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100 Years Ago

Life in Viroqua from the Vernon County Censor:


MAY 28, 1924

The Censor is issued this week under difficulties. For the past quarter of a century the Censor’s big newspaper press has labored away with mighty little mechanical attention. The last few years it has commenced to show decided signs of old age and approaching physical breakdown. On Monday morning this week, Jack Burgess, veteran press mechanic who has doctored sick printing presses from Maine to California commenced the rebuilding of the old press. Mr. Burgess is a specialist in his line, and expects to have the press in shape to give many more years of service. Meanwhile the Censor is getting its presswork done between spasms of drilling, boring adjusting, and tearing down and building up of the old machine.

In a baseball contest that was anybody’s game until the eighth inning, LaFarge defeated Bud by a 5 to 2 score at the Viroqua Fair grounds last Sunday afternoon... The pitching on both sides was nearly even... LaFarge played errorless ball...considering the strong wind with which the players had to contend.

Things are commencing to look like fair time at the Vernon Fair Grounds. President Minshall has been fussing around making flower beds, and otherwise improving the appearance of things – and the racers are here. Fifteen head of racing horses are now in training on our track.

Readstown, May 26 – Merchants Hamilton & Roberts of Arena were here Thursday to identify goods stolen from their store last Monday night. A car was driven to this village containing goods taken from their store and peddled in this town Tuesday. The thieves left the town Tuesday evening leaving the car... The value of the goods stolen amounted to over $1000 and a filing system containing $4000 worthy of credit accounts... The car, supposed to be a stolen car, was taken to Arena...


MAY 21, 1924

The Perfect Oil Co. has broken ground for their second station in this city [Viroqua], on the vacant lot across from Stewart Implement Co., purchased by them last fall... The new station will be similar in appearance and design to their other station, but there will be added conveniences such as ladies’ rest rooms. The pumps will be motor driven – the first of this expensive type to be installed in this city.

Viola, May 19 – The severe wind of Sunday was followed by a cold wave and Monday morning the Kickapoo Valley experienced quite a snow storm, which, however, did little harm, as the snow melted as soon as it fell. Everyone covered the blooming strawberry beds. You can never tell the most unlikely is more likely then the most likeliest is the weather fore cast this spring.

Sparta Floral Co. will be at O. Otteson’s store Wednesday, May 28, with all kinds of plants for bedding, window boxes, urns and baskets. Also vegetable plants.

Last Thursday, May 8, was citizenship bay at the Court House, when a party of nine people were admitted into full citizenship of the good old U.S.A.

Stoddard, May 17 – Postmistress Olga M. Peterson, made a tour of inspection over routes one and two last week and was highly pleased to find nearly all mail boxes painted and repaired according to specifications.

Springville, May 20 – Chas Rumsey had the misfortune to have a cow killed last night by an automobile striking her.