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Life in Viroqua from the Vernon County Censor:


SEPT. 18, 1918

Attend fair.

American troops, commanded by General Pershing, with the entire plan of battle executed by American officers, won their first great victory of the war last Thursday. They reduced the St. Miheil sallent [sic] and are now within one and a half miles of the border of Germany.

A line in the Censor caused Mrs. Beck’s pet deer to be returned to her. It strayed to Avalanche neighborhood.

His equipment has arrived and Dr. Almon Fortney opened his office over Dahl’s drug store. He provided himself with the most modern outfit.

Dean H.L Russell, college of agriculture University of Wisconsin has issued a warning against starting chain letters for the Red Cross or any other patriotic purpose.

Mr. Fred Wood mudded it over to mill with his automobile on Saturday. He told the Censor that silo filling and corn shocking has liberally commenced in Clinton town.

A new service chart register is placed on the walls at the Methodist church showing 65 boys from the congregation in the war. F.W. Alexander did the artistic pen work.

Stanley Jacobus of Jefferson town is a recent winner in a cream separator contest. His essay on the subject was one among many hundreds submitted by children from every state in the union. The Censor extends congratulations to the Vernon county lad.

Last week was rugged and unfavorable for tobacco harvesting, Friday only being really suitable. Growers struggled with the elements of rain, and cold, and doubtless some of the weed went into shed in not the best of conditions.

Last week was a bitter one for fair holdings. Friday was the only pleasant day.


SEPT. 11, 1918


The county clerk is new issuing hunting licenses.

The big agricultural event of the year for Vernon county takes place next week – the sixty-second annual Vernon county fair... We feel the decision of the officers of the society to do their best in the face of the war and attendant discouraging conditions was wise and proper. The annual fair is far too important an institution in social and educational lines to be discontinued.

At the Eckhardt-Dyson warehouse in Viroqua a large per cent of the present season’s wool clip has been assembled and packed here for shipment to the government warehouses in Philadelphia. The amount is about 125,000 pounds... it is to be converted into wearing apparal [sic] for soldiers.

Monday and Tuesday brought disappointment in rain; and the atmosphere has been cold and freezes are feared.

Mr. and Mrs. Bert Blakely of LaFarge were notified that their son Gene was severely wounded August 6.

Relatives at Victory of Eddie Woodhouse, received the distressing news by wire, that he had been missing since engaged in battle in France.

The new bridge on the state road opposite the John Chase place between West Prairie and Retreat, which has been in process of construction for the past year or more, is at last completed. This is one of the best and largest concrete structures of the sort in the country. The main span is 24x26 feet, in which were used eleven steel stringers, each one of which weigh 1200 pounds and 116 sacks of cement. – De Soto Argus.

Many nice silk and wool dresses shown at Suttle & Tate’s.


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