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100 Years Ago

Life in Viroqua from the Vernon County Censor:


AUG. 14, 1918

Threshing has commenced.

Atwood’s big jewelry sale!!

People who make trips to the Mississippi report some good catches of bass and other fish.

With the departure of young Warren Hamilton to the front with last Thursday’s squad of soldiers, gave the fourth son from the family of Lewis Hamilton of Liberty town. And it is said Mr. Hamilton will have two other sons subject to military duty when the new registration law is in effect. This is the fifth family in Vernon County that we know of having given four sons to the present great world war.

County Food Administrator Morterud was in from Bloomingdale on Monday. He told the Censor that all restrictions on the use of beef have been removed. That means, we suppose, that an individual or a family can have a “fill-up” providing they have the price. City Clerk Older has been appointed deputy food administrator to issue sugar certificates.

Damage to Crops, Buildings and Other Things in Our County – Retreat Church struck and Burned... C.C. Bishop told the Censor of the calamity that came to Retreat section in the destruction of the Congregational church building. During the storm last Wednesday afternoon, the structure was struck by lightning and burned to the ground….Not a scrap of paper or an article of furniture could be rescued, so quick and fierce was the spread of electrical flame. The church was erected 35 years ago.

A company of Viroqua gentlemen went out and assisted Albert Larson clear away his wrecked tobacco shed. Others have been helped who have sustained similar wrecks.


AUG. 7, 1918

Primary election falls on September 3.

Commence to think about the fair. Third week in September.

John W. Thayer was home from the northern timber camps. He reports crops and general conditions good in the north.

A bright new city flag gloats over Main street, hanging midway between the Williams block and the First National Bank. Thank you, Mr. City Council.

Mrs. Wm. O’Leary of Franklin, mother of Mrs. Garin, has five grandsons in the service, and all are in France. Mrs. Garin has two sons and eight cousins serving Uncle Sam.

Chester Brye, who has been buttermaker at the Enterprise creamery for the past year, has quit the job. His plans for the future are not known. The director of the creamery hired Cecil Allen to take his place. Cecil is familiar with the place, having spent some seven years there. – Cashton Record.

This Wednesday evening a heavy rain fell, covering all surrounding country, accompanied by a wind that brought damage to growing crops, blew down a few tobacco sheds and other farm buildings. Possibly in some places there may have been hail but not hereabouts.

The Pickle Growers’ Association needs pickers. They pay 25 cents per bushel of 50 pounds. Apply at pickle farm on Hall-Carmichael land adjoining city limits at the southeast. Go provided with basket or pail and one large sack and your noon lunch.

Viroqua pickle farm needs to gather 500 bushels of cucumbers each day to keep up with growth. Make money for yourself by helping save the big crop.


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