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The Vernon County Censor

Jan. 30, 1918

100 years ago

The stringent scarcity of all fuel throughout the country should be a fitting warning to every user to make, as far as possible, preparation for next season’s supply in advance of winter. Right now, every person having a wooded lot, and timber ought to be at the work of getting fuel cut for next year’s demands. If the war continues for twelve months longer fuel shortage is libel to be more acute than now.

Messers Fred P. Bean and Jacob Aberg, directors of the Retreat creamery company, were here yesterday, taking the train for different points to inspect model creameries, expecting to profit by others experience in building their new institution.

DeSoto Argus reports that Geo. Filek of Stoddard, a rock contractor, set off a blast which tore out a big chunk of rock from one of the bluffs below town. 500 pounds of dynamite was placed in a hole drilled 70 feet down into the rock and it was estimated that 2,000 yards of rock was loosened up with the blast.

WAR NOTES—Soldiers are compensated as follows: If you have neither wife nor living child, $30 per month. If you have wife but no child, $45; wife and one child, $55; wife and two children, $65; wife and three children or more, $75. If you have no wife, but one living child, $40. If you have a widowed mother, depended upon you for support, there is $10 additional monthly pay as stated above.

Considering the cold weather, the school attendance has been excellent.

Eilef Ellefson is acting as janitor of school during the winter months.

The Vernon County Censor

Feb. 4, 1943

75 years ago

4-H Mobilization week will be held February 6-14 for the purpose of enlisting as many young people eligible for membership as possible. Last year Vernon County had 650 club members, the largest since clubs were organized in the county.

Mrs. August Trappe, La Farge, Wisconsin, recently purchased a registered Guernsey bull from D.C. Williams of Waukesha, Wisconsin to add to her local herd.

Deaths: Dr. Will Gorsline, age 81 of Chicago, formerly of Vernon County; Morton Shirks, age 74 of Viroqua; Louis Earl Wiganoski, age 60 of San Francisco, formerly of the Viroqua area; Jerome Bowman, age 85 of Viroqua and Edward Beldon Cade, age 72.

The Sauer hardware store, established here in 1909 was sold on Monday to Beuford Wintz of this city who has already taken possession.

Marriages: Frances Elaine Baird married Robert Friedell at the home of the bride’s parents in Black River Falls; Alma Brigson of Readstown married Pfc. Josvald Sigurd Reseland of Soldiers Grove. The groom is stationed with Btry. B 350th Coast Artillery in Winter Garden, Fla. Hilda Ellefson and Tilmer Lee were married at the Lutheran Parsonage in Viroqua, Lucille Lovass married Clinton Larson in Westby and Pvt. Chester Olson married Deree Coleman in Tampa, Fla.

The home of Mrs. Andrew (Anna) Skrede on Nottingham Ridge was totally destroyed by fire on Saturday afternoon. The fire originated in the chimney and was too far advanced to be extinguished when discovered. Household goods on the first floor were saved but everything in the upstairs rooms was burned. Mrs. Skrede’s son, Stanley and family were living there also.

The Vernon County Broadcaster-Censor

Feb. 1, 1968

50 years ago

A slightly disgusted Common Council heard Tuesday night the State Highway Commission won’t install a flashing warning light at the US 14-61 and County BB intersection north of town.

Vernon County has 48 candidates for the 31 supervisor posts in the April 2 election. In 15 districts there are no opponents. Con Fish is the only incumbent who is not a candidate.

Blackhawk Sales was the apparent low bidder of three firms on a small tractor to be used for mowing, sweeping sidewalks, or with a small blade for snow removal. Bid price on a 12-hp unit was $1127, and the 10-hp bid was $1066. Bids need to be studied before selecting one for purchase.

Deaths: Otto J. Holtet, 58; Lena Wedwick, 59; Hannah B. (Munson) Anderson, 82; Myrtle A. Ostrem, 49; Sever Yttri, 84; Martin Bergh, 89; Frederick H. Berg, 44; Ronald D. Phillips, 26; Eliza Catherine (Preston) Williamson, 85; Peder Jon Mathison, 90; Lloyd (Smokey) Gilbeck, 54; Ida Bertha (Olson) Runice, 77; Salbert A. Anderson, 83; Lewis C. Knutson, 96.

VCTC had 74 enrollees this term, just three short of the all-time high in 1956-57.

Marvin Von Haden hopes to have his new Viking Inn open the last of next week, he told the B-C Wednesday morning.

The Sheriff’s office this week was investigating the theft of an old-time organ from a Greenwood church on Jan. 19.

The Vernon County Broadcaster

Feb. 4, 1993

25 years ago

Viroqua’s proposed Main Street repaving in 1995 will cost the city $116,250. The repaving will start at the entrance to Nate’s Supper Club and run 1.66 miles of Highway 14 through town. Viroqua will pay 21 percent of the cost with the Department of Transportation (DOT) footing the bill for the rest of the estimated cost of $553,750.

Two Viroqua Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) escaped uninjured after their ambulance overturned near Genoa. An icy curve on Highway 56 apparently caused the crash. Both of the EMTs were wearing seat belts which helped them avoid injury.

Congressman Steve Gunderson held the first in a series of Town Hall meetings at the Vernon County Courthouse. During the meeting, Gunderson addressed a number of issues including the future of the family farm. He also addressed other economic issues facing the citizens of Vernon County.

SSG Daniel Oftendahl was awarded the Army National Guard Master Recruiter badge. He spent three years as a recruiter. Oftendahl was a part of the 107th Maintenance Company’s Viroqua detachment.

Viroqua High School’s Ladyhawks basketball team clinched their first Coulee Conference title with a 9-0 conference record. The team was ranked number 5 state-wide in Division 2.

Karen Iniss-Reid was in her second year in the district’s Talented and Gifted Students program as well as the Special Education program as a teacher and mentor. She has implemented an art program where students get real hands-on experience.

The music programs in Viroqua Area Schools will be evaluated as part of the ongoing school evaluation for the entire school district. The evaluation will be used to compare Viroqua’s program with those of other districts.

The Vernon County Broadcaster

Jan. 31, 2008

10 years ago

Temperatures soared to nearly 50 degrees Monday night before plunging back to zero by Tuesday night.

Jim Servais, of Chaseburg, a retired farmer of over 32 years, would like to see a program developed that would limit the amount of farmland that is developed in Vernon County. An informational meeting with La Crosse County land-use planner Charley Hardy was held last week to discuss a program that they would like to implement to protect farmland in the area.

A petition with 220 signatures was delivered by Viroqua High School student, Adam Sordahl, that asks the Viroqua School Board not change the current block schedule. While this plan is in the “just being talked about” stage, it would allow for a better job of meeting needs of the students.

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

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