Sesquicentennial Highlights

From the Plain Talk

By Cleo Erickson
1933

The first grade honor roll students at Meckling were, John Gill, Carl Berglund, Phyllis Gunderson, Robert Johnson, Edgar Turner, Ella June Whittaker, Melva Peterson and Ruby Peterson.

Try on a Nelly Don dress at The Jo Ellen Shop.  $1.95.

Joe Garvis, member of the local fire department, saved a dog from burning to death.  Joe was assisting other firemen in removing household articles from the blazing home of Chris Putman when he spied something in the corner.  He grabbed it and threw it out the window.  It proved to be the shivering pup that would have been burned to death. When Joe got out of the window himself, bystanders called his attention to the fact the seat of his trousers were on fire.  Burning debris had landed in his pocket.  This fire was extinguished in a hurry.

Dr. Herbert Schell, Professor of American History at the university, when speaking to a group had as his topic, "Cornbread and Catfish Days".  The period of the 1860's was a trying one for the early settlers of this area.  He explained that the people were dependent on the humble catfish for their main diet.

There was some real excitement at the court house on Tuesday when the contents of a tin wastebasket caught fire.

Stuffed in a hole in the ceiling in the county jail, three hacksaw blades were discovered Monday by Mike Perdue, local electrician. There are several federal prisoners in the county jail, but it is doubtful if they have anything to do with the blades.  Who secreted them is a mystery.

Ex Mayor George Kempker was the ring leader at the Tuesday evening meeting to "start the ball rolling" to devise means, if possible, to secure a reduction in city taxes to conform to the restricted incomes of taxpayers under present conditions.  A committee was appointed to investigate the tax situation and bring a report at another mass meeting next Monday evening in the courtroom.

A reduction of 25% in city, school expenditures is recommended at tax meeting.  Some 200 taxpayers were in attendance of the mass meeting. A local resident stirred a listless audience to attention.  He is often the center of stormy public meetings.  He told the listeners they were the kind who would say what they think out on the streets, but don a cloak of disinterest at a gathering where their ideas are needed.  Much discussion followed and a member of the university faculty said he approved a "reasonable cut" but Vermillion is an education center and should not make a ridiculous attact on the teachers' salaries.  His talk precipitated a number of remarks in which the general theme seemed to be:  Prestige cannot be upheld when taxpayer's ability to pay has been undermined.  The committee recommended that $11,500 be severed from the annual school budget of $46,000, leaving a budget of $34,500.  The committee suggests that Supt. Hartman's salary be cut from $3,600 to $2,200 and teacher's salaries be reduced as follows: 25% over $1,500; 15%less over $1,500; none below $1200.  There are 17 teachers at the high school and junior high school at a total salary of $28,700, of which $1,650 is paid by the government, under the Smith Hughes Act, and $1,000 by the city.  There are 12 teachers employed in the grade schools at a total salary of $16,150 per year and 1 kindergarten teacher earning $1,100.

The First National Bank and Trust Company desires to extend its thanks and deep appreciation to its many customers who have accepted the Nation Bank Holiday, now in effect, with such understanding, complete cooperation and their expressions of sympathy and approval of the efforts of the government in endeavoring to pass prompt legislation looking toward early stabilization of the banking business.

According to information received at the court house, a new state ruling cuts the salaries of county officials around 15%.  It is understood this regulation becomes effective July 1, 1933.

Mrs. D. M. Inman has been elected treasurer of the Vermillion Cemetery Association for the 37th consecutive year.

During the week of March 16, 1933, almost every bank in the state was reopened without restrictions.  A number of new accounts have been opened and sizeable deposits made when the two local banks opened for business on Wednesday when the national bank holiday shut them down.

Swede's Super Service is open all night.  Call anytime for any work on your car.  Greasing and washing is our specialty.  If you bring your car in by 9:00 P M we will take you home, repair your car and deliver it to you the next morning.

Stroller's Vaudeville will present 6 competitive acts at Slagle Auditorium on March 28.  Admission is 25 cents and 40 cents.

The Vermillion Mercantile Co. will pay 17 cents for good dairy butter direct from the farm.  Heavy hens, we pay 9 cents per lb.  Calilfornia green top carrots are 5 cents a bunch.  Ground beef 17 cents for 2 lbs.

If you are easily shocked, run for shelter!  Here comes that torrential down pour of passionate drama with the lighting star of Stars!  Joan Crawford stars in RAIN.  Mickey Mouse Cartoon and Fox Movietone News included on this show on Sunday and Monday at the March Theatre.

$2,300. Damage was done to the entrance of the Coyote Theatre on Saturday.  Fire Chief Pierce said that a gasoline pressure heater apparently was non generated properly, resulting in long tongues of flame which quickly spread and ignited the composition walls.

Fire Chief Pierce is asking the city council for 500 feet of new double strength hose.  Three lengths of hose were lost in a fire 2 weeks ago and another length burst at the theatre fire.  The Chief says a hose break might be the cause of letting a fire get out of control; we can't afford to take the chance.

The burglars have been busy this past week in local businesses.  A "burglar proof" window was opened at the Brownell Oil Station on Plum Street and this business continues to be first choice for the break-in artists.  An ordinary window had to be smashed, then the burglar had to reach in, pry off a board and pull out nails driven into the sash.  The second break-in was at the dental office of Collins & Collins.  This is the second time for the dental office to be robbed. The first time they made away with $150.00 in gold leaf and fillings.  This time nothing was touched.  The gold was locked in the safe.

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