Sesquicentennial Highlights

Sesquicentennial Highlights From the Plain Talk 1916 continued "Twenty-Two Years Ago—1894" 1.  Sheriff Satter cleaned out the county jail of 10 kegs and an endless number of beer bottles and whiskey last Saturday, the fruits of several successful seizures during the past year. 2. Jordan's boat house, on the banks of the classic Vermillion, was opened formally on Monday. BY ORDER OF THE MAYOR:  There is an ordinance against dumping rubbish of any kind in any public grounds in the city, and hereafter all violators will be prosecuted.  A public dumping ground has been designated south of the Air Line Bridge. The new electric light on Main Street is very much appreciated.  We hope that other business men will install lights on the street. A much needed improvement. Nels Bruyer is putting up a new summer shanty, which he is going to use for cooking when hot weather sets in. Paul Wagner arrived from Grand View, Iowa, to accept a position at the J. C. F. Elmore furniture store.  Mr. Wagner is an expert in embalming, understands the furniture business thoroughly, and should prove a valuable assistant to Mr. Elmore.  We understand that he will have full charge of the embalming and undertaking and of the business from this time on. Swat the Dandelions!  Clean Up!  Make Your House and City Livable!  These are some of the aims of the new Civic Improvement League that Organized May 3.  The dandelions and rubbish are immediate problems that need be addressed.  Later on the Club expects to meet the billboard question and the problems of the parks as well as improvement of the bluff above the depot as this is all the traveler sees of Vermillion and constitutes his impression of us. At the meeting of the City Council last Monday evening a petition was presented, asking that the city make arrangements for paving eight blocks with concrete, beginning at Kidder street, on Market, and running north to Main and then east to University street.  It means the wooden water mains on these streets will have to be changed and storm sewers in the alleys will have to be constructed.  The nice part is that the property owners will pay the expense of paving in the inter-sections.  They are willing to bear the expenses in order to get things started off right. "TWENTY-TWO YEARS AGO:–1894"  "A boating party on board of Captain Jordan's boat Nancy Hanks, got tipped over into the tepid waters of the Vermillion River Monday night.  Ager and Price got their clothes soaked up, but as this only furnished them an incentive for a bath perhaps it was no misfortune." "The salary of the postmaster in this city is $1400.00 per year, deducting all expenses." "There were fully one hundred empty beer kegs on the depot platform on Tuesday night and not less than twenty, large and small, came in on the evening train.  These kegs were mostly consumed on the island, although a few of them may have been emptied at private tee-to-tees around town.  The consumption of beer does not seem to lessen or materially abate here, although this is one of the towns in the state, and about the only one, where prohibition is in any measure enforced." B. W. Collar went to Chicago last Saturday with cattle.  From there he expects to make a trip to his old home in New York. A new fire-escape is being added to the Waldorf Hotel building. There were eight marriages in the county last week, seven of which took place near Alsen.  Alsen's bachelor club is fast coming into disrepute. Mrs. H. South and Mrs. W. A. Ufford will entertain the members of the Burbank and Fairview ladies' clubs at the home of Mrs. Ufford on Tuesday afternoon of next week, June 6.  All members of the two clubs are cordially invited to be present. We understand that Wm. Michels has made up his mind to erect a nice building on his lots on Main Street just east of the Baptist church.  There are those who would have been pleased to see the city take over these lots and use the Main Street frontage as an entrance to Ravine Park, but the city is not in shape to purchase them and few seem disposed to buy them and hold them in trust for Vermillion. An alarm of fire was turned in from the depot last Saturday just as No. 1 pulled into the city.  The blaze was in the dining car.  When the firemen arrived at the depot the flames had been subdued.  Little damage was done, and the train pulled out about on time. Within a few days the city hospital will close.  While the patronage has been encouraging, it would seem that conditions have not been acceptable to the management, and the ladies have decided to give up the residence on Yale Street.  Again, Vermillion will be without a hospital. At the meeting of the City Council last evening the matter of paving Market Street and Main Street was brought up. A decision to buy a lung motor for the firemen was brought up and the auditor was instructed to secure prices. Cement walk on Dartmouth was discussed but no action was taken. Two young men from the Lee-Prentis store received orders to report to Uncle Sam on Tuesday.  They were Messrs. Crash and Frazer, and the former went to Faulkton. We understand that Joe Gray is building a new ferryboat, which will run at the old crossing west of town.

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