Sesquicentennial Highlights

Sesquicentennial Highlights Excerpts from the Plain Talk By Cleo Erickson 1921 The three kids who were in Juvenile Court last Thursday will be obliged to each earn five dollars as soon as possible, and will also have to attend Sunday school for three months.  That was the sentence imposed on them by Judge H. G. Tilton.  We understand that none of them have been attending Sunday school.  And perhaps, after all, this being a first offense, they will profit by this sentence more than any other. Lots of improvements are being made at the Meisenholder Store.  This means the patrons will be able to see any part of the store at a glance, including the grocery department, which has heretofore had but a small opening from the main part of the store. You can load all the watermelons you can haul in your car for $3.00.  Trucks, over ton, $10.00, two ton, $15.00 per load.  Go to the 110 acre field of Dunlop and Cayce. The moving of the ice house to a point north of the Vermillion River has been in progress for several days.  It will be easier for the management of the City Ice Company in putting up ice this fall, and better ice will be secured for the patrons. The first issue of the Vermillionaire, the high school paper, was mailed out this week.  It was printed September 29, 1921, at the Plain Talk office.  Plans are to get out two issues each month.  The first copy shows a good advertising patronage, likewise plenty of good news. WHITE ELEPHANT COMES TO TOWN: How would you like to have a fine sand bathing beach on the Vermillion River for the kiddies?  How would you like a west side park?  How would you like a big electric sign of U.S.D. on the top of the water tower?  How would you like a dozen other things that you can think of that would make Vermillion bigger, better, and more prosperous? If you want all of these things, then help — hustle — hand out! The women of Vermillion stand ready to make the money for just such things.  October 28 and 29 they will hold what they call "A White Elephant Sale," in the Municipal Building on Center Street. Everybody is asked to give for this sale; instead of hanging your cast off clothing in the attic, send it down to the White Elephant sale.  Send anything, everything that anyone can use, even if it does seem like a "white elephant" to you.  Someone can use it; someone needs it, furniture, dishes, anything. There will be a great demand for winter coats and suits, shoes, rubbers, warm underwear, and these things will be sold so that they will be within the reach of all. A fifteen cent lunch of coffee and doughnuts, or coffee and pie, or coffee and sandwiches will be served all during the sale.  All donations should be delivered upstairs in the Municipal building on the afternoon of October 27. A change of management was made at the People's Café last week when Art Miller took over the interest of Bob Baxter.  It will now be run by Harrington & Baxter.  We understand that an expert lady waitress will be secured and the service in the future will be made as perfect as the management can make it. The "White Elephant" sale drew a large crowd and was a decided success.  Thereby, $170.00 clear is added to the fund for civic improvement.  Twenty-five dollars was made from the food sale.  Look over your wardrobes for the next sale.  There was a steady demand for working men's clothing. OLD CANNON NOW IN MUSEUM:  Story of the Rescue of Vermillion's Treasure from Elk Point's Public Square. The old Civil War cannon has now blossomed forth in the University museum, barrel, carriage and all, complete and ready for the admiring glances of townspeople.  Credit for this enterprising piece of work is due entirely to the Alpha Tau fraternity. Early in the fall, members of this fraternity determined, if possible, to bring the cannon, which for so many years had rested on the Elk Point court house grounds, back to Vermillion.  The first step was taken on October 11 when two members went to Elk Point and, in guise of sightseers, examined and photographed the old relic, finding that it was not set in concrete or changed down as rumored.  On the following night, two members again made the journey to Elk Point and stayed from midnight to morning, observing the habits of the night watchman. The next night, the thirteenth, before the midnight hour, two men slipped into town in an Oldsmobile truck, which they quietly parked near the stockyards.  They then took up scout duty on the court house grounds.  About two in the morning, two cars with eleven men crept up to the city limits, with lights extinguished.  The men drifted into town singly and by twos and were secreted as they arrived in the shadows back of the courthouse. According to a carefully laid plan, four men took positions as sentinels, one at each corner of the court house square.  These four men, by showing lighted cigars, signaled back to the hidden ones "all's well".  The remaining eight quickly took their assigned places at the cannon; with dispatch the cannon was wheeled to the northeast curb.  Noiselessly, the truck backed into the gutter, and by a feat of strength the men themselves admitted they could never duplicate, the cannon, weighing about a ton, was lifted from the ground and placed on the truck, one wheel suspended of the outside. With the gun balancing on the edge of the truck box, a successful exit from the town was effected, after which the wheels were removed and the carriage allowed to rest upon its axle.  After this, the return trip to Vermillion was without adventure. The deputy sheriff of Union county was in Vermillion Dakota Day and displayed much interest towards the dummy cannon in the parade.  Later in the day, when he walked past the Alpha Tau house, he caused a near panic. The barrel was brought forth from its hiding place on Friday, Nov. 18, and by the combined efforts of about fifteen was carried to the third floor of Science Hall, where it now securely rests. Note from Elk Point Herald: Now that we are going to disarm, Vermillion can keep our old cannon as we have no further use for it. The establishment of a student loan fund at USD is being strongly urged by members of the administration, business men of Vermillion and leaders among the students.  This would help the students who are compelled to go home each year because of financial difficulties. The car license will remain the same this year.  The fee will be $6.00 for all makes and sizes of cars and trucks according to their tonnage.  The new tax of one cent per gallon used in motor cars takes effect January 1, 1922. End 1921

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