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100 Years Ago

Life in Viroqua from the Vernon County Censor:


SEPT. 14, 1921

Torger Fortney has purchased of Mrs. Wyman, her land lying just north of Eckhart Park and is converting it into lots making 12 very desirable lots. One on the corner has been contracted for by Carl Enggaard, who will erect a modern home in the near future.

Two Clippings from Kansas papers telling of the death of Thomas J. Decker. Mr. Decker was the last member of the first family which braved the unbroken wilderness at an early date to settle on the site of this city.

The Censor office today stands upon the spot where the first rude log cabin was erected by the Deckers, and in the basement of the office is the old Decker well at the bottom of which once flowed a stream of pure water which supplied the early settlers.

Last Monday several of our small boys had a lot of fun that netted them some financial gain as well. The flood water over the cement was so deep that automobiles going through would get stalled. The boys were stationed nearby and naturally the drivers called upon them to push them through the water. This the boys did after getting promises of pay for their trouble. The nickles [sic] and dimes rolled in so rapidly that a total of nearly five dollars was collected by the youngsters.

Just received another lot of our men’s work shoes at $2.75. Anton Olson’s Basement Shoe Store.

The editor went over the Viola hill Sunday for the first time since Stub Morrison and his crew commenced the relocation. You sure have got to hand it to Stub when it comes to road building. When completed the new road will very materially cut down the awful on that last pitch over the top, not to mention the safety and convenience of a wider road.


SEPT. 7, 1921

Sunday was a wild day in Vernon County. Storm after storm passed over, accompanied by severe wind, torrents of rain and hail in some localities... The most severe rainfall seemed to center over the territory drained by the Coon river, and it went on a rampage... The rain raised hob with the paving on Main street, undermining some of the old and new cub and washing considerable dirt off the hill. On the east side of the three business blocks the water found the soft laterals and followed into the basements.

O.G. Lewis of DeSoto... reports that several sheds full of tobacco were blown down on Genoa ridge.

The Censor is genuinely happy to report that Mr. Eckhardt cleaned up most everything in sight with his fine showing of horses at the State fair last week in Milwaukee. He secured eight firsts and 14 seconds.

The big steam shovel in its march up Main street tore the white way light cables in two, and our Main street is in darkness. New cables of the everlasting variety have been ordered and will be laid in the concrete pavement.

Next week the Gays Mills fair will be held, following the Richland County fair will be held and then comes the Viola fair. It is only three weeks off...

One of the local physicians reports that a case of small pox has developed two miles south of town. An epidemic of this disease would be most unfortunate just at the opening of school and it is hoped that all proper steps will be taken to prevent its spread.

We enjoy doctoring watches. If yours has gone on strike, come in and let us put it in running order. Ed Harrington, Jeweler.