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The Vernon County Censor

Dec. 5, 1917

100 years ago


First month of winter.

Time to think of “resolves” for the new year.

Toys, Ivory goods, jewelry, handkerchiefs, dolls, sweaters, and neckwear, at M.J. Felix’.

Carl O. Johnson has again become station agent for the C.M. & St. Paul Company at Westby, succeeding W.G. Reinders who has been agent there signed to join the service of Uncle Sam, joining the signal corps at Waco, Texas.

Hillsboro, Nov. 21,—Indian summer is still with us. Everybody enjoying it and taking advantage of it.

Many farmers finished digging potatoes and some are still plowing.

Max Wheeler had a surveyor from Madison to survey the marsh on his farm. He intends to lay tile to drain same next spring.

Thos. Peterson and Mr. Myre were in from Newton. The latter just finished a new barn on his farm to replace the one burned a few weeks since.

The soldiers at Camp Grant, and doubtless in every other government cantonment fared sumptuously on Thanksgiving day, seems certain. Home friends and relatives received dinner menus from the boys at Camp Grant, the Censor one from Sergeant Geo. H. Hauge, telling what they had. Here is a list of the good things spread on the government tables: Chicken celery soup, olives, celery, turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, lettuce, mayonnaise dressing, mince pie, fruit cake, strawberry ice cream, cheese, crackers, coffee, cigars, cigarettes. What else could the most fastidious demand?

Married at Hauge’s parsonage by Pastor Jacobson, November 28 Mr. Theodore A. Erickson of Viroqua town, and Miss Mary Fladhammer, of Franklin.

The Vernon County Censor

Dec. 10, 1942

75 years ago

The Viroqua High School Concert Band is planning their annual Christmas season concert. Santa Claus will again make his bow to the local children. This concert will be more of a community sing than a strictly band program.

Wed: Norma Johnson to Robert Cox, Alice Gibbs to Julius Pellowski.

The U.S. government has given Vernon County a huge sum to collect to help pay for the war. Every home in the county will be contacted in December to help raise a total of $800,000 by January 3, 1943.

Distribution of fuel oil coupons will be December 24th. All coupon credit purchases end December 10th, so be sure to purchase enough oil to last through the 14th. New coupons can be picked up then.

Gordon Bishop has been wounded in action in the south Pacific.

Obituaries: Mrs. Johana Overson 74, Mrs. Olena Erickson 72, Alice Finley 61, Nels Haugen 48.

Vernon County women, knitting for the Red Cross, are packing their items. 38 army turtle-neck sweaters, 9 navy turtle-neck sweaters, 36 army helmets, 5 navy helmets, 3 navy watch-caps, 14 army v-neck sweaters, 37 army cap mufflers, and 1 army muffler, and 13 pair of sea boot stockings.

The Vernon County Broadcaster-Censor

Dec. 7, 1967

50 years ago

All certificates of Viroqua Creamery Stock-preferred and common-are now being called into the Viroqua office for reissue into Hiawatha Valley Dairies Stock. All certificates must be signed.

Deaths: Anna (Mittelbach) Larson, 80; Leota (McCarty) Stoikes, 90; Vlademar Von Ruden, 73; Herschel Bartelles, 62; Bolethe (Holstad) Lindevig, 78; Earl A. Amundson, 45; George Felland, 85.

Surfacing of the parking turnout at the Admiral Marc Mitscher state historical marker in Hillsboro is to be accomplished this next highway season, according to the Division of Highways.

VCTC dropped a game Monday vs. Sheboygan Falls 107-97. They have a 2-2 record this basketball season.

Our Vernon County Agricultural Society made a modest profit on its 111th Fair last September. The $3700 balance will go toward the many improvements needed in buildings preparatory to the 1968 Vernon County Fair. The assembled members of the Society elected H. H. Seiler to an honorary and advisory position, along with a lifetime membership, upon his official retirement from the Society Board.

Wisconsin Dells wrestlers won 35 to 13 against the Viroqua wrestling squad Friday night. David Whitehead and Rich Getter were the Viroqua kingpins.

The Vernon County Broadcaster

Dec. 3, 1992

25 years ago

The De Soto School District was scheduled to receive $165,000 from the State Department of Public Instruction (DPI) that had been withheld until the district had complied with the state’s “20 standards.” The 20 standards law was implemented in 1988 and requires districts to adopt written policies in areas including curriculum, counseling, guidance, teacher licensing and staff development.

The Viroqua School Facilities Committee found a number of needs and attendant costs for the schools of Viroqua. They found classroom space problems, code and handicapped accessibility problems and the problem of meeting current and future curriculum requirements.

The group of 10 men who were arrested in the county’s largest drug bust entered motions to have their case dismissed or to have the $2 million to $6 million worth of marijuana that had been seized suppressed. They argued that the search and seizure was illegal since it had been conducted without a warrant. Sheriff Banta responded by saying that after receiving an anonymous tip, they entered the area with the plain view doctrine.

Viroqua High School senior Troy Lucey was named to the all-state team of The Associated Press, the Wisconsin High School Football Coaches Association and the Wisconsin State Journal. Lucey played on the offensive line.

Last week in Viroqua, holiday sleigh rides were given in the WWTC parking lot. The rides benefited the Toys for Tots program.

The seventh annual Thanksgiving dinner held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church fed over 400 people. Even though the weather was blustery, the large turnout was again a success.

The Vernon County Broadcaster

Dec. 6, 2007

10 years ago

A body was found in a burning vehicle in the Town of Jefferson on Sunday,

Caroling of the Choirs was cancelled due to the winter weather and will not be rescheduled this holiday season.

The Mississippi River is closed for the winter for barge traffic. It was reported last Friday that a barge had to break through the ice in order to get through to head south.

Reminder that winter is here and it is time to use the winter driving tips for a safe journey. The AAA has valuable information on their website for detailed winter driving information.

Preliminary deer harvest is up in this state, it was reported. According to the DNR, the harvest was up 6 percent from last year.

Reminder to clear your sidewalks as the city has increased the penalties if the sidewalks are not cleaned off in a timely matter. The 24-hour after the snow stops falling rule is still in effect, and penalties are based on the number of reminder visits to clear and the length of the sidewalks.

Norskedalen’s Old Fashioned Christmas event pictures covered the first page of the Vernon Focus section this week. Many happy faces and a good time was had by all.

An area saw mill tour is scheduled for Dec. 8 at the Rockbridge Sawmill, owned by Terri and Scott Sawle.

The National Weather Service Office in La Crosse is looking for contacts to report snowfall in their area. The request is for those living in small towns or rural areas, and for reports of snowfall of more than two inches.

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


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