Sesquicentennial Highlights

Excerpts from the Plain Talk

By Cleo Erickson
1937

Tuesday Specials at Jacobsen's Bakery:
Hot Cross Buns  15 cents per dozen
White Nut Cookies  15 cents per dozen
Custard Pies  30 cents each
Coffee Cakes  25 cents per dozen

Fred Burr, a prominent WWI Veteran and Vermilion resident was surprised this week to receive from the war department, a Purple Golden Heart medal twenty years after he was wounded.  He was seriously wounded by shrapnel in the Battle of the Argonne on November 3, 1918.

Call Phone 88 for the weekend specials of Evergreen Farms.  Featured this week is "Fruit Salad Ice Cream" and "Orange Sherbet" for 40 cents per quart.

A CCC Camp for nursery men will start here about April 1.  A part of the Alcester CCC camp group will be moved here previous to April 1, 1937 and will be employed on the 80 acre government nursery about three miles south of town.  Land for their camp site borders the 80 acres the government has leased for the nursery from Payne and Olson who own considerable acreage in that vicinity.  The 25 CCC workers will live in tents.

A record crowd of between 500 and 600 farmers attended the free show at Oden Implement on Market Street to see the progress made by the International Harvester Company in the manufacturing equipment.  The show rooms were packed and many were unable to see the show for lack of standing room only.  Mr. Oden served sandwiches, hot coffee and cookies to all the guests following the picture show program.

Lester Lloyd, a Democrat, was sworn in and assumed the office of County Auditor.  Miss Betty Vincent is deputy auditor and Miss Bernice Lundquist serves as assistant auditor.

There were 252 bills passed by the South Dakota Legislature in this year's session.

To announce that spring is here, the Plain Talk is printed on green paper this week.

The City Council, upon the recommendation of the Park Committee, have employed John Erickson as caretaker of Prentis Park at a salary of $65.00 per month with a house furnished free of rent.  Oscar Simonson will be employed as caretaker of Austin Park at the salary of $25.00 per month.

Hopes for having a CCC camp south of Vermillion were practically blasted when R. P. Daugherty, soil conservation agent in charge of moving the camp, was notified by the district headquarters at Mandan, N.D., that the camp would be held up because of a protest lodged at Washington, DC, by a nursery man in this vicinity.

Mr. Daugherty was in Vermillion this week from Alcester, and began drawing up the final plans for moving a group of men from Alcester.  However, he called Mandan for last minute orders concerning the new camp and he was told to halt operations until he had received further word.

The most disappointed men to hear the news of the camp's downfall were 15 WPA employees who had been requisitioned for work in the nursery.  They would have been assured work at 35 cents per hour, totaling about $44.00 per month.

No source of information was available to identify the nurseryman who had lodged a complaint.

The March 23, 1937 Plain Talk reports the quota has been raised for CCC camps.  Eligible Clay County youths are urged to enroll before March 26th.  An urgent telegram from the state welfare has said the quota for South Dakota had been raised 100 above the one for January.  Eligible enrollees include men whose families are receiving resettlement grants, county aid or mother's pension assistance.  Men who come from families not receiving relief of some nature cannot be accepted.  Enlistments last for a period of nine months but can sign up for another six months.  They are to work 40 hours each week and receive a basic monthly

Allowance of $30.00.  He is expected to allot a major proportion (usually $25.00) to his dependent relatives.  The camps are under the jurisdiction of army officers but no military training is given.

The White Elephant Sale at the Civic Council has been postponed a week.  

Car accidents are increased in the state in February.  There were four killed and 53 injured in South Dakota.  Property loss amounted to $12,910.00.  Unfavorable road conditions were held responsible.  Thirteen accidents are attributed to skidding on ice roads and loose gravel and 10 to obstructed view.

The March 27, 1937 Plain Talk reports this week that the CCC Side Camp will be located here.  The objections by a nurseryman proved to be erroneous when Lt. W. C. Winston, commanding the camp, at Alcester, stated that a side camp would be established the early part of April.  It is thought they will remain here about seven months.  The men will live in tents.  There is a crew of 15 WPA workers, who are doing preliminary work of establishing the camp and will doubtless be employed on the nursery project.  Plans provide for overhead irrigation of the 80 acre tract of trees which the government will grow there for its shelter belt program and soil conservation program.

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