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Life in Viroqua from the Vernon County Censor:


MARCH 26, 1919

After several years of proprietorship of the Bud store, Albert Tryggestad has sold the same to A.M. Skrede of this city.

County highways have never been in worse condition than this spring. But the main arteries of travel are rapidly becoming passable, especially where overseers have dragged and bunted them.

The Springville M.E. aid society will serve dinner as usual on election day, April 1, at the church parlors.

Yarn for the Red Cross has arrived, and knitters will be supplied with same by calling at the rest room Friday afternoon from 2 to 5 o’clock.

At the late sale of the old brick jail residence Berlie Moore was highest bidder. He will move it to a vacant lot purchased from Henry Hendrickson opposite his residence.

WOMEN VOTERS! You have the right to vote for County Superintendent of Schools. You may also vote for a women – not because she is a women, but because she is eminently qualified for the position than her opponent.

It was optional with the city council to provide for the issuing of $50,000 bonds for the establishment of a municipal hospital. The council wisely put that responsibility up to the people to determine for themselves.

I have just opened up a new store at Liberty Pole, and have on hand a full line of groceries. I pay market prices for eggs. Give me a share of your trade. ALBERT EKUM.

Ed Stalsburg, who has been operating the Bekkedal farm in Brush Creek valley had the misfortune to fall from a load of hay and injured his head and back frightfully. will be necessary for him to quit the farm. – Cashton Record.


MARCH 19, 1919

A Victory correspondent tells that Jacob Podawitz has purchased the Hotel Gees and stock of goods in the store at that place and will soon take up his residence there.

Charley Clark has just received a car of Oakland Sensible Sixes – the only “six” below $1100. And by the way, the office at the garage has been nicely remodeled.

After a lifetime of agricultural pursuits, Chris Henry retires from his farm on Dach ridge and has purchased of Mrs. Gulbrandson her residence in the Second ward.

Eighteen pound pail of 35¢ coffee at $5; oranges per dozen 35¢ salmon per can 20¢ 20¢ can pork and beans 15¢ 5 boxes of matches for 30¢. C.H. Ostrem.

The warm rain of Saturday afternoon played havoc with transportation facilities in this locality... The Southwestern was laid up from Saturday until Tuesday morning with severe washouts between Chaseburg and Stoddard... the Kickapoo branch was badly torn up... There was just enough frost to turn most of the water that fell, and together with the snow it transformed peaceful creeks into raging rivers...

A large audience thronged the Star theatre Monday evening and discussed the proposed erection of a hospital in Viroqua. It was very evident as to the favorable sentiment of those present, not an unfavorable comment being made. ...the committee appointed to investigate and report, presented the result of their findings saying that $50,000 was little more than would be necessary.

A large number of tobacco growers gathered at the court house... and staged a very energetic discussion of the proposed building of a farmers’ warehouse.


MARCH 12, 1919

W.B. Hook made a trip to LaFarge last week, going and coming on foot.

From 22 pullets, Howard Minshall got 1125 eggs from November 11 to February 25 – average of 51.

A car of ice on the spur at the creamery got away from the engine and went partly over the dump.

After seven years of faithful and efficient service at the Viroqua Creamery, Mrs. Iva Casperson has resigned and her position is taken by Miss Dora Olson.

A Viroqua couple were arrested last Friday and brought before Judge Mahoney, charged with a statutory offense, committed in the Gosling home, in the third wear—Ernest and Miss Luna having been absent during the winter. They were bound over to a hearing on the 20th, giving bonds of $185 each for their appearance at that time. It is understood that several couples were implicated in the disgraceful affair, although legal action has not been taken against them as yet.

A fine line of cotton dress goods, ginghams, voiles, zephyrs, etc. at Suttle & Tate’s.

Dr. Benson purchased the B.F. Purdy house on South Main St.

At a recent business meeting of the Bad Ax church, Ramberg’s charge, it was decided to increase the minister’s salary by 50 per cent.

Harold Welch, living on the Milt Welch place on Salem Ridge suffered a severe loss Saturday, when his farm house caught fire from a stove pipe in the garret and was totally consumed. Some furniture and clothing was saved.


MARCH 5, 1919

February certainly retired with the noise and confusion of a lion.

City politics are very quiet: In fact not even undertone whisperings.

A number of young people went to Cashton for the last dance before Lent opened.

Ice dealers have taken fresh courage. Past ten days pf cold weather contributes to their joy.

Mail us your films to be developed and printed. We pay return postage. M.J. Jasperson.

Since relieved from the army Lieutenant Chauncey M. Morley has been bucking business at the electric light plant, the work that he gave some years of student time to before entering the government service.

A new revenue tax of $3.20 per gallon has been placed on whiskey. This brand of strong drink will now cost consumers around $13 per gallon. From now on, whiskey jags will be rather costly. The price of alcohol will naturally be about $20 per gallon. Tobaccos have taken nearly or quite a corresponding revenue jump.

Iceman Jack Tewalt informs us that he has ordered 400 tons of ice, the late cold weather manufactured plenty of this most necessary commodity.

Anton Aarstad, one of the first boys from this section to be called for the European war, arrived from France. Anton was through several hard battles and was severely wounded. After some months in hospitals, his wounds have entirely healed. – Cashton Record.

Earl Lowry who has been cheesemaker at Potts Corners factory on Weister Creek, is to be operator for Star Valley factory the present season.


February, 1919