Sesquicentennial Highlights

Sesquicentennial Highlights Excerpts from the Plain Talk 1916 Frank Scott recently ordered a brand new refrigerator for his meat market.  It arrived on Tuesday and it's a nice one.  Frank declares that he now has a "real ice-box". A poverty party was held at Meckling on New Year's night.  Several from Vermillion were present.  All say that the evening was one of the merriest they have ever spent. On Jan 13, 1916, the thermometer registered 30 below zero.  It hasn't been bad up to this week but the weather has been dishing out something out of the ordinary the past 3 days.  The cool man is having his inning this week. All Calicoes at 5 center per yard at Granges—Big Clearance Sale. Next week Scott's Meat Market will institute an hourly delivery service, and meat will be delivered on a regular schedule if ordered before the time of leaving. 300 bushels of corn plunged into the basement at the Vermillion Seed Company located on Center Street in the Malby building.  The large sills had rotted off on the ends.  No workmen were hurt. The Lutheran Choir now numbers 16 voices and is singing beautiful anthems to the edification of the congregation. At a meeting of the members of the Order of the Owls decided to rent the front rooms in the southeast basement corner of the Waldorf Hotel for their clubroom. A group of the faculty women is sending money and used clothing to the needy in France. For Sale:  Twin Indian motorcycle in good condition for sale.  1914 model.  Located at Waldorf Livery. If you want a package, parcel or trunk delivered to any part of the city just call Henry Walz.  Henry wants to show you he is on the job every minute and guarantees quick service to deliveries entrusted to his care. The Vermillion Ice Company has been busy for several days filling the big house at the river's edge.  The ice is thick and clear and patrons should receive a good quality next year. We almost overlooked the report of the poor farm receipts and disbursements for the year.  Under the management of W. L. Ballard, the farm has prospered during the year, and the county is better off by $600.00 after squaring all accounts.  Last year the receipts and valuations exceeded the disbursements by about $300.00.  This is much appreciated by the Commissioners. Chicken-pox is raging in the neighborhood of Burbank. The ground hog failed to find his shadow Tuesday till after the electric lights were turned on. Fritz Lass has disposed of his interest in the bakery and confectionary business in Vermillion.  The new owners are J. F. Guss and H. Jacobsen of Laurel, Nebraska.  The former is an experienced business man, while the later is a practical and experienced baker. F. C. Broyles has established a new dairy business in Vermillion.  He will deliver milk to you at the rate of thirteen quarts for $1.00 or .28 cents per gallon.  Phone 319. "Twenty Years Ago—1896"  "The crossings in this town are nearly as sloppy as the middle of the road.  Vermillion is getting so she resembles a backwoods town in the interior of Mississippi as to crosswalks and the likes.  Twenty years ago there must have been a great deal of sickness as thirty three hundred sales of liquor were made by the drug store during February and 3500 in January and 1880 in December." March is moving time.  Pete Christopherson is moving to the old Christopherson homestead, vacated by his brother, Hans, who is going west. Frank Clark moves on the Ed Ufford farm, vacated by Pete Christopherson. H. J. Hanson moved to the old Agersborg farm.  V. S. Wince moves to a farm southwest of town. Remember, we can give you 3 bars of Palmolive soap free with every 50 cents purchased of Palmolive face powder or vanishing cream.  Hofer's Pharmacy. Oysters, Chesapeake Standard, 40 cents per quart at Kempker's Market. Prairie Center Pickups:  Anyone with a wooden leg can get a position at the Greenfield bakery punching holes in the doughnuts.  The skating club met on the J. B. Jaeger's pond Sunday afternoon.  Albert Solberg moved into his new home last Saturday. "Twenty Years Ago—1894"  "Asymptote, as a drinking resort, is no more.  The rum mills have pulled out for good, and for the first time in more than two years the sand bar is absolutely prohibition.  It is as dry as the sands that blow and as free from guile as the pearly white pebbles that thirsty pilgrims were wanting to wear their shoes out upon.  The houses on the white land will be used for slaughter house purposes.  The poverty of the business in that locality more than the prohibitory law is responsible for the closing of the saloons." A Mayor and the Aldermen will be elected on Tuesday, April 18, 1916.  This election will mark the change from the commission form of government to the old council form.  The five commissioners will be succeeded by a Mayor and eight Aldermen.  Only one regular meeting will be held unless special meetings are called. If you are a candidate for Mayor and want your name on the ballot, just circulate a petition and secure about 35 names.  That number will be sufficient, as the law says that petitions for city officers, where there shall be fifteen names at election for each one thousand of the city's population. Five hundred and ninety-six students have registered in the University this year.  This is an increase of 175 more over last year's registration By Tuesday morning three school houses of the six on the Missouri River bottom had been closed on account of the rapid rise of water. If you drink hot water before breakfast it says you really feel clean, sweet and fresh inside, and are seldom ill. Richard Gravrok is pushing the work on his new bungalow on Linden Street.

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