Sesquicentennial Highlights

The Burr Broom Factory is a spirit of free enterprise.  William D. Burr has carried on the proud profession of A Burr, the work of a Master Craftsman.  Vermillion citizens owe the presence of the Burr Broom Factory to a group of persistent neighbors who encouraged Mr. Burr to carry on the work of his father's footsteps.  Today 2 or 3 dozen brooms a day are being made.  (If you would like to see items from the Broom Factory, a display of the tools is at the W. H Over Museum. The display was dedicated in 2009 at the Christmas Festival.)As 1948 draws to a close the Civic Council has completed 30 years of service to the City of Vermillion according to Mrs. Mathilda Geppert in her annual report.  There have been 35 clubs who have representatives and have worked for the betterment of the organization and civic improvement.Inclement weather has held up the progress on the REA project in eastern Clay County.Precipitation for the year of 1948 totaled 26.17 inches. It was the fourth wettest year since 1926.The new 1949 Studebaker is now on display at Swenson and Donahoe.The police department has a reward notice of $25.00 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone seen writing or drawing obscene language or pictures on the walls at the ladies' restroom.There are magazine salesmen in the Vermillion vicinity saying that they are selling subscriptions to raise money for polio equipment for the hospital. According to the VFW Auxiliary this is a false statement. Do Not Buy from them.Saturday specials at Jacobsen's Bakery include caramel frosted donuts for 35 cents per dozen. Loaf of cinnamon bread, 17 cents; 1 dozen Bismarck's 40 cents; spice cakes, 30 and 60 cents each. 1 dozen valentine heart cookies 25 cents.Stop at Swenson & Donahoe light testing station to get your certificate to buy the new license plates. April 1 is the deadline for license plates.A new curfew will pertain to children under the age of sixteen as they will not be allowed on the streets or public places in Vermillion between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. unless accompanied by a parent, guardian, or employer, or has written permission by one parent.  The children will be notified that they should be off the streets by a siren at 10:00 p.m. This will replace the whistle which blows at 9:00 p.m. now. The council also approved a stop light at Main and University streets.Meet us and not the Judge.  Thank your Bear Man for the accident that didn't happen.  Take your car to Wyman Motor Co. at 24 Market Street.  Phone  150-WRemember the Civic Council at the city library when you clean out the closet.Cupid was on strike this week as no one applied for a marriage license.Fifty Vermillion young men voted to organize a Junior Chamber of Commerce.The latest tip from the underground is that the coppers will be on the lookout for offenders of the license plate dictum after April 1. New plates must be on the front and back of the vehicle by April 1.A tornado struck central Clay County on Thursday and concentrated on the farms of Mrs. Rose Boyd, John O'Connor, Rueben Olson, W. L. Jenks and the Larson Brothers.  On the Boyd farm it destroyed the hog shed, barn, and partially damaged the house and granary. On the John O'Connor farm it twisted the windmill fan and lifted a wagon box and took it over a group of trees and set it out in the field. On the Larson farm it snapped a REA pole and dropped a transformer to the ground on its way to the Reuben Olson farm.  There it lifted a roof of a small lean-to fastened to the barn, snapped a windmill north of the barn and finally carried a building about 60 feet before setting it down. As the tornado dissipated to the north it had a fine fling at damage on the Werter Christensen farm and others to the north.

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