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Life in Viroqua from the Vernon County Censor:


SEPT. 25, 1918

Viroqua Sees War Relics

The war exhibit train, which is touring the country in the interest of the Fourth Liberty Loan, arrived at Viroqua Saturday evening... on three flat cars lay the wreck of a German plane in which three Huns lost their lives, big shells, gas shells, trench mortars, howitzers and French 77 fitm. guns.

The very tag ends and late growth tobacco is being shedded at this writing, but here is very light percentage of such. About the last of the regular crop harvest was completed in the later days of last week. It has been an unusually long harvest, extending over six weeks.

Old Jack Frost came with his frosty breath on Friday night, but he tempered his visit with mercy. Vegetation was little touched on the highlands, but in the valleys and swales corn, garden truck and flowers were bitten. We have been extremely fortunate in thus having spared from freezing damage. Much of the corn of the country is past injury stage and the balance is ready for the silo.

Two elements now make a fair – weather and automobiles. Bad weather conditions have never been conducive to exhibits or attendance... 90 per cent of fair attendance is by automobile. Too often... our fairs are associated with rains and cold. This year it was the latter.

Men’s overalls, $6.00, $7.00, $10. M.J. Felix’.

Mr. Wheeler, the new meat market man, moved his family here from Sylvan. They occupy a cottage in the Butt addition.

Boys’ overcoats, $3.00, $5.00, $7.00 at M.J. Felixs’.


SEPT. 18, 1918

Attend fair.

American troops, commanded by General Pershing, with the entire plan of battle executed by American officers, won their first great victory of the war last Thursday. They reduced the St. Miheil sallent [sic] and are now within one and a half miles of the border of Germany.

A line in the Censor caused Mrs. Beck’s pet deer to be returned to her. It strayed to Avalanche neighborhood.

His equipment has arrived and Dr. Almon Fortney opened his office over Dahl’s drug store. He provided himself with the most modern outfit.

Dean H.L Russell, college of agriculture University of Wisconsin has issued a warning against starting chain letters for the Red Cross or any other patriotic purpose.

Mr. Fred Wood mudded it over to mill with his automobile on Saturday. He told the Censor that silo filling and corn shocking has liberally commenced in Clinton town.

A new service chart register is placed on the walls at the Methodist church showing 65 boys from the congregation in the war. F.W. Alexander did the artistic pen work.

Stanley Jacobus of Jefferson town is a recent winner in a cream separator contest. His essay on the subject was one among many hundreds submitted by children from every state in the union. The Censor extends congratulations to the Vernon county lad.

Last week was rugged and unfavorable for tobacco harvesting, Friday only being really suitable. Growers struggled with the elements of rain, and cold, and doubtless some of the weed went into shed in not the best of conditions.

Last week was a bitter one for fair holdings. Friday was the only pleasant day.


SEPT. 11, 1918


The county clerk is new issuing hunting licenses.

The big agricultural event of the year for Vernon county takes place next week – the sixty-second annual Vernon county fair... We feel the decision of the officers of the society to do their best in the face of the war and attendant discouraging conditions was wise and proper. The annual fair is far too important an institution in social and educational lines to be discontinued.

At the Eckhardt-Dyson warehouse in Viroqua a large per cent of the present season’s wool clip has been assembled and packed here for shipment to the government warehouses in Philadelphia. The amount is about 125,000 pounds... it is to be converted into wearing apparal [sic] for soldiers.

Monday and Tuesday brought disappointment in rain; and the atmosphere has been cold and freezes are feared.

Mr. and Mrs. Bert Blakely of LaFarge were notified that their son Gene was severely wounded August 6.

Relatives at Victory of Eddie Woodhouse, received the distressing news by wire, that he had been missing since engaged in battle in France.

The new bridge on the state road opposite the John Chase place between West Prairie and Retreat, which has been in process of construction for the past year or more, is at last completed. This is one of the best and largest concrete structures of the sort in the country. The main span is 24x26 feet, in which were used eleven steel stringers, each one of which weigh 1200 pounds and 116 sacks of cement. – De Soto Argus.

Many nice silk and wool dresses shown at Suttle & Tate’s.


SEPT. 4, 1918

Home county fair only two weeks distant – September 17-20.

The Nuzum Lumber Yard has two cars of tobacco lath in transit, which will arrive in a few days and relieve the shortage.

The county crew workers is putting in a concrete bridge over the dry run just south of Coon Prairie corners on the Black River road.

All boys interested in the Juvenile band to be organized should consult with Otto Brown at once regarding implements and other conditions.

So chill was last Saturday morning that a while frost spread in some low places. It has had the effect of urging people to greater activity in gathering perishable crops.

LaFarge buyers have been notified that the U.S. railroad administration announces the following prices for ties: 6x8 white oak, $1.03; 6x8 red oak, 91 cts., and 6x8 hard maple, 96 cts. These prices are more than double what they were three or four years ago.

Until otherwise decreed the state and federal fuel administrators give notice that all electrical signs and other unnecessary lights shall be done away with on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights. This is done to conserve the use of coal.

The daily papers of last Friday contained a dispatch from Washington announcing by Federal Fuel Administrator Garfield, the order that automobile joy riding on Sundays should be discontinued indefinitely.

The electric light company has a new smoke stack in transit and hopes to put it in place the latter part of the week. It will require three or four days to do the work and during that time the plant will be closed down during the daylight hours.


August, 1918