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The Vernon County Censor

March 6, 1918

100 years ago


Get ready for spring.

Cornflakes 7 1/2 cents per package at Roman’s Grocery.

Weather conditions are conducive to sugar making and various sugar camps are open.

Mrs. T.B. Snell has been very busy caring for the afflicted at her home hospital. Eddie Buckles of West prairie has just been discharged after three weeks stay caused by an abcess [sic] on his neck. Nela Hium recovered from an attack of pneumonia, and Joe Boucks of Genoa is a late arrival for treatment. Levi Allen is out after a siege of the measles, and the place properly fumigated.

Asbury neighborhood turned out en masse at a surprise gathering on the Herman Dennis farm, Tuesday evening last week. It was a farewell to the Dennis family who move to this city, appropriate gifts being presented. Percy Eckhart and wife will occupy the farm.

The sales of War Savings Stamps have passed the $60,000,000 mark, and have been accumulating at the rate of $2,00,000 [sic] a day, is the gratifying news from Washington.

GENOA CREAMERY IS BURNED. On going to the creamery last Wednesday, the buttermaker discovered the building on fire with the flames bursting from the windows. The origin of the fire is unknown but is thought to have started in the ice chest or near it. Contents of the building….were completely destroyed. About 20 tons of coal….were also burned up, the shed had been recently filled…. The fire means a loss of about $8,000 to the company….Butter will be made soon in a garage which can be fitted up until a building can be erected.—DeSoto Argus.

The Vernon County Censor

March 11, 1943

75 years ago

Implement and hardware dealer John Stewart sold his stock to Conrad Bakke of Westby, who took possession March 1. Mr. Stewart retains his building.

Fay J. Worthington of Ontario, Wis. has begun training at the First Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps Training Center at Fort Des Moines, Iowa.

At the 1943 program of the Viroqua Rod & Gun Club, it was reported that the Club released 380 pheasants in the communities around Viroqua and approximately 12,000 trout were put in the fresh water streams within a 10 mile radius of Viroqua.

Deaths—Frank A. Chase, Viroqua Mayor; Gjert Fortun of Viroqua; George Earl Dake of Viroqua; Donna Jean Ostrem, 10 months; Susanna Bolstad Johnson; Frank Knower of Viroqua.

Westby’s first SPAR is Miss Verna Bekkedal, daughter of Martin Bekkedal. She is now in Milwaukee for the induction ceremonies. (SPARs “Semper Paratus—Always Ready” were members of the U.S. Coast Guard Women’s Reserve.)

Marriages- Beatrice Mellem married S/Sgt Tilmer C. Hanson, both of Viroqua; Eunice Warren of Soldiers Grove married Sherman Quamme of Mt. Sterling.

Readstown News: Mr. and Mrs. Harlan Sime and daughter moved Saturday from the John Sime residence to the Oscar Anderson residence where he will assist at the furniture store and funeral home. Mr. Anderson will reside with them.

The Vernon County Broadcaster-Censor

March 7, 1968

50 years ago

Downtown tobacco plants need 5-gallon pails. Merchants are going to put out individual tobacco plants on Main St. this summer. Several years ago the plants were quite popular sitting on the streets during the day.

Fourteen young ladies from the area of Vernon Electric Cooperative will compete for the title of Miss Vernon Electrification, at the 32nd Annual Meeting, March 16. They are: Nancy Ziese, Elroy; Mary Cook, Ontario; Pamela Lisker, Hillsboro; Sandra Rude, Westby; Rita Smith, Readstown; Sharon Vangen, Ferryville; Bonnie Haugen, Westby; Marla Roberts, Westby; Irene Nustad, Westby; Kathryn Mary Walters, Sparta; Jewel Ann Harris, Hillsboro; Vicki Scheppke, Hillsboro; Jane Aasen, Westby; Bonnie Lee Caldwell, LaFarge.

Deaths: James Bert Fry, 73; Minnie Alice (Hayes) Ames, 90; Morris Holte, 60; Rudolph Forde, 78; William Thomas Kearney, 93.

The Westby Theatre is re-opening March 15 with “The Sound of Music “ starring Julie Andrews, reports Mrs. L. V. Bergtold. On March 6, “To Sir with Love” with Sidney Poitier will be at the Temple Theatre for one full week. Later in the month, “Bonnie and Clyde” will be shown.

Jean Hendrickson, Retreat, missed school last week with the flu and blistered eardrums. Her brother, Orville, had to take her back to the doctor Thursday.

The Vernon County Broadcaster

March 11, 1993

25 years ago

The Viroqua Pee Wee hockey team won the Class 3 State Championship in sudden death overtime. To win the state championship, they beat Medford, Grantsburg and Reedsburg.

The Viroqua Area Schools Building and Facilities Study Committee asked for a re-clarification of its mission after its findings were defeated by the School Board. The committee felt that its findings would have alleviated some of the key issues facing Viroqua schools.

The Viroqua City Council received a report outlining what was needed to be done for Viroqua to be in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). In most cases, the changes that were needed to be done were minor to complete.

Michael Bryant of Viroqua who had been charged with arson faced a new charge of bail jumping. Bryant was already accused of throwing a Molotov cocktail under the trailer home of his ex-girlfriend. He now faced up to 39 years in prison if convicted.

Larry Fortun, who owned the Fortun Dozing and Equipment Repair business, received the first Viroqua Conserves “Business Lifesaver Grant.” With the grant, Fortun was able to replace the light fixtures at his business.

Viroqua playwright Josi Hanson has written and directed her latest play entitled “The Heirs of Damis.” The play will be performed this week at Viroqua Elementary School. Hanson, who is 16, has written six plays for the Viroqua 4-H club.

The Viroqua High School Ladyhawks saw their season come to an end in the sectionals losing to Waunakee by a score of 50-38. The Ladyhawks ended the season with a record of 22-2.

The University of Wisconsin’s Center for Dairy Profitability announced that it had created a new award for the Wisconsin Dairy Farm Family of the Year. This was the first of its kind award.

The Vernon County Broadcaster

March 6, 2008

10 years ago

The city of Viroqua readies the final stage of the Hwy. 56 three-year rebuild. This phase involves the Decker Street portion and exact dates will be determined once the bids have been reviewed. At this time, the Department of Transportation has not opened the project up for bids.

The Vernon County Jail may be partially impacted with the decision of Monroe County to borrow funds to construct their own jail. As of last week, Monroe County housed 55 inmates in Vernon County’s 89-bed facility.

The Vernon County Holstein Association is taking applications for two $250 scholarships to award to graduating seniors in Vernon County. First priority may be given to those entering an agricultural field.

Westby High School was the place to view 4-H artwork on Feb. 24, as county 4-H’ers showcased their talents. Blue ribbon recipients will continue to the next level, the six-county District Arts Festival on March 15 in Sparta.

Chaseburg’s Tippy Toe Inn will host a chili cook-off on March 15. The first 12 entries will be able to compete, due to limited space.

Vernon County Historical Society — by Bonnie Sterling, Carol Krogan, Peg O’Rourke, Irving Leif and Leila Holen


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