100 Years Ago
Life in Viroqua from the Vernon County Censor:
OCT. 16, 1918
Do up the fall work.
Soldiers Grove corn festival was indefinitely postponed.
The county at large is in the embrace of the epidemic known as the Spanish influenza. It has the prevalence of lagrippe that passed universal twenty years ago with such fatal results. From every state and section come reports of hundreds of thousands of cases with thousands of fatalities.
Wisconsin’s health department took early precautions, closing all schools, places of amusement, churches, preventing all public gatherings. That tells the complete take in Viroqua and throughout Vernon county. We have no cases in the city, but there are here and there cases in different sections of the county, but up to date no fatalities that we can positively report.
Workmen are engaged in tearing down one of Viroqua’s landmarks – one wing that composed the old North Star hotel, known to every early settler and traveler who visited Viroqua. It formerly stood where Hotel Fortney looms up. For some years it has been out of use and stood on north Main street, near the present Farmers’ Bank. Farewell old pioneer hostlary [sic].
The management of the local Light and Power Company is pleased to announce that, commencing next Sunday, a schedule will be arranged to accommodate the city churches which use power for their pipe organs. The service was discontinued some weeks ago because of the necessity to clean and repair boilers on the Sabbeth [sic]. The power will be on 10:30 a.mn. to 12:00 p.m...
At a recent special election the town of Christiana voted to purchase a tractor for highway improvement purposes.
OCT. 9, 1918
To Hell With The Kaiser.
Merchant Steenburg and family drove over from Retreat on business and to call on relatives and old friends.
County Food Administrator Morterud says there is no change in food quotations except no price is fixed on butter and eggs.
The government will soon put a tax of from 5¢ to 10¢ a pound upon coffee. We have 5,000 pounds on hand which will be sold at the old prices. Don’t wait until it is gone; come in today. Roman’s Grocery.
County highways were never before in such fine condition for motoring and all kinds of traffic hauling, as at the present time. One can drive in any direction now and be assured of fine wheeling.
The county highway committee, Supervisors Dolan, Clark and Moore, accompanied by Commissioner Ristow, made official visits of inspection to the new road work done throughout the county. One of the largest and best pieces of construction accomplished during the season is that from the Black Bottom west to Sylvester Solverson farm, on the Readstown state trunk highway.
Mr. Chas, J. Kuebler, who for twenty-one years has conducted an extensive and successful hardware business in Viroqua makes known the fact that he intends to retire from trade because of impaired health, desiring to recuperate and pursue work that will not require so much indoor confinement. With this purpose in view Mr. Kuebler has scheduled a big going-out-of-business sale to open on Friday of this week.
Druggist and Mrs. C.F. Dahl, after making some repairs and betterments in their new First ward residence have moved in the same.