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100 Years Ago

Life in Viroqua from the Vernon County Censor:


JUNE 26, 1918

Friday is the longest day of the year.

Great War Savings Stamps drive Friday. Do your part.

E.J. Older did surveying near Stoddard for Lewis Brothers.

T.W. Watson returned from a season spent on the farm in Wheatland. His daughter Ollie came with him.

Jack Tewalt beliveves he has gone over the top in early potatoes, having for dinner on Sunday, as large as hen’s eggs.

Twenty thousand sturdy young men, the best blood in Wisconsin, are called to the colors and will enter military life during the month of July. Of this great number Vernon County’s quota is above two hundred.

Dell United Brethren congregation dedicated a new parsonage on Sunday last... The structure is a concrete bungalow, modern throughout and a credit to the people who paid about $2,000 for it, dedicating it free of debt.

Coal is Now Coming In. Uncle Sam says you must take it now or your chances for getting it later, may be lost. This is important to you. Phone L.C. BOYLE.

Applications for auto license numbers this year has already exceeded the number last year, over 170,000 having been sent out so far. In spite of war and heavy expenses the gas wagon will not be denied.

Charming rain Monday night brought delight to the hearts of farmers and gardeners. It brought a world of benefit to vegetation and all kinds of growing crops. Especially it is beneficial to the recently set tobacco plants.


JUNE 19, 1918

County roads getting in fine shape.

The Kuebler Hardware has an electrician and is now in position to do your wiring in that new house you are building, or wire your old house.

The two delicacies, strawberries and new potatoes, generally come about the same time in this latitude, but this year the strawberries are several weeks ahead of the new potatoes. Probably because of the large stock of old potatoes still on hand.

Because of the junior member of the firm having been summoned to the colors, Jos. E. Hayes & Son sold their mercantile business at Ross, where they enjoyed good trade. Jos. E. Hay is the new proprietor, having exchanged his farm for the stock.

Attention is called to the fact that children are not permitted to drive automobiles about the city. The lawful age is sixteen years.

Mr. and Mrs. F. W. Kromroy received a message telling them of the safe arrival of their son Will over seas. His going across appears to have been somewhat unusual. He left home with the group of boys March 29, spending the intervening weeks at different cantonments. None of the boys who left with him were aboard the transport on which he had passage; not a soul that he had formerly known.

Long training is not necessary for Americans to be efficient soldiers. That was proven also in the civil war. Our boys in France today are better fighters than the highly trained, we might say over-trained troops of the enemy.

A new assortment of the famous Gimbel hats just received. The Blue Front Store, Ellefson & Johnson.


JUNE 12, 1918

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Green have a son born last week, and Charlie wheeler and wife are made happy over the arrival of their first born, a daughter.

G.E. Halvorson has installed new machinery for sharpening and repairing lawn mowers. Bring him your old machines and have them fixed up like new.

There has been a good deal of talk about a new 2-cent piece and some talk about a 15-cent piece, but what we really need is a 12 1/2 –cent piece. We have two names for this sum of money in this country, a “bit” and a “shilling,” but we have never had a coin to correspond. Many articles which sell by the yard, pound or can are priced at this sum, and it is the eighth part of a dollar and would be a convenient coin in every way.

The county draft board has received the “work or fight” order from army headquarters, so look out. Idleness will not be tolerated.

Highway Commissioner Ristow was at Stoddard, Tuesday, to locate a large concrete bridge over Coon River near the south village limits.

Just received another fresh lot of those good picnic hams at 25c per pound, while they last, at Roman’s Grocery.

Geo. A. Groves has diversion from his mercantile business in the breeding and sale of Ayerdale canines. He has just closed sale of a late litter of ten pups, shipped to all points of the compass. Some time ago he sent one to South America.

If the weather does not interfere the sixty acres of land leased by the 1918 Pickle Growers’ Department of the Viroqua Advancement Association will be planted to cucumbers. There is still time for you Mr. Farmer to call for seed and help boost the acreage.


JUNE 5, 1918


Month of roses.

Next great event, Fourth of July.

Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Lund are happy over the arrival of a second son.

Gibson’s ice cream by the dish, cone or bucket, at Unseth’s Restaurant, next to the Overland garage.

Get ready for the great eclipse – next Saturday, June 8th, 1:30 to sundown. It will be one of the most lasting eclipses of the sun the United States has ever seen.

Chris Nedland and Chris O. Helgeson of Purdy, were among Monday callers. Like many other Censor subscribers they changed their address from Viroqua to Genoa because of nearer rural mail delivery.

American troops are playing an important part in blocking the path to Paris. The French report that they have delivered four brilliant counter-attacks. The Germans have gained a fifteen mile footing on the bank of the Marne. They attempted to cross at one point. They did – but our U.S.A. boys threw them back again in a way that upholds the finest traditions of the American army.

The Bishop Branch cheese factory purchased a new pump from the Sauer Hardware.

Lars Thompson has been shearing sheep for part of the neighborhood. Almost without exception, Round Prairie farmers are producing wool for the soldiers, as nearly all have sheep.

Bill Showen had a note from his son Roy telling that he “got over” O.K.

Dr. Wade Harrington has been notified to be ready to join the Army dental medical corps any minute, expecting to report for duty before the close of the present week.


May, 1918