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100 Years Ago

Life in Viroqua from the Vernon County Censor:


MAY 10, 1922

An official notice for a hearing at Richland Center Court House next Wednesday, May 17th. The matter to be discussed is the changing of Number 11 between Viroqua and Richland Center from its present location thru Readstown to a new route through Viola. Petitions have been circulated in this city opposing the change, and have been signed by nearly everyone approached. There appears to be no question but that most Viroqua people are perfectly content to let the road remain in its present location.

Viroqua’s street sweeper has arrived and will shortly be on the job. It is a combination sprinkler and sweeper, a thoroughly tried machine of the Austin make, with a nine-foot broom.

That little old Bud ball team sure is hitting the same old winning stride as they did nast [sic] year. Their 12 to 5 victory last Sunday over the Pleasant (Chaseburg) Ridge team was their third game and their third victory.

Have you noticed the fine window display at Suttle & Tate’s store. The ivory finish background, flower baskets and pedestals bearing a fine ornamental design, are most tasty. They were purchased by Miss Suttle and Mrs. Tate on their recent trip to New York.

Beginning Friday the 12th, we run a special sale on corsets while they last. Suttle & Tate.

At the Court House the committee in charge are planting shrubbery, evergreens and other ornamental trees. Lake Bros. are re-painting the walls of the Court House. These improvements will add to the appearance of our seat of county government.


MAY 3, 1922

The ice wagon will start in a very few days. Please have your ice box ready, and more important than that please get your ice book at the bank of Viroqua. Please heed this notice and be ready. Most respectfully yours, VIROQUA CRYSTAL ICE CO.

$5.00 all wool pull over sweaters, Shaker knit, sale price $1.89. M.J. Felix.

The beautiful balmy weather of the past week has worked wonders with growing vegetation and crops. Leaves are coming out, the long-delayed seeding is pretty well over, and tobacco beds are everywhere beginning to show their white tops. The fine warm rain was a godsend to all growing things.

Ben Brown receives a wire from New York that the fine new pipe organ for the theatre has been shipped.

Help the boys of Co. A. Attend the dance given by them at the opera House next Tuesday evening.


Cases of communicable diseases reports for the week ending April 8: Christiana, influenza 3, scarlet fever 2; Kickapoo, influenza 2; Readstown, diphtheria 1; Westby, influenza 6, scarlet fever 1.

WHEATLAND – Victory, April 14 – We now have a small packet boat called the Nevada that makes a daily trip from Lansing to LaCrosse which makes it very handy for the people to go to LaCrosse and have more time to do their shipping. They sure are doing good business as they handle nearly all the freight for DeSoto, Victory, Genoa, Brownsville and Lansing, to and from LaCrosse.

Vernon county is to have another village. Chaseburg has decided to incorporate.