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The Vernon County Censor

Nov. 7, 1917

100 years ago

Guy DeGarmo and wife gave a number of under students in the schools a happy sleighride one evening during the late winter.

Mrs. Richmond returned from West Prairie, where she nursed Mrs. Thos. Hoyum, who presented her husband with a bouncing son, the first boy in the family.

That good old soul, Halvor Johnson, a native of Norway, a pioneer of the Kickapoo, whose home was long near Avalanche, died at the home of his son near Westby, with whom he has lived for some years. He was 83 years old, a fine gentleman who had many friends. Funeral was conducted at Coon Prairie church on Monday, his long-time pastor and friend, Rev. Halverson, conducting the service.

At her home in this city, last Saturday, Mrs. Anna Braaton was married to Mr. Gerhard Hovde of Christiana, where they will reside.

Melvin Swenson has moved his family from Bloomingdale to this city. He accepts a clerking position on Ostrem store. He was with Morterud Brothers for five years.

The young farmers, Dach Brothers of Franklin, drove in and shipped on Monday, a bunch of beef cattle that filled a car, sending them to Chicago.

Ladies’ cloth coats from $5 to $35.00 at Rogers’.

C.E. Clift and family removed to Viola, their former home. He has been employed in the Kuebler hardware store.

DeSoto Lansing ferry across the Mississippi closed for the season. It did a good business the past season.

J.W. Thayer started north for the lumbering camps this morning, taking with him a son of Charles Buckhardt, Oliver Lewis, Arba Morrison, Walter Scott.

The Vernon County Censor

Nov. 12, 1942

75 years ago

Miss Esther Hollingstad of Westby has been appointed new supervising teacher for Vernon County by Supt. Schallock.

Plans for the organization of the proposed Chamber of Commerce for the city of Viroqua have been drawn up.

100 attended the Father and Son banquet at Main Street Lutheran church. Mons Helgeson was the oldest father and Alfred Zietlow Jr was the youngest son.

Obituaries: Julia Coe 86, John Heebner 86, Mrs. Belle Hammond 85, Elmer Clarke.

Wed: Harold Jasperson to Mrs. Alice Tornbloom, Marian Moen to Levi Neprud, Judith Grimsled to Milford Payne.

The 19th bank in Wisconsin, insured by the FDIC, has closed in Lone Rock.

Mr. & Mrs. William Post celebrated their 50th anniversary.

A letter from Arnold Cade, Liberty Pole, stationed in Chile: “ it is spring here now and night before last it rained just enough to settle the dust. ...Was out horseback riding last week and was stiff and sore for two days. costs us quite a lot of money to send over two (letters) per week and we cannot use U.S. stamps anymore. ...would like it very much if you could send chewing gum and some canned peanuts as it costs 25 cents a pack.”

The Vernon County Broadcaster-Censor

Nov. 9, 1967

50 years ago

Wisconsin Cheesemakers last week elected Bob Streeter, president of the House of Cheese of Liberty Pole and of the Elroy Community Dairy, treasurer of the state association. He was first elected as a director and the directors elected him as treasurer. He is also secretary of the Southwest Wisconsin Cheesemaker’s Assn.

Construction of a new Hirsch Clinic should start this month, Dr. Robert Starr reported this week. The 79X44-foot structure will house Dr. Harold Oppert and Dr. Starr. It will have room for a third physician when one can be obtained. The clinic will be located on the corner of Minshall and W. Decker with parking for 16 vehicles. Completion date for the $90,000 building is March 8.

Deaths: Frieda A. (Riese) Powell, 65; Albion Overhagen, 72; Minnie (Baglien) Benrud, 83; C. Archie Honaker, 65; Lydia Elnora Braaten, 60.

A 3 lb. 13 oz. box of Fab is 79¢ at Super Valu.

In two weeks Vernon County will get a new 12.5 kilowatt generator which will operate the Sheriff’s radio tower in times of emergency as well as handle some of the additional power load. Paul Mockrud, County C-D director, reported the new generator would provide 220 and 110-volt outlets.

Troop C, Viroqua National Guard, accepted a superior training award Saturday from Brig. Gen. Joseph Stehling, assistant 32nd Div. Commander.

The Vernon County Broadcaster

Nov. 5, 1992

25 years ago

As a result of a civil suit, a judgment of over $1 million was issued by the Vernon County Court against Stephen Freer. The judgment was passed against Freer who lived part of the time in West Lima and Chicago. The damages awarded were $664,588 for fraud and $500,000 in punitive damages. The money was awarded to the estate of a 77-year-old woman named Anne W. Haines.

Viroqua High School continued its rehearsals for the production of “Fiddler on the Roof.” Two performances were scheduled for next week. Jamey Bina and Carrie Bina were set to play the lead roles of Tevye and Golda. Sherry Getter and Tara Stadelman-Cohen are co-directing the production.

The Vernon Memorial Hospital Board voted to approve a $6 million remodeling and renovation project to be carried out over the next six to seven years. The Board also authorized a feasibility study on how to raise $600,000 over the next three to five years to help fund the project.

The Viroqua High School football team won its second playoff game by defeating Nekoosa 36-0. With that win, the team will play Baldwin-Woodville in the third round of the playoffs.

Maud Anderson was honored by the Alpha Zeta chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma International Society for her lifelong work as a teacher. Anderson has taught at a number of schools in Wisconsin including the Normal School of Viroqua.

Wayne and Iva Leis of Cashton were chosen to receive the 1992 Conservation Farm Family Award by the Vernon County Land Conservation Committee. The Leis family own and operate a 200 acre dairy farm.

The new Subway shop in Viroqua owned and operated by Wendy and Charles Vanderbilt opened for business.

The Vernon County Broadcaster

Nov. 1, 2007

10 years ago

Flu shots clinics continue around the area. Flu vaccinations are especially important for those over 50, any age with chronic conditions, children age 6 months or older and pregnant women.

Viroqua High School to present “Alice in Wonderland” Nov. 9-11.

The deadline for holiday dates reminder is Nov. 2.

Tri-State Ambulance, in partnership with Gundersen Lutheran, will be offering a mobile flu shot clinic.

November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month.

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


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