Sesquicentennial Highlights

Sesquicentennial Highlights Excerpts from the Plain Talk By Cleo Erickson 1921 The last two fires in Vermillion have been in business houses.  And from all information at hand, both have been the result of matches that were left in the open for rats or mice to gnaw at and finally start a blaze. The Odd Fellows Hall the only explanation is that matches, carelessly placed, were ignited by some unseen forces. And at the pool hall fire Tuesday morning it seems almost a certainty that the case of matches in the room above was responsible for the blaze. We have talked with Chief Richardson of the Vermillion Fire Department concerning the proposition, and he is firm in the belief that an ordinance should be passed requiring all merchants who carry a quantity of matches to keep them in fireproof boxes, or fireproof receptacles of some sort. And Plain Talk agrees with the fire chief. Matches should not be placed on the shelves or displayed anywhere, unless they are protected.  Everyone knows that just one little match can start a serious blaze, and that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. So it is up to our merchants, and to all of our people, in fact, to use precaution. Put your matches where they cannot do harm, or where mice or rats cannot get at them. And don't delay. Harry Ballard and Lawrence Kavanaugh held an auction sale at their headquarters on Market Street last Saturday afternoon, and all of the cigars, tobaccos, candies etc., were sold to the highest bidder. They have been unable to find a suitable location for their pool hall following the fire. They are unable to resume business in the old location. WANT TO VOTE ON REMOVAL: Petitions Are In Circulation Asking Legislature to Submit Removal of State U to Vote of People. There are a few citizens of Sioux Falls who do not know when to let well enough alone.  And because of the fact that they feel that there is a possibility of having the University of South Dakota removed to that city, they have managed to get the Chamber of Commerce of that city to agree to spend a few thousand dollars in getting signatures to a petition which will compel the legislature to submit the proposition of removing the University to Sioux Falls. The petitions are now being circulated, and it is expected that they will be filed in time for the legislature to take action before adjournment on March 4. If the petitions are filed on time, and the signatures are all right, it will be up to the legislature to submit the removal proposition to the voters of South Dakota. This can only be done at a regular election, which will mean the election in November, 1922. But Vermillion people, and the people of Clay County, should not become excited.  We all realize that it will mean a strenuous campaign if the proposition is finally put to the people. As to the outcome, there is little doubt. Sioux Falls has about as much chance to secure the State University as Vermillion has to have the state penitentiary removed from Sioux Falls to Vermillion.  When the people and the taxpayers find out what it will mean to move the University, there is no question in the minds of most people but that they will turn it down in such a manner that in years to come there will never be a move made to move this institution. In the meantime, of course, it is only natural that people should be apprehensive. But our advice to all is, just go ahead as though nothing had happened. If you are planning on building this summer, don't delay. Don't put off till tomorrow what you can do today.  There is no chance to lose out.  Outside of a few counties close to Sioux Falls, those real estate boosters won't have a lookin.  We venture to say that nine out of every ten newspapers in South Dakota will be with us, and that nine out of ten of the alumni and students who ever attended the U.S.D. will stand by Vermillion. There is no question but that the agitation will have a tendency to hurt, not only the University, but Vermillion as well. For two years, if the petition is presented and accepted by the legislature things will be up in the air. But it is up to the people to keep a stiff upper lip, and go ahead as though nothing had happened. Don't be a pessimist. Be optimistic, and every fellow you meet who is inclined to discuss removal, just tell him that there is no chance. There is one thing, however, that Plain Talk wants to impress on the business men and property owners of Vermilion. It takes money to combat the removal proposition.  Already several hundred dollars have been expended in sending special committees to Pierre and to Sioux Falls.  Sooner or later you will be called on to make a donation to help meet this expense. Don't neglect to do your part. Remember, this is a fight in which every citizen of Vermillion is interested, and the money to be raised should come without any argument.  In the near future a committee will be appointed to solicit funds.  If you are a booster for Vermillion, just come through in good shape. The men who are spending their time are not asking for wages, or anything of the sort, but they should by all means have their expenses paid. They are working for Vermillion all the time.  They have been doing a good work, and will in the future.  The Commercial Club will leave no stone unturned to give Sioux Falls a drubbing that some of those fellows will long remember. But in so doing, the Club must have the undivided support of all of our people. That's a pretty nice looking front that Wm. Michaels is building on Market Street to replace the old one damaged by fire several weeks ago. He will not have any trouble renting it. After having used a stereopticon for several weeks, Burbank pupils declare it a friend much needed for their work.  An occasional study period from pictures relieves the monotony and mental strain of text book study. We hope Visual Education has come to stay.

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