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The Vernon County Censor

Feb. 27, 1918

100 years ago

The people of Viroqua will have the opportunity of seeing the Tuscania as she started her fatal voyage. This film “On to Victory” is the greatest single reel ever made since the war was declared. Be at the Star Wednesday March 13.

“Three Buffalo nickels and one thin dime, Will help break the Hindenburg line.” Buy Thrift Stamps.

Wheatless day is this? It may be wheatless or meatless but do not let it be Thriftless. Buy another War Savings Stamp.

See the nifty styles in spring hats just received at The Blue Front Store, Ellefson & Johnson.

The first American built battleplanes are in route to France, nearly five months ahead of the original schedule...after three years of warfare the total number of planes able to take the air at any one time on either side of the western front has not been more than 2,500.

A young son of Monroe Reed is recovering from an attack of blood poison in his hand.

Coffee demonstrator at the Farmer’s Store Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Stop in and have a cup of goo hot coffee.

As a result of the recent intense drive the state of Wisconsin new ranks among the first three states in the union in point of War Savings, and it is more than probable that when the returns are all in that Wisconsin will rank first.

Extra fancy red onions, $1.50 per bushel at Roman’s Grocery.

County Clerk Burlie Moore has traded his farm in Webster for Ray Hornby’s 300-acre place in Forest. Berlie has rented his old farm for the year and will work both places.

The Vernon County Censor

March 4, 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

Feb. 29, 1968

50 years ago

Bjorn Wirkola provided just what Snowflake and their fans wanted Sunday by leaping 338 feet, bettering the official North American record by a foot and the Snowflake Hill record by 19 feet.

Deaths: Minnie (Hayes) Ames, 90; Roy Victor Brendum, 73; Alfred Sordahl, 69; Marie Agness (Traastad) Cunradi, 58; Murrel Moon, 87; Emil Haakenson, 66; Edwin Hanson, 86; Gustav Lindvig, 93; Deanna Louise Larson, 5 months.

You are invited to join our group of United Church Women at the Viroqua Methodist Church, at 2 p.m., Friday, March 1st. The World Theme is “Bear One Another’s Burdens”. Music will be provided by Tom Hansen, organist, and a Quartet from the Sweet Adelines.

Stop Washing Diapers! Use Pampers Diapers & Pants in one. 12 Overnights $.89; 15 Daytime, $.89 at Dahl’s Pharmacy on the Corner, Viroqua.

The Vernon County Broadcaster

March 4, 1993

25 years ago

The Viroqua Schools bus garage proposal was defeated. There were three options; the first was defeated by a vote of 4 to 3 and the second and third options failed due to a lack of a second when they were brought up as a motion. The Board members who voted no felt that there was no enough study of future needs four or five years down the road.

Art Lundell who came to Viroqua in 1955 to edit the Vernon County Broadcaster-Censor has retired. For almost four decades, Lundell recorded and photographed the local news. He covered all the news from city government to sports.

A meeting is scheduled this week for area farmers to discuss issues facing family farms. The meeting will take place at the WWTC campus in Viroqua. Issues that will be discussed range from health insurance to the best way for retiring farmers to transfer their properties.

Maynard and Ruth Peterson of Genoa lost 25 Holstein cows and seven calves when their barn burned to the ground. The fire was caused by an electrical problem. The herd was valued at $40,000.

The Westby City Council passed an ordinance that restricts the use of the ski jump hills at Syverson Park. There were problems with people using the hills for purposes other than ski jumping. The hills were groomed for 30 man-hours and sledding, snowboarding and snowmobiling ruined the hills for ski jumping.

The Viroqua Ladyhawks basketball team reached the Sweet 16 after they won the Regional Championship at Richland Center with a 55-53 overtime win. Tracy Hunter scored the last 12 points for Viroqua.

The Cashton High School math team won first place in the regional math tournament and will go on to the state meet.

The Vernon County Broadcaster

Feb. 28, 2008

10 years ago

The Vernon County Domestic Abuse Project is launching an awareness and fundraiser campaign called “Partnership for Peaceful Homes.” The Vernon County Domestic Abuse Project is administered through the Family and Children’s Center in Viroqua and offers individual counseling, group counseling, legal advocacy, public education and a 24-hour hotline.

The Viroqua Elementary School was transformed into a “Sock Hop” dance floor on Friday night at the 17th annual Sock Hop. Included in the fun was a cake walk, along with many dances, one of which was the chicken dance. The students showed their stylish side as all who attended were in wearing sock hop skirts and shoes and the boys were in blue jeans and white shirts.

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


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