Vernon County History logo

100 Years Ago

Life in Viroqua from the Vernon County Censor:


DEC. 3, 1919

Yes, yes, it’s winter.

Fine sleighing.

Christmas but three weeks away.

The first crop of 1919 tobacco to be delivered in this city on the new sleighing was by Claud Griffin of Victory, who brought over his scant three-acre crop on Monday... receiving a check for $1,310, at 30¢ a pound... we are moved to ask what else can be grown on three acres of land to produce $1,310?

Martin Nelson was a Censor caller from Avalanche section. He reported that the mercury registered at 20 below zero Tuesday morning.

Next Wednesday night, December 10th the entire proceeds of the Star Theatre will be turned over to the management of the Normal Training School to be used for special decorations desired by the faculty... Tickets 15-25. Buy your tickets early.

Six farmers, all residing on Hillsboro township, were arrested for delivering milk that did not come up to the standard test, in other words the state dairy and food inspector said there was water in it. Five of the farmers paid their fine, but the sixth decided to fight it and his trial will take place at Viroqua soon.

A Genoa writer tells that fishermen there are busy... Frank Gilette recently got a fish haul at Badax bend of about 30,000 pounds.

DeSoto creamery has closed operations for the winter on account of shortage of product.

Edw. Harrington formally opened his new jewelry store in the Lind building Tuesday and a very nice stock and store he surely presents to the public.

More of those large bed blankets going at $3.50 a pair, at the farmers’ store.


NOV. 26, 1919


From the postal department at Washington comes the order discontinuing service indefinitely on rural mail route number two, out of Viroqua, the command going into effect on December first. The department offers as reason for the suspension that one-half or about twelve miles covered on the route the roads are so fearfully neglected that it is next to impossible to secure a driver who will continue... The four towns through which this route extends – Jefferson, Sterling, Franklin and Viroqua... were advised of the conditions and probable result. No substantial action appears to have been made... Persons affected by this order will of necessity get their mail on other routes or from the office at Viroqua. It is hoped the cause for the deplorable order will soon be removed.

People of the Kickapoo Valley now have to content themselves with one train a day. The passenger which left here at 10 a.m. and returned at 6 p.m. was taken off, on account of the strike of coal miners and consequent shortage of coal. How long this will last cannot be foretold but it is hoped that the train will be put back on before long. –LaFarge Enterprise.

Armour’s or Quaker oat meal 32¢ per large package at Roman’s Grocery.

Ben Brown expects his new sign to arrive in a short time. It will be an attractive one at the Star.

Injured while shoeing a mule at the Weavil shop, John Engeline is obliged to get around on crutches.

The bank of Viroqua has just installed a second burglar and fire proof safe in the bank vault, giving the force and customers more space.


previous glimpses