Sesquicentennial Highlights

Sesquicentennial Highlights By Cleo Erickson 1909 Continued Several or our folks made trips to Flyville last week to pick gooseberries along the Brule Creek.�? The berry crop this year was exceptionally large and in many instances the bushes were almost broken down under a heavy load of large, crisp berries. Contractor Rustad of Vermillion came very near getting the contract for the erection of a big warehouse for the Gurney Seed Company.�? His bid was $8,985, while the bid that secured the job was $8,795. It was the first time for many years that a professional chimney sweep had visited Vermillion, and he aroused considerable curiosity. An ice cream social will be given by the young Ladies Aid of Bergen Lutheran Church.�? It will be held at the Erickson brothers home in Norway Township. At an election held in District #10, Burbank, the voters decided to erect a new schoolhouse in Burbank at the cost of $3,000.�? It will be a frame structure with two large rooms, well ventilated, furnace heated and nicely equipped with seats, desks and other furniture.�? District #10 has nearly 60 pupils and two teachers are required. The new school will accommodate 80 pupils. Excavation work for the basement of the new heating and lighting plant at the University is on in earnest and within a few days masons will be at work on the foundation. The Catholic ladies will hold a food sale at the Idle Hour Theatre next Saturday at 10 oâ�?�?clock.�? They will sell white and brown bread, cakes, pies, cookies and chicken. NOTICE:�? All Yeomen are requested to pay their dues before Aug. 1 or be subjected to a fine of 25 cents. Stop at Grange & McVickers to buy your shoes.�? 65 pairs of ladies oxfords, 2 or 3 pairs of a style.�? Up to $3.50 values now only $1.75. Bob Thompson recently came into possession of four automobiles and on Sunday last, with four expert chauffeurs to handle the machines, figured on driving them to Vermillion.�? But from the very start there was trouble in the air.�? Two of the autos were disabled when their tires exploded and another was put out of commission when the jingle flopper busted.�? Rex Stevens, driving the â�?�?White Steamer,â�? got a good start and was speeding towards Vermillion at a 50-mile pace.�? He was congratulating himself on being able to set the pace and figured on getting home for supper.�? But alack and alas! Just when everything seemed to be working nicely, the engine stopped.�? And the goldarned thing wouldnâ�?�?t start again either.�? Rex went to work with a will to repair the damage, but the people who had formerly owned the autos forgot to leave the tools, hence it was uphill work.�? After working several hours the proprietor of the Waldorf gave it up as a bad job.�? The autos were all taken back to Sioux City, where they will be overhauled and put in running order.�? The machines are all in pretty good condition and will be all right when the professional repairer gets through with them. It is high time that the property owners are paying some attention to the great amount of foliage that is allowed to extend over the sidewalks all over the city.�? In some parts of town limbs are so low one had to almost get down on his hands and knees to pass by.�? If property owners do not take care of the problem the city will do it and charge the owner. During a severe electrical storm last Sunday afternoon, lightning struck the C. E. Prentis home on Court Street.�? Little damage was done, as the bolt shot down the chimney. The 25 acres lying just northwest of the science hall is now a part of the campus and belongs to the State of South Dakota. Will Kolb and his friends are enjoying pleasure trips up and down the Vermillion River in the new launch which Will recently placed in the river. It carries a three horse power gasoline engine and skims along in fine style. Bids for the Burbank School will be opened Sept. 1. Abe Chaussee and two sons, Phillip and John, and E. H. Maurer, have purchased a threshing outfit, and in the future these enterprising farmers will do their own threshing.�? It is one of the best rigs that J. I. Case has on the market. Frank Verzani came here in 1858, but did not locate right away.�? He remained just across the river from where he now lives until November of 1860, when he located on the homestead he now owns and makes his home.�? He is now 81 years of age. Fifty-one years of his life have been spent within nine miles of Vermillion and he still holds Homestead Patent No. 1. HOUSEHOLD HINTS: Oatmeal should never cook less than an hour, and it is much better if left to simmer all night. Olives and walnuts ground together and moistened with mayonnaise make a tasty picnic sandwich. For sleeplessness take a hot bath, then drink a cup of hot milk with a pinch of salt in it. If the desired sleep does not come, repeat after two hours. Left over biscuits are much better cut in half and toasted than if merely warmed over. Vinegar, applied with a soft cloth, will give a good polish to windows, but the dust should first be wiped off with a dry cloth. Excerpts taken from a historical edition of the Vermillion Plain Talk published in 1905-1909. 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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