Sesquicentennial Highlights

1973

At the January 2nd, Chamber Board meeting four new members were installed.  They were Dr. Harold Fletcher, Rosemary Ballard, Tom Anderson and Paul Larson.  Larry Mart was named the new President with Rosemary Ballard, Vice President and Dave DeRouchey, Treasurer.  Retaining board members are Dale Clement, Joe Reedy and Norris Erickson.

The City Council and Chamber of Commerce sent a telegram last week to the Milwaukee Railroad urgently requesting more boxcars for Vermillion.  There was a half million more bushels of corn harvested in the area than was expected.  The railroad has cabled back that they are doing the best they can in a difficult situation, but "they cannot make any promises".

A new store in town is "Frabrific Fabric Center" that is opening in the former Tiny Tiger building.  The store will have hundreds of materials to choose from and a large variety of laces and all sewing needs.  Personnel will be Jan Green and Lynn Hoesing.  The general manager will be Pat Forred.

The Senior Citizens Center has leased a bus from Dayhuff-Cleaver.  It is a 12 passenger Chevrolet.  People who wish to be placed on the route should call the Senior Citizen Center.  The bus is not just for the use of the Senior Citizen Center but is also to serve others need.

Mark Sunday, February 18, 3pm on your calendar as this is the date of the dedication of the new Middle School.

The new Gibson store had their grand opening last week.  Vermilion is fortunate to have these new businesses in town.

Over 70 Senior Citizens attended the Hawaiian Party at the Center on Friday.  Several members that made a recent trip to Hawaii shared their experiences and over 80 slides were shown of the trip.  Nora Hyde and Anna Hansen were in charge of the lunch that consisted of Hawaiian punch, tea sandwiches, fresh pineapple bits and coffee from a Hawaiian tea table featuring a fruit center piece and Aloha napkins they had purchased there.  Several members wore muu mus, Aloha sun hats and bead leis.  A grass skirt and other souvenirs were on display.

The Middle School will offer a "History of Vermillion" course to all 7th and 8th grade students.

Lil' Duffer says, "We think we have the best shakes and malts in Vermillion and we want everyone to try them so—"on Saturday only, March 24, 1973 malts and shakes are 10 cents each—no limit.

Stop soaking the pots and pans, stop at Modern Electric and get a new Kitchen Aid Dishwasher with the exclusive SOAK CYCLE that does your soaking automatically.

Burbank is celebrating its Centennial in June this year.  Anyone with items of information concerning the town and its history should contact Agnes Malloy.

Many people in the area have shown an interest in the history of the Plain Talk.  Carl Rauk was the first to call in and give this information.  The Plain Talk was started in 1883 by Thomas H. Ayers, a Democrat.  He accompanied Governor Andrew E. Lee to Pierre as his private secretary after his election in 1890.  He sold the Plain Talk to W. R. Colvin (father of Bob Colvin who owned the Broadcaster for many years).  After his death, it was published by A. L. (Patsy) Davenport until his death in 1921 when it was purchased by C. T. Boltad.  After his death in 1939, C. D. DeVany and his son Guy bought it.  Guy continued after the death of his father until it was sold to W. S. Gibson in 1949 and Mr. Gibson later sold it to the present owners.  The Plain Talk bought the Dakota Republican from A. L. Lathrop and J. B. Townsley in 1947 and combined the two papers.

Mrs. Pearl Howey says that Lake Coma was located on the SW ¼ of Section 4 in Prairie Center Township and was on a farm owned at that time by Anders J. Opland.  She found the information in the 1901 Clay County Atlas.  Mrs. Mary Nelson tells us that it dried up during the draught in the early 1930's and Mrs. Nelson adds that Lake Emilene is south of the location of Lake Como and used to cover 17 acres.  It is reported to be 7 ½ feet deep.  It was located on the farm of G. A. Anderson with a small portion of it on the farm of Fred Brownson.  Young people came from miles to skate there.  No one knows where either of the names of the lakes came from.

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