Sesquicentennial Highlights

Sesquicentennial Highlights From the Plain Talk By Cleo Erickson 1912 continued November 7, 1912: CEILING GIVES WAY.�?  Workmen at the Court House Receive No Serious Injuries. When 20 tons of concrete, tiling. etc, dropped to the third story floor at the court house Monday forenoon, carrying with it three of the workmen, it looked for an instant as thought all would be seriously injured.�?  But only one was bruised, and his injuries were not serious.�? �?  The three men were naturally pretty badly scared, but thankful to escape with their lives. The accident happened about ten oâ�?�?clock, though it will not cause any extended delay.�?  It will cost Hintz & Malloy no small amount of money to repair the damage, as they will be obligated to do all over again the ceiling work over a room 20 X 40 feet, furnishing new material, besides cleaning away the debris.�?  The ceiling was of concrete and about eight inches in thickness. The giving away of the concrete ceiling was no fault of the construction, according to Supt. Henzie, but was due to the slipping of props underneath.�?  The work was done about two weeks ago, and while the concrete has been drying nicely yet it was not thoroughly hardened.�?  The work of building the concrete roof had just been started Monday forenoon when, without warning, one side of the ceiling started downward, three workmen with it.�?  The strain was too great for the other part and the entire covering landed in a heap on the second floor.�?  When one prop started slipping the others did likewise. The best indication of the strength of concrete floors when thoroughly hardened is the fact that when the twenty or more tons of brick and concrete landed on the third floor there wasnâ�?�?t the slightest sign of a jar.�?  Apparently no load could have been heavy enough to strain it. Work on the court house has been progressing nicely and it was thought the building could be enclosed within three weeks, but the accident will delay matters several days longer. The Wilson popcorn stand has been moved to the little room just east of the Orpheum, which will prove a greater convenience for the management for the winter months. Leon J. Garvis of Lyons, Neb., has purchased the pool and billiard hall which Joe Yusten has been operating for several months.�?  Mr. Garvis took possession last Friday.�?  He informs the community that he expects to satisfy the desires of all patrons and will conform strictly to the provisions of the ordinance recently adopted by the voters of the city. Vermilion is to have a band, not the kind that is organized for a few months, and then falls by the wayside, but a band that will be maintained from year to year.�?  Enough money was subscribed by business men to purchase drums and these will belong to them at all times.�?  It will be under the direction of Dr. G. W. Collins. �? A New York Minister advocates barring flowers from funerals and distributing them among the living.�?  If he wants to make a real hit he should advocate the distribution of the price of the flowers. Wm. Michels informs us he is just about ready to open his photography gallery on Market Street. The vote in Clay County on Nov. 5th was the largest ever polled, a total of 2,323 being recorded. The new lights that have been installed at the top and foot of Chandler Hill are certainly a great advantage to our people in going to and from the depot.�?  Those lamps certainly throw out a fine light. A treat anytime, crisp, delicately browned Post Toasties are ready to serve without further cooking by adding cream or milk.�?  Often used with fresh or canned fruit. The ladies of the Catholic Church are well satisfied with the outcome of their two daysâ�?�? bazaar at the Cartopassi restaurant.�?  Total receipts will be about $170.00. Some time ago a number of Chinese pheasants were turned loose in the state and some wandered down this way.�?  A local sportsman shot one of them but he better keep it quiet as there is a heavy penalty for killing these birds. The B & B Caf�?© is no more.�?  The blinds are pulled down, business having been suspended the latter part of the week. End 1912

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