Sesquicentennial Highlights

Sesquicentennial Highlights Excerpts from the Plain Talk 1917 Carl Gunderson will retire from the hardware business and will be succeeded by his two nephews, Harry O. Gunderson and Barthold J. Gunderson. 1916 was a good year for Vermillion.  New buildings and improvements reached a grand total of nearly $172,000.  Many new buildings are being planned for the year. The Chandler Hill is used for a bobsled coaster, but watch out when the sled hits the railroad tracks. Three young men, namely, "Bub" Mount, Clarence Malone and Wm Gruchow went sailing through the air when their sled hit the tracks.  All received some injuries but are happy the injuries weren't too severe. Nebraskans are seen in Vermillion almost daily as the ice is in fine condition.  Heavy loads of wood, grain and livestock have been on the market here. R. C. Davis writes from Pasadena that California is all right, but no place for a Vermillion pharmacist. Only 11 more states need adopt prohibition to give the necessary 2/3rd's majority to amend the federal constitution and then—good night, John Barleycorn. The man who vociferously objects to donating a dollar for charitable purposes will pay a renegade bootlegger 50 cents for a short half pint bottle of firewater and never blink an eye. The Vermillion Ice Company has been making rapid progress in filling the big ice house at the river's bank.  A new invention is being used to cut the ice so there is a liberal supply on hand for the chute at all times. R C Davis is expected home from Pasadena, California this week. The County Commissioners decided to give the Auditor and Treasurer each a deputy.  Heretofore one deputy has been supplying both offices.  The official selects their own deputies.  The salary of each is $50.00 per month. John Bergman has rendered good service as janitor at the court house and in recognition of this service will get an increase in salary. of $10.00 per month. John now draws $60.00 per month in addition of free rent, lights and water. There will be no increase in the rates charged the student boarders at East Hall despite 40 cent butter, potatoes at $2.00 a bushel, ordinary canned goods at 15 cents a can, and flour at $5.30 a hundred pounds.  Good board for a week at $4.25 including a chicken dinner on Sunday.  By figuring close and careful buying, East Hall has managed to break even with the high cost of living. G. A. Anderson narrowly escaped death on Saturday when his auto plunged over the embankment about half way down the Chandler Hill.  Mr. Anderson was pretty badly scared but was congratulating himself that he is alive to tell about the accident. Mr. & Mrs. J. T. O'Connor celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary as relatives, friends and neighbors gathered at their home to surprise them. If people past sixty years of age would go to bed as soon as they take cold and remain in bed for one or two days, they would recover much more quickly, especially if they take Chamberlain's Cough Remedy. J. W. Grange store will have moving pictures at the city theatre to show ladies only how to fit and buy a corset.  Ladies stop at the Grange store for complimentary tickets for the show.  The film is entitled "The Social Key" and is in great demand.  Sorry no male patrons allowed at the showing.  The store will undoubtedly find themselves besieged for requests to this matinee for women only. The big water main busted on Main Street in front of the Bee Hive Store. Like a bolt of lightning from a clear sky is the note from Germany declaring the intention of the imperial government to recall its pledge to the United States and to enter a program of unrestricted sub-sea warfare.  This means the United States is nearer to war than they have been at any time and the only way to prevent a state of war will be for one nation or the other to recede from its present position. The fire boys were called to the East Side school on Friday.  The rooms had filled with smoke and the children were ordered from the building.  It seems the construction of the big chimney; lath had been used between the brick, and under an intense heat they caught on fire.  No serious damage was done.

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