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100 Years Ago

Life in Viroqua from the Vernon County Censor:


NOV. 13, 1918


Allied World Goes Mad In Victory Celebration As Kaiser And Crown Prince And Staff Flee Into Holland - Revolutionists and Socialists In Control.

The greatest war in the world’s history came to a close at 5 o’clock Monday (morning) after 1567 days of most bitter struggle...

President and General Staff Cancels All Draft Calls for November – Everybody Celebrates.

When the Viroqua fire siren emitted a preliminary yelp at exactly three o’clock Monday morning no one needed to be told what happened. To Pastor Johnson goes the honor of being the first man to start music after the fire whistle. The pealing of his church bell was closely followed by the other bells... by 3:30 the celebration was in full swing. Crowds poured onto Main street... automobiles dashed through the streets to the honking of horns...

These will be remembered as the days when peace messages were flying and Spanish influenza flew.

Viroqua schools are in their fifth week of closing, and no change in sight, for “flu” has yet a strong hold on this community.

Blair R. Sherrick writes from Camp Grant that the Base Hospital Band has again been ordered to Chicago to play there a week in the interests of the united war work campaign. Many surrounding towns have reopened schools, churches and other places, but not for Viroqua. We had thought to escape the severity of flu but not so, and there are as many cases now as at any time the epidemic came.


NOV. 6, 1918

Pull out the storm windows and doors.

A.M. Anderson, who recently sold his Newry farm, has moved with his family to Coon Valley.

Up to this date Wisconsin has issued 177,000 automobile licenses, one machine to every fourteen persons.

Record removal of tobacco from curing houses is ours in this prolific year of 1918. Nothing of the kind has been accomplished within our remembrance of Vernon county tobacco growing... The butts at this time are green but otherwise the leaf is said to be in prime condition.

AUSTRIA SIGNS ARMISTISE – Peace Looms Nearer As Austria Is Forced Out Of The War – She Accepts Most Drastic Terms Following Big Italian Victory – Terms For Germany Will Be Similar – Turkey Is Out.

Effective November 1st the household allowance of sugar was increased from two pounds to three, per person, per month. Regulations will now permit any person to purchase his entire monthly allowance at one time... Merchants are required to keep sugar books as usual.

The county wide prevailing influenza appears to have taken Viroqua and surrounding community very strongly within its embrace and physicians report that there are something like sixty ill with it. The fatalities are light.

Remarkable it is that after two years of helplessness and most of the time in hospitals, Mrs. Ed. Norris is able to walk about our streets and do most of her own household duties.

On account of a wreck between Readstown and Soldiers Grove the upper Kickapoo towns had no railroad trains on Wednesday and part of last Thursday. No serious damage to persons or property was caused by the wreck.


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