Sesquicentennial Highlights

Sesquicentennial Highlights By Cleo Erickson Excerpts from the Plain Talk 1914 The families of M. L. Thompson and Carl Anderson are enjoying camp life for a couple of weeks over at the washout on the Charrlin farm.�?  This farm furnishes an ideal spot for camp life as the shade is good and there is plenty of water for boating, etc. The young men have been doing some fishing in the Missouri River during spare moments, but thus far report no big hauls. Is your nose pinched by your glasses? Stop at George M. Sage, Optometrist for â�?�?Fits-U-Eyeglasses.â�? Vermillion has for years been trying to get the Milwaukee to erect a depot commensurate with the needs and merits of the University City.�?  It doesnâ�?�?t look too positive at this time. Halloween A Little Early In Vermillion???�?  Under orders from the Mayor, Chief of Police Brown has set a new pace and has advanced by several weeks the tipping over of outhouses.�?  Some owners were somewhat peeved at the action of the officer. It is time to clean up the city and it is time for the city commissioners to act, not only in the business district, but also in other places where sanitary conditions are simply rotten. The outhouses at the West Side School need to come down.�?  Letâ�?�?s protect the innocent children from the ravages of disease.�?  The president of the board of health has a duty to perform. Prices on foodstuffs have gone skyward.�?  President Wilson and others see no reason for it and point out as their reason the large amount of grain, etc, now on hand which cannot be shipped to foreign markets. They say the supply does not warrant the price.�?  Prices in America are largely on an artificial basis but there is some stability in them. Those who gamble in grain are not wholly unconscious of the law of supply and demand.�?  Rumor has it that the barbers of the city have been talking of raising the price of hair cuts from 25 cents to 35 cents because of the war conditions across the waters. No definite announcement has been made to this effect, however, and we are in hopes the foreigners will quit scrapping before the proposed raise goes into effect. The Vermillion Milling Company, in charge of the Electric Light Plant will sell the Light Plant including all machinery, building and lots to the city for $20,000.00. The law firm of Payne & Olson is now nicely located in new rooms over the new Citizens Bank. These are fine offices and the firm will hereafter enjoy all the modern conveniences such as steam heat, toilet rooms, etc. The suite includes three large rooms. There is one school district in the county that does not enjoy a very large attendance.�?  This is Dist. #9 which embraces a territory southwest of the city.�?  Recently, the Busy Bend schoolhouse was moved, but at present there are no pupils with the exception of one to attend school. Frank Brown, son of Mr.& Mrs. G. H. Brown, of this city, was united in marriage to Miss Lois Ferry, daughter of Mrs. Cora (Ferry) Carter of Omaha. The happy young people returned to Vermillion last evening and for the present will do light housekeeping, occupying rooms at the Brown home on Elm Street. Both are popular in the community and a large circle of friends join in extending congratulations and best wishes. The East Hall Cupola was struck by lightning. Firemen responded promptly so only a small loss occurred. The fire will not interfere with the opening of East Hall next week to the young ladies. Considerable damage was done to the Arthur Anderson home on Center Street when a tank in the bath room on the second floor sprung a leak.�?  The family has been absent in Mitchell for several weeks and if it had not been for the neighbors the destruction would have been greater. Chief Brown was notified and he broke into the house to find the water running. A plumber stopped the leak immediately but several rooms had been soaked. The water had probably been running for a couple of days.�?  The damage will easily total $200.00. The Postmaster General Burleson and the Treasury Department of the United States consider the recommendations of the inspectors sent here to investigate conditions with reference�?  to a post office site, the old courthouse lots will be purchased for the structure.�?  The chances are that it will be several years before an appropriation will be made for the building as Uncle Sam already has many contracts ahead for government buildings. The streets of Burbank will be open on Saturday nights from eight AM to nine PM. TWENTY YEARS AGO: (Taken from the Plain Talk Files Sept. 26, 1894 and printed Sept. 24, 1914) The unseemly chasing after office which is now going on among candidates is simply nauseating. Bill Burr statement:�?  Monday I gathered half an acre of beans and winnowed them up in good shape.�?  Yesterday the wind blew them off the farm and over to Dick Atwoodâ�?�?s place.�?  Dick wonâ�?�?t give them up, because he is a delegate to the republican convention tomorrow. The First National Bank has a splendid new silk corduroy couch that beats anything of the kind in town.�?  It is eight feet in length. Sheriff Satter went to Meckling last Wednesday morning to search Smithâ�?�?s hotel for beer.�?  None was found, except two bottles which the lady of the house said belonged to herself. (End of â�?�?Twenty Years Agoâ�?) H. Mount has been spending a few days in the city, being compelled to give up his work on the ferryboat.�?  He fell into the pit surrounding the big wheel on the boat and dislocated his wrist and shoulder.�?  A physician at Obert, NE attended him but it was necessary to do part of the work over again and a Vermillion physician finally doing the work right.

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