Sesquicentennial Highlights

Excerpts from the Plain Talk

By Cleo Erickson
1935

The new liquor laws and what they can nab you for is given as follows:  1.  The sheriff has authority to arrest anyone who is driving while intoxicated, or who disturbs the peace while in that condition.  2.  Even if you are just plain intoxicated, neither driving nor disturbing the peace, you are subject to arrest by city police.  3.  The worst mistake you can make is to be found with a bottle on which the seal has been broken while in a public place.  4.  And lastly, we admonish retailers not to place the stamp on the box or container in which the beverage is sold (as some have done) but upon the bottle itself.  5.  In view of all this we humbly, simply suggest that you don't.
As far as Deputy Sheriff George Russell is concerned, the Clay County jail is escape proof.  No one has succeeded in making his way to freedom from the jail since he has been in office.  Several have tried and failed.  The bars of the outer door of the jail, and particularly the lock, give mute testimony to the fact that numerous inmates have had a fanatic desire to be out rather than in.  When George was entertaining three guests from Parker who had foolishly tried to rob a filling station some time ago, he was tipped off that they were sawing the lock of the jail door.  George investigated and found the lock cut about halfway in two.  The perpetrators of the attempt had concealed hacksaws in their shoes, and had later concealed them in a ventilator and George had to play a very serious game of hide and go seek before he could locate them.  The biggest find came when an attempt was made to clean the lights.  Tucked around the light shade were 6 or 7 hacksaw blades, evidently placed there by hopefuls who were waiting the big chance—that never came.
A young woman, apparently quite seriously injured, possibly with a broken hip, was brought into town this morning in the trailer of the Lawrence Welk orchestra of Yankton.  The orchestra was returning from an Omaha engagement.  They reported that an Oldsmobile coupe had tipped over between Burbank and Elk Point.  Dr. Stansbury was called and the girl was moved from the trailer to the Olds ambulance, and was taken to Sioux City.  The paper was unable to learn the name of the young woman.
The city council authorized payment of expenses of the Chief of the Fire Department and his two assistants to the state fire school at Hot Springs.  The three were allowed $45.00 each for necessary supplies.
Bicycle thieves have been in Vermillion like an organized gang.  The method of procedure is to approach a home, get on the bicycle and ride it away so as not to attract attention.  Seven bikes have been reported stolen. 
The city council has banned all kinds of slot machines and passed an ordinance regulating the sale of intoxicating liquors in Vermillion.  The liquor ordinance provides that no sales of hard liquor or high point beer may be made to any person under the age of 21 years, to anyone who is intoxicated at the time, or to anyone known to be an habitual drunkard, or to anyone who has been blacklisted under the provisions of the state law.  In other respects the law conforms to the state law, but makes possible the prosecution of violators under the city ordinance.  The other ordinance prohibiting the use of slot machines is very sweeping in its definitions.  It makes unlawful "any vending or slot machine or other device pertaining to games or plays of chance of whatever name or kind and nature which is so constructed as to not give a certain uniform and fair return in value for each token or coin deposited, whether dependent upon the skill of the player or not.  Punch boards are specifically barred under the ordinance.  Destruction of any such devices found is authorized, and penalties for the violation of the ordinance are set at a maximum of $100 fine and thirty days in jail.
There are 250 free Irvin S. Cobb recipe books for you if buy one pint of Frankfort liquor from E. T. Michels at the Varsity.
Five hundred people attended the sound picture at the Boyd Motor Company.  The picture illustrated vividly the construction of the Chevrolet car.  The show is usually shown only in larger towns, but Mr. Boyd was fortunate to have it shown here.
The Stinson clothing store, the oldest clothing store in Vermilion is closing their doors after 50 years in business.
The City Theatre has been ordered closed because of unsafe conditions of the roof trusses and wiring.

End  1935

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