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100 Years Ago

Glimpses of life in Viroqua from the Vernon County Censor:


NOV. 28, 1917

Blacksmith Ed. Peterson is in the line of progress, having placed an electric forage blower in his shop.

Monday was a whale of a business day in the city.

Jeweler C.M. Morrison is in receipt of a shipment of Japanese electric lamps that are extremely artistic and he invites you to consider them when purchasing for Christmas.

No stores in the city will be open after 10:30 a.m. Thanksgiving Day, is the decision of the Viroqua Business men’s Association.

Special at Roman’s Grocery. Fine cooking apples 75 cents per bushel. First come, first served. Only a limited supply on hand.

Aside from the war we as a people have much to be thankful for.

Will Do Hay and Straw Pressing – I wish to announce that I have purchased the up-to-date hay press from C.W. Moore. Those who wish to have hay or straw baling done will please notify me or write me at Viroqua, R1. OLE L. OLSON.

Supervisor George Storer was summoned home on Thursday because of damage that came to him by the heavy wind of Wednesday blowing the top off his gram stacks. The threshing machine was at his place when the heavy wind struck the stacks, but they were found to be little damaged by rainfall.

John Thayer started Monday, for his lumbering camps in Ashland county, taking with him for service up there Jack Buckles, Joseph Hanson, Ira and Ed Turner. Mr. Thayer says he can use many more industrious men.

Married at the office and by Justice Robert Parker, November 27, Mr. Lindal Lovaas and Miss Thea Skough, both young people of the town of Christiana.


NOV. 21, 1917

Let us be thankful.

George Hall of Red Mound vicinity, hobnobbed with old friends in the city.

Several families are quarantined because of scarlet fever, and the schools are closed temporarily in Viola.

Horse buyers are numerous in these parts. A pretty good sign that we raise the right kind of animals and that there is a big war demand for them.

Miss Verna Ganerdinger of Camp Douglas is filling the vacancy in Smith school district caused by the marriage of Miss Blanche Nelson.

Van S. Brookaw whose boyhood home was at Rockton, writing from Waco, Texas, says his is the busy life. He is an engineer who plans bridges, culverts and roads, and them superintends the building of them from native timer in the rough. He is supplied plenty of help by the higher ups and every thing is handled on double-quick time. Ban says all the boys at Waco are anxious to get to France and they are wagering as to the number of weeks before they will go.

With the high cost of coal the cemetery green house will close until March first. We have on hand carnations, budded, just ready to gloom[sic], Cyclamen plants, calla lilies and ferns to sell, 20 to 25 cents on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of this week at Sweger’s grocery store.

At the farm home of his son Jens, near Westby, Mr. Andrew Ottum passed away, aged 78 years. Mr. Ottum was a highly respected old-time resident of the county. Funeral service was conducted on Saturday by his pastor, H. Halvorson.

A fine concrete block parsonage is being completed at Dell by the United Brethren church congregation of that community.


NOV. 14, 1917

John Noyes has moved to Hillsboro to become an attache of the big milk condensory. He was employed here in the electric light plant.

Chicken coops, plenty at Thayer’s. Take them home and bring in your chickens.

On Tuesday Rev. J.J. Jacobson went to Sag City neighborhood to conduct the funeral of Lars Peterson, a long-time citizen of that section, aged seventy.

November 24, beginning at 10 in the forenoon the ladies aid of United Lutheran church will give their annual bazaar in the churchy parlors. Lunch will be served at 15 cents. In connection with the bazaar there will be a counter of various second hand articles.

The Viroqua creamery company has completed an addition to its ice house. The manufacture of ice cream necessitated enlargement of ice storage.

The Southwestern company is building a siding into the grounds of the Roseland lumber yard.

Your home is a member of the U.S. food administration, if you have signed a food pledge card. Now don’t forget to live up to your agreement.

Plan your Christmas shipping now! It’s not too early. And remember to restrict your Christmas list, and to give only useful gifts. This is war time.

Sheriff Cowden is off on his first service with extradition papers, going to Idaho to bring back a young man who is wanted on a charge of abandonment.

It will do skeptics good to take a ride from the city north to Moore’s corners, east to the county house and south to the city. They will be convinced that application of oil to clay roads is preferable to macadam.


NOV. 7, 1917

Guy DeGarmo and wife gave a number of under students in the schools a happy sleighride one evening during the late winter.

Mrs. Richmond returned from West Prairie, where she nursed Mrs. Thos. Hoyum, who presented her husband with a bouncing son, the first boy in the family.

That good old soul, Halvor Johnson, a native of Norway, a pioneer of the Kickapoo, whose home was long near Avalanche, died at the home of his son near Westby, with whom he has lived for some years. He was 83 years old, a fine gentleman who had many friends. Funeral was conducted at Coon Prairie church on Monday, his long-time pastor and friend, Rev. Halverson, conducting the service.

At her home in this city, last Saturday, Mrs. Anna Braaton was married to Mr. Gerhard Hovde of Christiana, where they will reside.

Melvin Swenson has moved his family from Bloomingdale to this city. He accepts a clerking position on Ostreme store. He was with Morterud Brothers for five years.

The young farmers, Dach Brothers of Franklin, drove in and shipped on Monday, a bunch of beef cattle that filled a car, sending them to Chicago.

Ladies’ cloth coats from $5 to $35.00 at Rogers’.

C.E. Clift and family removed to Viola, their former home. He has been employed in the Kuebler hardware store.

DeSoto Lansing ferry across the Mississippi closed for the season. It did a good business the past season.

J.W. Thayer started north for the lumbering camps this morning, taking with him a son of Charles Buckhardt, Oliver Lewis, Arba Morrison, Walter Scott.