Sesquicentennial Highlights

From the Plain Talk

In 1894, an eight-day walnut clock with an alarm could be purchased for $4.00 at C. F. Lotze.  (This information was taken from the �Remember When� columns printed in the 1951 edition of the Plain Talk.)

The Missouri River has played a menacing roll in the lives of Mr. & Mrs. Julius Erickson who have lived in Norway Township all their lives.  The original farm was 105 acres and this past spring the river moved closer and closer until the farm has been reduced to 55 acres.  They eventually moved their house to Vermillion.

 Miss Charlotte Ahlgrim was named the 1951 Princess of the Days of �59 event. She was sponsored by the VFW and will be a freshman at USD this fall.  She also was the Tanager Day Queen in 1950.  Congratulations Miss Ahlgrim.

The Bergen Church on Timber Road is having a chicken supper served family style.  $1.25 for adults.

From �Days of Yore� � In September of 1926, C & N Abrahamson closed a deal with R. J. McVicker for the purchase of the store building on the corner of Main and Center Streets.

A new birch paneled ceiling has been installed at the R. C. Davis pharmacy and it has added to the beauty of the interior of the establishment to a point that makes it beyond doubt as nice a drug store as there is in the state.

A crowd estimated at 5,000 enjoyed the free melon feed put on by J. R. Dunlap at his field south of the city on Sunday. (End �Days of Yore�).

September 20, 1951 is Corn Palace week at Mitchell.  Better phone 4682 or 501 now for your seats to see Horace Height and his orchestra.  Best seats are $2.00 and good seats are $1.00.  There are still choice seats available for the Heidt broadcast show on September 23.

The Eagles plan to move into their new building the first week of October.

W. C. Olawsky has purchased the O. P. Skaggs Grocery store.

Everything happens at once at the Dairy Store.  The Kelly�s had open house over the weekend for their newly decorated store. More than 2000 visitors swarmed into the store on Saturday consuming 1500 Dixie cups, 51 gallons of ice cream in addition to many ice cream bars.  The real �house warming� came on Sunday evening when a waitress noticed smoke coming from the ceiling in the store.  The fire department appeared and the fire was soon out.  Some new wiring attached to a ceiling fixture had short circuited to cause the fire.  No other damage was reported and by Monday afternoon all was back in operation.

It was reported on September 26, 1901 that Ralph Gobell has rented a room in the Nichols building on Market Street and will commence the manufacture of cigars as soon as the fixtures arrive.  Ralph is said to be a first class cigar maker and should do well here.

The Civil Defense alert cards which explain the air raid warning signals and give instruction on what to do in case someone decides to drop a bomb on Vermillion are available.

The central theme for the Dakota Day parade will be �Howl-O�een�.  More than 60 floats are expected to line up for the parade.

Reigning over the Tanager Day activities at VHS were Queen Jayne Walz and King Dick Leach.  Their attendants were Janet Hanson, Donna Jean Kaeberle, Jerry Reedy and Vern Merrigan.

The date has been set and Nelson Eddy will appear November 1 at the Vermillion Artist Concert Series.

The �Little Brown Jug� is again at stake on Hobo Day this year.  Mr. Roy C. Davis donated the �Little Brown Jug� trophy to go to the winner of the annual clash between USD Coyotes and the State College Jackrabbits.

The first Dakota Day parade was held Nov. 21, 1914.  The parade and football game would constitute the events of the day.  There were 604 students on campus and each class unit was directed to construct a float.  The first Miss Dakota was Miss Fern Wassum of Harrisburg.  She was a freshman in the law school.  She rode in a 1914 car and led the parade from East Hall down through town.  Following her came the sophomore class dressed in bright colored blankets, beads and feathers.  Then came the cowboys, followed by the early settlers as they rode in covered wagons and carried the motto �Dakota or Bust�, the popular slogan of the early settlers of South Dakota.

  Clay County has reached only 51 per cent of its goal in the current Defense Bond drive.  Less that 2 weeks are left in the campaign.

Nelson Eddy�s concert, due to illness, has been cancelled. 

�The skating rink at the high school has been flooded. It will be open from 4 to 10 p.m. during school days.  It is lighted at night.

Icy roads have caused cars to have lots of trouble this week.  A record cold wave covers Clay Co for December.

In the last issue in 1951, the Plain Talk sends along a bit of history.  �Don�t ride your mule or horse in Vermillion at a dangerous rate of speed�.  Many of these ordinances have been outdated by the advent of economic and social progress.

End 1951

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