Sesquicentennial Highlights

Sesquicentennial Highlights By Cleo Erickson Excerpts from the Plain Talk â�?�? 1911 continued Plan to celebrate Vermillion; a good time is planned for everyone. The barbershop and bathrooms under the Waldorf Hotel are now open to the public. Lee and Prentis just before the fourth sale:�? �? �? �? �? �? �? �? �? �? �?  â�?¢ Buy a new suit for the 4th for $10.00 to $25.00. â�?¢ Those new peg top trousers are here in all sizes.�?  $2.00 to $6.00. â�?¢ New patterns in Sheer Batistesâ�?�?per yard .07cents. â�?¢ White linen parasols�?  $1.00-$2.00. â�?¢ Colored silk parasols�?  $2.75-$3.00. â�?¢ Girls linen dresses ages 6-12,$1.25. Ten thousand autos in South Dakota is a good record for a state of 600,000 population. The three dirt diggers in the employee of the Odd Fellows in digging the basement for the new business block demanded higher wages on Wednesday and being refused walked out.�? The work was held up yesterday, but other laborers are on hand this morning. Ed Putnam expects to christen a brand new passenger launch this week at the boat landing south of the depot.�? It will carry 20 people. Tuesday afternoon clouds of grasshoppers could be seen passing over this vicinity, which brought to mind the early day to the old settlers. So far this year the hoppers have done very little damage in this part of the country, and it is to be hoped that during their migrations they will decide not to stop here. An exchange advocates a plan whereby young ladies attending church in the evening can register their names in the church vestibule so that the young men who are in the habit of lingering around the church door can see whether or not their best girl is present and thus set a troubled brain at rest.�? The plan would undoubtedly be a great convenience for a certain class of young men and would work well in many places. Plums for Sale: I have several bushel of good ripe plums and will deliver if desired. Call Mrs. Frank Sutherland. The moving of the buildings from the new courthouse site has been in charge of the Malone boys, and they have given good satisfaction.�? Not a mishap has occurred and the houses have all been located on other sites without being wrecked in the least. There is no need of sending out of town for house moving firms so long as the Maloneâ�?�?s are doing business. Never leave home on a journey without a bottle of Chamberlainâ�?�?s Colic, Cholera and Diarrhea Remedy.�? It is almost certain to be used and cannot be obtained when on board the cars or steamships.�?  For sale at all dealers. P. C. Cleland tells us that the auto drivers are under the impression that the road was made for their benefit. The law does not give the auto owners prestige over the man with a team and load and if anything, the auto driver should be most liberal. Trouble will be avoided if both use good judgments. Fred Burr has been busy this week loading 4000 pound of popcorn that is consigned to Haley and Lang at Sioux Falls.�? This is a portion of the product from a field of 3 acres.�? It sold for 3 cents a pound shelled.�? This shipment means a total of $123.54 as it weighed 4,118. Mrs. A. E. Lee and daughter Jesamine Fox, are spending a few weeks in the Black Hills near Rapid City. If you are looking for a chance to invest money that will bring from 10 to 12 per cent interest, see Charles Line at once.�? He has 10 shares of Union Savings Association of Sioux Falls and were it not for the fact that he needs the money for another project he would not think of selling them. The total assessed valuation for Vermillion as returned by the assessor was $580,567.�? The city equalization board raised it to $594,323, and the county equalizers dropped it to $592,613. House mover Thorsen came down from Meckling last week and has been busy for several days moving Gene Mountâ�?�?s house formerly the Shafer house, to the new location north of Dunlapâ�?�?s butter and egg house.�? The structure moved without mishap 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. The Clay County Historical Society is proud to announce the publication of a new, comprehensive history of Vermillion, From the River Valleys to the Rising Bluff: A Pictorial History of Vermillion, South Dakota 1859-2009. Written by local historian Tom Thaden with the assistance from fellow members Cleo Erickson and Joe Reedy, this hardcover book of 302 pages provides pictures and details of a Vermillion that many have never experienced or known before. Many of the 624 pictures used in the book have never been published before and provide a new view of life in Vermillion over the past 150 years. According to the editor, it is an extraordinary book that is very well written and organized with photos that are of excellent quality. Topics covered in the book include life in the city before the flood of 1881, city and county government, education (both Vermillion public schools and USD), religion, everyday life, street scenes, community gatherings, having fun, agriculture and manufacturing, different businesses over the years, and Vermillion landmarks. In each chapter, there is a brief introduction followed by the historical pictures with captions describing them. Anyone who reads this book will learn quite a bit about the city founded in 1859 that they never knew or expected. Publication was made possible through a generous donation to the Clay County Historical Society by Margaret Sletwold. All proceeds from the book will raise funds for the further activities of the Historical Society to preserve the past for the future generations of Clay County. The book costs $35 and copies will be sold at both the Austin-Whittemore House and at the W.H. Over Museum in Vermillion. Tom, Cleo, and Joe will all be present for a book signing to be held at the W.H. Over Museum from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 5. Refreshments will be served during the signing and all who attend are also invited to look around the museum..

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