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100 Years Ago

Life in Viroqua from the Vernon County Censor:


SEPT. 15, 1920

The County Normal started the regular work the fall quarter Monday, September 13th, with an enrollment of sixty-one pupils. Since then five others have enrolled making the total attendance to date sixty-six.

The past week has been the busiest of the year for Vernon county farmers. Hot days following the rain have hastened both corn and tobacco to maturity and it is estimated that fully three-fourths of the weed is safely stored away, and a week or ten days without frost will clean up the entire crop... Some cutting of corn has been started, and ten days without frost will put the bulk of the crop beyond damage.

School opened Monday with a very fair attendance. The grades are all well filled, but high school enrollment will not be up to the high mark for a week or two, due to so many of the student’s assisting in the tobacco harvest.

TAKE NOTICE – The owners of all bulls or vicious animals running at large on highway between my place and Davis school will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Also anyone dumping any more rubbish along road passing my farm will be served the same. WARD WHITE, Belgium Ridge.

Emil J. Hanson, Chevrolet dealer, has just received two double-decked carloads of those popular Chevrolet cars. He has on hand for immediate delivery roadsters and touring cars, “4-90” F.B. model and a one-ton truck. Also, a “4-90” coupe. He has a few second-hand cars for sale.

Jeweler Ed. Harrington is exhibiting with pride some new creations in bracelets that are all the rage in the east – sterling silver set with rhinestones.


SEPT. 8, 1920

And did the women vote? We’ll say they did! 350 of them voted in Viroqua city. Miss I.S. Hamilton was first, voting by mail from Rochester hospital. Mrs. L.L. Baptie cast the first ballot in person. Inspector Lucie Dawson graciously yielding that privilege when she might have appropriated the coveted honor. And where is the man who said “Women wouldn’t vote given the privilege?” Why he’s buried in the same grave with the man, who said “Prohibition doesn’t prohibit.”

The Vernon County Fair will be held at Viroqua September 28-29-30 and October 1, 1920... The race track and grounds are in first-class shape and we expect a large field of horses. Large purses have been offered for the races. New cattle sheds have been built and the hog house is being enlarged. The new stock pavilion is now complete and it adds greatly to convenience of the stock men...

Remember automobiles and teams are admitted free... unlike most everything else, the price of admission has not been raised... New water mains have been laid and a drinking fountain installed which will accommodate eight people at a time.

As Mr. and Mrs. J.B. Johnson were going past Chasetown on their way home, Sunday night about 11 o’clock, Elmer Knutson’s motorcycle crashed into their buggy with bad results for everybody concerned. Mr. Johnson was thrown out violently, badly bruised and two ribs broken. Mrs. Johnson sustained a fractured arm. Knutson is in fierce shape from bruises and scratches, but his condition is not serious. The motorcycle and buggy were damage, and the horse had not been found Monday night.


SEPT. 1, 1920

Some unmitigated scoundrel borrowed the Sauer Hardware stove truck at least two months ago and has failed to return the same. Sam wants the Censor to send out a “S.O.S” call in the hope that the unprincipled wretch may have a quickening of conscience and promptly return the much-needed implement.

Mrs. Rex Barton of Viola is the new telephone operator at Liberty Pole central. Mrs. Sena DeWitt has, on account of poor health, had to give up her work there, where she has faithfully worked for over eight years.

The ratification of Tennessee of woman suffrage was certified to Washington and signed by Secretary Colby in spite of desperate efforts to prevent it, and equal suffrage is now the law of the land. Women can cast their ballot at the primary election September 7th.

You can get 50¢ coffee at 40¢ a pound at Johnson & Vigdal’s.

The women of Jefferson town have requested the town officials that they be represented on the election board, and one lady member will be appointed.

We pay Chicago market prices for comb and extracted honey. Roman’s Grocery.

Women do not have to register in order to vote in cities of less than 5,000 population.

A movement is now on foot to have all Viroqua business places close from 10:00 to 4:00 each day of the fair, and remain open in the evening. It is a good idea.

Shades of Luther Burbank arise! Mel Owen drops on the editorial desk a bunch of raspberries, each one as big as a baby’s cap, parigorically [sic] speaking. They are a cross between the everbearing and the Cumberland, and are surely beauties.


August, 1920