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100 Years Ago

Life in Viroqua from the Vernon County Censor:


NOV. 29, 1922

It has been a long time since any event in Viroqua has evoked quite so much interest as did the locating of a site for Viroqua’s new high school building. The presence of 329 voters at the special meeting Monday evening indicative of the interest...the discussion simmered down to the two best sites – the block east of the school grounds, and the location near the park... One ballot was taken in writing, the vote standing: East site 187, Park site 132... Following this it was unanimously voted not to wreck the old brick school building, as had been proposed.

Mr. Olson told us something concerning Grandpa Graham of Coon Valley which we had not heard before. Mr. Graham’s father established the first mill at Springville in 1848, the first pair of burrs being brought there from St. Louis by ox team. The particular brand of flour which they manufactured became known by the name of the makers – Graham flour. To this day it is still known as Graham flour the country over, so Vernon County may claim the proud distinction of having given the name to the world.

Farmers, when in town with stock and produce get a nice warm dunner [sic] at The Eat Shop, for 35¢. Your patronage is appreciated.

Friday this week. Family night at the Temple Theatre. 55¢ for your family.


NOV. 22, 1922

Robinson Brothers have sold their brick building and blacksmith shop to Victor Jacobson, taking in exchange Mr. Jacobson’s farm in Franklin town.

Sterley May has gone into partnership with Mr. Jacobson, and they have opened up a modern auto repair and blacksmith shop in the building purchased by Victor.

Patrons of the Temple Theatre enjoyed a rare treat Tuesday evening when George O. Stoffer of LaCrosse, industrial engineer and radio manufacturer, exhibited one of his outfits on the stage and demonstrated the same during the evening. The concert was practically continuous up to nearly eleven o’clock, embracing nearly everything from classical music to jazz, bedtime stories, addresses, etc. Stations were picked up from Los Angeles to New York.


Alderman E.C. Helgeson will be the new head of the unit... Second Lieutenant Wood has been promoted to First Lieutenant... With the change of officers has come a change in the home of the company, the equipment having been transferred to the basement of the Odd Fellows building... We understand that $25,000 will hardly cover the cost of all the equipment which is supposed to go with the outfit.

Parties wishing weaving done should attend to it at once, as I have started to weave and will continue to April 1. I furnish both white and colored warp. Mrs. Josiah Thompson, Liberty Pole.

Carpenter Fredrick of Chaseburg has just completed some fine farm buildings on Sever Talley’s big farm... The completion of these buildings will be fittingly celebrated by a big dance in the large barn Saturday night this week.