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100 Years Ago

Life in Viroqua from the Vernon County Censor:


JULY 17, 1918

On Wednesday next, Vernon county will make her largest contribution of patriotic sons to the great world army. Nearly 150 of the strong young life will go to take their places and assume their willing task to bring freedom to the world’s masses.

Peabury coffee, 20¢ per pound, at Ostrem’s.

J.E. Shreve motored to northern Wisconsin, having with him Mr. Osborne of this city. Jack says the crops are simply unprecedented in the north.

Get out and help the farmer in harvest. It will do you good – renew your younger days and strengthen you physically and mentally.

Merchant Larson was over from Rockton on business Thursday. He says their cheese factory is doing a satisfactory business this season.

Last week was a big one for hay gathering. Probably one-third of the acreage was taken in. Ten days more favorable weather will practically finish housing and stacking the crop.

DeSoto Argus reports that John Jaevons, aged about thirty-five, met his death on the night of July 5th, following an over-indulgence in the joys of a full pocketbook on pay day. He was employed there on the river improvement work and endeavored to carry a bigger load onto one of the boats than he could handle and fell out over the side into the river. The body was not recovered until the following morning.

And the most unkind and “touching” commodity price increase is announced – ten-cent-a-glass beer is proclaimed by La Crosse thirst quenchers, Other places are following suit. This is indeed getting to be a cold and heartless world.


JULY 10, 1918

Very quiet Fourth.

All flour millers are required to refund to the government all profit exceeding twenty-five cents per barrel on flour manufacturing since January 1st, according to Food Administrator Hoover’s announcement.

Mrs. C.E. Morley went to Camp Grant to see her son Chauncey, who is expecting to be transferred to a southern or western officers’ training school. He, with three or four other boys from the community, were honored by being placed in fourth training school.

The Fourth was more quiet than a Sunday in Viroqua. All business places were closed and every person who could secure a conveyance went to outside points to join in celebrations or patriotic gatherings. Westby was best patronized by our people. Storm in the middle of the afternoon disturbed affairs at all the celebration points and sent people hurrying home.

It is evident the Southeastern company is preparing for possible war contingencies. They have Miss Laila Spellum of Coon Valley at their Viroqua station learning office routine.

Westby, too, discards German from curriculum of her schools. It cost that district $18,000 to conduct its schools.

Victory’s new Burlington station agent is Harvey Sterling, who succeeds the agent who went to war.

A party of young people from the Bud vicinity made up two cars and motored to Camp Grant to spend the Fourth with one of our soldier boys, Selmer Peterson, finding the boys in the best of spirits. They returned home Saturday evening, reporting food luck, splendid roads and a fine trip.


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