Sesquicentennial Highlights

Sesquicentennial Highlights Excerpts from the Plain Talk By Cleo Erickson 1918 Dawson's orchestra of Soo City will furnish the music at the big bowery dance at Harry Ballard's place three miles east and one mile north of Vermillion on August 17th. To save shells and ammunition, no hunting licenses will be issued this year.  However, this report is wrong as County Treasurer Lyckholm is issuing licenses every day. The work of weighing the babies in this community will begin next Thursday at Dr. Cotton's office.  Uncle Sam wants you to bring your baby in and weigh it. A number of Vermillion lads broke into Dunlop's watermelon patch and destroyed about 50 melons.  Their names were secured and a settlement was made before they were hauled into court. There were 1250 citizens registered in Clay County as of Thursday.  The local boards will be sending out Questionnaires at once to all registrants between the ages of 19 and 36. Thos Jordan is growing cotton in South Dakota.  He got the seed in Louisiana and there are at least a dozen pods on a stalk. The old structure on the residence property purchased by Fred Grange of Mrs. E. B. Elmore, on Forest Avenue, has been torn down and work will begin at once on the erection of a fine new home on the lots. Roller towels and other forms of towels for the use of guests in common are to be immediately forbidden at hotels and restaurants unless they are kept in a clean and sanitary condition. George F. Bowers has closed a deal to transfer the Waldorf Hotel to W. H. Lawton.  The lease is owned by the Vermillion Hotel Company. Only two or three country schools are open this week.  The others are closed to guard against the influenza epidemic. In order to take no chances on the spread of the Spanish flu, President Cotton and Mayor Beede have decided to close public schools, city theatres, churches and all public meetings. Mr. John S. Alne of Clay County is the first young man of Clay County to be killed in action in France on September 29, 1918. The World War has ended.  The Armistice was signed.  Vermillion holds a big celebration.  The band played and marched up and down Main Street. in front of the city theatre and many short talks were given.  The stores closed at 10:00 o'clock and the University authorities decided to take the afternoon off.  Everyone said "ain't it a grand and glorious feeling" to be living in a land where her people may enjoy life. Many people died in 1918 from influenza. End 1918 There were no papers available for 1919 and 1920. 1921 The New Year in Vermillion passed off very quietly with little excitement.  Unlike the program in larger cities, where booze flowed freely and the principal hotels were a scene of hilarity, the people of Vermillion ushered in the New Year in a manner that was commendable. According to the records at Clerk Sundling's office, there were 252 births reported for Clay County during 1920, exactly the same number as last year, and 67 deaths. With gasoline at 26 cents on the market the auto and tractor owners are feeling a little bit relieved, and they also appreciate the drop in kerosene to 15.9 cents.  But they are willing to see these prices further reduced and are hopeful that gas and oil will get back on the old basis someday. It was on the 15th day of October 1893 that the main building of the University was destroyed by fire.  Ten days later the county commissioners were assembled in special session and arrangements were made for a special election to vote bonds in the sum of $30,000 for replacing the structure.  The city of Vermillion had in the meantime pledged an additional $10,000.  The bonds went through in fine style, and the city fulfilled its promise.  That was the spirit of our people in an earlier day.  And the same spirit remains.  It is therefore small wonder that they should rise up in their might when someone proposes to take away from then that which they have been so instrumental in maintaining and building up. The lady across the way says: "Vermillion should be proud of her fire department and its members.  They are not only willing and anxious to save property, but they go at their work in a manner that would indicate that they were drawing salaries for the service.  And I could not help but think last Tuesday morning as I witnessed the fire at the pool hall, how orderly the boys all were.  There was no swearing or vulgar language, and every fellow took hold as though he was saving his own property.  It's the right spirit, and I hope Vermillion people, when opportunity offers, will not fail to show their appreciation.

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