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Life in Viroqua from the Vernon County Censor:


DEC. 31, 1919

Happy New Year.

Make it a year of good deeds and high purposes.

Farmers and woodlot owners are making strenuous efforts at putting up unusual piles of wood. The difficulty is securing choppers. Men who are experienced in handling an axe are wanted in evey community, and good wages can be secured.

The abolition of the tramp and the death of old John Barleycorn seems likely to put many a city lock-up and even some of the county jails out of business. During the past year some of the former have been almost unused and the jail population has been so reduced that some counties consider the jail a needless expense.


DEC. 24, 1919

Tomorrow should be the most joyous day in the whole year.

Viroqua largest tax budget is before the people for audit, and it’s a stunner; a real exemplification of the high cost of living, or possibly the “cost of living high”, as a distinguished writer has expressed the present age of civilization. The levy is for $108,465.37... The rate is $30.62 per $1,000 of assessed value. Last year it was $21.18 per $1,000. Treasurer Minshall says in 1913, or six years ago, the total tax collection was $45,645.62.

Business men in all lines report satisfactory Christmas trade. The good sleighing and crisp atmosphere give stimulation to shopping and general activity.

Bud, December 21 – Case weather is here and people are beginning to think they will be busy during the holidays... small pox in this vicinity seems to be traveling and has now made it appearance in the home of Louis Fauske.


DEC. 17, 1919

Sleighing is excellent.

Dolls and toys at Towner’s.

Prepare to make good resolutions.

We are in the last half of the last month of the year.

From different sections of the county trapping or killing of timber prairie wolves are reported. Alex Gardner tells of the slaughter of three. He killed one on Thanksgiving day. He and Will Bohen two during last week on south Bad Ax, in Sterling and Franklin towns. The son of Ole Jackson caught one in a trap. Mr. Gardner and his companion used hounds for the work.

With almost no practice the newly organized town basket ball team met defeat at the hands of Westby town team on Saturday night. But the locals are in no sense down cast, but up and coming ready for the next game.

Hon. Henry Rentz was a business visitor to the Censor office on Saturday. He reported that the creamery company at Esofea has already cut and packed its supply of ice for the season. Precaution was pointed out by the experience of last season, when the gathering of supply of aqua pura was not possible because of mild weather all winter.

Geo. D. Dodge, who lives on Asbury ridge, has ten acres of fine young timber that fuel needers are welcome to cut and haul away free. All he asks is that the tips be piled.

Our enterprising Hillsboro neighbors completed a piece of public improvement that does credit to her as a municipality and a people. Thirty block of brick-paving laid at the cost of $68,575.80.


DEC. 10, 1919

Sleighbells merrily jingle.

Case weather is most desired.

The county is experiencing a period of severe weather, accompanied by heavy snow falls. For nearly a week mercury has hovered about zero most of the time except nights, this Wednesday morning being the severest. Ours was about 22 below zero, while Newton, Readstown and other outlying places the record was 30. We are fortunate that the storm has ceased.

A week since pretty much all the male population of Dell community was before Judge Mahoney’s municipal court as witnesses or spectators in a case involving two young men, who were arraigned on alleged Halloween pranks in the neighborhood. After a day’s hearing they were discharged.

Every village and city in the United States is affected by the coal strike.

Try a pound of Roman’s special coffee at 45¢ per pound. Every pound guaranteed. Roman’s Grocery.

Hotel Hillsboro has changed landlords again, W.E. Lind selling the building, furniture and fixtures to a Mr. Bradley, who is from the west.

DeSoto Argus – Thos. B. Penshi and his crew completed the new concrete bridge on the county trunk line, near the Vener farm.

Coon Valley – December 7 – The tobacco warehouse opened up last Monday with full crew.

Wid Deaver of Brush Hollow, was the winner of the Jersey bull raffle given by Mr. Schoonover. Wid set up the smokes.

As spry as a boy of twenty Chairman John Lepke braved the elements and came from Harmony town to the county seat, yesterday, for the transaction of official business.

Satin, silk and crepe kimonos for Christmas gifts at Suttle & Tate’s.


DEC. 3, 1919

Yes, yes, it’s winter.

Fine sleighing.

Christmas but three weeks away.

The first crop of 1919 tobacco to be delivered in this city on the new sleighing was by Claud Griffin of Victory, who brought over his scant three-acre crop on Monday... receiving a check for $1,310, at 30¢ a pound... we are moved to ask what else can be grown on three acres of land to produce $1,310?

Martin Nelson was a Censor caller from Avalanche section. He reported that the mercury registered at 20 below zero Tuesday morning.

Next Wednesday night, December 10th the entire proceeds of the Star Theatre will be turned over to the management of the Normal Training School to be used for special decorations desired by the faculty... Tickets 15-25. Buy your tickets early.

Six farmers, all residing on Hillsboro township, were arrested for delivering milk that did not come up to the standard test, in other words the state dairy and food inspector said there was water in it. Five of the farmers paid their fine, but the sixth decided to fight it and his trial will take place at Viroqua soon.

A Genoa writer tells that fishermen there are busy... Frank Gilette recently got a fish haul at Badax bend of about 30,000 pounds.

DeSoto creamery has closed operations for the winter on account of shortage of product.

Edw. Harrington formally opened his new jewelry store in the Lind building Tuesday and a very nice stock and store he surely presents to the public.

More of those large bed blankets going at $3.50 a pair, at the farmers’ store.


November, 1919