100 Years Ago
Life in Viroqua from the Vernon County Censor:
AUG. 20, 1919
Fair in September. Commence to prepare for it.
Commences to feel like fall – nights and mornings cool.
Smith Hardware block is refreshed by coatings of new paint.
The tire stolen from Ex-Sheriff Helgerson has been returned but the thief neglected to return the inner tube and the $25 which Chris has to pay the officers for locating the guilty parties. Send the tube and $25 to C.O. Helgerson, Genoa, Route 1, and prosecution will be suspended.
Over two hundred window lights have been put in buildings on the fair grounds to take the place of ones broken by boys with stones, bean and air guns. Officials of the fair society authorize the Censor to say that they will give $5 reward to anyone who will furnish evidence leading to conviction. Let every parent call the attention of his boy to this matter to the end that the practice of breaking windows at the fair grounds be ended.
CAUSE OF TROUBLE
THE C.M. & ST. PAUL RAILROAD HAS BEEN HOLDING OUR EDITION OF PRINT PAPER SOMEWHERE BETWEEN MILWAUKEE AND SPARTA FOR NINE DAYS, AND IT HAS NOT YET ARRIVED THIS SATURDAY MORNING, SO WE ARE ISSUING A HALF SHEET. SUBSCRIBERS CAN QUITE UNDERSTAND THE TEMPER OF THINGS ABOUT THE CENSOR OFFICE. AS BETWEEN GOVERNMENT MAMAGEMENT OF RAILROADS AND THE WRETCHED LACK OF MAIL CONNECITONS IN VERNON COUNTY IS ENOUGH TO DRIVE ONE TO DRINK OR INSANITY.
The city undertaker, Otto Ottoson, is possessor of a new auto funeral car, one of the latest modern outfits... The hearse body is constructed on a Nash chassis.
AUG. 13, 1919
Viroqua appears to be a pathway for tourists. Every day machines from near and far pass this way.
This section of country has never had such perfect road conditions as now prevail.
Viroqua public schools open September 15 – two weeks later than usual. This is to accommodate country students who will be busy in harvest.
Dr. G.W. Minshall is to make a circuit of fairs and race meetings with his horses, starting at Stevens Point next week.
Percale aprons, special for $1.00 at M.J. Felix’.
Remember that D.O. Stevlingson, the Chaseburg merchant, will be in Viroqua on Monday, August 18th, for the purpose of buying a carload of live chickens. He will pay 6 cts. below Chicago prices on loading day.
DeSoto Red Cross society, that did such effective work during the war, has disbanded its organization and turned into the county headquarters $240 surplus funds, requesting that the money be used for support of a county nurse. Retreat, also active in war service, disbanded with a balance of $793 on hand. They also desired the amount to go for nurse employment.
Ross, August 11 – Farmers are busy in this vicinity stacking grain. Soon will be tobacco harvest.
Mrs. Chas. Turner and Mrs. Will Shell found a rattlesnake in the public highway. Chester Snearley came along and killed it. The reptile was about three feet and a half long, and had ten rattles and a button.