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100 Years Ago

Glimpses of life in Viroqua from the Vernon County Censor:


FEB. 27, 1918

The people of Viroqua will have the opportunity of seeing the Tuscania as she started her fatal voyage. This film “On to Victory” is the greatest single reel ever made since the war was declared. Be at the Star Wednesday March 13.

“Three Buffalo nickels and one thin dime, Will help break the Hindenburg line.” Buy Thrift Stamps.

Wheatless day is this? It may be wheatless or meatless but do not let it be Thriftless. Buy another War Savings Stamp.

See the nifty styles in spring hats just received at The Blue Front Store, Ellefson & Johnson.

The first American built battleplanes are in route to France, nearly five months ahead of the original schedule... after three years of warfare the total number of planes able to take the air at any one time on either side of the western front has not been more than 2,500.

A young son of Monroe Reed is recovering from an attack of blood poison in his hand.

Coffee demonstrator at the Farmer’s Store Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Stop in and have a cup of goo hot coffee.

As a result of the recent intense drive the state of Wisconsin new ranks among the first three states in the union in point of War Savings, and it is more than probable that when the returns are all in that Wisconsin will rank first.

Extra fancy red onions, $1.50 per bushel at Roman’s Grocery.

County Clerk Burlie Moore has traded his farm in Webster for Ray Hornby’s 300-acre place in Forest. Berlie has rented his old farm for the year and will work both places.


FEB. 20, 1918

Bright sunshine once more.

Those Boston baked beans which Ledman is serving at his restaurant are surely making a hit. Try them.

High school basket ball team will play a return game at Cashton Friday night.

The prevalence of measles causes a noticeable falling off of attendance of pupils in some of our grade schools.

Viroqua is to have another restaurant, soon to be opened in the Gund building, by Mr. Unseth of Westby.

Sam Gross is much elated over the birth of a healthy son on Valentine day; also to Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Gilbertson, a son was born February 15.

Coal situation is somewhat improved. Local dealers are receiving sufficient to meet present demands, but it is being spread out in small quantities. Hard coal continues to be scarce.

Crowded into the past week we have had all kinds of weather conditions – 25 below zero, 30 above, rain, snow, blizzard, good roads, bad roads. A month of fairly snug winter is desirable to finish necessary teaming in Vernon county.

Herbert Jenson, a former Cashton boy, and a son of Mr. and Mrs. Hans Jenson, is among the missing soldiers of the submarined Tuscania.

Otto Bates, a former LaFarge boy, was a soldier on the ill-fated transport, Tuscania. He was among the saved.

Married by Rev. Stevens at the Congregational parsonage, Tuesday, February 19, Leonard J. Zogg and Geneva V. Bobst. Mr. Zogg is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Zogg, Sr., of Harmony town. He awaits the call to the colors, but takes a bride notwithstanding the fact. Miss Geneva is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Bobst of Genoa.


FEB. 13, 1918

February half gone.

Lent opens today.

Miss Iva Fisher is installed as stenographer and typewriter in the Bank of Viroqua.

Mrs. Charles Porter, who went to Waco to see her husband, has been quarantined because of measles.

Soft weather gives the youngsters distinct disappointment – they are unable to use the park shelter skating rink.

John E. Nuzum pleased his relatives and a number of friends by sending home from California a variety of oranges, grape fruit and other things grown on his possessions at Los Angeles.

Retreat creamery committee were in the city and made purchase of materials for their new creamery, and the hauling has already begun.

Word from Waco is that practically all of our Soldiers have been taken to the east ready to be transported. They are at Camp Merit, New Jersey.

A delegation of town of Wheatland farmers – Ole L. Josvanger, Sam Erickson and M.V. West – brought grists here to mill on Saturday. The latter told the censor that he never raised a finer crop of winter wheat then on 1917; that 1 ½ acres of land yielded him 61 bushels.

On his birthday, February 4th, Captain Butters cabled his wife from France: “All well, love to everybody.”

Stephen Brown, an Indian who lives near DeSoto, shot a large timber wolf just outside the village limits.

Friends and relatives learn of the death of Mrs. Geo. W. Davis of Towerville, aged about 75. Also Mrs. Seger Severson, her daughter, passed away a few days previous, leaving father, husband and five children. Mrs. Seversen was almost 38 years old.


FEB. 6, 1918

The abbreviated month.

Free band concert at the High school room Thursday night at eight o’clock. Be there.

Mr. J. Johnson of Coon town felt so well pleased over the arrival of a son at this home that he sends us $3 subscription.

Henry Hooper, a man long in this community and well-known, a mute, 78 years old, died suddenly from heart failure at the alms house on Friday.

Paper was a day late last week because of tie-up in express and freight movements on railroads. We hope it will not occur again this winter.

S.A. Farr has improved the second story in his Blue Front block that it is to be used for residence purposes by Henry Running. Earl Truesdale and family move to their residence vacated by the Runnings.

Victory writer in the DeSoto Argus reports that Johnn Brannen drove down to the railroad station one day last week and filled his wagon box with cinders, drove home and left them in the box. There was fire enough in them to burn his wagon box, which was discovered just in time to save his chicken house from burning.

Married at Hillsboro, January 27, by Rev. T.N. Hoffman, Mr. Walter Daver of Reedsburg, and Miss Mary McDonald of Hillsboro.

Married at LaFarge, M.E. parsonage, by Pastor Dunley, January 26, Mr. Thomas Haugen and Miss Millie Rice, both of that community.

The American army is now reported as fighting in the foremost trenches of France, some not more than 60 feet from the German troops.


January, 1918