100 Years Ago
Glimpses of life in Viroqua from the Vernon County Censor:
JAN. 16, 1918
Coal is scarce.
With war demanding every energy of private and public industry, the community and the individual must care for itself. The fuel shortage is alarming, and a continuation of the present severe weather (each day 10 to 22 below zero) suffering must follow. There has been much of it in the cities during the snow and railroad blockage of the past ten days.
The C.M. & St. Paul Railroad company has laid off 150 trains on it system, and other roads are following. They cannot secure coal to operate freight because of this. We are having one train on the Viroqua branch... We will have no Sunday trains. Up-to-date the Southeastern trains have operated as usual...
A number of citizens met with the city council, last evening, to discuss fuel shortage as it now exists. Dealers have no supply of coal on hand and it is very uncertain when they can be secured... It was determined to close the city library, get the churches to unite their services, close the electric light plant at such hours as are absolutely not necessary... The public schools are about the only place in town where a moderate supply of coal is on hand.
Warner Creek Cheese factory expects to operate all winter, notwithstanding heavy losses of milk during cold weather. Heaviest patron during November was J.N. Cawcutt, who received $105.70 for his product.
Between Genoa and DeSoto a team belonging to Alfred Latimer broke through the ice in the Mississippi channel and nearly drowned. By the efforts of several men the animals were rescued after being in the cold water for more than an hour.
JAN. 9, 1918
A prognosticator sizes up the weather conditions for the present month: Fifth to ninth cloudy spell. Fog and slush; 10th to 13th rain: sleet and snow over northwest; 14th to 18th cold wave, abrupt fall in temperature; 19th to 22nd windy spell; 23d to 27th storm period; general rain fall; 28th to 31st, cold spell, freezing weather as far south as Arizona, all states laying on the Canadian border snowbound and ice-locked at this time.
WAR NOTES – More than a million pounds of Christmas cheer were sent to our soldiers in France by parcel post by their friends at home. This does not include Christmas parcels sent by army transport through military service at the port of embarkation. This mail comprised 374,751 parcels, which filled 31,341 sacks and weighed 1,181,055 pounds.
Owing to the quantity buying direct from the factory, we are able to give the public large packages of Corn Flakes which formerly sold at from 10 to 13c at the low price of 6 1/2 c. “Hooverize” by eating plenty of Corn Flakes. ROMAN’S GROCERY.
William H. Slack was in from his Franklin home on Monday. He said the snow is so piled up that sleighing is not good.
The closing evening of the old year Frank Johnson was given a surprise on his 38th anniversary, his relatives marching in in full force.
Dr. Geo. W. Minshall, always a lover of a good brisk horse, purchased at a Chicago sale, a span of fine pacers, one a black and the other a bay, and he is taking not a little satisfaction in drawing the reins over them while we have this nice sleighing.