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Life in Viroqua from the Vernon County Censor:


JAN. 29, 1919

Spring like.

The weather curtails fuel expenses.

A fish net haul of 29,000 pounds was made in the Mississippi at Genoa by Louis Monti and Willis Hastings.

Ice dealers are alarmed less they will not be able to secure a stick of congealed aqua pura for summer customers.

In ten days I will have a new shop ready to do all kinds of washing, dry cleaning, coloring, etc. N.A.Swiggum.

Congressman Each, at the request of LaFarge citizens, has introduced a bill in the House of Representatives asking that the village be provided with a German cannon or field piece captured by the American army.

Bert Dustin has decided to start a milk route, and all those desiring milk will please phone 4254-2 rings.

The mild weather has been a God-send to flu sufferers. Some homes have been without care or fire, and a cold snap would have induced much pneumonia among those so afflicted.

Westby is jubilant over the fact that their little village is now free of the flu.

Henry W. Scott and A.J.Broadhead received and loaded for shipment at this station, three carloads of leaf tobacco, representing crops of various farmers hereabout – DeSoto Argus.

The policy of the FORD MOTOR COMPANY to sell its Cars at the Lowest Possible Price, Consistent with Dependable Quality, is too well known to require comment. Therefore, because of present conditions, there can be NO Change in the Prices of FORD CARS. Runnabout $500; Touring Car $525; Coupe $650; Sedan $775; Truck Chassis $550. These prices f.o.b.. Detroit. A.H. Dahl & Company – Ford dealer, Viroqua, Westby.


JAN. 22, 1919

Owing to the increase in number of cases of influenza since the ban was lifted two weeks ago, the board of health has once more deemed it necessary to close the schools, churches, theatres, and large public gatherings.

Judge Mahoney’s court has been busy with illicit liquor cases the past few days.

The legislature having fallen into line on the most far-reaching economic and social reform the state has ever recognized – the ratification of the constitutional amendment which will make Wisconsin and the United States “bone day” – the abolishment of the liquor traffic for beverage purposes...

E.J. Older was appointed as marshall temporarily to fill out the term of Andrew Gald, resigned.

Gust Chapiewsky, hunter of Pleasant Valley near Cashton, has captured sixteen fox and three wolves this winter.

New spring dress ginghams on display at Suttle & Tate’s.

Sheriff Rogers made an official trip to Readstown on day recently.

Safe crackers and thieves are operating throughout the state and a warning is issued to be on the lookout for them. Money should not be left over night in the office or store. Safes as strong boxes usually found in the average place of business can be readily opened with a light charge of high explosive.

Westby and Hillsboro have so far recovered from their severe epidemics as to warrant lifting the ban against the plague. Only a few cases remain in each place.

LaFarge schools reopened after a long vacation caused by the influenza not, however, until the services of a professional nurse has been secured to look after the heath of pupils.


JAN. 15, 1919

The Sentry says influenza in Hillsboro has spent its fury; no new cases having developed.

Great moderation since 10 days ago, when we had 15 to 40 below zero for three days.

A dog belonging to Bennie Burdick jumped through one of the plate glass windows at the Hanson hardware store and shattered the pane into a thousand pieces. The animal was on the inside and evidently did not see the glass in his mad rush to get to the street. He was cut badly – Cashton Record.

Viroqua workingmen recently put the finishing touches on a beautiful modern country residence constructed the past season for Frank Zitzner at Monument Rock, one of the best country homes in the county. It is 30x30, two full stories and basement. The first story is pressed brick, upper pebble dashed, concrete porches on front and wired for electric light, finished in oak below, southern pine above, plate glass doors. Messrs. Lake and Huschka did the masonary, [sic] Hall and Burkhart the carpentry, Smith hardware the plumbing and heating.

Sizing and packing at local houses goes on interruptedly. There is lack of help in most instances. Sickness in many families is partial cause for this.

Retreat’s new creamery, which has been under construction the last season, is opened for use.

Tollef Hetland has sold the north 30 acres of his place to Ole Skillestand, who will erect a residence thereupon. He also sold to Otto Lund the seven acre tract across from the fair grounds. Mr. Lund will build a home on the same.


JAN. 8, 1919

Old-fashioned weather.

Sunday church bell chimes gave an inspiring feeling after three months stillness.

Retiring Sheriff Cowden and family have removed from the jail residence to their home in the Third ward.

Notwithstanding the stinging cold Saturday, Siron Hall and C.W. DeWitt, who live beyond Cashton, came here to mill. Others from even greater distances come on similar missions.

Earl Caldwell, who left one of the local garages to enlist, has returned from overseas.

W.E. Butt intends to interest authorities in an airship landing between fair grounds and Col. Butt’s residence, where there is a level strip of land, and in an air line from LaCrosse to Madison.

Smoke issuing from the second story of the Tower block caused the turning in of a fire alarm Saturday just before six o’clock. Investigation revealed that the motor on Dr. Wm. Trowbridge’s X-ray machine had in some manner started and became so heated that the insulation was burning. No other damage resulted.

A Victory writer tells that Frank Gillette and Frank Reise made a fish haul just north of Victory and obtained 30,000 pounds of fish. Teams are busy for a full day hauling barrels of fish to the station.

Viroqua’s educational institutions opened Monday after an enforsed [sic] shut-down of nearly three months, due to prevalence of influenza... Five of Viroqua’s seven churches held services Sunday – the first since the lid was put on in September.

Edson Roach had an early caller at his home on New Year’s morning, a lusty lunged son.

Henry Prucha, who lives near Rockton... was in Hillsboro early last Thursday morning, although fifty years of age, he walked the entire distance here and back, which is 32 miles.


JAN. 1 1919


Happy may it be.

Help to make it a good year.

Read the ad of the country store for sale at Bud. It is a desirable location for the right man.

Ed Harrington is the possessor of a three-inch shell sent by his son, Dr. Harrington, from France.

County Road Commissioner was called to Stoddard on account of a workman getting injured on the county highway.

The Censor has a birthday today – enters upon its sixty fourth year of existence. Let us hope that, like biblical wine, it may grow stronger and better with age.

Holiday business in this city was somewhat curtailed by influenza, broken weather and bad roads. Some merchants and dealers report unusual good trade, while other complain that it was light.

It is rumored that the Southeastern will soon put into service, a gasoline car that will accommodate about thirty people, using the steam equipment only for freight service. It may be only a railroad dream, but it is in circulation.

Cashton Record says Herbert Smith, who has been conducting a tin shop for several months has quit and returned to Viroqua. He expects to return next spring and resume work.

Farmers, get your warm diners all afternoon at Mrs. Peter Snearly’s (nee Mrs. Asbjornson) first door north of the Farmers’ bank. Also night lodgers and weekly boarders or roomers taken.

Christmas was a mild, pleasant day, given over completely to family and neighborhood gatherings and feasting. The fact that no public gatherings were permitted, took away much of the old-time Christmas spirit, and the sacrifice and disappointment was most felt by the children.


December, 1918