Sesquicentennial Highlights Excerpts from the Plain Talk 1914 continued NEW HOSPITAL: We are pleased to learn that a new hospital will be started in Vermilion immediately. Miss Minnie Johnson, a trained nurse from Omaha, has leased the residence of Guy Basom on Lewis Street, and as soon as equipment can be installed she will be ready to receive patients. Physicians say the building is nicely arranged and plenty large enough to accommodate all patients in fine shape. LEE-PRENTIS RANCH SOLD: The Sale Did Not Attract Very Many Outside Buyers. We had expected several hundred visitors to the city from Iowa and other states would be present at the big sale, but the special from Sioux City did not bring more than thirty-five or forty people. Most were from Clay or surrounding counties. The bidding at times was spirited, but for the most part purchases were given bargains that they will not enjoy again soon. About 3000 acres was disposed of. The home farm, containing 1,035 was sold to M. J. Chaney, while the rest was sold as follows: T. R. Walker, 240 acres Andrew Olson, 80 acres Knudt Severson, 135 acres Ole H. Peterson, 95 acres Oscar Syulvester, 190 acres Chas. Snow, 160 acres H. E. Jones, 600 acres R. W. Ivans, 105 acres. The sale was conducted by J. W. Reedy of Beresford, and that gentleman is sure some auctioneer. His opening address to the audience present was certainly a masterpiece, and again when it came to the home farm he paid a glowing tribute to Clay County and the possibilities that exist in this community for making money. Things do not drag with Reedy at the helm, and he has some good stories to intersperse with his regular auctioneering speel. The little town of Meckling is putting on airs, and in a few weeks will have fine cement sidewalks on either side of the Main Street for a distance of more than a block. The walks will be laid by R. D. Brown of this city, the young man having this week ordered a fine new cement mixer to take care of this job, as well as several others that he has contracted for. School was closed last week on account of the teacher being sick with the mumps. We were able to show the true Irish Spirit last Tuesday by â�?�?the wearing of the greenâ�?. A liberal supply of real Shamrock was left at this office by Wm. Everett. NOTICE: The road running through the land of Henry Morse, known as the ferry road, going south from Busy Bend school house across the NW 14 of Sec. 35, Vermillion Township, will be closed to all travel on April 15, 1914. Canute Weeks filed his patent on the homestead in Vermillion Township this week. The patent was issued when Hayes was President, April 30, 1880, but was never recorded until this week. The new city hospital is now open to the public. The building secured for this purpose is located on the corner of Lewis and Yale streets, in southeast Vermillion. The hospital is in charge of Miss Minnie Johnson, a trained nurse of many years experience, and Miss Frances Crosby, who will look after the general management of the hospital. It is credit to the city to be able to advertise a hospital that is nicely equipped in every way to accommodate patients and all residents should make it a point to use their influence towards the maintenance of such a public benefit. It is unnecessary to go to the larger cities for hospital accommodations when they can be secured nearer home and at a rate that is even less than in the outside hospitals. The foundation for the new veterinary hospital being built by Drs. Brewster and Viers on Center Street is completed. A new Studebaker Six has been delivered to M/M R. C. Davis this past week. A. J. Pierce departed last Thursday for Gann Valley, SD via the covered wagon route, accompanied by Al McKivime. Exclave action work on the Nissen building has been completed and this week masons were laying the foundation. The work will be pushed forward as rapidly as possible and no delays will be occasioned for lack of materials, as most of the brick and lumber is already on the ground. The Vermillion Creamery will be manufacturing ice cream in a few days. Residents of the city who are interested in the hospital are invited to a shower at the Masonic Hall on Saturday at 2:30 oâ�?�?clock. Donations of bedding, table linens, etc., and any contribution of money will be thankfully received. It is a worthy cause and refreshments will be served during the afternoon G. H. Brown took possession of the big star early Monday morning being the successor of L. E. Kephart who tendered his resignation as Chief of Police. Work on the Nissen building was moving along rapidly last week, but rain interfered with the operation the first of the week. If no delays are encountered from now on the building will be ready for occupancy sometime in June. The shower for the city hospital proved to be a grand success. Gifts of linen, bedding, trays and dishes were numerous and the receipts from the luncheon totaled about $25.00. The Vermillion National Bank has established a pass book system for time deposits. Those who deposit money with the idea of drawing interest can do so, providing it remains in the bank at least 6 months. We have often heard the remark made that kids should not be permitted to run coaster wagons on the sidewalks. If you are walking along and one of these wagons, pushed by a sturdy boy, comes along, it is necessary to either get off the walk or take chances of being bumped into. The kids demand a clear field.
By David Lias For most people in Vermillion, Cheryl Miller and Pamella Jackson have been merely images on newsprint. The … Read Article