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100 Years Ago

Life in Viroqua from the Vernon County Censor:


FEB. 25, 1920

One more week has passed without the weatherman condescending to favor this section with case weather. The local sorting houses are raking in every part-crop they know of and cleaning up all the fag ends in an endeavor to hold things together as long as possible, but unless a foggy spell descends upon us within a few days, the houses must shut down. Probably ten days will see the windup.

Just how the records enclosed in the safes belonging to Sam Sauer and the Masonic lodge, would weather the extreme heat was a matter of speculation on the part of everyone. Upon being opened, the Masonic records were found to be in very fair condition. Mr. Sauer’s books did not fare so well but are readable.

Connolly dress shoes for men, $8.50 to $10.00 at M.J. Felix’.

STODDERD, February 20 – Eighteen young folks enjoyed a masquerade party at the Will Lamprich home, which was prettily decorated for the occasion. Dancing was indulged in and a dainty luncheon served.

Louis Hendrickson is now employed at T.T. Sanwick’s clothing store.

Chassis for the new chemical truck has already been shipped form the Nash factory to Minneapolis. Charlie Honaker was there attending to its shipment.

The Westby Telephone Company asks authority from the Railroad Commission to increase some of its rates on the ground that it is now doing switching at a loss, and that it costs it more to move telephones than it gets for the work.

The hardware trade and general public will be pleased to learn that Sam Sauer will be back in business about the middle of March, occupying the old Weistenberg hotel.


FEB. 18, 1920

The much needed renovation started at the Court House last year, is now being continued, paint and varnish bringing about a better appearance.

The Southeastern trains were stuck in a snow drift this side of Westby all day Saturday, finally being released by a crew of thirty shovelers. The Milwaukee road had three engines in a drift near Cashton all that night. Real transportation grief, these days, to rail and road traffic alike.


City Council Purchases $5500 Chemical Fire Engine

The city council did a highly commendable thing last evening, when they placed an order for a chemical fire engine. It will be mounted on a Nash 2-ton chassis, purchased from Ole Jackson & Son at a cost of $5,749. Like insurance, its presence here will be occasion for a sigh of relief from everyone on the business street.

Had anyone said that the blasting head of fire could have laid in smoking ruins in one hour one of Viroqua’s best and largest business houses, he would hardly have been considered sane, yet such is the distressing fate which overcame the Masonic temple building Thursday rendering homeless four fraternal bodies and utterly wiping out the Sauer Hardware, Hendrickson’s Shoe Store, Mrs. Norris’ millinery establishment and Lem’s shoe repair store.

There is very little to chronicle about the tobacco situation this week except the disappointing fact that the eagerly looked for period of soft weather had failed to materialize, bringing the end of the sorting season that much closer in sight. it is devoutly to be hoped that case weather will make its appearance within a few days.