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Life in Viroqua from the Vernon County Censor:


JULY 26, 1922

On August 2nd, the LaCrosse and Southeastern Railway Company will give special train service and reduced rates from Viroqua to LaCrosse and return, on accounts of Ringling Bros. & Barnum Bailey Circus. Round Trip rate $2.00.

Train leaves Viroqua at 7:15 A.M. and return train leaves LaCrosse at 5:30 P.M.

Everybody should see this world’s largest circus. A.H. MUELLER, G.P.A.

Notice of final determination on assessment for paving East Decker St. from Main St. to east line of Wisconsin Ave., from East Decker St. to north side of Railroad Ave. Railroad Ave. to C.M. & St. P. right of way.

The big downpour July 9th has been followed by gentle rains, warm days and cool nights. It is ideal growing weather for tobacco. This week opened with sunshine and light breeze, making the conditions for work in the fields exceptionally fine. The stand is equal to the best that Wisconsin fields ever presented at this time of the year.

One Week Only!

13 lbs. Granulated sugar $1.00; White Navy Beans, per lb. 10¢; 6 Bars White Luna Soap .25¢; 6 lb. can Roast Beef .75¢; 30¢ Lemon Gem Cookies at, per lb. 20¢; North Sea Red Alaska Salmon, per can .28¢; 4 lbs. good Peaberruy Coffee .98¢; Red Rose Peas, per can .10¢; 10 lb.pail Corn Syrup .50¢; Large can Armour’s Pork and Beans .25¢. A Dish free with 21 lbs. Good Luck Coffee. JOHNSON BROS.

Pilot the trained horse who appears at the Temple Theatre Monday and Tuesday evenings is a beautiful animal and a fine actor.

Co. A. 107th Engineers, Viroqua’s local National Guard Unit, goes to camp Douglas Next Monday morning to spend two weeks in training...


JULY 19, 1922

Building mover T.B. Snell has been having busy times the past week or two. Between raising the editor’s residence thirty inches, moving Dr. Suttle’s residence and office from Main street to Rock avenue, remodeling and Kellystoning his own residence, and being sick three days last week from overlifting, Tom has sure had his hands full.

JEFFERSON – Bud, July 11 – English service was held at the Zion church Sunday evening with a good attendance... Fine weather for all kinds of farm work. The rain of last week was appreciated as it was badly needed for crops.

STERLING – West Prairie, July 17 – Weather is favorable, with plenty of rain, crops growing fine, and every day hay going into the mow, and the faithful loader occasionally stung by a bee which flies up from a nearby clover field.

The Wisconsin Highway Commission report for the month of June shows that there was a total of 88 accidents which occurred on the State Trunk Highways... Number of persons killed, 6. The main cause for most of the accidents is wreckless [sic] driving or speeding.

Tobacco growers are being warned to watch [for] “wildfire,” a serious eastern tobacco disease... The trouble is infectious and is caused by bacteria.

The post office interior is being painted and other improvements made.

Ole Sherry is entertaining a Holstein heifer calf... The calf weighed 130 pounds at birth and has been gaining two pounds a day since, now tipping the scales at 175 pounds. The average calf weighs 60 to 70 pounds.


JULY 12, 1922

The second woman candidate in Vernon politics this campaign is in the ring, Miss Minnie M. Vance, announcing in this issue her determination to seek the office of County Clerk.

The city fathers are to be commended for the new silent policemen which they have caused to be placed at the intersections on Main street. The new ones are white, of solid metal construction and only a few inches high. They serve the purpose of keeping the traffic to the right, and are not a menace to “blind” drivers.

Bert Dustin’s young son with his pony and milk wagon rig is a familiar sight on Viroqua’s streets. The other evening the little fellow parked his rig in orthodox 45-degree style just north of the Censor office. Along came a careless auto driver and caught the rear of the rig, breaking the bottle and spilling the milk, but the pony jumped up on the boulevard and started eating grass. The driver promised to pay the damages.

In the storm Sunday afternoon, Floyd Huschka’s new barn was struck by lightning, tearing a portion of a gable end, but luckily no further damage resulted.

Men’s silk ties, regular $1.00 values 59¢ at M.J. Felix’, 102 Main St. Both sides of the dollar will do their duty here.

The storm which moved up the Mississippi river and around to the north of Viroqua Sunday afternoon, favored us with very little rain – just a sprinkle – but the thunder and lightning was about as vicious as any we have ever heard and witnessed.

Fordman L.L. Baptie tells the Censor that this is the first July since Henry Ford commenced building Lizzies that the dealers have no surplus cars on hand.


JULY 5, 1922


Never has the Censor editor been so keenly aware of the utter inability of language to express the feelings that sure through human soul in the presence of beautiful things as he was when he attended the formal opening of the Temple Theatre on Saturday and Sunday. Monster crowds took advantage of the opportunity to inspect the wonderful new theatre... Altogether, the opening of the Temple Theatre marks one of the biggest milestones in the progress of this community...

The Fourth of July [was] one of the finest if not the finest Independence Day celebration ever held in this city. Old Sol shone with just the proper degree of heat, fleecy summer clouds floated lazily through the deep blue sky, and people from the surrounding country swarmed in until more than 10,000 people thronged the city to enjoy classy events arranged by the Legion.

Joe Deters has been somewhat laid up for the past two weeks. He was kicked in the foot by a hay tedder, and part of his sock embedded in the wound, but he is coming all right now.

Viroqua Creamery, officials... are jubilent [sic] over the fact that on Monday, July 3, the day the record was knocked into a cocked hat. On that day, patrons brought in 42,118 pounds of cream which converted into 71/2 tons of butter.

H.H. Rabbitt and crew have constructed a driveway around the Standard Oil filling station and are moving the company’s oil tanks from their far-out location to the spur near L.C. Boyle’s coal sheds.

You can get children’s shoes at $1.00 per pair – and they are good shoes, too – at Ed. Lind’s Shoes Store.


June, 1922