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100 Years Ago

Life in Viroqua from the Vernon County Censor:


JAN. 18, 1922

The workmen on the temple have completed plastering of the lower story, and an artistic job of sand finish it surely is. The massive beams add a distinguished touch. The plastering of the theatre will be next in order. The chains for the canopy are in place and the copper and glass top will soon be on.

FREEMAN – Heald Hollow – January 16 – Quite a number of the farmers in this vicinity delivered their tobacco Monday at DeSoto.

The foreman of the Wisconsin-Minnesota construction crew informs the Censor that juice will flash over the high tension line by Sunday. A day or two more will complete the Viroqua sub-station and a little work remains to be done on the Cashton sub-station. Then the switch will be thrown in and juice from an hydraulic source will feed Viroqua’s lights and motors.

WHEATLAND – Red Mound – January 9 – After three months of drilling Jim Snyder at last has a well with plenty of water. Will Sallander erected his windmill... So much snow fell that even the faithful “Lizzie” stays quietly at home.

WESTBY TIMESES – The Westby city basketball team defeated the city team of Viroqua last Friday night here to the tune of 25 to 17... Geo.S.Byer and Joslyn Running drove by car to Minneapolis on Thursday of last week. Not every year that trip can be made by car at this time of the year. Haven’t heard of anybody starting out this week, tho.
The tobacco warehouse opened here on Tuesday morning with a fill crew of assorters. We understand that some were turned away... Magnus Midtlien is at the head of the sizing department this year.


JAN. 11, 1922

Viroqua and community will be indeed overjoyed to learn that the McIntosh warehouse will open next Monday morning. With third warehouse running, conditions are bound to come back to normal.

The Masonic brethren should remember that the matter of naming the new theatre will come up at the regular meeting next Wednesday evening.

Mississippi Jazz Jugglers at the Opera House Friday night this week.

FRANKLIN – Mason City, January 3 – Weather conditions are ideal. Not much snow and temperature about normal. The famers around here have sold nearly all their hogs and cattle which they wish to dispose of for the winter. The remaining article is the “weed”. The case weather is over, tobacco all stripped and ready for market. Buyers are scurrying around the country and picking up a crop here and there. Prices vary from 20¢ to 25¢ per pound with fillers at 3¢.

Mason City is on the map when it comes to modern improvements.

Reports that chicken thieves have been raiding the hen house at Solfest C. Dregne’s. Who can be so small as to stoop to such a profession?

VIOLA NEWSLETS – The Mound Park store has again changed hands, the deal being completed and invoice taken Monday of this week, Ross Bender having purchased the same from Clarence Mathes.

The farm house of E.A. Rogers at Manning was considerably damaged by fire and water last Sunday morning at an early hour. By the help of neighbors who quickly responded to their call for help the fire was confined to the main part [sic] of the building and the home was not totally destroyed.