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100 Years Ago

Life in Viroqua from the Vernon County Censor:


Sept. 20, 1922

The second week of the school year opened with all departments of our schools crowded to the limit. The enrollment in the high school is the largest by a large margin... The enrollment had reached three hundred twenty four by Monday noon.

All roads lead to Viroqua next week – the occasion being the 66th annual fair of the Vernon County Fair Society. Elaborate plans have been made to make this the premier event in the history of the society, and you will miss it if you miss it. The exhibits in all departments are expected to establish a record this year. The two free attractions are guaranteed to be the best...a fast field of horses assures a race meet that is bound to please you.

Announcement of the opening of Brenner’s Variety Store, which will take place Saturday morning of this week. Mr. Brenner has nicely arranged the center of the room of the Roman building and will display a nice stock...

The Fred Eckhart Company will pay 32¢ per bushel for Good Oats delivered to us within the next few days.

While at Hillsboro last week, Cyrus Butt met with an experience that nearly cost him his life. When walking on the street he was attacked by an enraged over-heated steer which later dropped dead. Cyrus was thrown to the ground, and trampled upon but finally made his escape with severe bruises and frightened beyond words. Having only recovered from a three week’s siege with an infected foot, he is fearful of what will next befall hem.


SEPT. 13, 1922

No piece of machinery of its size entering Viroqua has attracted more attention than the modern popcorn and peanut roaster which George Pennell has just installed in his restaurant. The machine is all electrical, each kernel is buttered as it is popped, and a blower arrangement at the bottom which agitates the beautiful white kernels with electric lights on each side, is a never failing source of interest to people passing his window.

It probably is best not to make any more night auto trips than necessary, and when you do don’t stop to pick up passengers or investigate articles found laying in the road. Although against the law, yet a revolver carried in your car when night trips are necessary adds somewhat to a person’s peace of mind. Take precautions, but don’t become hysterical.

A special meeting of the electors of Col. May school district was held last Wednesday evening and it was voted to rebuild the school house which was so mysteriously destroyed by fire several days ago. The new structure will be of brick veneer construction, and slightly larger than the old school – 33x37 feet – and work will be started as soon as possible.

As the Censor goes to press, the last loads of concrete are being laid on the eastern pavement contract which completes Viroqua’s paving contracts.

Ole Rund brought in two mighty fine leaves of tobacco last week. They... measured 22x36 inches. Ole has five acres of the same, all running very uniform.

Following the extremely hot weather and drought of the past six weeks, broken last Thursday by copious downpours, a period of cool weather set in and light frost was reported Monday morning.