Sesquicentennial Highlights


Weekend specials to begin 1960 at Jacobsen's Bakery include 1 dozen Whole Wheat pan rolls, 21 cents; Sandwich Bread, 24 cents; 1 dozen White Sugar Cookies, 35 cents; Long Johns, 5 cents each.

Due to the bad storm last week, power was off in Burbank for 56 hours.

The January 14, 1960 Plain Talk tells the story of the Vermillion River.  It was once a popular recreation spot.  Where it runs now, it is a narrow stagnant stream, but many years ago it was wide and deep.  There were plenty of game fish and one didn't need a license to catch a nice string of fish.  In 1920 there was a boat landing south of the Chandler Hill and boats could be rented for a modest sum, five cents an hour at one time.  Upstream was a swimming hole where bathing suits were considered both cumbersome and unnecessary.  This side of the Russell Bridge was Dewey Point, named after the famous Admiral, which was his favorite spot for picnics and fishing.  Later the river began to fill up with silt.  Drainage ditches brought in soil from fields and back water from the Missouri left deposits of mud.  Maybe modern dredging methods can restore the attractiveness of the old river, but it's doubtful.

Oden Implement will hold an Open House on January 27, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.  All types of International Harvester equipment will be on display.  Several entertaining movies will be shown and all in attendance will enjoy coffee and donuts.

The February 4, 1960, Plain Talk sponsors some of Vermillion's history written by Austin Lathrop.  C. E. Prentis, one of the first trustees of Vermillion served as Mayor of Vermillion over 40 years.  The first ordinance related to "peace and order".  The second ordinance provided for licensing and regulating intoxicating liquor.  No. 3 ordinance related to disorderly houses and No. 4 was to prevent cattle, hogs, and horses from running at large. And No. 5 placed a tax on dogs.  The town's Marshall received a $300.00 a year salary and the Clerk's salary was $150.00 per year.

Attention Boat Owners!  Help us organize a Boat Club.  Come to the meeting on Monday, February 8, 1960 at 8:00 pm.  The meeting will be held at the National Guard Armory and will be serving free oyster stew.

During the last week of 1935, there was a dust storm and on December 26th the thermometer dropped to 11 below zero.  On January 6th, 1936 it was 24 below zero.  The following week the temperature stayed about the same.  February saw no let up in the frigid weather, there being 22 consecutive days below zero.  Water pipes that had never frozen before began to burst.  Gale like winds piled the snow into big drifts.  Many roads were closed.  By February 25th most roads were open but the next day another blizzard, which turned out to be the last one, closed all the roads again.  As the spring and summer came the temperatures rose and 1936 was a scorcher. There were 22 days in July that registered over 100 degrees, the hottest day being July 17 with 114 degrees.  1936 was a year of many crop failures.

Sid, the son in law of Mr. & Mrs. Bill Gibson, former owners of the Plain Talk, works for a company that makes those electronic brains or computers, which are to be installed in large airports to keep track of the jet planes in the air, so there will be no chance of their colliding.  The computer has such a complicated brain that it took a long time to get it to think properly.  Sid will help service the machine "to keep it thinking right!"

An acre of land near Phoenix, AZ is now selling for $25,000.00.  Fred Burr who just returned from there said a promoter paid over one million dollars for 40 acres at Scottsdale, which is a suburb of Phoenix.  It is one of the fastest growing areas in the United States.

Effective immediately, the Police have been given instructions to arrest and file charges against any person found to be in violation of burning garbage, or hauling garbage or trash in an uncovered vehicle.  Those hauling branches should be sure they are securely tied down with a rope.

The City Council voted to advertise for bids for a new fire truck.  Lewis Radigan, Chief of the Volunteer Fire Department appeared before the council to discuss the type of equipment that will best meet the needs of local fire protection.  Specifications call for a modern pumper equipped with an aerial ladder.  Bids will be opened on May 16th.

In the "Way Back When" column in the Plain Talk, it states that in the year 1895, Arsley Olson took over management of the hotel in Meckling….  Gov. Bigelow platted his land south of the University into building lots….and there were complaints that house rents in Vermillion were too high….from $120.00 to $150.00 a year.

In 1935, the top scorers on the great Meckling High School basketball team were Glen Iverson, Don Iverson, Gene Larson and Harold Seeley.

Directors of the Vermillion Chamber approved a motion on Monday night to initiate a study of the possibility of getting a bridge across the Missouri River south of the city.

Remember "The Normandy" at 38th and Summit in Sioux City?  One could get all they wanted to eat for $1.75 for adults and $1.00 for children under 10.

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