Sesquicentennial Highlights

Sesquicentennial Highlights By Cleo Erickson Excerpts from the Plain Talk 1917 At least 2000 men, women and children of Vermillion and Clay County paid fitting tribute to 27 young who departed at 5:35 AM last Sunday morning for Camp Funston, near Ft. Riley, Kansas. It was quite a novel sight to see a steamboat going up the Missouri River on Monday morning.  It was the government boat, "McPherson" and was out on a scouting trip picking up snags.  The boat landed near the Millage farm last Saturday and remained at anchor until Monday. At the October term of the Circuit Court, nine gentlemen have asked for naturalization papers, including Osmond Johnson, Hans Bjordal, Theodore Thorson, Gottfried Anderson, Arvid Lindblom, Hans H. Rask, Emil V. Lindblom,  Hans Lindblom and Magnus A. Johnsen The Faculty flats on Pine Street which have been in a course of construction during the summer months are now complete.  Each flat is supplied with a separate furnace. Chas. Ross expects to open his new grocery and bakery in a couple of weeks. Mr. Ross will have a neat and attractive store. The Burbank school had a basket social last Saturday evening and the proceeds of $28.00 were turned over to the Red Cross Library fund.  The Clay County schools have been asked for $125.00. An electric sign has been hoisted over the Eagle Café on Market Street to make it easy to locate this popular confectionary store and eating house. George Chaussee writes from Camp Green, North Carolina that the Clay County boys are well pleased with army life.  George is being transferred to Co. F., Field Artillery. Uncle Sam needs 10,000 stenographers and typewriters at once, both men and women, for the Department at Washington.  The entrance salaries range from $1,000.00 to $1,200.00 per year.  For full information, check at the post office. Chas. Ross's new grocery store opened today.  A free delivery service will be maintained and prompt service is guaranteed to everyone. There are a hundred citizens of Vermillion who could just as well take $1,000.00 each of Liberty bonds.  You claim to be patriotic; this is your chance to show your patriotism.  Dig up. On January 1, 1918 the price of the Plain Talk will advance to $2.00 per year. Don't look shabby in this day and age.  Take that suit, pair of pants to Artley's and he will clean and press them for you on short notice. On Friday you must attach the new .03cent postage stamp to your first class letter if you send it out of town.  "Drop" letters and those handled by city and rural carriers will still go at the rate of two cents. Government authorities estimate the cost of the war to the United States at twenty billion per year.  This amount is one-half the total annual income of the people. Miss Elsie Williams and Miss Marjorie Brooks, deputies in the Auditors and Treasurer's offices have asked the Commissioners for an increase in wages.  The board figures they were engaged for one year at $50.00 per month, and agreed to increase the wage to $60.00 per month each after January 1st. A large number of Odd Fellows went to the farm home of Mrs. A. M. Morse and spent the day husking corn.  Her son Walter was in the draft call up and had to leave 90 acres of corn to be husked and cribbed. Bulk oysters are on the market, but thus far the editor has not made up his mind as to whether he can afford one or two oysters in his stew.  They are only retailing at 70 cents and 80 cents per quart. For the present at least, there will be no street lights after midnight, excepting on stormy nights when they are a necessity.  It is deemed wise to do this in order to save coal.  There has been some talk of closing down the evening services at the various churches during the winter months in line with the conservation idea, but nothing definite has been done yet. The general merchandise stock in the Westreville store, operated by D. N. Johnson including dry goods, shoes and hardware, is to be sold at auction, article by article, during three days next week. You will notice in this week's issue of the paper, that O. W. Chaussee is serving sandwiches and soups, also Non Taxo, the refreshing drink, at his place in the basement under the Red Cross Pharmacy.  A free lunch is served with Non Taxo or you can get a hamburger, Denver, Oyster or cheese or your choice of soups including Bee Tea, Tomato Bouillon or Chicken.  The price is ten cents. We are pleased to announce to our customers that we can now sell $1.00 worth of granulated sugar to each family and hope soon to be able to see sugar without restrictions.  Lee-Prentis Co. KEMPKER'S MARKET SPECIALS: Pork Chops—26 cents per pound Half Dressed Hog—24 center per pound Regular Minced Ham—22 ? cents per pound Sirloin or Short Cut Beef Steak—30 cents per pound Best Boiled Ham—50 cents per pound Dressed Chickens for Christmas, drawn,–18 to 20 cents per pound Ducks—22 cents per pound Geese—20 cents per pound Turkeys—30 to 32 cents per pound Please order your chickens early.  An additional charge of 05 cents is made for each delivery. The Railway Commission has ordered the Milwaukee Co., to build a new depot at Vermillion.  For many years the old depot has been at the foot of the Chandler Hill.  The new location selected for the new depot is at the foot of Market Street, just under the hill.  The new depot will be on the north side of the tracks.  Auto passengers will then be taken to and from the depot by the Chandler Hill or the Ravine Hill. If you are a single man, and your net income is $1,000., then you are obliged to report to Uncle Sam.  If a married man and your income is $2,000., you must fill out the necessary blank.  Failure to make a report between December 31 and March 1, 1918, makes you liable to a heavy fine or a term in prison. The East Side skating pond will be flooded and put in order quite soon so that it may be used during the winter months. A new Victrola has been purchased for each of the grade buildings.  All three buildings are now equipped with these instruments. High School Debate Topics: "Resolved, That the Ford is a better car for the money than the Hudson Super-Six". An Income Tax Officer will be in town on January 21, 1918 at the court house to help you make out your tax.  He will be here through Wednesday, January 30th. End 1917

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