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100 Years Ago

Life in Viroqua from the Vernon County Censor:


JAN. 17, 1923

The third, and we hope the last, special school meeting to decide on the location of a site for our high school building, took place at the high school auditorium Monday evening of this week when 326 voters of the district assembled to pass upon the question of whether or not the district should bond itself to the extent of $15,000 to purchase the block directly east of the present school location as a site for the new high school – the site having been designated by the two previous special meetings... The vote was taken without delay, and the resolution carried by the overwhelming majority of 274 to 52.

Jack Tewalt closed another year’s contract with the C.M. & St. P. Ry. for putting up their ice for the season. Jack says he will handle about 600 tons for them.

When it comes to flour, you can choose from three popular brands at the store. You will be pleased with either Ardee, Russell’s Best or Ethan Allen. Every sack guaranteed. The Farmers Store, Surenson & Thompson, Props.

Viroqua’s school children and a few of the grown-ups were given a real treat at the Temple Theatre Tuesday afternoon when a naturalist and tree surgeon, secured through the schools, appeared and lectured on trees, flowers and birds. The lectures imitated all the calls of the state’s birds and his lecture was illustrated throughout with slides.


JAN. 10, 1923

WEBSTER – Brush Hollow January 1 – The community Christmas dinner at Brush Hollow cheese factory was voted a great success. About eighty neighbors partook of the sumptuous repast. The ladies aid furnished free candy for the children and cigars for the gentlemen. Case weather butted into the festivities causing several to leave just after dinner.

Christiana – Newry – January 2 – Something new this morning, a blizzard! But we all are thankful for the lovely roads and weather we have had so far. How many can remember of having such lovely car roads up to this late?

Treasurer Rudolph Vitcenda of the town of Union is the first of Vernon’s treasurers to make complete settlement of state and county taxes with County Treasurer Amund Belland, the amount being $3,582.43.

Case weather caused quite a number to change their Christmas plans a trifle, and take down tobacco.

Mandarin a new shade of rouge, 50¢, now on sale at Dahl’s Drug Store.

Viroqua has a well organized basket ball team and the boys are putting up some mighty fine games. The game last Thursday night with the Westby team, was one of the fastest games that has ever been played on the home floor, and the fact that the boys handed the visitors the small end of a 34 to 20 score, goes to show that we may expect still better things in the future... Our sole means of support comes from the people of Viroqua, and unless they are willing to help by their attendance at the games it will not be a success.


JAN. 3, 1923

No formal ceremony or official pomp marked the taking of office by Vernon county’s new officers on Tuesday. Miss Luna Gosling is the new register of deeds, Alex Skolos, sheriff, and J.A. Moen district attorney.

One rack of ladies’ dresses, suits, coats and skirts, your choice on the rack at $5.00 until Saturday night only. H. E. Rogers in Masonic Temple Building.

The new Tewalt school will be dedicated on Friday, January 12... The Tewalt school is one of the finest buildings of its class in the state – up to the minute in heating, lighting and ventilation.

Report of County Health Nurse

I herewith submit for your consideration the first report of Public Health Work for Vernon county. It covers a period from January 1, 1922 to November 1, 1922... It is necessary for a county nurse during the first year of her work in a county to expend a fair amount of time and money for publicity and advertising purposes... The work is largely educational, as health education is the primary principal on which public health work is established... Schools visited, 72, schoolrooms 115, No. pupils enrolled 2971, No. pupils inspected 2623, No. of pupils with defects 2530, No. of pupils excluded from school 40, No. notices to parents 2490, No. of talks to pupils 105, No. of talks to parents 59, No. of parents attending school and watching school inspection 372, No. of demonstrations 7, No. of home calls 58. Every township has been visited although every school in each township has not yet been visited. PALMA H.GRAHN, R.N.


December, 1922