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Life in Viroqua from the Vernon County Censor:


NOV. 20, 1918

Beautiful rains the past week.

Case weather and tobacco conditions galore.

Mr. James Kellogg, employed at the electric light plant, has moved his family here from Viola and they are housed in the Third Ward.

Most young people who teach elsewhere have returned to their various places, the influenza ban having been raised in most sections.

Return of our boys from Europe will be commenced soon, with the preference given to those who have served the longest. The Rainbow division, composed of National Guard units of twenty-six states, is to receive special consideration because of its fine record – the 32nd is also mentioned as in the same class. Wisconsin’s boys are in it – some of them from Viroqua, we’re proud to say. At the present time it is marching into Germany and occupying the ground vacated by the retreating Huns.

Patrons on the rural routes out of Viroqua do not need to be reminded that the mails are all a day late because of the order from headquarters that carriers shall leave the office at eight o’clock in the morning, little more than an hour before the morning mail arrives.

Doubtless the last Vernon county boy to respond to Uncle Sam’s call is Ivan Carl Burnnard of Stark, who left here yesterday for St. Paul, to respond to an enlistment in the marines.


We pay up to $35.00 per set (broken or not)... send NOW by parcel post and receive CASH by return mail.

Venerable Anson W. DeJean, although he declares that he is yet in the prime of good health and usefulness, was in the city from LaFarge.


NOV. 13, 1918


Allied World Goes Mad In Victory Celebration As Kaiser And Crown Prince And Staff Flee Into Holland - Revolutionists and Socialists In Control.

The greatest war in the world’s history came to a close at 5 o’clock Monday (morning) after 1567 days of most bitter struggle...

President and General Staff Cancels All Draft Calls for November – Everybody Celebrates.

When the Viroqua fire siren emitted a preliminary yelp at exactly three o’clock Monday morning no one needed to be told what happened. To Pastor Johnson goes the honor of being the first man to start music after the fire whistle. The pealing of his church bell was closely followed by the other bells... by 3:30 the celebration was in full swing. Crowds poured onto Main street... automobiles dashed through the streets to the honking of horns...

These will be remembered as the days when peace messages were flying and Spanish influenza flew.

Viroqua schools are in their fifth week of closing, and no change in sight, for “flu” has yet a strong hold on this community.

Blair R. Sherrick writes from Camp Grant that the Base Hospital Band has again been ordered to Chicago to play there a week in the interests of the united war work campaign. Many surrounding towns have reopened schools, churches and other places, but not for Viroqua. We had thought to escape the severity of flu but not so, and there are as many cases now as at any time the epidemic came.


NOV. 6, 1918

Pull out the storm windows and doors.

A.M. Anderson, who recently sold his Newry farm, has moved with his family to Coon Valley.

Up to this date Wisconsin has issued 177,000 automobile licenses, one machine to every fourteen persons.

Record removal of tobacco from curing houses is ours in this prolific year of 1918. Nothing of the kind has been accomplished within our remembrance of Vernon county tobacco growing... The butts at this time are green but otherwise the leaf is said to be in prime condition.

AUSTRIA SIGNS ARMISTISE – Peace Looms Nearer As Austria Is Forced Out Of The War – She Accepts Most Drastic Terms Following Big Italian Victory – Terms For Germany Will Be Similar – Turkey Is Out.

Effective November 1st the household allowance of sugar was increased from two pounds to three, per person, per month. Regulations will now permit any person to purchase his entire monthly allowance at one time... Merchants are required to keep sugar books as usual.

The county wide prevailing influenza appears to have taken Viroqua and surrounding community very strongly within its embrace and physicians report that there are something like sixty ill with it. The fatalities are light.

Remarkable it is that after two years of helplessness and most of the time in hospitals, Mrs. Ed. Norris is able to walk about our streets and do most of her own household duties.

On account of a wreck between Readstown and Soldiers Grove the upper Kickapoo towns had no railroad trains on Wednesday and part of last Thursday. No serious damage to persons or property was caused by the wreck.


October, 1918