When workmen completed tearing down the Old City Dray Line building on Market Street they came across a grave marker in the foundation of the building with the name of W. W. Allen, 1895. Also on the marker was the Masonic emblem. The mystery of how it got there was cleared up by Clinton Foster. He had put it there. About 20 years ago, then a partner in the Dray Line business discovered that the front foundation of the building was bulging. The heavy loads of freight going in and out of the door had rocked the foundation of the building. To serve as a brace, Mr. Foster remembered an old grave marker that had been around the building since he had become a partner some ten years ago so he dug a hole next to the foundation and dropped the marker in as a brace and it has kept the building up every since. Now that workmen have dug it up again, the mystery confronts a new generation … as to where it came from and why it never served its job. Do you know?
Clay County has reached its Red Cross quota. The war fund drive netted $5,208.25. Forty three percent is retained by the local chapter. Fifty seven percent will be sent to the American Red Cross headquarters for use in the country and overseas.
Clay County's greatest War Bond Drive will start April 16. The county quota is $300,000 which must be bought and paid for during the month of April.
The Thomas Cruickshank home at 207 South Yale will be auctioned off on April 21, 1943. A full line of furniture will be sold immediately after the house sale.
The fire department sounded a false alarm with the trucks going to the fair grounds. When they arrived there a group of fire followers who followed the trucks were given tickets by members of the fire department with the following warning: "You have just violated the rules of good citizenship by interfering with the fire trucks and fire apparatus. We have sounded this false alarm to let you see for yourself the risk involved for both the fire department and the public. Your name and license number have been recorded and will be filed with the police department, and in event of repetition a regular traffic ticket will be issued."
There were 68 Vermillion High School students who graduated on May 23 at Slagle Auditorium.
Captain Jack Lloyd, 75 year old character out of the old west, was a Vermillion visitor on Monday. He was on his way to Sioux Falls to attend a celebration for Joe Foss. The colorful character tells of selling newspapers in the No. 10 Salon at Deadwood and run errands for the miners and dance hall girls. He remembers how he came into the No. 10 Salon on August 2, 1876, when the wizen-faced McCall shot "Wild Bill" Hickok through the back of the head. He also recalls how the crowd cut Hickok's boots from his feet, how Calamity Jane rushed into the place and wanted to get McCall. He says McCall was acquitted by a miner's jury, but the government arrested him, legally tried and hung him at Yankton. He claims that Calamity Jane, hearing that he was an orphan, adopted him and looked after him until he was 12 years of age. At that time of ripe maturity, he started out on his own, riding trail with the cattle men, hunting gold with the prospectors, dealing at gambling tables, and doing almost everything that was being done at that time.
Jacobsen's Bakery is sponsoring a series of wartime recipes. They are designed to help housewives save both money and ration points.
Word has just been received by the parents of Pvt. Lester Russell that he is a German prisoner of war. It was first announced that he was missing in action in North Africa. He was one of the first men from Clay County to go overseas to Ireland and it is believed to have been with American troops when they invaded Africa last November.
On May 13, residents of Vermillion rubbed their eyes in amazement when they awoke to find the ground covered with snow. This is the first time in 30 years to see snow at this late date.
The subscription price of the Plain Talk for readers living outside Clay, Turner, Yankton and Lincoln Counties will be raised to $2.50 a year. Production costs and a war time shortage of newsprint has made it necessary to raise the prices of subscribers living outside the above named counties.
In the meantime, another black out test can be expected at any time and all air raid wardens are expected to be at their stations after the first two-minute blast.
The need for tin is acute. All Clay County housewives are urged to prepare their tin cans for collection. Fourteen tin can depots are ready to received cans. The grocery stores in Vermilion are all depots in Vermillion. There are other depots at country stores in Hub City, Dalesburg, Westreville, Wakonda, Meckling and Burbank. The cans must be washed and the labels removed. No rusty cans please. Remove the top and bottom and step on the cans—do not use a hammer. Insert the lid and bottom inside the can. The cans will be picked up by Mr. Hawks of Yankton and from there go on their journey to aid the war effort.
Heavy rain and wind struck Vermillion. Three inches of rain flooded streets and basements in one of the worst storms in many years. Picnickers and others who were out on the hot sultry Sunday afternoon quickly ran to seek shelter. The quiet humid day exploded into the heavy cloudburst. The city was left strewn with fallen trees and branches. The northwest wind ripped the entire roof off the large grandstand at the county fairgrounds hurling huge sheets of tin several blocks into the yards of nearby homes. Many gardens in town were damaged and small grain and corn was nearly flattened to the ground.