Sesquicentennial Highlights

Excerpts from the Plain Talk

By Cleo Erickson

 Fines totaling $100.00 were placed upon three peddlers who conducted a house to house selling campaign of a line of syrups and sugars.
 Beef Cubes
in Sour Cream
2 lbs. beef shank or neck
2 medium sized onions
1/2 C thick sour cream
1/2 C water
 2 Tbls. Grated cheese
 Salt and Pepper
Cut the meat into one inch cubes.  Dredge in flour and brown in hot lard.  Add
onions, water, sour cream, grated cheese and salt and pepper.
Cover tightly and let cook slowly until tender, about two hours.

 Cheese and Catsup Sandwich
Spread slices of rye or pumpernickel with butter and then with hearty flavored  cheese.  Cover the cheese with a thin layer of catsup.  Cover with another slice of buttered bread.  Garnish with stuffed olives.

 When you park your car at an angle, be sure you park so that the cars on either side of you can get in and out.  Drive slowly when you back out.  Some drivers come out at an angle parking position as though they were answering a fire call.  The usual result causes minor collisions, but serious accidents have resulted.

STEAMBOATS ONCE NAVIGATED THE TREACHEROUS MISSOURI (Written by Corinne H. Jackson, for the Plain Talk)

 George, Fitch, writing in the American Magazine in 1907 said, "There is only one river with a personality, a sense of humor, and a woman's caprice; a river that goes traveling sidewise, that interferes in politics, rearranges geography, and dabbles in real estate; a river that plays hide and seek with you today, and tomorrow follows you around like a pet dog with a dynamite cracker tied to his tail.  That river is the Missouri.:

 The first steamboat to navigate the Missouri was the Yellowstone in 1832.  It was three decades later before there was much river traffic.  In 1870, 20 boats left St. Louis for the upper Missouri with cargoes totaling 260 tons.  In 1871, a Dakota paper states that 100 boats had come up the river.

 The first boats were "side wheelers" having a paddle wheel on each side, but the narrow channel forced the later boats to follow the "stern-wheeler" type.  The average boat was two-decked although some of the larger were "three-deckers".  Names of the Missouri river boats became familiar household terms.  Typical of the smaller boats was the "Far West," registered at Pittsburgh, PA., in 1870.  A two engine craft she was, 189 feet long with a tonnage of 397.81 and built at a cost of $24,000.  It was the first Missouri river boat to have two steam capstans.  Her one deck accommodated 30 passengers.

 The best known of all the steamboats, she it was, who with Grant Marsh as master, in 1876, brought the wounded from the battle of Little Big Horn, a distance of 920 miles in 54 hours, a feat looked upon by river men as the most remarkable ever made on upper river waters.
The steamboat men were the direct heirs of the earlier boatmen who had traversed in their pirogues, barges or keels, the longest rivers, penetrated the most remote wilderness upon their watery routes and kept up trade between the most distant points.

 When nearing a settlement the boat took care of itself, one of the hands scraped a violin and others danced.  Greetings or wild defiance's, or trails of art, or saucy messages to the girls on shore, were scatted between them and the spectators who lined the bank when the Far West or one of her sister boats came into Vermillion at what was later Putnam's landing.

 Even before the boat appeared around the bend, the whistle struck up its notes in the distance over the water.
End 1938

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