Sesquicentennial Highlights

Sesquicentennial Highlights Excerpts taken from
the Plain Talk
1914 By Cleo Erickson The New Year brings a new ruling that there will be no more liquor sold on the dining cars of the Milwaukee railroad within the state of South Dakota. Considerable complaining has come to the authorities of Clay County concerning peddlers who have been working the north end of the county without a license.  It is being investigated and arrests are likely to follow soon. The Greenfield Creamery building will soon be moved to Vermillion. It will be located on the Austin lot across the street from the Collins & Harris blacksmith shop. Contractor John Hanson has just completed a modern home for the Theo. Jaspersons in Norway Township. Artist Bendixen was in charge of the painting and decorative work. At the meeting of the County Commissioners on Tuesday morning, T. O. Ellison was named as chairman for the coming year. Mr. Iverson had been chairman in 1913 and board members thought it would be a nice thing to pass the office around. The creamery building reached Vermilion Friday afternoon and as soon as the feed store building can be moved to the back of the lots it will be located in front on Market Street. G. H. Brown went to Dixon County, Nebraska the first of the week, having concluded to sell Raleigh remedies there. The Chaussee sale near Burbank on Tuesday was a hummer, cattle, hogs, etc., bringing good prices.  A good crowd was in attendance. Wm. Klatt of Meckling Township was in the city yesterday looking for his citizenship papers. He took out the first papers about two weeks ago and now desires to secure the final documents. Mr. Klatt came from Germany about thirteen years ago and is well satisfied with life in the U.S. Because of the resignation of Hiram South a Superintendant of the poor farm, to take effect March 1st, the County Commissioners are looking for another man to manage the poor farm. They will consider applications at the next meeting the first week in February. The new creamery building is now in place and a brick foundation is being erected under the structure. Manager Johrde informs us that he expects to be ready for business by the first of February though there may be delays that will postpone the opening a few days. We understand that Charles Snow will have an interest in the business and that articles of incorporation will be filed. NEW BANK FOR CITY:  Articles of Incorporation Filed at Pierre and Charter Applied for Capital Stock of $50,000.00 Vermillion is to have a third bank, to be known as the Citizens Bank and Trust Co., organized under the laws of S.D.  The incorporators are citizens of Vermillion and Clay County, and announcement is made that the new institution will be ready for business about July 15, 1914. The bank will be located on the corner of Main and Prospect Streets in the Nissen building, with the purchase being completed on Tuesday afternoon. Under the papers filed with the Secretary of State, M. J. Chaney will be President, C. E. Prentis and Carl Gunderson, Vice Presidents, and W. R. Cleland, Secretary. Directors will be M. J. Chaney, C. E. Prentis, Carl Gunderson, T. O. Ellison, W. R. Cleland, J. E. Payne and S. A. Omhahl. Two peddlers, Alex Fanatti and Chas. Frazer, have been arrested charged with selling clothing in Clay County without a license. A hearing was held before Justice Hatch at Wakonda. Both men have been working under a novel scheme. They are selling wholesale rights, but in order to secure a right the patron must invest a sum of money and this entitles him to a quantity of cloth for suits. The cloth is delivered on the spot, but is said to be simply a premium. The circumstances are peculiar, and the outcome will be watched with interest. A cast selected from the University Faculty and the people of the town will give a benefit performance at the City Theatre on February 13. The details are looked after by the Faculty Woman's Club and the proceeds will go to the City Library for the purchase of new books. On Friday evening last week, chicken thieves visited the farm home of W. L. Matson in Prairie Center Township and stole 25 fine chickens. Mr. Matson raises fine Brown Leghorns and the theft was not discovered until the next day when he went to gather the eggs. There were no eggs or chickens to be found. The supposition is that the thieves are in the chicken raising business and wanted some good hens, as they did not molest the Plymouth Rock roosters. Professional thieves would have taken everything in sight.

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