Sesquicentennial Highlights

Sesquicentennial Highlights Excerpts From the Plain Talk By Cleo Erickson 1913 Main Street in Vermillion needs more oilómore oil to lay the dust.  It is cheaper than water and 500 times more effective and satisfactory. Pour on the oil. Bull Head Lakeî is the caption now given Clifford Lake two miles northwest of Burbank.  The bull heads are thicker than fleas on a dogís back, and it is not uncommon sight to see fisherman returning with strings of a hundred or more.  They average about 5 inches in length.  Few large ones have been caught to date. The old court house grounds and buildings were sold last Saturday to high bidder Mr. Erick Nylen.  Spirited bidding was between Mr. Nylen and Mr. A. E. Lee, but the latter gentleman did not care to go above $5,000. Mrs. Ed Yusten is a proud owner of a handsome new Studebaker, a birthday present from her husband.  ALL HUSBANDSíS TAKE NOTICE. Up to last evening there were just ninety-four autos of the county registered, and for which the owner had paid a fee of $3.00.  There is a heavy penalty for those who drive cars after July1 where the license has not been paid. Art Ostlund was rescued by his friends Palmer Gilbertson and Howard Peterson, from drowning in the Vermillion River. Art and friends were bathing about eighty rods west of the Air Line Bridge when he stepped into a deep hole.  His friends were good swimmers and saved his life as Art cannot swim. Attention you auto drivers.  Complaints are coming in that some fast driving is being done on side streets.  No accidents have happened to date but remember the speed limit is 8 miles an hour.  At least slow down to ten miles an hour when driving in the city limits. Five or six young boys, ranging in age from 10 to 15 years, were rounded up by the officers last Sunday.  It is said that they were intoxicated and had been running around the fairgrounds without any clothes on to speak of.  One of the lads said the celebration was in honor of his birthday, but no information was secured as to who furnished the booze.  They were given a good lecture and turned loose. Considerable work is being done at Austin Park.  The walks are being improved, the trees trimmed and a drinking fountain has been installed.  The park has become a popular place for picnics, parties and will be a delightful location for the coming Chautauqua. Get your season tickets for the Chautauqua to be held at Austin Park July 9 to 14.  See all 12 performances for $2.00.  The performances are all first class and well worth seeing. Lost:  Two five dollar bills between First National Bank and my home on Prospect St.  A liberal reward will be given upon return.  W. H. Basom. Childrenís drawers, fine muslin and trimmed with pretty embroidery, sizes 2 to 12.  Special this week at 15 cents each.  J. W. Grange & Co. On Saturday of this week the old court house and grounds will be sold at auction to the highest bidder.  The sale will start at 2:00 oíclock.  The former sale, held on June 14, was illegal because of the fact that it had not been advertised long enough prior to the day the property was offered at auction. Will Cleland has resigned his position as oil inspector and will locate in the city for the practice of law.  He has rented rooms above the Idle Hour pool hall. A ìhossî sale attracted a large crowd to the fairgrounds Saturday afternoon.  The contest was between a horse owned by some gypsy horse traders and the Bruyer black.  The race was for three eighths of a mile, and at the finish the Bruyer horse was well in the lead.  Sunday afternoon the same gypsy horse raced against a sorrel owned by the Buyersí, and the gypsy horse again took 2nd place.  It is said that a good deal of money changed hands on the two races. The ice cream social last Friday evening on the Waldorf lawn increased the library repair fund by another $20.00. Nothing has been done as yet looking to the purchase of a post office site.  For some reason or another the inspector has not been sent to Vermillion to view the proposed sites, and there is no telling when he will report.  Some time ago a petition was circulated in behalf of the old court house site.  On Monday of this week another petition was being circulated, the signers to this one favoring the lots now occupied by the Fullerton Lumber Co. Thieves broke into a box car at the Vermilion depot Tuesday morning and a shortage of 5 boxes of shoes and a box of peaches indicates they made away with this much loot. The last legislature passed a law limiting the annual pay of the County Commissioners to $500.00 for per diem and $200.00 for traveling expenses.  This law will have no effect in the county.  There probably isnít another commission in the state that is run more efficiently and economically than this county.  The three commissioners keep their own expenses down and the expenses of the county, and when they hold a meeting, every one of them works and works hard. Another old landmark was removed from Lodi by fire called ìthe old mill houseî or A. J. Rudd house. The new barber shop is in the second story of John Oblreyís store.  You can get a nifty hair cut, facial massage, shampoo, etc.  He also will receive all kinds of laundry. Chester H. Johnson is now the owner of a barber shop in Vermillion.  The deal with George A. Scott, where he has labored for 8 years was closed the first of the week.Chester comes into possession of the Coyote shop which is located the first door west of the Plain Talk.  Mr. Scott has not decided on his future line of activity but at present will remain in Vermillion assisting Mr. Johnson until another barber can be secured.  Bill Thorne will have his laundry headquarters at the Johnson shop. The oiled streets behaved nicely after the rain.  It looks like the business men made no mistake when they invested in oil. Dr. L. P. Brewster and G. W. Scott went to Stevens County, Minnesota to look over some of the real estate bargains being offered. Lee & Prentis ranch just north of the city is for sale.  You can buy any part of it from eighty acres up to a section at liberal terms.  This 3,000 acre tract is nearly all under cultivation and is the finest land in the northwest. The fair directors have closed a contract with a birdman to fly at the fair.  Two flights will be made daily.

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