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100 Years Ago

Life in Viroqua from the Vernon County Censor:


JAN. 19, 1921


The Bud store experienced a close call Monday morning, when it caught fire from an overheated stove pipe. W.B. Gilman, proprietor of the store, was at breakfast at the time – smelling smoke the family ran down into the store, discovering the blaze. The neighbors were hurriedly summoned and by quick work saved the old structure with comparatively little damage.

The showing of Viroqua creamery for the year 1920 will be indeed most gratifying to its 625 farmer share-holders. Its total business for the year... is $532,243.78. 2,694,083 pounds of cream were received from which 923,082 pounds of butter were manufactured.

Want a fur coat, or scarf or pair of gloves or mittens at about half what you would ordinarily pay? Take your raw hides or furs to Thos Peterson at Newton store and let him have them tanned and made up for you.

Jefferson town payers are called upon to cough up $52,716.12, and Treasurer A.E. Gronning says he believes it is the first time that his town has gone ahead of Viroqua in the matter of taxes.

Readstown, January 17 – The Standard Oil Co. is making preparations for putting in a supply station here, some of the tanks having already been unloaded... County Superintendent Sanford and a state inspector observed the work in our schools Tuesday...

Big reductions in ladies’ coats, suits and dresses at M.J. Felix.

HARMONY – North Ridge, January 12 – Although it’s a long time since we have been heard from, we are still here, enjoying the ideal weather and making good use of the nice roads...


JAN. 12, 1921

Harmony – Hanson Ridge, January 8 – There has been a quite a lot of illness around the county but we are thankful that so far there have been no flu... The hum of aeroplanes is heard every day and the chickens do not appear quite so frightened at the large bird as in the beginning.

Readstown – Jan. 10 – Robert Ward is having a furnace installed in his building on Main street, and will soon start a restaurant... This village is experiencing an epidemic of mumps. About one-half of the school children are confined to their homes on account of the disease. Two of the teachers are afflicted likewise... The time has been changed on the Kickapoo road so as to give us three trains a day instead of four. The freight goes up one day and back the next.

The person leaving the sack of oats at Henry’s Grocery for the rural carrier on Route 4, will please make himself known so that the sack may be returned and he be thanked for the same.

Tobacco business is just booming these days. All the local packing houses are receiving heavy deliveries, and running full crews... Buyers are nibbling at the unsold remnant of the crop, prices ranging from 20 to 30 cents per pound. The Lorillard Company paid 40¢ for what is probably the finest crop of tobacco raised in Wisconsin this year – the Gunerius Brothers’ crop.

A 50¢ chicken supper will be served at the Congregational church on Thursday, January 30th, from 5:30 until all are served.