The Vernon County Censor

Aug. 8, 1917

100 years ago

Delicious flake rolls and buns, never bought in Viroqua before at 10c per dozen, can now be purchased at the Viroqua bakery.

A novel affair and productive of considerable cash was the dollar social held in the Christian church on Wednesday night last, when all ladies related their experience in earning the dollar.

A family reunion was held of the Ever Monson and Knute Emerson families at the farm of Ernest Monson, the old Porter place, when quite a large company of relatives and other gathered and spent a pleasant Sunday afternoon.

When the county exemption board has over 100 men before it the first three days of next week, four surgeons will do the physical examining. The board would like to have volunteers for administering oaths, notary publics. Who will respond?

For the first time in a week the Southeastern trains made regular trips on Monday morning. While the roadbed is yet weak and unballasted in many places, we are all glad to know that train and mail service is resumed so soon….General Freight Agent Mueller came in on the first train. He and General Manager Vatter have been directing repair work along the line.

Deaths of two prominent Timber Coulee people are announced. Maria, wife of Christian Running, who went suddenly, due to cerebral hemorrhage. She was a native of Norway, age 46. A bereaved husband and eight children survive. In the same neighborhood, from infirmities of old age, Mary Watland died at the home of her son, aged 87, years.

The Vernon County Censor

Aug. 6, 1942

75 years ago

Howard D. Henry received his wings from the Aviation Cadet Attachment of the Air Forces Advanced Flying School in Texas. He sent a lovely wings pin to his mother.

Mrs. Mable Graves has been appointed acting postmistress of Viroqua. She is replacing her husband, R.L. Graves who left for the Navy.

Because of an unavoidable delay in the delivery of license plates, law enforcement officers have been requested to recognize the use of old plates until the new plates arrive.

Jack Kriigle transferred his grocery store in Valley to Sherman Newlun and wife.

A large rattlesnake in the road was run over by a car but it did not kill it. Elmer Hovde came out to assist. It had 10 rattles, was about 4 feet long and 16 inches in circumference.

Obituaries: Mary Ann Brott 86, Alberthina Johnson Hill 81, Mrs. Christine Hanson 76, Mrs. Anne Hovland 79, Mrs. James Deaver 61.

Food preservation methods will be given by leaders in their respective school districts: Practical ways to dry foods, preserve apples by sulfuring, use cabbage by making kraut, and preserve garden products by good storage methods.

Wed: Esther Froiseth to Fred Lester, Lelah Brudos to Bernard Neary.

Uncle Sam wants 600,000 typewriters. The typewriter industry has been greatly curtailed and will stop entirely by the end of the year to save critical material needed by our fighting men. Anyone willing to donate a typewriter or trade in for a newer model can contact their typewriter dealer. The typewriters are needed for use on bombers, battleships and by military forces.

The Vernon County Broadcaster-Censor

Aug. 10, 1967

50 years ago

VCTC expects 52 students to enroll on Aug. 28th. Thirty-two are new students who will form the final class of freshmen entering the school, since the College plans to close in June 1968.

Deaths: Ole Eggen, 79; Clarence J. Ottum, 58; Lanita Clift, 19; John P. Stromstad, 85. The County Board created a new 20-member Emergency Squad to aid the Sheriff in times of emergency.

Lucas Jewelers, a family firm since 1892, was sold to the third generation. Keith “Pooky” Lucas retired and sold the business to his daughters, Mrs. Reuben Hanson and Mrs. “Fritz” Buros. Mrs. Buros will continue to reside in Phoenix, Arizona. Mrs. Hanson will be the manager.

A case of Dutch Elm disease was confirmed in Viroqua in the yard of Mrs. Hope Nuzum.

Paul Mockrud, Vernon County Civil Defense Director, reports good cooperation from residents in the current Wisconsin Home Fallout Protection Survey. Householders of about 89% of the homes in the County were visited by Census Bureau interviewers.

Viroqua will enforce its 1953 curfew ordinance starting with the siren blowing at 10 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10.

Glidden barn and ranch red paint is selling for $4.40 per gallon at Miller’s Paint and Wallpaper.

The Vernon County Broadcaster

Aug. 6, 1992

25 years ago

The Viroqua American Legion baseball team shutout Westby to win the regional championship and secure a berth in the state tournament. The team had a chance to defend its 1991 state title.

An era ended with the auction of the Liberty Pole General Store. Some of the items from the store including the candy counter and the cash register were donated to the historical society.

There was a grease fire at the Viroqua Country Club which started in the kitchen exhaust hood and spread up the exhaust vent. The fire traveled between two roof rafters and into the attic before it was quickly put out by Viroqua firefighters. In all, there was approximately $5,000 of damage.

The Westby City Council voted to sell three Norseland lots to Gerrard Realty of La Crosse for $24,000. The realty company plans to develop the lots for an apartment complex with 10-12 units. The lots will be held for Gerrard until it gets it financing approved.

The Readstown Village Board broke ground for its new municipal building. The new complex will house the village clerk’s office, library, police office and board meeting room.

The Westby Coon Prairie Church is celebrating its 140th anniversary. It was one of the first churches in Vernon County. The original site of the church was one mile south of Westby. That site is now preserved as an historical site.

Viroqua was in the midst of a numbering project. The purpose of the project was designed to make commerce on Main Street easier. All the stores and buildings on Main Street will get their street numbers printed on the front of their edifices.

The Vernon County Broadcaster

Aug. 9, 2007

10 years ago

The Viroqua American Legion received a second place trophy at the conclusion of the Class “A” American Legion Tournament.

The 12th Annual Wild West Days will take place Aug. 16-19.

The Viroqua McDonald’s restaurant was named one of the Top 100 McDonald’s Restaurants in the nation. The ranking was based on cleanliness, service and the random monthly Mystery Shopper scores. Opened in 1997, it is one of 35 Courtesy Corp.—owned stores and is managed by Todd Johnson.

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


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