The Vernon County Censor

Sept. 11, 1918

100 years ago


The county clerk is new issuing hunting licenses.

The big agricultural event of the year for Vernon county takes place next week—the sixty-second annual Vernon county fair….We feel the decision of the officers of the society to do their best in the face of the war and attendant discouraging conditions was wise and proper. The annual fair is far too important an institution in social and educational lines to be discontinued.

At the Eckhardt-Dyson warehouse in Viroqua a large per cent of the present season’s wool clip has been assembled and packed here for shipment to the government warehouses in Philadelphia. The amount is about 125,000 pounds….it is to be converted into wearing apparal [sic] for soldiers.

Monday and Tuesday brought disappointment in rain; and the atmosphere has been cold and freezes are feared.

Mr. and Mrs. Bert Blakely of LaFarge were notified that their son Gene was severely wounded August 6.

Relatives at Victory of Eddie Woodhouse, received the distressing news by wire, that he had been missing since engaged in battle in France.

The new bridge on the state road opposite the John Chase place between West Prairie and Retreat, which has been in process of construction for the past year or more, is at last completed. This is one of the best and largest concrete structures of the sort in the country. The main span is 24x26 feet, in which were used eleven steel stringers, each one of which weigh 1200 pounds and 116 sacks of cement.—De Soto Argus.

Many nice silk and wool dresses shown at Suttle & Tate’s.

The Vernon County Censor

Sept. 9, 1943

75 years ago

The 87th Vernon County fair will open on Thursday, September 23. An unusually fast field of horses is already booked, assuming spirited races. Carl Zube is superintendent of the horse department, Arthur Gronning of the cattle and Albert Peterson of sheep and swine and George Mc Donald of poultry. Last year 100 calves were exhibited by Vernon County boys and girls.

An event of unusual significance was observed at the Liberty Pole Methodist Church Sunday when rededication services to celebrate the completion of church improvements and the dedication of the American and Christian flags were held.

Persons who have not received ration book III or who have not made application for book III, must make application at once.

Marriages: Ruth Braddock of Viola and Ed Johnson of Richland Center were married at Richland Center Methodist Church, Genevieve Jacobson and Sgt. Charles Holcombe were married at the Prairie du Chien Lutheran parsonage and Alice Christianson married Pfc. Arved Rude, at home on leave, at Westby Coon Prairie Church.

A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Vilas Smith on Sunday, August 22. A son was born to Pvt. and Mrs. Paul Kinder Wednesday, August 25 at the Viroqua hospital.

Wisconsin last year accounted for 513,399,000 pounds of cheese manufactured in America, or more than 46% of the total made in the nation.

Deaths: Theodore Stoleson, age 65 years, 4 months and 13 days and Anna Louise Slaker, of De Soto.

Playing at the Temple Theatre—Gene Autry in “Mexican Rose”.

Wanted—Ten good men or women to help harvest 20 acres of tobacco. Wages $4.00—$6.00 per day. If you’re darn good it will be more. Elden Traastad

The Vernon County Broadcaster-Censor

Sept. 12, 1968

50 years ago

Fishing for trout in streams closes at midnight Sunday, reports Homer Moe, Viroqua, conservation warden. However, there is a trout season until November 15 at Timber Coulee pond and the three Esofea ponds. From Nov. 16 to Feb. 15 there is trout fishing at Seas Branch pond. Moe also reminds anglers the late season daily bag limit on rainbow trout goes from 10 in the regular season, down to five.

Deaths: Selmer Barstad, 83; Edmund Kiesling, 72; Leola (Olson) Disrud, 53; Grace (Roberts) Wilt, 78; Floyd Hickok, 66.

Kerry Dull, son of Mr. and Mrs. Buel Dull, Readstown, was elected president of the Kickapoo High School Student Council. Kay Mann, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Mann, Readstown, was elected as vice-president.

There won’t be any horseshoe pitching at the Vernon County Fair this year, report Paul Zube, president, and Fred Rogers, secretary. They would have liked to have it if someone could have been found to organize it. Perhaps next year.

NCR started accepting applications this week with a very good turnout, according to Paul Hertziger, plant superintendent. NCR expects to be operating October 1st. Initially NCR will be hiring 30-40 people for offset and some job press printing of its business forms.

Dang Thi Kim Bang of South Vietnam told a group about her country last week. In halting English she described her life at home and showed slides of her country. The charming 29-year-old homemaker is an International Youth Exchange Student visiting families in Kansas and Wisconsin. Her hosts in this area are Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Jerman of Sag City.

The Vernon County Broadcaster

Sept. 16, 1993

25 years ago

The Vernon County Sheriff’s Department uncovered a million dollar marijuana growing operation on a Liberty township property seven miles southeast of Viroqua. The seized plants numbered about 1,800 and it was estimated that the plants were worth about $1.2 million dollars. A man and a woman who had leased or rented the property were arrested.

Kathy Trussoni, Westby Elementary School Principal, was hired to be the new Viroqua Area Schools elementary school principal. She replaced Scott Halverson who resigned to take a new position elsewhere.

Dale Allen Heath of rural La Farge, who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder was sentenced to 16 years in prison. He was guilty of murdering his adopted son.

Blue mold was causing problems again for this year’s tobacco harvest. The mold was spreading more slowly than last year but was still there. Tobacco growers were urged to harvest their crop as soon as they discovered the old in their fields.

The Vernon County Fair opened with over 10,000 entries for the 137th fair year. Entries for the fair were up for every class. The largest increase was in the antique department.

The Westby School Board approved a pilot breakfast program for the second none weeks of the school year. The program will include Chaseburg, Coon Valley and Westby schools. The meals will be subsidized by the USDA.

The Viroqua High School Blackhawks football team remained undefeated after a 26-14 victory over G-E-T. Aaron Cade of Viroqua had three interceptions and fullback Shawn Shaner had three touchdowns.

The Viroqua City Council approved a bid of $33,000 to repair the Congress Street well. The well has been pumping excessive air into the water lines causing a whitish appearance in the tap water. The fix must get DNR approval and should be completed by the end of the year.

The Vernon County Broadcaster

Sept. 11, 2008

10 years ago

The fair board is keeping busy organizing and working at the fair but the bulk of the job falls to secretaries at the Vernon County UW-Extension office, Brenda Adams and Cindy Daniels… Adams and Daniels start working on the fair in June. The fair premium books are put together and proofed and the entry forms are checked. The information is sent out to the county 4-H clubs and made available to county residents…After the entry deadline, which is the first Wednesday in August, Adams and Daniels catalog everything, organize it and turn it over to fair treasurer Bill Marohl who takes the entries, has them entered into the computer and sees that the entry tags and stickers, judge’s lists and information are generated.

The headquarters for Vernon Electric Cooperative will be moving from its downtown Westby facility to a new facility on the edge of Westby.

Deaths: Verla Jean Kramer, age 83.

The president has declared the following local counties as disaster areas from the June 5 storms: Vernon, La Crosse, Juneau, Monroe and Crawford.

Ingrid Mahan, the executive director for the Viroqua Partners for the past 14½ years, announced Wednesday, Sept. 3, that she was leaving her position to take a new position at the Edward Jones office in Viroqua.

Vernon County continues to patch together its 23 flood-control dams that have been damaged in a pair of historic floods.

More than 200 people enjoyed a multi-course Community Harvest Dinner, organized by the Valley Stewardship Network and the Viroqua Food Cooperative, Saturday at Viroqua High School. The event celebrated locally-raised food and the talent of chefs and food service workers in the area who volunteered their time.

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Vernon County Historical Society — by Bonnie Sterling, Donna Halverson, Peg O’Rourke and Irving Leif


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