? The pastor will preach both services.�? Tuesday evening a convertâ�?�?s meeting will be held at the church. That 25-horse power Hudson automobile which the Thompson Lewis Co., is demonstrating this week is a hummer, and it will pay any and all prospective buyers to look it over.�? It is a fine passenger car, and can be purchased for $1365.00. A petition has been submitted to the County Commissioners praying that three-mill tax, to run four years for the erection of a new courthouse for Clay County.�? It seems to us that every local citizen of Clay County ought to be willing to tear down the poorest courthouse in the state and substitute in the best county in the state a building of which everyone will be proud. The grading of Main Street was a step in the right direction, but what about the stones that are scattered about. Those with autos do not take kindly to the rocks.�? In our opinion they should be removed. No quarantine was established this year and measles, mumps and whooping cough are running rampart.�? After all it is probably just as well to give all of the kids a chance to have these afflictions while they are at a fever pitch. A number of residents in the southeastern part of Clay County have organized a vigilance committee, and hereafter keep pretty close tab will be kept on horse thieves and other thieves.�? They propose to be in a position to do things within a short time after a robbery is reported. This is a move in the right direction, and will have a tendency to do away with horse rustling in this part of Clay County. The Plain Talk will hereafter be run by a gasoline engine.�? We will be able to run our jobs and news presses night and day. We are now in a position to turn out almost any job on short notice.�? Collins and Harris installed the engine.