Sesquicentennial Highlights

Excerpts from the Plain Talk

By Cleo Erickson
1937

Three members of a fake magazine sales gang which hit the city last weekend will be careful to avoid Vermilion in the future.  The trio made several sales and collected quite a sum before Chief of Police Harry Fowler got on their track and demanded proof that they were legally salesmen of the publications.  The proof wasn't there and not wanting to put the city of considerable expense for board and room, Chief Fowler chased them out of the city limits after first collecting the cash they managed to eke out of the trusting Vermillion housewives.  The money is being returned to the original owners.

August Albers received the Purple Heart merit badge from the war department recently, nearly 20 years after he received permanent shrapnel wounds in France.  Mr. Albers entered the service October 5, 1917 and left New York for France in June, 1918.  He was severely wounded October 1, 1918 and spent about five months recovering in a hospital at Toulle, France.  He rejoined his company again at Coblenz, Germany, remaining there until in June, when they sailed for the United States.

Burbank High School will present "Here Comes Charlie", at the Woodman Hall in Burbank on Thursday and Friday evenings.

Razing of one of the earliest landmarks in Vermillion, the old Chandler House at the top of Chandler Hill, was started this week by Fritz Helstrom, who purchased the house recently from M. J. Chaney.

For years the only hotel in Vermillion, the Chandler House was erected in 1967 in the bottom just south of the stockyards.

Four years later it was moved to the old boat landing on the Vermillion River where it remained for the next 10 years until it suffered extensive damage in the flood of 1881.

Shortly after the flood the building was moved to the top of the hill to its present site.  A few years later (old timers are indefinite of the date), the north half of the present building was added and for many years was a dance hall.

Later in its history the building was divided into apartments and operated by Henry Abell.  Mr. Chaney came into the possession of the building and land several years ago.  For the past few years it has been rented to the county for use as a community home for families on relief.

The ferry on the Missouri River south of Vermillion started operation this week.  Otto Ballard, who operated the boat last summer, is in charge of the service.  A rumor that the ferry had sunk in the river last fall and would not be available this year was unfounded.

 A 74 year old lady in Gettysburg wrote to the State Office of Public Welfare that because it was springtime, she no longer needed the old age pension check that she had been receiving all winter.  She states it was a great help but with nice weather she can support herself by doing washing for her neighbors.  Her assistance check amounted to $22.00 per month from October to January, and $15.00 per month February through April.  The spirit of "rugged individualism" still survives.

Silverberg Brothers have wash dresses on sale for .57 cents each, sizes up to 52.

Forty two seniors will graduate from Vermillion High School on May 27th.

The Hill City Bluebirds will open their baseball season this coming Sunday on the Hub City diamond when they meet the Alcester CCC camp nine.  The game starts at 2:30 PM.

 Take "Her" out for Sunday dinner at Golz Café for .50 cents.  Choose from the following menu.

Chicken Broth a la Creole or fruit cocktail

Radishes and Celery and buttered peas

Strawberry Shortcake and whipped cream

Fried spring chicken en garni

Baked Ham with pineapple spears

Chicken a la King on toast

Boiled ox tongue with garden spinach

Roast prime ribs of beef  au jus

Roast breast of veal with jelly

Roast loin of pork with apple sauce

A new front, a seven foot natural slope, increased show window space, and a brick base for the show windows are in progress at the store owned by John Morrison at 14 West Main Street.

One hundred two eighth grade graduates representing 36 school districts in Clay County will receive their diplomas on June 5th at Slagle Auditorium.

A new kind of churn has been in use and really works and gets butter in the shortest possible time.  A busy farmer, a bachelor, puts the cream in a jar and fastens it to the spokes of his farm cultivator or tractor and in a short time, while he attends to his work, the butter churns and is ready to be taken care of.

The grass in the auditorium of the outdoor theatre at Prentis Park is reported to be in fine condition.  The walls of the band shall were not finished until Thursday so the lawn on the stage is newly planted.  The band boys will be allowed to use the shell.

(In next week's Sesquicentennial Highlights  see the "Letter to the Editor" about the man that homesteaded the land that is now Prentis Park).

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