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The Vernon County Censor

June 12, 1918

100 years ago

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Green have a son born last week, and Charlie wheeler and wife are made happy over the arrival of their first born, a daughter.

G.E. Halvorson has installed new machinery for sharpening and repairing lawn mowers. Bring him your old machines and have them fixed up like new.

There has been a good deal of talk about a new 2-cent piece and some talk about a 15-cent piece, but what we really need is a 12 1/2 -cent piece. We have two names for this sum of money in this country, a “bit” and a “shilling,” but we have never had a coin to correspond. Many articles which sell by the yard, pound or can are priced at this sum, and it is the eighth part of a dollar and would be a convenient coin in every way.

The county draft board has received the “work or fight” order from army headquarters, so look out. Idleness will not be tolerated.

Highway Commissioner Ristow was at Stoddard, Tuesday, to locate a large concrete bridge over Coon River near the south village limits.

Just received another fresh lot of those good picnic hams at 25c per pound, while they last, at Roman’s Grocery.

Geo. A. Groves has diversion from his mercantile business in the breeding and sale of Ayerdale canines. He has just closed sale of a late litter of ten pups, shipped to all points of the compass. Some time ago he sent one to South America.

If the weather does not interfere the sixty acres of land leased by the 1918 Pickle Growers’ Department of the Viroqua Advancement Association will be planted to cucumbers. There is still time for you Mr. Farmer to call for seed and help boost the acreage.

The Vernon County Censor

June 10, 1943

75 years ago

Frederick Halverson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Allen Halverson at West Prairie, who received the degree of Doctor of Philosophy from John Hopkins University this year, has accepted a position as instructor of chemistry at this university beginning in September. Frederick is a graduate of our local high school and of Luther College at Decorah, Iowa, before entering John Hopkins.

Marriages: Shirley Ann Crouch of Madison married Merrill Goettel of Westby at Bethel Lutheran church on May 30; Leo Adney, formerly of Soldiers Grove married Mrs. Ida Anderson of Viroqua at the Church of Christ on June 2.

Miss Darlene Bekkedal was guest of honor Friday night at a surprise party at her home. Miss Bekkedal left Saturday for Washington, D.C., where she has a wartime position as a junior draftsman with the U.S. Coast and Geodetic survey. She had just finished a course in draftsmanship at the Vocational school at La Crosse.

Deaths: Morris F. Peterson, age 73 of La Crosse and Mrs. Julius (Hildur) Torgerson, age 27 of La Crosse.

On Tuesday, the women of the local Women’s Christian Temperance Union paid their annual visit to the Vernon County Home, in observance of Flower Day, a custom established more than ten years ago.

250 men, for work at pea viner stations and in pea fields, are needed by June 20 in La Crosse and surrounding area if crops now ripening in that area are going to be of value to American consumers, officials of the War Manpower Commission’s U.S. Employment Service announced today. The work will last about four weeks and the pay is good, they said.

The Vernon County Broadcaster-Censor

June 13, 1968

50 years ago

Assemblyman Bernard M. Lewison (Republican, Viroqua) today announced he would seek re-election to the Vernon and Crawford County district assembly seat. He has been an Assemblyman for 12 years.

Beginning June 17, summer school classes will be held for four weeks (to July 12) at Chaseburg, Coon Valley and Westby. Approximately 170 students in grades 1-8 have registered to attend.

Deaths: Sadie (Stoleson) Jackson, 98; Ella Marie (Mowry) Henderson, 73.

Carolyn Fortney was elected state Program of Work chairman of the state Future Homemakers of America Convention in Green Lake last week. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elvin Fortney, Viroqua. Election to this post entitles her to an expense-paid trip to Miami and the national FHA convention July 7-12, one of three in the state to receive the trip. Carolyn is the first Viroqua FHA Chapter member to be a state officer. The Work Program Chairman plans next year’s state convention, takes charge of two executive meetings in the state, sets up fall rallies and speaks at many FHA functions.

The Vernon County Broadcaster

June 17, 1993

25 years ago

News not available at press time.

The Vernon County Broadcaster

June 12, 2008

10 years ago

News not available at press time.

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


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