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100 Years Ago

Glimpses of life in Viroqua from the Vernon County Censor:


FEB. 20, 1918

Bright sunshine once more.

Those Boston baked beans which Ledman is serving at his restaurant are surely making a hit. Try them.

High school basket ball team will play a return game at Cashton Friday night.

The prevalence of measles causes a noticeable falling off of attendance of pupils in some of our grade schools.

Viroqua is to have another restaurant, soon to be opened in the Gund building, by Mr. Unseth of Westby.

Sam Gross is much elated over the birth of a healthy son on Valentine day; also to Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Gilbertson, a son was born February 15.

Coal situation is somewhat improved. Local dealers are receiving sufficient to meet present demands, but it is being spread out in small quantities. Hard coal continues to be scarce.

Crowded into the past week we have had all kinds of weather conditions – 25 below zero, 30 above, rain, snow, blizzard, good roads, bad roads. A month of fairly snug winter is desirable to finish necessary teaming in Vernon county.

Herbert Jenson, a former Cashton boy, and a son of Mr. and Mrs. Hans Jenson, is among the missing soldiers of the submarined Tuscania.

Otto Bates, a former LaFarge boy, was a soldier on the ill-fated transport, Tuscania. He was among the saved.

Married by Rev. Stevens at the Congregational parsonage, Tuesday, February 19, Leonard J. Zogg and Geneva V. Bobst. Mr. Zogg is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Zogg, Sr., of Harmony town. He awaits the call to the colors, but takes a bride notwithstanding the fact. Miss Geneva is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Bobst of Genoa.


FEB. 13, 1918

February half gone.

Lent opens today.

Miss Iva Fisher is installed as stenographer and typewriter in the Bank of Viroqua.

Mrs. Charles Porter, who went to Waco to see her husband, has been quarantined because of measles.

Soft weather gives the youngsters distinct disappointment – they are unable to use the park shelter skating rink.

John E. Nuzum pleased his relatives and a number of friends by sending home from California a variety of oranges, grape fruit and other things grown on his possessions at Los Angeles.

Retreat creamery committee were in the city and made purchase of materials for their new creamery, and the hauling has already begun.

Word from Waco is that practically all of our Soldiers have been taken to the east ready to be transported. They are at Camp Merit, New Jersey.

A delegation of town of Wheatland farmers – Ole L. Josvanger, Sam Erickson and M.V. West – brought grists here to mill on Saturday. The latter told the censor that he never raised a finer crop of winter wheat then on 1917; that 1 ½ acres of land yielded him 61 bushels.

On his birthday, February 4th, Captain Butters cabled his wife from France: “All well, love to everybody.”

Stephen Brown, an Indian who lives near DeSoto, shot a large timber wolf just outside the village limits.

Friends and relatives learn of the death of Mrs. Geo. W. Davis of Towerville, aged about 75. Also Mrs. Seger Severson, her daughter, passed away a few days previous, leaving father, husband and five children. Mrs. Seversen was almost 38 years old.


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