Sesquicentennial Highlights

Excerpts from the Plain Talk


Stop at Green Gables Cottage Camp.  A cool place to sleep.  Cabins by day or week.  White Eagle Gas and Oil.  O. P. Huetson, Prop.

Employees of the City Foresee Wage Slashes:  The city annually budgets around $40,000.00 for expenses and includes in this amount $5,000.00 for official's salaries.  The city annually pays out more than $26.000.00 in salaries and wages to full or part time employees.  This is about two thirds of the entire budget.

The Green Gables tourist camp east of town, had a "full house" Tuesday night.  Thirty three tourists from four states crowded his six single and two double tourist houses to capacity and then some.

On September 5th, 750 students were enrolled in the public school of Vermilion.

Mr. Margolin of Yankton has rented the Court Street quarters and will open a dress shop in the near future.

Appropriation by the City for 1933 will be $12,000.00 lower than this year. $28,000.00 is the lowest appropriation for many years.

The roads around here must be worse than we think.  Two elderly women accompanied by two younger fems, drove into Vermillion enroute from New York to the Black Hills and stopped at a garage to get a tire fixed.  When they neared Elk Point, they got off the paving for the first time since leaving New York.  They discussed the advisability of leaving their car here and going the rest of the way by train.

Possibly the first one ever seen "on the loose" in this community a young deer was spotted seven and a half miles northwest of Vermillion.  How the animal happened to wander to this area is a question.

Beginning Monday, haircuts will be 40 cents.  Children of grade school age will get their haircuts for 25 cents.

Jo Ellen women's apparel opened this week.  The new shop is managed by Harry Margolin and is located on Court Street.  Fixtures have been painted ivory and trimmed in black.  A soft rug covers the floor and ads to the richness of the decorative scheme.  Only high quality merchandise will be sold.

A large number of Vermillion residents boarded the train this morning for Sioux City to hear F. D. Roosevelt, Gov. of New York.  Many others are traveling by auto.  He will speak at the ball park at 7:00 PM.

Plans for the 1932-33 University Coyote Year book have been abandoned.  The last time a school year passed without a year book was in World War I.

A long needed restroom for men is ready in the municipal building.  The entrance is reached by walking along side the south side of the building.  The new lavatory will be easy to keep sanitary and is well lighted and ventilated at all times.
End 1932

Rural school teacher's average salary per month is $85.00 according to Miss Alice Cope, Supt. of Schools.  It is a little better than many counties are paying.

The Sletwold Brothers, Harold and Ferdinand, have leased two acres and will start a nursery this spring.  They will raise better types of shrubbery, evergreens and perennials.

We would like to know who the young Iowan was who, still a bit under the influence, made a temporary stop here New Year's morning and proceeded to sing "My Country 'Tis of Thee' at a local restaurant.

The following editorial was printed in the Jan 5, 1933 Plain Talk.

It's been so long since anyone jumped on our necks for using one "l" in Vermillion, that we haven't been getting much fun out of it. Not so long ago pressure was brought to bear and the government approved changing the spelling from one "l" to two.  We figured at the time the thing might be settled for once and for all, but we weren't in any particular hurry to change over; in fact, we guess we wanted to prove that our place wouldn't be blacklisted for clinging to the one "l" idea.

But, as we say, we haven't been subjected to any digs about the matter for quite some spell, so we hereby become double "l" addicts.  But don't let us influence you.  If you like one "l" in Vermillion, that's your affair.  The two banks here still are chartered, under one "l" and the depot sign hasn't been changed.

The Time for Summing Up:

Three years of depression have ended and we can begin to sum up.  Hard times have brought ill winds—but they have also brought some healthful breezes.  Our greatest single problem is unemployment.  Ten million of our working population is at present out of a job, and its buying has come to a stop.  Much of this unemployment is temporary—part of it is the result of machine displacement of labor.  Today the foremost industrialists are working toward plans to shorten the working day and the working week, and to provide some means of unemployment insurance that will assure the able and willing worker a livelihood in bad times as well as good.  It is difficult to believe that their efforts will end in failure.  The weight of taxation, which forces retrenchment, is preventing the employment of many of those now seeking jobs.

University officials had a counting job on their hands, and later the bankers, when a student paid up a back tuition debt with 424 dimes.  Officials surmised it was money which had been saved by the boy's father.

Plans are now being made for the annual lutefisk supper at Trinity Lutheran Church on February 2.

The new sheriff, Bill Russell was called upon to dispel a group of picketers at Meckling who had gathered to stop the Roberts Dairy cream truck.  It was an affair akin to the milk war at Sioux City a few months ago.  When Sheriff Russell arrived at Meckling, he found around 25 men guarding the road.  There were a half dozen cars parked, mostly with Iowa plates but the license plates had been dirtied so identification was difficult. When

Russell told them he was the sheriff and came to give protection to the cream truck the picketers withdrew.

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