The Vernon County Censor

Dec. 26, 1917

100 years ago

Good bye old year.

Help the Red Cross beat the iron Cross.

Shortest day of the year - last Friday.

Jacob Potts of LaFarge, is helping in the management of the corner grocery store, now owned by Joe Parker.

Health Officer George Bakken tells the censor that contagion is cleared up in the town of Jefferson, and all places are out of quarantine.

Steve Denning will hold a big sale of personal property on Belgium Ridge Thursday, January 3.

Friday evening, December 14, a fire visited our sister village of Ontario and destroyed the Opera house, furniture store and a meat market building. We understand that the structure [meat market] was empty. The furniture store building and Opera house were owned by Mike Gates of Norwalk and we are told that no insurance was carried. Arthur Luedke occupied the building with a stock of furniture and managed to get most of his goods out, although, considerable damage to stock resulted. The building was a large frame structure, formerly owned by C.B. Day, we glean from the Cashton Record.

The fuel situation is getting so serious all over the country that steps are being taken to conserve fuel in every way. In consequence an order has been sent out for two lightless nights a week - Thursday and Sunday - when every outside light possible to get along without is to be suppressed. White ways, electric signs and other lights must be dispensed with on those days when saving will effect the fuel situation.

This is a positive and official injunction from federal and state fuel administration.

The Vernon County Censor

Dec. 31, 1942

75 years ago

The new band director for Viroqua is Emory Nordness.

Obituaries: Mrs. Ellen Henry 95, Anna Sime 88, Julius Thompson 67, May Hinkst Drake 80, Martha Hanson 76, Ida Groh 83, George Kinnear 89, Alfred Foskett 33, Julius Simpson 66, Marvin Yttre 28, Fred Cox 69.

Ice storms caused the Moseng Auto Salvage roof to cave in.

Wed: Gladys Hanson to Morris Vangen, Delores Jefferies to Floyd Sherrick, Alberta Syth to Bernard Cunningham, Geraldine Henry to Gale Rockwell, Gladys Barath to Leon Boller.

All the businesses advertise wishes to you for a Happy New Year in 1943.

At the turn of the road

When the old year ends,

What a joy it would be

To greet old friends.

What a pleasure to say

Merry Christmas to you,

and to wish you a

New Year of Happiness too!.

The Vernon County Broadcaster-Censor

Dec. 28, 1967

50 years ago

Richland-Sabin pond and Vernon-Esofea and Timber Coulee ponds will be open January 1 through February 15 for brook, brown, and rainbow trout fishing. Daily bag limit for the extended season is 10 trout of which only 5 may be rainbows. A 6-inch size limit applies. The extended season allows trout fishermen additional enjoyment and out-of-doors activity and permits fuller utilization of the trout resources.

Deaths: Marie (Mikkelson) Casperson, 71.

A shoplifting roundup has resulted in hundreds of dollars of merchandise recovered and 20 youths involved, according to Mel Fortney, Viroqua police committee chairman. Nineteen of the twenty youths are under 18 and all but one are from Viroqua. All to date are girls.

William Terry, Westby High School football coach for seven years, will join the coaching staff at La Crosse State University at the second semester, beginning January 29. Terry will become freshman football coach and an assistant baseball coach and will have teaching assignments in physical education and health. His football teams were Scenic Central Conference champions for five of the seven years, winning 49 games to 6 losses and three ties. His baseball teams also took five conference championships and posted a record of 69 wins and 19 losses in eight years.

Capt. Larry Mosher, Troop C Guard commander, was notified Wednesday he was being assigned to the HQ and HQ Detachment, 426th Engineer Battalion, Onalaska.

Genoa Village electors last week solidly passed a resolution adopting a new sewer and water system. The proposal was favored 104-5. Included in the proposal was a grant from the Farmers Home Administration up to $50,000.

The Vernon County Broadcaster

Dec. 24, 1992

25 years ago

Janis and Dugan Jensen of Viroqua and Rich and Shirley Olsen who live between Viroqua and Westby were named winners of the Exotic Christmas Lights Award. Both couples estimated that it took over 40 hours to put up the lights and the electrical cost each year was between $35 and $100.

The Viroqua street and public safety committee agreed to recommend Rusk Street as an alternative north/south route for local traffic. The recommendation was intended to reduce traffic on Main Street. The Committee also felt that this would help to avoid a future bypass of town by Highway 14-61. Additional studies were started to determine the impact of this recommendation on the through traffic on Rusk.

The Westby City Council deferred action on a resolution to borrow $445,000 for the Norseland Nursing Home addition and remodeling. The Council scheduled a public hearing on the matter for next month.

Dianne Hoffman of Stoddard was one of six faculty members at WWTC to receive a 1992 Faculty Development Award. Hoffman was program head and instructor for the interior design program.

The Wisconsin Department of Development issued its third annual report for the Main Street program. Three local communities in the program, Viroqua, Sparta and Richland Center were thriving in the program. Through the program, many new businesses have opened on Main Street bringing with it more jobs.

Last week, for the first time in 20 years, the Viroqua Blackhawk hockey team had a female player. Alexandria Kristein, a German exchange student, played in her first American hockey game. Sadly, she broke her ankle during the game against Onalaska and was lost for the season.

The Vernon County Broadcaster

Dec. 31, 1992

25 years ago

At the last Viroqua City Council meeting about 50 angry residents showed up to protest the possibility that Rusk Avenue would become a local through street. Residents of Rusk were concerned about the safety of their children and the children of the elementary school which was located one block from Rusk. The Council voted to postpone the motion to make Rusk the through street and to reconsider it after a further public safety meeting with the street engineer and the Department of Transportation.

Another area man was arrested last week in connection with the large drug bust in Vernon County a few months back. William Connors of Kendall was arrested and charged with manufacturing marijuana and possession with intent to deliver. The case now had 11 defendants.

When responding to a domestic dispute, a Vernon County Sheriff's officer was stabbed in the left arm with a filet knife. James Knight, 34, of Coon Valley was charged with first-degree attempted murder. The deputy, William McLees, was treated and released from a local hospital.

Biederman's Jewelry Store of Viroqua celebrated its 100th anniversary. The store was originally established by J.W. Lucas. In 1975, the Biederman family bought the Lucas Jewelry Store and changed the name of the store to reflect their ownership.

The Vernon County Publication project originally initiated by the Vernon County Historical Society will commence with monthly working meetings. The public was invited to all the meetings with the hope that they could share additional information not available to committee members.

Vernon County ranked 14th out of 72 counties for its 1992 tax rates used to finance the 1993 budget. Richland County ranked fourth in the state for its tax levy.

The Vernon County Broadcaster

Dec. 27, 2007

10 years ago

A reminder that you will be fined if you do not clear your sidewalks within 24 hours of a snowfall.

Prairie du Chien hopes that the 2008 budget will not cut funding for the Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce-Tourism Council welcome center. At this time, the funding for the center has been cut from the budget but it is hoped that the City of Prairie du Chien assume 75 percent of the $7,500 cost.

Green Bay Packers player, Leroy Butler, signed autographs on Monday at the Westby Co-op Credit Union in Westby. It was estimated that over 200 fans stopped in.

This past week saw a record 13 inches of snowfall in the area.

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


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