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Life in Viroqua from the Vernon County Censor:


JULY 24, 1918

Great weather.

Greater corn.

The auction sale of fixtures in Mrs. Ashjornson’s restaurant set for next Saturday has been postponed.

Dr. Haggerty of La Farge has received his call to join the medical corps and will leave for Fort Riley, Kansas tomorrow.

Grain harvest, barley and oats especially, will commence this week. Wheat, barley, oats and rye are especially heavy.

Albon Tollefson of Jefferson Barracks is home for a month’s furlough for the purpose of helping on the farm during the busy season.

Receipt for a wheatless loaf of bread is soon to be made public by the office of Home Economics of the Department of Agriculture and the Food Administration. Directions are to be given for the making of three new wheat substitute breads – the half-wheat loaf, the ¼-wheat loaf, and the wheatless loaf. The recipe is expected to save thousands of pounds of wheat flour.

Latest Food Regulations. Hotels and other public eating houses may serve beef at the evening meal only. One meal a day. Merchants must conserve their sugar as no certificates will be issued to them to replace that sold for canning during the balance of July, as July supply is entirely exhausted. The sugar situation is serious. C.J. SMITH. County Food Administrator.

Owing to the fact that the ice crop is not keeping as in usual years, I find that I am running short and will only have enough to supply by regular city customers. I cannot furnish ice to country customers. I regret this very much but it cannot be avoided. J.A. TEWALT.


JULY 17, 1918

On Wednesday next, Vernon county will make her largest contribution of patriotic sons to the great world army. Nearly 150 of the strong young life will go to take their places and assume their willing task to bring freedom to the world’s masses.

Peabury coffee, 20¢ per pound, at Ostrem’s.

J.E. Shreve motored to northern Wisconsin, having with him Mr. Osborne of this city. Jack says the crops are simply unprecedented in the north.

Get out and help the farmer in harvest. It will do you good – renew your younger days and strengthen you physically and mentally.

Merchant Larson was over from Rockton on business Thursday. He says their cheese factory is doing a satisfactory business this season.

Last week was a big one for hay gathering. Probably one-third of the acreage was taken in. Ten days more favorable weather will practically finish housing and stacking the crop.

DeSoto Argus reports that John Jaevons, aged about thirty-five, met his death on the night of July 5th, following an over-indulgence in the joys of a full pocketbook on pay day. He was employed there on the river improvement work and endeavored to carry a bigger load onto one of the boats than he could handle and fell out over the side into the river. The body was not recovered until the following morning.

And the most unkind and “touching” commodity price increase is announced – ten-cent-a-glass beer is proclaimed by La Crosse thirst quenchers, Other places are following suit. This is indeed getting to be a cold and heartless world.


JULY 10, 1918

Very quiet Fourth.

All flour millers are required to refund to the government all profit exceeding twenty-five cents per barrel on flour manufacturing since January 1st, according to Food Administrator Hoover’s announcement.

Mrs. C.E. Morley went to Camp Grant to see her son Chauncey, who is expecting to be transferred to a southern or western officers’ training school. He, with three or four other boys from the community, were honored by being placed in fourth training school.

The Fourth was more quiet than a Sunday in Viroqua. All business places were closed and every person who could secure a conveyance went to outside points to join in celebrations or patriotic gatherings. Westby was best patronized by our people. Storm in the middle of the afternoon disturbed affairs at all the celebration points and sent people hurrying home.

It is evident the Southeastern company is preparing for possible war contingencies. They have Miss Laila Spellum of Coon Valley at their Viroqua station learning office routine.

Westby, too, discards German from curriculum of her schools. It cost that district $18,000 to conduct its schools.

Victory’s new Burlington station agent is Harvey Sterling, who succeeds the agent who went to war.

A party of young people from the Bud vicinity made up two cars and motored to Camp Grant to spend the Fourth with one of our soldier boys, Selmer Peterson, finding the boys in the best of spirits. They returned home Saturday evening, reporting food luck, splendid roads and a fine trip.


JULY 3, 1918



Robert Graves went to DeSoto to help Charlie Tenney with his contract of road making on the Caldwell flats.

Norwegian parochial school will open next Monday in two rooms of the public school buildings. Miss Agnes Neprud will teach in Norwegian, Miss Emma Loverud in English.

Haying has commenced in a small way. Next week it will be in earnest. As usual, heavy and important work of the farm piles up at one time – corn cultivation, tobacco hoeing, hay and grain harvest. And oh, the scarcity of help!

Aug. Kriigle, president of the village of LaFarge... motored over yesterday on business... President Kriigle said that he was working hard for Uncle Sam, having gotton out 100,000 spokes for war trucks and just received a command for 55,000 more. He also supplies gearing and reaches for trucks. These things are all oak and maple.

At the last meeting of the city council it was decided not to make the cub and gutter improvements contemplated on South Main and East Decker streets. Property owners on the streets named petitioned to council to defer operations this season because of financial reasons. The city has on had the granite necessary for its part of the work, and had also ordered the heavy oil.

Every day one to a half dozen soldiers may be seen on the streets of Viroqua. They are usually boys from Camp Robinson near Sparta, who are coming and going to different near and distant places.

Come and try the new oder, Day Dream perfume, at O.E. Davis’ Drug Store.


June, 1918