The Vernon County Censor

Nov. 28, 1917

100 years ago

Blacksmith Ed. Peterson is in the line of progress, having placed an electric forage blower in his shop.

Monday was a whale of a business day in the city.

Jeweler C.M. Morrison is in receipt of a shipment of Japanese electric lamps that are extremely artistic and he invites you to consider them when purchasing for Christmas.

No stores in the city will be open after 10:30 a.m. Thanksgiving Day, is the decision of the Viroqua Business men’s Association.

Special at Roman’s Grocery. Fine cooking apples 75 cents per bushel. First come, first served. Only a limited supply on hand.

Aside from the war we as a people have much to be thankful for.

Will Do Hay and Straw Pressing—I wish to announce that I have purchased the up-to-date hay press from C.W. Moore. Those who wish to have hay or straw baling done will please notify me or write me at Viroqua, R1. OLE L. OLSON.

Supervisor George Storer was summoned home on Thursday because of damage that came to him by the heavy wind of Wednesday blowing the top off his gram stacks. The threshing machine was at his place when the heavy wind struck the stacks, but they were found to be little damaged by rainfall.

John Thayer started Monday, for his lumbering camps in Ashland county, taking with him for service up there Jack Buckles, Joseph Hanson, Ira and Ed Turner. Mr. Thayer says he can use many more industrious men.

Married at the office and by Justice Robert Parker, November 27, Mr. Lindal Lovaas and Miss Thea Skough, both young people of the town of Christiana.

The Vernon County Censor

Dec. 3, 1942

75 years ago

U.S. forced into war a year ago.

36 Vernon girls attended the first dance at Camp McCoy. Mrs. Ira Casperson and Mrs. Rudolph Wolfgram were the chaperones.

Deaths: Mrs. Fred Sommerfeld 90, Mrs. Lena Erickson 72.

Obituaries: Sam Sauer 59, Charles Davis 81.

Jess Cunningham came out of the north woods having bagged a fine black bear, 200 lbs.

Wed: Norma Johnson to Warren Cox, Virginia Vergeront to Raymond Way, Thelma Sherry to Orval Davis.

Salvage director VonHaden asks you to save tin cans.

The School Salvage Collection indicates first place goes to the Brown school in the town of Jefferson averaging 1,292 lbs. per pupil. Second place goes to Springville school in the town of Jefferson averaging 1,139 lbs. per pupil. The Van Wagner school in the town of Franklin came in third with an average of 948 lbs. per pupil.

Our winter came with the Thanksgiving holiday. Thanksgiving was spent quietly on Dach Ridge at home with friends.

The Vernon County Broadcaster-Censor

Nov. 30, 1967

50 years ago

Rex and Bob Streeter’s “House of Cheese” in Liberty Pole has a 5 pound gift assortment of cheeses for Christmas gifting at $3.95 per box. You can choose your order from: mild cheddar, medium cheddar, sharp cheddar, mild Colby, cured Swiss, and medium brick. Add $1 for postage and handling.

Deaths: Edna M. (Johnson) Salmonson, 79; Albert J. Dahl, 86; Infant daughter Severtson; Bernard Orlando Dahl, 61; Andrew Anderson, 77; Marlene (Huntington) Milsap, 35; Ella (Ellefson) Brown, 90; Edwin Storbakken, 60; Mary Nichols Lindemann, 62.

An illegally shot white deer was found prior to Friday night last week when it was discovered on the Needham ranch five miles southwest of Hillsboro. The white European variety deer with wide antlers is believed to have come from a game farm near Wonewoc a year or two ago.

Nona J. Switala, 22, is the new probation and parole agent handling female cases in five counties, the Viroqua Div. of Corrections announced last week. She serves in Vernon, Crawford, Grant, Iowa, and Richland counties. The office is in the Vernon Court House.

The $470 cable burying cost paid to Northern State Power and a pending bill from Muny for doing the digging has been adequately paid in recent airfield safety. Ellis West said that on Saturday night a Florida pilot returning to Chicago with three passengers was not familiar with takeoffs in light snow, and left with snow on his wings. West said the pilot barely cleared the end of the 2300-foot runway and narrowly managed to stay airborne until beyond the City buildings. He would have struck the high wires had they not been buried about a month ago.

With 929 deer registered in Vernon County during the season, the County might well have a new deer kill record.

The Vernon County Broadcaster

Nov. 26, 1992

25 years ago

The Viroqua City Council agreed to sell the city-owned Municipal Gas Utility (MUNY) to Madison Gas and Electric for the sum of $1.3 million. Viroqua had received bids from five different companies but MG&E offered the best package for the city. The next steps, mandated by federal law, included getting the approval of the Wisconsin Public Service Commission (PSC) and after that, a city-wide referendum.

The deer harvest in Vernon County was up significantly over last years opening weekend. The Viroqua Fire Station registered 647 deer during the first three days of the hunt which was 243 more deer than the first three days last year.

Susan Berg of Westby was awarded the 1992 Spirit of Giving Award. The award, sponsored by State Rep. DuWayne Johnsrud, has been awarded each year to a resident of the 96th Assembly District who has demonstrated a commitment to volunteering in order to improve the quality of life for others.

Chad Clark of River Falls was named Rookie of the Year at the National Horse Reining Association 1992 Western States Affiliate Championship. Clark, a graduate of UW-River Falls, had been reining horses for five years. Clark’s family was from Westby, Readstown and River Falls.

Merle Primmer was honored for 50 years of continuous service to the 4-H. She has been the project leader of the Route 56 club. Primmer has served the longest term of members of Vernon County 4-H Emerald Club whose members has served at least 25 years.

An era ended with the Nov. 19 issue of the Broadcaster. It was the last issue to be printed on the two-unit Goss Community Press in their plant in Viroqua. The first issue printed there was Sept. 9, 1971, when the paper was called the Broadcaster-Censor. Both the Broadcaster and the Westby Times will be printed in Lancaster.

The Vernon County Broadcaster

Nov. 22, 2007

10 years ago

Driftless Community Radio made an application for a new FM license, in hopes of creating a new Viroqua radio station. Driftless Community Radio is currently only available on the internet.

This past weekend was opening deer hunting season and it was reported that there was a ten percent increase in registrations. This year the total for the opening weekend was 4,210, up from 3,817.

County approves a hiring freeze for 2008. This does not include mandated positions, such at the jail employees and departments that are mandated under state law.

TwinkleFest parade Nov. 23 at 7 p.m. Dress Warm!

Norskedalen’s Old Fashioned Christmas is Dec. 1 and 2. There will be indoor and outdoor activities. Event open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. both days.

The Salvation Army bell-ringing campaign begins Nov. 24. Please consider signing up to ring bells. Area locations are Wal-Mart, Nelson Agri-Center, Village Market and the Viroqua Food Co-op. Ringers raised $13,500 last year. All money raised stays in this area to provide emergency housing, clothing, food, bus fares and food canteens for the volunteers who came to help during the August flooding. Other services included school supplies, fire assistance and gas money.

The Toys for Tots Chili Supper is Dec. 5 from 4: 30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the fire station located at 702 E. Broadway St. in Viroqua.

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

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