Sesquicentennial Highlights

From the files of the Plain Talk

1956

The construction of the new Piggly Store that is being erected on Highway 50 is progressing rapidly. Mr. Nate Hurowitz, owner, hopes to occupy the building in about 45 days.

Sheriff Joe O�Connor had good news on Tuesday when he reported not a single arrest was made for drunken driving on the New Year�s weekend.

Pledges for the Dakota Nursing Home Fund drive have passed the $25,000 mark. The actual solicitation campaign to raise $100,000 for the Dakota Nursing Home for the Aged will get under way this week. Dallas Christopherson, general chairman of the committee, opened the meeting held at the new Austin School auditorium and stated the goals of the campaign.

Miss Bird Richardson who served as Assistant Librarian at USD for 35 years passed away at the age of 71. She was a lifelong resident of Clay County.

Rex�s Alley at 24 Center Street invites everyone to try their big, juicy hamburgers for a late lunch or anytime. They stay open late and they also serve baked ham sandwiches and malted milks. By the way, stop in for a game of bowling.

The Coyotes lost to Creighton by a score of 71-54 on Monday night. Guard Clayton Kiewel was high point man with 13 points followed by Jongewaard and Middleton.

It must have been a bad week for basketball as the VHS Tanagers lost to East Sioux City by a score of 61-44.

NIGHT PARKING ISSUE:  The city council, with the cooperation of University student leaders, is making an intelligent effort to find a plan to handle the night parking situation on the city streets. It is a problem which has been with the city for years but is now becoming more acute. The extent of the problem is clearly indicated in the results of a night parking survey recently conducted by the city police officers. They counted a total of 683 cars bearing out of county licenses. This is a situation which is peculiar to a college town and is not even approached in any non-college community of comparable size.

Many small Vermillion business firms will have a new tax to pay in 1956. Beginning this month, (January), they become subject to the Federal Employment Tax Act and the State Unemployment Insurance Law. This will mean an additional 3 per cent payroll tax for those employers who have not been subject to these two laws.

The Dakota Nursing Home Campaign for funds has passed the half way mark. Pledges now total $54,000. It is estimated that approximately 2,500 homes in Clay County and neighboring townships in southern Union County have yet to be called on.

Bids are asked for a new city well. The well would be located south of the railroad tracks and west of the municipal water and power plants. It is estimated the well will have a capacity from 700 to 1,000 gallons per minute at a depth of 95 feet.

Pupils from the Burbank school are finding it to be an education experience to have Rita and Alberta Colamberto from Italy in their classes. They are learning English and in turn teaching Italian to the local pupils.

At the annual meeting of the Trinity Lutheran Church the congregation authorized the Building Committee to purchase a parcel of land at the corner of Plum and Clark Streets from Mrs. Sanna Lohre for a purposed future building site.

Have you noticed that the young fry in Vermillion are dressing up more and swinging away from the sloppy attire of blue jeans? The makers of denim must be in a dither about it.  United Airlines has sent the word to all its stewardesses and counter girls that there will be no more Italian style idiot boy hair do�s while on the job.

Total pledges to date for the Nursing Home total $68,840.

Rev. Hugh K. Wolf of St. Agnes Catholic Church served as the official chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives for two hours on Monday. The invitation was extended to Father Wolf by Rep. Harold Lovre.

An open house and dedication program will be held on Sunday for the new Austin and Jolley school units. The open house will be held at the Austin School Auditorium. Total costs for the new buildings are $287,586.01 for the Austin building and $145,686.25 for the Jolley unit.

Nursing Home pledges now total $73,000.

Harry Gamage, who began as USD head football coach in 1934, announced this week that he is retiring on July 1. Mr. Gamage told a Plain Talk reporter that he would sever connections with the USD Athletic Department but he would still be affiliated with the University in another capacity.  When asked what his future plans were, he answered, �To stay young and happy.�

President Eisenhower announced to a radio and television audience that if the American people so desired, he would be a candidate to succeed himself in the presidency.

Television in color will be on display at the open house this weekend at Oden Implement Co., on Market Street. Odens are the exclusive franchised dealer for RCA Victor products in Vermillion.

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