Sesquicentennial Highlights

Sesquicentennial Highlights Excerpts From the Plain Talk July 1915 Just opened under new management and ready to serve the public with the BEST MEAL IN THE CITY, Bollenbaugh and Clauson at 11 Market Street. Lightning struck Independence, District # 1 school house just north of the University. A pretty good sized hole was opened in the roof but a blaze did not ensue. Telephone subscribers may pay their monthly bills through the bank in which they carry an account.  Notify the telephone manager and the receipted bill will be passed through the bank in the same manner as a check. Eighth grade graduating exercises will be held at both Wakonda and Vermillion this year.  You may choose the place you prefer.  A picture of the Vermillion group will be taken at the Lawton gallery promptly at one o'clock. The season's Waists and Dresses are 98 cents at Granges'. At the City Theatre go see Robert Warwick in "The Face in the Moonlight".  Special orchestra music.  Admission 10 cents and 15 cents. A new course has been added at the University, and hereafter an embalming school will be conducted under the auspices of the institution. Mr. & Mrs. C. E. Prentis abandoned their trip to Colorado by auto owing to the bad conditions of roads.  Definite plans have not been made for a substitute summer vacation. Grange's delivery team tore down Main street at a rapid pace, minus a driver.  The horses broke away on Dakota street and headed direct for the store.  They came to grief at the corner of the Red Cross Pharmacy when they bumped square into the electric light pole.  The animals were not injured and the damage to the delivery wagon was not great. It isn't surprising that the streets of Vermillion should be lined with autos night and day.  There are more than 700 autos in Clay County alone. Treasurer Lyckholm informs us that licenses have been paid in excess of $2,100.00 at the rate of $3.00 per auto. A delightful treat is Post Toasties and Cream.  "Toasties" are ready to eat direct from the package, breakfast, lunch or supper and enjoyed by old and young.  Grocers everywhere sell Post Toasties. Thompson –Lewis Co., have the new 1916 Maxwell for sale including electric starter and electric lights.  $655.00. A second raid on the Ideal Restaurant brings results.  More than 100 bottles of beer were seized.  It was 11:00 o'clock last night when the second raid was made on Market Street.  They also found a jug of whiskey.  This probably means the closing of the Ideal, and the proprietor, or proprietors, will probably be glad to shake the dust of Vermillion from their feet.  Time will be given them to make a settlement with their borders.  The liquor had been well concealed under the floor.  Since the first day of September, it is understood that five barrels of beer and several cases have been received at the depot, consigned to those connected with the restaurant. In women's fashions, perhaps history is repeating itself.  With the higher skirts and the lowering of necks, the day of the fig leaf may yet return. LEE & PRENTIS CO: Specials for Fall Cleaning: Mop sticks each… 10 cents Liquid Glass, floor and furniture polish per pint…30 cents Wizzard Floor Mops complete…$1.25 Bon Ami 10 cent straight seller, 3 bars…25 cents E-Z Stove Polish, liquid per can…08.cents Old Dutch Cleanser, per can…08.cents Light House Cleaner, per can…05.cents Lightning struck the ferry boat southwest of the city and burned it to the ground.  The loss is a hard blow to Messrs. Mount and Brown as they had considerable money invested and will not receive any insurance.  The policy didn't include fire. Owing to the great demand for golf supplies for those who indulge in this form of sport, R. C. Davis has decided to meet the demand.  Check it out at the Helgeson Pharmacy. The city commissioners said, "Let There Be Light", and there was light.  We refer to the Chandler Hill.  No longer will pedestrians be obliged to wander up and down the long hill in the dark.  It is certainly a needed improvement.  And with all night service for streets and homes we are now looking and feeling quite metropolitan.  Now if the Milwaukee Company will only install electric lights at the depot, the people will be well satisfied. GOOD News: A new boat is being built and will be a little larger than the old one, its dimensions being 14 x 35 feet.  H. H. Davenport has been pressed into service to superintend the construction of the work and he reports that with good luck the ferry will be ready in two weeks. LEE & PRENTIS AD: Dress Up, Everybody, Reflect the Nation's and Community's Prosperity: The formal opening of the new chemistry building of the University of South Dakota will be the occasion of an elaborate program which will be attended by chemists form all the sister institutions in South Dakota and nearby institutions in other states. Two strangers, evidently looking for money held up J. W. Meddles near the Atwood Bridge.  Near the W. S. Burr farm two strangers passed Mr. Meddles.  They were driving a team and going north.  When Jack arrived at the bridge, the men accosted him.  One struck him over the head with a rock or a billy, rendering him unconscious.  They went through his pockets but must have been disappointed as there was no money.  An hour later the victim"woke up" and managed to reach the Atwood farm.  So far the offenders have not been apprehended. At this season of the year, especial care should be exercised to guard against prairie fires.  This summer there has been an abundant growth of native grasses. The Burbank Saloon was broken into and ransacked last Saturday night.  The miscreants got away with some cigars, tobacco and a bottle of whiskey. H. H. Davenport came home the latter part of the week, after having spent a month on the banks of the Missouri while constructing the new ferry for Messrs. Mount and Brown. The Dalesburg schoolhouse is nearing completion.  Contractor N. P. Peterson was in the city this afternoon and said the finishing touches were well under way.  The structure will cost about $4,000.00 A train crew discovered the lifeless body of an aged man near the railroad tracks two miles east of the city.  As we go to press Sheriff Vaughn and Chief Brown are on their way to take care of the body of the stranger.  No definite information is available at this time. DIES FROM EXPOSURE Aged Citizen of Wagner, SD, found Dead by Side of Milwaukee Tracks Early last Thursday forenoon members of a freight train crew discovered the lifeless body of William Bullock by the side of the railroad track two miles southeast of the city.  His body was covered with snow, and it was apparent that the aged citizen had been the victim of exposure.  It was at first intimated that he had been killed by the train, but an examination of the body showed no signs of injuries.  Clay County and city officers were at once notified, and they brought the body to the city.  Coroner Hatch was summoned from Wakonda, and it was his verdict that no inquest was necessary, the indications being that death was not due to violence or injury, but simply to exposure. Mr. Bullock was eighty-one years of age.  In his declining years he seemed disposed to want to roam about the country, and on two different occasions had left his home in Wagner, SD and started out on overland trips.  He had been to Sioux City on this trip, and was walking towards home last Wednesday.  He arrived in Burbank that afternoon, and evidently started out for Vermillion late in the afternoon.  A cold rain came that night, and was later followed by snow.  The old gentleman must have become exhausted when within two miles of this city and fell by the side of the track, where he answered the final summons. A son, who is an undertaker at Wagner, was immediately notified, as soon as the identity of the man was discovered, and he arrived on the early morning train, Friday.  The remains were taken to Wagner at 2:30 that afternoon. FERRY BOAT SINKS. Again It is Impossible to Cross Missouri River Southwest of the City. There's a hoodoo hovering over the ferry business somewhere, and Messrs Mount and Brown would like to know what it is.  Along in the summer lightning struck the boat operated by these gentlemen, and it was burned to the water's edge.  About two weeks ago they launched a new craft, and were in a position to handle all business that came their way before ice formed in the Big Muddy.  But on Sunday night  last the new ferry boat broke from its moorings, floated down stream about two miles, struck a snag or sandbar, and went down to a watery grave.  It now lies buried in sand and water, and it will be a difficult task to raise it. Just what the plans of the managers are, we have not learned.  The boat cost upward of $700.00, and the lumber and equipment is new throughout.  The loss to them is heavy, and comes just at a time when the ferry business would have been profitable. The cash register at the Hofer Pharmacy was relieved of about $35.00 this morning according to Chief Brown.  Joe Sutherland, employee opened the store for business, he found the register open and all the money gone.  The robber had forced entrance through the back door.  Officers are working on the case but have no clue at the present time. Another fire badly scorched the Covington Café on Center Street on Wednesday morning.  The firemen were able to save the main building, but the loss in the way of stock is complete. End 1915

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