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Glimpses of life in Viroqua from the Vernon County Censor:


DEC. 12, 1917

Prepare for Merry Christmas.

Roads are fine.

Ouch, it’s cold.

Show your love for country by buying Red Cross stamps.

Gilbert Olson is now catering to customers in the Henry grocery store.

Morrison Brothers wish to announce that they will not make sorghum this winter.

The brothers and sisters of the late Cora Edwards-Solberg came some of them from long distances to the old home to pay a tearful farewell to a devoted sister, and assist in laying her remains in the family lot where parents were deposited.

Everything is going well with we soldiers in France, a healthy bunch and most of them good soldiers. Many of them are young fellows from good families, who came out of school to fight, so you see there is plenty of good company. The weather had been very disagreeable the last month. Rain most every day and mud is pretty bad in places, but we make the best of it.

Don’t know how our boys will stand the winter, for a lot of them are Southern boys and are not used to cold weather.

War Notes – Fay Weavill writes home folks that the government made a double quick with him and big consignment of soldiers from Seattle to Long Island, New York. It is very cold and they expect to be sent south or across the water.

From Saturday to Tuesday this section had stinging weather, with penetrating wind, mercury ranging from five to twenty-five degrees below zero on different mornings. It has moderated, and as the Censor goes to press snow is falling fast, betokening Christmas sleighing.


DEC. 5, 1917


First month of winter.

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

Toys, Ivory goods, jewelery, 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.


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