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100 Years Ago

Glimpses of life in Viroqua from the Vernon County Censor:


APRIL 24, 1918

Soldiers are going.

Join the farewell demonstration for the soldier boys as they leave Viroqua for camp on Friday morning. The usual program will be held in the court room, then procession to the Milwaukee station.

Fred Herschfield and son, who are section hands on the Southeastern road, received injuries last week, being struck by falling railroad tie. The father’s foot was badly hurt on Monday and the son sustained a similar injury on Saturday.

A note from Mrs. Butters at Waco, Texas, states that she had a cablegram from her husband stating that he and all his Vernon county associates in France were well and happy. Mrs. Butters is returning to the north this week, going to Cincinnati for a visit with relatives.

Ladies who desire to have rubber heels on their white, tan or black shoes should go to Ed Lind’s shop. He has them in all three colors.

This section has been visited by a second winter, and it was a fairly good sample of the real thing. The mornings for a week have seen ground frozen sufficient to bear up a horse. On Saturday afternoon a snow storm set in and it ceased not to fall till fully eight inches had come down, continuing till Sunday evening. Much of it melted as it fell, giving the earth a perfect drenching. The “beautiful” has disappeared, but chill and cold winds prevail. Tobacco beds and seeded fields have probably suffered some by the cold. Artificial way of heating beds and covering have been resorted to.


APRIL 17, 1918

Merchant Warman of Red Mound, has purchased a motor truck on which to haul his butter and eggs to the railroad station, and bring back merchandise.

A Romance writer in the DeSoto Argus reports that Theodore Chrichman had the misfortune to lose his woodshed by fire. They saved the dwelling house and other buildings by the assistance of neighbors. Another fire occurred on the Peter Simmons farm. It was set on a hill side and got out of control, nothing could be saved as there was no water near.

It seems a few in Coon care to be burdened with honors of town officers. The entire board elected declined to qualify, because they felt they could not give the necessary attention. The board elected are Fred VonRuden, Thos. Johnson, He’ge Larson.

In addition to the call for 40 men to be sent to Camp Grant from Vernon county on April 26, the local board has received another call for thirty to be sent to Columbus Barracks, Ohio, on or about May 1.

The state road men, seven of them covering the county from north to south, were inducted into position on Monday. The law provides that they take their stations May first, but that is entirely too late in this section... We should have had their services a month earlier. For the half month in April these supervisors must be paid by the county, this year. They were put to work on Monday... The patrolmen furnish team and wagon and the county starts them out with new wheel and hand scrapers, drags, rakes, bunters and all other needed tools.


APRIL 10, 1918

Saturday brought a good drenching rain, which is of great value to the land, hay meadows and seeded crops.

Better be safe than sorry! Trout fishing season does not open until May 1.

Army shoes price, $4.00. The Blue Front Store, Ellefson & Johnson.

Miss Hickock, who has been under quarantine for small pox is again ready to do sewing at her home near the cemetery.

Thompson Brothers are causing an addition to be built unto their roller mill, also erection of a concrete water tank as part of the cooling apparatus for their big kerosene engine.

Oscar Lindevig was in the city to have a grist ground at the mill. He came from beyond Rockton, indicating the extent to which our mill is patronized. Mr. Lindevig told the Censor that he had sold 200 bushels of seed wheat at $3 per bushel. He says that winter wheat and clover were severely injured in his section during the winter.

Save your old automobile plates and leave them at the Clark garage. There is a market for them and each one is worth 10 cents to the Red Cross.

Food administrator Hoover calls upon the American people to cut in half the peace time consumption of wheat bread. In asking every person to restrict himself to one and one-half pounds of wheat flour per week, Hoover pleads patient and loyal sacrifice during the critical months ahead when even more drastic steps may be necessary... Retailers are to limit sales to town customers to a quarter of a barrel at any one purchase.


APRIL 3, 1918

Easter was a fine day.

A petition has been presented to the city council asking for the purchase of a combination chemical hose and ladder truck. The request is fathered by members of the city fire department.

Seed corn is a serious scarce article. Many have old corn gathered two years ago. A dealer who is making strenuous effort to secure good corn, says he fears the acreage in Vernon county will be materially curtailed because of lack of seed.

Chris Welch had a note from his son Raymond written while in midocean telling that he and the eight other Viroqua companions had been badly sea sick, but were fast recovering. They were presumed to have arrived in France early in March.

Selmer Moseng, who spent the winter in the navy yards at Manitowoc, arrived home for the summer season. He says he had a fine experience there, assisting in the construction of three new ocean war vessels and the repair of many others. One of the boats he worked on was the celebrated “Christopher Columbus,” whale back. Selmer tells that the yards employ three thousand workmen and any man who is strong and sober can get employment there. It is an experience that is worth while, but he prefers farming for the summer season.

Viroqua business men have rented land and contracted to raise sixty acres of cucumbers this year. Farmers and other will be given a chance to sign acreage contracts. We should make this enterprise a success. The pickles are wanted for our soldiers. Last year the larger part of the pickle company’s packing was commanded for our troops.


March, 1918