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100 Years Ago

Glimpses of life in Viroqua from the Vernon County Censor:


APRIL 17, 1918

Merchant Warman of Red Mound, has purchased a motor truck on which to haul his butter and eggs to the railroad station, and bring back merchandise.

A Romance writer in the DeSoto Argus reports that Theodore Chrichman had the misfortune to lose his woodshed by fire. They saved the dwelling house and other buildings by the assistance of neighbors. Another fire occurred on the Peter Simmons farm. It was set on a hill side and got out of control, nothing could be saved as there was no water near.

It seems a few in Coon care to be burdened with honors of town officers. The entire board elected declined to qualify, because they felt they could not give the necessary attention. The board elected are Fred VonRuden, Thos. Johnson, He’ge Larson.

In addition to the call for 40 men to be sent to Camp Grant from Vernon county on April 26, the local board has received another call for thirty to be sent to Columbus Barracks, Ohio, on or about May 1.

The state road men, seven of them covering the county from north to south, were inducted into position on Monday. The law provides that they take their stations May first, but that is entirely too late in this section... We should have had their services a month earlier. For the half month in April these supervisors must be paid by the county, this year. They were put to work on Monday... The patrolmen furnish team and wagon and the county starts them out with new wheel and hand scrapers, drags, rakes, bunters and all other needed tools.


APRIL 10, 1918

Saturday brought a good drenching rain, which is of great value to the land, hay meadows and seeded crops.

Better be safe than sorry! Trout fishing season does not open until May 1.

Army shoes price, $4.00. The Blue Front Store, Ellefson & Johnson.

Miss Hickock, who has been under quarantine for small pox is again ready to do sewing at her home near the cemetery.

Thompson Brothers are causing an addition to be built unto their roller mill, also erection of a concrete water tank as part of the cooling apparatus for their big kerosene engine.

Oscar Lindevig was in the city to have a grist ground at the mill. He came from beyond Rockton, indicating the extent to which our mill is patronized. Mr. Lindevig told the Censor that he had sold 200 bushels of seed wheat at $3 per bushel. He says that winter wheat and clover were severely injured in his section during the winter.

Save your old automobile plates and leave them at the Clark garage. There is a market for them and each one is worth 10 cents to the Red Cross.

Food administrator Hoover calls upon the American people to cut in half the peace time consumption of wheat bread. In asking every person to restrict himself to one and one-half pounds of wheat flour per week, Hoover pleads patient and loyal sacrifice during the critical months ahead when even more drastic steps may be necessary... Retailers are to limit sales to town customers to a quarter of a barrel at any one purchase.


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