Sesquicentennial Highlights

Sesquicentennial Highlights Excerpts from the Plain Talk 1916 continued Cast your ballot for equal suffrage and statewide prohibition.  It's a good combination. A great many men oppose equal suffrage on the grounds that if the woman gets the ballot she will raise the standard of morality. Don't you think that women — mother's as a rule — , are not only equal, but superior to men?  Analyze this out to its logical conclusion. The members of the City Council were in regular monthly session last Monday evening. A large number of bills were allowed.  A Petition for a sanitary sewer was presented from residents in the west part of the city, to run down over the hill and empty into the Vermillion River.  It was referred to the proper committee. Complaints have been registered with the city authorities and police officials regarding the loss of robes and parcels from autos that are left standing on the street.  Some evenings there are as many as 200 cars lined up on the streets.  If you have missing items report your troubles to the policeman in the area. The November term of court for Clay County will convene at the court house next Monday.  There are 8 criminal cases on the calendar and 23 civil cases. The new ice house is near completion.  It will hold about 1500 tons.  Every demand should be available now without having to make shipments from the outside. H. M. Charrlin has just received a fine delivery vehicle for Victrolas and Edisons.  The sale of these items is increasing rapidly. One day recently a Vermillion elevator purchased 76 loads of grain, most of which was corn at 80 cents.  Where are those pessimists that were howling that free Argentine corn would pauperize American producers? "The hand that rocks the cradle" decided the election for Wilson.  In all suffrage states except two, Illinois and Oregon, women swung the election.  What a glowing tribute to the intelligence of the weaker sex. Sounds like the Milwaukee Company is planning on a new depot for Vermillion in the near future. In the October 26, 1916 Plain Talk the weatherman is saying the next snow storm will be November 7, 1916.  (As this column is written it is Nov. 7, 2008 and a huge snow storm is raging in western South Dakota)  The Vermillion Ice Company will be able to handle an increased volume of business next year.  They have purchased vacant lots between the Chandler House property and the creamery building, and before the time arrives to put up the season's ice crop will have a fine building erected.  It will be 24' X 60'. The enrollment at the University has reached 552.  The enrollment for the same time last year was 461.  In 1914 the enrolment was 374. Once more the Vermillion Hospital is a reality.  Dr. E. M. Stansbury is in charge and it is located at 216 E. Clark Street.  The hospital is private in ownership but all patients who are in charge of other physicians will be admitted when proper arrangements are made by the attending physician. The road between Vermillion and Meckling is greatly improved since the new tractor and grader were put in operation.  It is no longer one of the worst roads in the area. The Burbank Thimble Club is serving a big dinner on Thanksgiving Day.  The ladies have made arrangements for one of the best "feeds" ever given at the M. W. A Hall and you get it for 25 cents. An oyster supper will also be served.  They look to feed 500 people.  If you are tempted, run down to Burbank between trains and get in on the good things to eat. The Vermillion High School has the u uniform dress for high school girls and it is proving very satisfactory. Dalesburg school broke all records last Saturday evening at the basket social, when the total receipts amounted to $105.75 on the sale of baskets. Vermillion has a roller skating rink.  There seems to be a great demand for roller skating at present and the rink has been crowded afternoon and evening. We cannot but admire the spirit of the little ladies of VHS in carrying out their so-called fad for uniforms.  It makes for three things:  Democracy, Simplicity, and Economy. End 1916

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