The Vernon County Censor

Feb. 6, 1918

100 years ago

The abbreviated month.

Free band concert at the High school room Thursday night at eight o’clock. Be there.

Mr. J. Johnson of Coon town felt so well pleased over the arrival of a son at this home that he sends us $3 subscription.

Henry Hooper, a man long in this community and well-known, a mute, 78 years old, died suddenly from heart failure at the alms house on Friday.

Paper was a day late last week because of tie-up in express and freight movements on railroads. We hope it will not occur again this winter.

S.A. Farr has improved the second story in his Blue Front block that it is to be used for residence purposes by Henry Running. Earl Truesdale and family move to their residence vacated by the Runnings.

Victory writer in the DeSoto Argus reports that Johnn Brannen drove down to the railroad station one day last week and filled his wagon box with cinders, drove home and left them in the box. There was fire enough in them to burn his wagon box, which was discovered just in time to save his chicken house from burning.

Married at Hillsboro, January 27, by Rev. T.N. Hoffman, Mr. Walter Daver of Reedsburg, and Miss Mary McDonald of Hillsboro.

Married at LaFarge, M.E. parsonage, by Pastor Dunley, January 26, Mr. Thomas Haugen and Miss Millie Rice, both of that community.

The American army is now reported as fighting in the foremost trenches of France, some not more than 60 feet from the German troops.

The Vernon County Censor

Feb. 11, 1943

75 years ago

Filling stations are allowed to be open only 72 hours per week. Users are urged to limit buying on Sunday and as the attendants say, “Buy your gasoline and war bonds and stamps on week days and go to church on Sunday.”

Officers were elected for the Chamber of Commerce last night by the Board of Directors. Ralph E. Nuzum was elected president and Wayne B. Schlintz as vice president. Sidney Scoville, secretary and E.E. Schipper, treasurer.

Deaths: David Lee Theige, 4 months; Rosena Hess Ostrem, age 41; David Sherman, 3 weeks.

Purdy News: A farewell party was given Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Hayter and Bobby at their home Saturday evening by neighbors as they are leaving for Beloit where they have employment.

On February 27th the Vernon Electric Cooperative will conclude its fifth year of service in bringing electricity to farmers and other rural consumers in the area. Five years ago the cooperative had only 292 consumers at the end of the first month. Today electric service is being furnished to 1,938 consumers along 714 distribution miles in Crawford, Juneau, La Crosse, Monroe, Sauk and Vernon counties.

Lincoln Day Dinner to be held at Westby-Coon Prairie Church Parlors on February 17 at 6:30 p.m. Speaker: Dr. Edward P. Alexander, Supt. State Historical Society, Madison, Wis. 50 cents admission.

W.W. Harmony, Viroqua, announces that on March 1, 1943, a gun will be fired which most assurely (sic) will “Be Heard Around the World” for it will hear the starting gun of the Red Cross War Fund and Membership drive. In Vernon County alone, according to War Fund Chairman, Henry Nerison, it will start approximately 250 Red Cross solicitors contacting every home in every street, valley and ridge in our productive agricultural county. Workers will tell how 126 million dollars must be raised in the U.S.A. Mr. Nerison informs us that $10,000 is the Vernon County quota.

The Vernon County Broadcaster-Censor

Feb. 8, 1968

50 years ago

News not available at press time.

The Vernon County Broadcaster

Feb. 11, 1993

25 years ago

The Viroqua School Board rejected a proposal to provide students in all the city’s schools with a breakfast program. The proposal was rejected by a vote of 4 to 3. The program had been proposed by a study group made up of teachers, administrators, parents and the school nurse. The group estimated that between 125 to 150 students would avail themselves of the program with a cost of 30 to 60 cents for the students to pay based on family income. The vote lost because the start-up costs and the need to hire new staff suck as a full-time cook.

James Knight from Coon Valley was charged with attempted murder for allegedly stabbing a Vernon County Deputy Sheriff. Deputy McLees was released from the hospital after being treated at La Crosse Lutheran Hospital.

Michael Bryant of Viroqua has been charged with arson and reckless endangerment after allegedly throwing a Molotov cocktail under the trailer home of his ex-girlfriend. She had refused to come out to talk to him.

The Viroqua Main Street program won three state awards. Viroqua won the historic preservation award, the best downtown public improvement project award and the city also won an award for completing the three year training program in downtown revitalization.

Viroqua High School’s Ladyhawks basketball team ran its current winning streak to 14 games with wins against West Salem and Westby. Their conference record stood at 11-0 after these victories.

S&S Cycle of Viola was nominated for the 1992 Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year Award. They were nominated by Machinery Systems North. An independent panel will make the final decision.

The Vernon County Broadcaster

Feb. 7, 2008

10 years ago

Westby will be hosting the Snowflake Ski Jump this weekend. The 85th annual Ski Jump will take place in Timber Coulee on Feb. 9 and 10. And will welcome a well-rounded blend of skiers.

Due to snow days from the winter weather, the fourth snow day extends the school year until Monday, June 9. Viroqua School District canceled school on Monday of this week and we still have six more weeks of winter.

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


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