Sesquicentennial Highlights

Sesquicentennial Highlights Excerpts from the Plain Talk 1916 continued FAILED TO RECAPTURE GUN: At two o'clock Tuesday morning an automobile with mufflers open and lights glaring crept down the Main street of Elk Point and stopped in front of the court house. Midst clanging of iron bars and guarded laughter five young men of the University piled out and approached an ominous looking weapon mounted before the building. Their purpose seemed evident; they set about with ropes and crowbars to load the ponderous gun into the car. Boom! They all thought that the cannon had exploded. But,no! It was only a very big looking little forty-five hands of the sheriff, who was ambushed in the upper story of the court house. Scatterment! One behind a tree, the others to the car. But the sheriff was too quick for them. He got the one behind the tree and intercepted the car. The Elk Point jail was handily placed in the basement of the court house and for about two hours was more populous than perhaps it is customary. In a short time the automobile made the return trip to Vermillion. The cannon in question has been a bone of contention for many years, dating from 1860.  Abandoned in the pioneer days by our Indian fighters on the plains between Vermillion and Yankton, it was appropriated by Vermillion people and held by them till stolen by Yanktonians.  It was regained by Vermillion only to be again "swiped" by some Wakonda people, where it was held for three or four years, hid in hay stacks buried in the earth, and finally nailed up in the back of a small country store. The owner of this store died, leaving a prominent Vermilion resident as administrator of his estate. In the performance of his duties he brought the cannon to Vermillion and Yankton several times. It was stolen by Elk Point people, where it has made its residence for the last few years.  The failure of an attempt to regain it is to be regretted, and was due doubtless to a leak in the plot. MECKLING IS THREATENED BY FIRE: Fifteen members of the Vermillion Fire Department answered a hurry up call to Meckling on Tuesday. They first thought the entire business district was threatened but were able to contain the blaze with the help of Meckling residents to the barn of Theodore Thorson and the barn of Mrs. Harvey Thorson where the flames spread.  Theodore Thorson was covered with $150.00 insurance but Mrs. Harvey Thorson had no insurance. Because of the strong east wind it was feared for a time the business district might be doomed along with several residences. However, only the barns burned. Mr. W. H. Lawton moved his ice cream parlor to the Bridgeman building on West Main Street. On Saturday he held a formal opening of the attractive place. Music was furnished all afternoon and evening by Miss Alice Walker at the piano and Mr. Lowell Aistrup on the violin. Flowers were given to all the ladies. The room is furnished in red and white, the University colors. Lunches of all kinds will be served and everyone is invited to stop and see the new place. This is the 2nd time Hofer's Pharmacy has been entered.  This time someone entered through the cellar window. "TWENTY-TWO YEARS AGO — 1894" "A false alarm of fire was given for the second ward last night and the fires boys made a run.  It was only a bonfire in Erick Swedberg's yard." There are said to be sixteen well-developed candidates for sheriff this morning. Sam Strong caught 165 pounds of buffalo fish on Friday and the lightest one in the pile weighed 10 pounds. ANNOUNCEMENT: The studio known as Butler Studios of Vermillion hereafter will be operated by the Genelli Studio of Sioux City. Wm. Spensley has received a silver headed cane from his nephew, Wm. Spensley, of Galena, Ill. The cane was made on General Grant's old leather table in the Galena tan yards. Some kids found the cellar door of the Bower block open and through this they reached the upper room and packed out several dozen bottles of pop and ginger ale. It will be well for parents to look into this matter. The habit of stealing is a poor one to allow to grow. On Monday evening the five city commissioners will finish their labors and the change back to the old council form of government will take place.  Mayor C. E. Prentis, and Commissioners Gilbertson, Hanson, Harris and Gunderson will retire, and the new organization will be Mayor R. F. Lyons, and Aldermen, P. A. Peterson, H. A. Bergren, Arden Clark, Fred Semrow, Dr. P. R. Burkland, L. P. Brewster, R. Stucliffe and George Rasmussen. Under the Aldermanic form of Government, Mayor Lyons will have several appointments to make, including Chief of Police, Night Watch, Assessor, City Auditor and Street Commissioner.

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