Sesquicentennial Highlights

Sesquicentennial Highlights By Cleo Erickson Excerpts from the Plain Talk 1906 continued School notes: The senior class and the high school teachers picnicked on the river last Wednesday morning.�? The fresh air whetted the appetites until ample justice was done the elegant breakfast. All were back at school when the 9 oâ�?�?clock bell rang. Meetings are again being held in Clay County by the promoters of the electric railway from Sioux City to Bijon Hills.�? The idea is to sell $25,000 worth of stock to the farmers along the right of way.�? This is the road, which will cross the Sioux River east of Richland, follow Brule Creek northeast and strike Clay County south of Greenfield. C. C. Shingledecker has taken charge of the Hazelton Ranch west of the city. At the Burbank dance last Saturday evening a couple of young men got funny and they were immediately ejected from the dance hall.�?  Messrs, Kyte and Quinn have always had the reputation of pulling off good dances, and they do not propose to allow anyone to cause a disturbance. A bunch of hoodlums â�?�? they canâ�?�?t be called nothing else â�?�? cut the telephone and electric lines at the high school. The walls were lettered with unbecoming letters in chalk and other depredations committed.�?  City officials are investigating the case. Dog taxes are due. Only 10 licenses have been issued. The senior class presented Supt. & Mrs. Schlaifer with a handsomely framed picture of the Madonna. Our high school teachers in particular have put in a strenuous year, and we believe, merit a three months vacation on salary.�? In many places teachers are paid by the year, and it means better work for the Vermillion schools when we can do likewise. In the 1910-1911 USD school year, the students and faculty are boosting for a six hundred enrollment. Just at a time when it was believed a ferryboat would be in operation all summer on the Missouri river, comes the report that the ferryman has gone back to Elk Point. The Commercial Club has made every effort to maintain the service and it is regrettable that it cannot be continued. While starting out on a call last Sunday evening, Dr. Burkland turned on a little too much power, and as a result he was arrested and given a fine if $7.00 for exceeding the speed limit. There is only one way to make the celebration planned for Vermillion an unqualified success. Everybody should take hold and boost.�? Letâ�?�?s prove beyond a doubt that we know how to plan and carry out a celebration.�?  (Plain Talk, June 8, 1911).�?  Will Chaussee, living near Burbank, has invested in an auto, having purchased last week from the Thompson Co. â�?�? a Hudson 33. Gene Mount was the successful bidder for the house the Odd Fellows sold at auction. His bid was $210.00 and the house is in fairly good condition and will be moved to another part of the city right away. It will make a good residence when improved. Here is a scheme, a man in Vermillion worked to get his wife to hoe the garden.�? He went out with a hoe and after searching around for a while went to the house to wash the dirt off a dime and a quarter.�? He had struck it rich.�? Back he went and soon returned with another quarter.�? He told his wife he had made money enough for one day and would take a nap.�?  When he awoke his wife had the whole garden hoed but she hadnâ�?�?t found a cent. She doesnâ�?�?t know yet that the â�?�?mine was saltedâ�?. A very distinct earthquake shock was felt at 4:30 Friday afternoon.�? It lasted nearly 30 seconds.�? In one or two instances people taking naps were roused from their slumbers. The new auto which Stephen Briggs drove all the way from Milwaukee had lost none of its speed qualifications after the 600 mile trip, and because he opened wide the throttle and went down Main St. at a 40 mile pace, Chief Sullivan entered a complaint against him for exceeding the speed limit. He pleaded guilty before Judge Copeland and was fined $3.00 and costs, or a total of $10.00. Auto owners and drivers should bear in mind that there is a state law forbidding travel on a public highway at a faster rate of speed than twenty miles an hour.�?  In the city it is eight miles per hour.�? It is quite a temptation to a driver when he strikes a nice stretch of country road to â�?�?turn â�?�?er looseâ�?, but the law must be obeyed. 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.

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