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100 Years Ago

Life in Viroqua from the Vernon County Censor:


JULY 13, 1921

The installation of an electric elevator has just been completed at the Eckhart elevator and will prove a wonderful saving and convenience in the handling of grain and feed at that busy place. F.P. McIntosh is also converting his hand power elevator over to an electric.

...don’t waste any water in this hot weather. It is with the utmost difficulty that the head of water is being maintained in the standpipe with all the pumps working to full capacity. The slightest break in the machinery will cause the gravest situation, and all should do their part to conserve water. F.M. MARSHALL, Treasurer.

Decorator Paul Koeppe has a big job on his hands – that of redecorating the whole interior of the M.E. church.

Kenneth McMasters of Viola and his brother-in-law, J.W. Schmidt of Avoca have opened “The Viroqua Sanitary Bakery” in the Devlin building. Kenneth has had several years’ experience as a practical baker at Viola and Boscobel...

Rumors are in circulation to the effect that the ice manufactured at our plant is impure – That it contains ammonia and other harmful ingredients. It does not contain even a chemical trace of anything which is not contained in our city water. The white powder of which some have complained is pure lime, which is abundant in our water. VIROQUA CHRYSTAL ICE CO.

LOST – An 8-gallon milk can along the Bishop Branch road. Finder please notify Rev. Supplee.


JULY 6, 1921

Sam Lake tells of his trip to Yellowstone. The distance covered was 1612 miles and only two tire punctures. They visited Jerome Tower in Sioux Falls and Mrs. J.H. Drips – nee Bessie Anderson in Goean Valley.

Deaths: Hans J. Lium, Born April 5, 1855 in Feiring, Norway. Came to America in the fall of 1866, died June 12, 86 yrs. old.

Oscar Gald, son of Jacob Gald – 1899-1921.

Mrs. James Sands, Mrs. David Primmer, 77 years.

John C. Baglien born in Skabu, Nordrefron, Gulbrandsdalen, Norway on Feb. 2, 1846.

A nurse is engaged at the home of Tom Hoym in West Prairie to help take care of the sick children, whom after having the whooping cough, are afflicted with pleurisy and pneumonia.

Henry Suttle is home from California where he finished his Chemistry course in Leland Stanford University.

Oscar Peterson Grimsky will be ordained on July 24th as minister in the Viroqua Main Street church.

Adolph C. Brye, chairman of the town of Coon, was in from Coon Valley today.

We are in receipt of the report of the marriage of Paul Lunde and Miss Alma Gullard of Coon Valley on June 18th,

Miss Margaret Reed of Jefferson town has accepted a teaching position at the Panama Canel [sic] Zone.


June, 1921