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100 Years Ago

Life in Viroqua from the Vernon County Censor:


SEPT. 29, 1920

Two worthy Viroqua couples are receiving much good natured jollying over the fact that five blowouts prevented their getting home from the Viola fair until two o’clock Friday morning.

A picked team came down from Westby Sunday and literally mopped up the earth with our boys, winning three straight contests 9 to 3, 8 to 1, and horrors! 13 to 0. [baseball]

Mr. Snyder of Readstown, driving a big Buick, had a head-on collision with a big Hudson car just out of LaCrosse Saturday afternoon. Both cars were demolished and occupants cut up and severely shaken.

M.J. Nelson has moved into his newly erected residence on Maple St. Anton Olson and family have occupied the Williams house vacated by the Nelsons while Frank Waldron will occupy the Olson house.

We just knew that A.U. Curry couldn’t stand it long. He has returned to the first love, trading his big 347 acre farm near West Prairie for Froiland Brothers’ store near Stoddard.

Put a New Edison in Your Home

The phonograph with a soul. Mrs. P.F. Graf 709 S. Main St., Viroqua, Wis., will have a new Edison put in your home on your request. A small supply of Edison and Columbia records are kept on hand.

Dr. Fortney, Dentist, office over Dahl’s drug store. Phone 176.

You can get chocolate, strawberry, grape nut and New York ice cream by the dish or in bulk every day at Geo. Pennell’s restaurant.


SEPT. 22, 1920

Vernon county people will be gratified to learn that the census figures just made public give Vernon a population of 20,252, an increase of four per cent. Crawford makes a gain of three per cent. It’s population is 16,772. Monroe county, with a population of 26.666, shows a loss of seven per cent.

September 29-29-30, October 1, Races, Aeroplanes, Ball Games, Wonderful Exhibit

You cannot afford to miss this fair. No matter how many Vernon County Fairs you may have attended this one will be the vest one you ever saw.

LaCross and Viola agricultural exhibitions are on this week, and most beautiful weather they are enjoying. We suspicion the weather man is holding off until next week to do his darndest, as usual.

Shades of Barney Oldfield! Carl Nundahl drove to LaCrosse in his Mitchell car on Saturday in 45 minutes, and five people in the car.

Men’s and boys’ new fall and winter caps, $1.85 and $2.50 at M.J. Felix’.

Max Roman has been improving his hall above Felix’ store. Paint, paper and fine electric fixtures have transformed it into a very attractive place.

Grand opening of Roman’s dance hall above Roman’s store, during fair week, starting Tuesday, Sept. 28. Mock’s 5 piece orchestra of LaCrosse will furnish the music.

Vernon’s tobacco harvest has proceeded rapidly until it is safe to say hardly a plant will remain out by Saturday night... The county acreage is a shade less than 5000, and the average per acre will be close to 1300 pounds or $390, making a total of nearly two million dollars.