Sesquicentennial Highlights

A fire at the USD power plant caused extensive damage to the building. Employees were using an acetylene torch in the basement and spark ignited waste oil. The University will be dependent on the City for electricity for some time.

OBSERVATIONS AND COMMENTS FROM Austin Lathrop: (Dakota Republican)

"The time was, some 70 years ago, when Clay County residents did not need to ship in their flour, for there were at least four flour mills in the county, two of which were operated by water power. Besides the Vermillion City Mills, wheat was ground at Lodi and Bloomingdale, with power furnished by the Vermillion River. There was also a mill west of Vermillion owned by Iverson and Gunderson and operated by David Maynard. At one time there is reported to have been a mill on Frog Creek east of Wakonda.

The Bloomingdale mill was owned and run by J. P. Wastlund. Bloomingdale also had a store at one time, operated by W. H. Cooley, and a town hall.

The Lodi mill was run by the Rudd brothers and their Lodi flour was shipped to eastern markets. At one time Lodi was a fair sized village with a general store, drug store, hotel, blacksmith and carpenter shops and other places of business. The town was situated on the hill just above the Vermillion River. It was a rival to Vermillion at one time, and its citizens had visions of a railroad running through the town. When the railroad did come through, in the early 'nineties', it missed Lodi and the town of Wakonda started up several miles to the northwest. Many of the buildings in Lodi were moved to Wakonda and the town of Lodi was no more."

Now that the gas rationing is a thing of the past, we won't need to spend any more time worrying about where so-and so got the gas to make that long trip.

The average salary for rural school teachers in Clay County has been raised $10.50 over the average for last year. The average is $160.50 as compared to last year of $150.00. Mrs. Bliss, County Superintendent, estimated that a total of $6,099.33 will be paid to rural teachers this year each month on a nine month basis. The 35 districts are all in session and there are 38 teachers in the schools.

Twenty trains passed through Vermillion on Friday. Normal traffic is about six trains. Much of the extra traffic is due to the heavy grain shipments.

D. E. Sullivan, depot agent here for 38 years is retiring. He began his railroad career in 1899. His greatest memory is selling a ticket to the Bishop of Edinburgh, Scotland, who was traveling to Eugene, Oregon. When he was told it would take three days to get there, the Bishop said, "Oh my goodness, I thought I was nearly across the United States."

Union barber shops in Sioux City are now charging 50 cents for a shave. Looks like the barbers, like most other unions, are doing their bit to bring on inflation.

While the war is over many of its hardships continue. The beer shortage has again hit Vermillion. Several of the dispensers of the malt beverage have had to close up shop and await new equipment.

F. LeRoy Blair, better known as "Dutch" took over as manager of Clay Union Electric Corporation.

Sears & Roebuck will soon open an order office in Vermillion and are interested in hiring a capable local woman as manager.

Harold Westre has sold the Coffee Shop across from the campus to Claude Dawson.

The first 1946 model Ford will be on display at Macy-Benson this week. Mr. Benson said they still have no assurance as to when a regular supply of cars could be obtained.

We wish some tax expert will tell us how old Uncle Sam can reduce taxes and then pay the expenses of running our bureaucratic government, feed Europe, loan money to various indigent and ailing veterans and sponsor government projects that will run into the billions.

A former County Commissioner strongly suspects that some of his Rhode Island hens have been "stepping out" with the pheasants in the neighborhood of his farm. Anyway, some of his year's crop of chickens have long tails and are pretty handy at flying.

Because of the demand for housing for veterans, at USD, President Weeks has applied to the National Housing agency for 50 trailer units. The trailers are of two kinds, one type is 7 feet 6 inches wide by 22 feet long and another 15 feet 10 inches wide by 19 feet by 10 inches long.

The smaller type, equipped with two studio couches, was made to house four war workers and the larger six. At USD the smaller type will be used for a GI couple and the larger for couples with children. Each type has studio couches, an oil heater, refrigerator and two closets. Electric stoves for cooking will also be installed. There are now 93 veterans of WWII enrolled at the University under provisions of the GI Bill of Rights.

Fifty four trailers have arrived and Vern Cadwell has been assigned the job of overseeing the installation for the trailer camp. The trailers will be located on the Lee Block on Dakota Street. (This is currently the location of the Medical School building.) It will be necessary to make water, gas, sewer and electric connections. Those who have inspected similar camps in other places say that they are surprisingly cozy and comfortable.

Clay County corn is averaging 60 bushel to the acre. Some fields on bottom land are yielding 100 bushels.

The Sim's brothers, Homer, and Bill, have concluded a deal for the purchase of the stock and business of the Gunderson Hardware store and will take possession on January 1, 1946. H. O,. Gunderson owned the business for 29 years.

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