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100 Years Ago

Life in Viroqua from the Vernon County Censor:


Viroqua



AUG. 27, 1919

Directors and officers of the city cemetery association have secured 15¾ acres of land adjoining the present location on the east. It was purchased from Geo. W. Schroeder, and the price paid is $4,250. That is a pretty snug price for farm or pasture acreage, but it was the only available piece that could be secured and its typography is suitable to give charm to the present sacred beauty spot.

In the old division there are few lots untaken and the necessity of extension is apparent for future demands.

The heavy rain that fell all over Vernon county last Wednesday was a blessing, to maturing corn, tobacco, potatoes and pastures, but it brought damage to a streak half-mile wide and several miles long, commencing east of Genoa and ending near Mike Stohrer farm four miles west of Viroqua.

... sealed proposals for the erection and completion of a concrete, brick and stone Municipal Hospital Building will be received by the Municipal Hospital Committee at Viroqua, Wisconsin, until the hour of 7 p.m. on the 5th day of September 1919.

Tobacco harvest has been on for two weeks, but now nearly every grower is at it in earnest. Later rains and hot days have given the weed a wonderful boost and fields that were zero a fortnight since are making good.

Up to date no contracting has been reported in this section... The Censor advises that growers consult Viroqua telephone central regarding cold wave signals. The government will give official notification of approaching frost periods. The local telephone station will give information to any who inquire.


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AUG. 20, 1919

Fair in September. Commence to prepare for it.

Commences to feel like fall – nights and mornings cool.

Smith Hardware block is refreshed by coatings of new paint.

The tire stolen from Ex-Sheriff Helgerson has been returned but the thief neglected to return the inner tube and the $25 which Chris has to pay the officers for locating the guilty parties. Send the tube and $25 to C.O. Helgerson, Genoa, Route 1, and prosecution will be suspended.

Over two hundred window lights have been put in buildings on the fair grounds to take the place of ones broken by boys with stones, bean and air guns. Officials of the fair society authorize the Censor to say that they will give $5 reward to anyone who will furnish evidence leading to conviction. Let every parent call the attention of his boy to this matter to the end that the practice of breaking windows at the fair grounds be ended.

CAUSE OF TROUBLE

THE C.M. & ST. PAUL RAILROAD HAS BEEN HOLDING OUR EDITION OF PRINT PAPER SOMEWHERE BETWEEN MILWAUKEE AND SPARTA FOR NINE DAYS, AND IT HAS NOT YET ARRIVED THIS SATURDAY MORNING, SO WE ARE ISSUING A HALF SHEET. SUBSCRIBERS CAN QUITE UNDERSTAND THE TEMPER OF THINGS ABOUT THE CENSOR OFFICE. AS BETWEEN GOVERNMENT MANAGEMENT OF RAILROADS AND THE WRETCHED LACK OF MAIL CONNECITONS IN VERNON COUNTY IS ENOUGH TO DRIVE ONE TO DRINK OR INSANITY.

The city undertaker, Otto Ottoson, is possessor of a new auto funeral car, one of the latest modern outfits... The hearse body is constructed on a Nash chassis.


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AUG. 13, 1919

Viroqua appears to be a pathway for tourists. Every day machines from near and far pass this way.

This section of country has never had such perfect road conditions as now prevail.

Viroqua public schools open September 15 – two weeks later than usual. This is to accommodate country students who will be busy in harvest.

Dr. G.W. Minshall is to make a circuit of fairs and race meetings with his horses, starting at Stevens Point next week.

Percale aprons, special for $1.00 at M.J. Felix’.

Remember that D.O. Stevlingson, the Chaseburg merchant, will be in Viroqua on Monday, August 18th, for the purpose of buying a carload of live chickens. He will pay 6 cts. below Chicago prices on loading day.

DeSoto Red Cross society, that did such effective work during the war, has disbanded its organization and turned into the county headquarters $240 surplus funds, requesting that the money be used for support of a county nurse. Retreat, also active in war service, disbanded with a balance of $793 on hand. They also desired the amount to go for nurse employment.

Ross, August 11 – Farmers are busy in this vicinity stacking grain. Soon will be tobacco harvest.

Mrs. Chas. Turner and Mrs. Will Shell found a rattlesnake in the public highway. Chester Snearley came along and killed it. The reptile was about three feet and a half long, and had ten rattles and a button.


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AUG. 6, 1919

August.

Where shall we go tonight? Go to the movies.

Canning peaches in baskets and boxes direct from the orchard now here. J.J. Henry’s grocery.

The Pastime roller rink offers you a place of amusement, exercise and recreation that is beneficial, conducted in a clean, courteous and orderly manner. Careful instructions to beginners at all times.

Automobile licenses issued by the state exceeded 213,000, a gain of 25,000 over last year.

Will Norris has added to his equipment a “trailer” for his automobile, in which he hauls supplies for the farm.

The threshing machine music will soon be heard. State authorities send out a significant warning against machine fires.

At the close of the season’s work at the Bekkedl tobacco warehouse, last night, a jubilee or farewell party was held, in which managers and all employees happily participated. Ice cream and refreshments were served. The season’s packing was 3,000 cases and extended over 33 weeks.

Frank Wintz is back to his first love – master plumber at Moore Bros. hardware. We imagine that Frank considered his job as engineer at the county training school too easy for an energetic man.

Nothing could possibly have brought more gladness than the refreshing rain of last Wednesday night, when two inches of water fell in this region. It has done a world of good to growing crops and pastures and renewed life and courage. We needed this blessing from heaven, and all are thankful.

During the storm a bull on the farm of P.N. Simonson on Pleasant Ridge was killed.


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July, 1919