Sesquicentennial Highlights

From the Plain Talk

By Cleo Erickson
1940

A man was fined two dollars on a speeding charge in the justice court of Ivan Liggett Monday morning, the first time since August 27, 1936, that anyone had been hailed into court on a minor traffic violation charge here.  On  Thursday a man was fined $10.00 for driving a motorcycle without a muffler or tail light.  These were the first two offenders arrested in the current drive by the city, county and the police department to reduce traffic violations here and prevent serious and tragic accidents in the city.

Workmen are busy this week repairing the Council Oak building after the fire at the store.

An airport is now assured and a site has tentatively been approved.  A hay meadow eight miles from Vermilion has tentatively been approved, and unless a closer location can be found, will probably be the site selected.  Creation of an airport is necessary if the pilots training course at the University is to be continued.  Portable metal hangars will probably be purchased second hand for the airport.

The National Guard until including 130 men will leave for Camp Ripley, Minnesota for their annual summer encampment.  With the minds of Americans focused on national defense as never before, the Nation Guard has had an increasing amount of attention of late.  With the horrors of the European war an all too real reality, the annual National Guard encampment has become a grim and serious business rather than the lark and vacation it has often been considered in the past.  There are two units here.  Battery F is a regular firing battery composed of 82 men and four officers.  The Medical Detachment is composed of 39 men and four officers.

Vermilion is suffering the worst heat wave since 1936 when the temperature climbed to 108 degrees.

Sealed bids will be received by the Mayor and City Council for the construction of a city jail in the rear of the present police station in the city of Vermillion by 8:00 o'clock on August 5, 1940.  Plans and specifications are on file at the office of the city auditor.

The Inman home on Main Street was given to the University recently on the condition that it always be a home for the president of the institution.  Miss Annadell Morgan made the presentation.

Emmet Graber, of Niobrara, Nebraska, this week applied to the county commissioners for a franchise to operate a ferry across the Missouri River south of Vermillion.  The city has been without ferry service since the spring of 1939.  He has been operating the boat at Niobrara but consented to move down river.  The Cedar County Nebraska officials have already given permission to land on the Nebraska side.  In South Dakota he will be landing near the old landing opposite the Warnock farm.

Two W P A projects are Okayed here at a cost of $20,000.  One project will be a major remodeling at the courthouse by digging a new basement under the east half of the building to provide four large rooms for assembly purposes and office use. The project will cost $4,900.00.  This project is expected to employ an average of about 20 men.  The University project will include the building of six new asphalt tennis courts behind the women's armory and surfacing of three courts already constructed.  The cost $7,823.00 of which the University will furnish $3,716.00.

Because officials can't find a cornfield, there will be no county corn husking contest in Clay County this year.  In order to be suitable for a contest only a uniformly good field, planted to one kind of corn with close access to a wagon scale and along a good road could be used.  Last year the contest was held on the Bob Garvis farm east of Vermillion.  Frank Dwyer of Wakonda won over 13 other contestants in the 80 minute bang-board battle.

Clay County's manpower will be enumerated Wednesday when an estimated 1,500 men between the ages of 21 and 35 go to regular polling places in the county to register for the draft.  Quotas will be prepared for each town and city in the nation and the local draft board will select the men to be drafted on the basis of the registration numbers drawn in the national lottery.
 
Two Sioux City men who robbed the Meckling Barnsdall filling station have been arrested.  They had stolen about $50.00 worth of equipment and supplies including a radio, oil and candy.  The radio and most of the loot has been recovered.

The city tried out a new plan of placing the flags on light polls on Main Street for Tanager Day, instead of leaving it to the individual business establishments.  The trial was successful.  It gave uniformity to the flag display and presented a much better appearance than under the old method.

The local draft board was busy numbering the 1,036 registration cards which Clay County men signed here last week.  Registration was only about two-thirds of the anticipated figure of 1,500.

 The "White Elephant Sale" conducted by the Vermillion Civic Council was very successful.  They cleared $52.16.

Franklin D. Roosevelt won a third term as U. S. President.  

The city council promised the national guardsmen or draftees who are city employees their jobs back when they have completed their service.

 The National Guard units will leave for Ft. Ord, CA around December 1, 1940.  It was learned on Monday that party of the men would go to California by train and part by truck.  The mechanics began tuning up the trucks for the trip.  They are being greased, oiled and "winterized".  Meanwhile the drivers – all of them new at the job—are taking the trucks out for a practice operation.  The men in the Medical Department detachment, under the command of Dr. H. F. Hansen spent most of their time aiding in giving physical examinations.

Clay County must furnish approximately 35 men to the army by June 30, 1942 under the terms of the selective services act.

Dakota Hospital has installed $3,000 worth of new laundry equipment.  Instead of a clothes line there will be a "tumbler" and instead of a wringer an "extractor" will be used.  The hospital handles about 3 tons of laundry each month.  The new equipment makes the laundry almost a pleasure to do.

Governor Harlan J. Bushfield will request the legislature to appropriate $150,000 toward partial completion of the administration building on campus

The National Guard arrived at Ft. Ord, California on Monday.  

End 1940

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