Sesquicentennial Highlights Excerpts From the Plain Talk By Cleo Erickson 1913 Fresh green vegetables will be received today from the Texas Vegetable Growers. The first shipment of carrots, beets, radishes, onion, head lettuce and spinach will be at Vincentâ�?�?s Store. The county commissioners are in session and one item of business discussed was the asking by county officials that each office in the new court house be given separate phones. The commissioners are not disposed to go to the extra expense since it would mean paying $2.00 extra per month for a private line whereas $1.00 is now paid for party lines. Christopher Grosse has started the work of installing the retaining walls and sidewalks around the new court house grounds. It will take several weeks to complete the work. J. C. Brammer loaded his household effects the first of the week and the family departed for Akron, Iowa, on Tuesday, where they will make their future home. The Brammer farm southwest of the city has been rented to M. Anglin. New auto laws that were enacted by the last legislature, and we would advise all auto owners to secure a copy of the same. A number plate will be issued to auto owners and the color of same will be changed each year. The County commissioners will be in session today, and at this meeting they expect to go over the court house and make a thorough inspection of the new building. We can see how good it is to have the streets oiled. Let much more be done this year and itâ�?�?s suggested more dragging of the streets. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of this week were moving days for the court house staff. Nearly all the drays were pressed into service. By Saturday night the old frame structure which has done service for so many years will have been entirely abandoned. L. J. Garvis has been busy the past days getting things in shape for the removal of his billiard and pool hall to the new location west of the Helgeson Pharmacy. The commissioners have been looking up delinquent taxes during the past few days, and have ordered the sheriff and states attorney to go ahead and collect all monies that are due the county. The population of South Dakota is growing at the rate of 8,000 a year along natural lines, the births exceeding the deaths annually by that number. In ten years the natural increase in the population would thus be 80,000 and twice that number ought to be added by immigration. Hereâ�?�?s encouraging news for auto owners. The Standard Oil Co., is about to put on the market what is known as â�?�?Motor Spiritâ�? gasoline. It is said to be even better than the high grade gas for autos and will retain about three cents cheaper. Clerk Weeks cannot understand why someone has not applied for a marriage license since he moved his office to the new court house. Thus far not an applicant has put in an appearance. If you want the honor of getting License # 1 in the new building, get busy right away. A suggestion that is likely to become popular in connection with the reduction of the number of saloons in communities where there is to be considerable scaling down, contemplates the sale of licenses by auction. The highest bidders above a fixed minimum get the saloon business and the city officials are relieved of a delicate duty. Beware of coming in contact with the electric light bulb when the current is on. A young lady in Wessington Springs was electrocuted when she took hold of the bulb while switching on the light. By a deal completed the first of this week, Frank Scott becomes the proprietor of the Brown Market. Mr. Scott is no stranger to the people of Vermillion. Three new drinking fountains have been ordered by the city. One will be placed at the top of Chandler Hill at the south end of Market Street. Another will be near the Waldorf Hotel and the other one probably near the corner of Main and University streets. The dedication of the new court house is set for Thursday June 19, 1913. The ceremony will be in charge of the Odd Fellows Lodge. In addition, a number of old residents will address the people. CITY DADS WILL BE DRAWING MORE PAY AFTER JULY 1, 1913: The city of Vermillion will have another expense of $1100.00 annually to meet after July of the present year. On that date the mayor and city commissioners will begin to draw more money for their services. The mayor will receive $25.00 per month or $300.00 per year, while the commissioners get a raise from $25.00 per year to $200.00 per year or $16.66 per month. It is not through any fault of the taxpayers that the substantial raise in salary is granted. The increase is due to an act of the last legislature, which fixes the salaries in commission governed sites, according to population. Vermillionâ�?�?s population of more than 1,500 and less than 2,000 hence comes under the above salary list. In the last city election in April the tax payers decided that five commissioners were better than three, one principal reason advanced being the big increase in salary. Plain Talk has never been opposed to paying city officials more money where they were compelled to meet weekly, but we have almost come to the conclusion that city affairs would run along just as smoothly under the old council plan, with meeting monthly with a salary in keeping with the services rendered. The fire boys were presented a gift from Albert Charrlin a few days ago. It is in the nature of a souvenir of the 29th annual firemanâ�?�?s tournament and contains numerous badges secured from the different departments. It is neartly arranged, crazy quilt fashion, Mrs. Charrlin being responsible for the needlework. It is encased in a large frame with glass front that swings on hinges and the banner can be easily removed when wanted for parades, etc.
Memorial Day services will be celebrated Monday, May 27, at the Vermillion Public Library. The program, hosted by Veterans of … Read Article