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100 Years Ago

Glimpses of life in Viroqua from the Vernon County Censor:


APRIL 10, 1918

Saturday brought a good drenching rain, which is of great value to the land, hay meadows and seeded crops.

Better be safe than sorry! Trout fishing season does not open until May 1.

Army shoes price, $4.00. The Blue Front Store, Ellefson & Johnson.

Miss Hickock, who has been under quarantine for small pox is again ready to do sewing at her home near the cemetery.

Thompson Brothers are causing an addition to be built unto their roller mill, also erection of a concrete water tank as part of the cooling apparatus for their big kerosene engine.

Oscar Lindevig was in the city to have a grist ground at the mill. He came from beyond Rockton, indicating the extent to which our mill is patronized. Mr. Lindevig told the Censor that he had sold 200 bushels of seed wheat at $3 per bushel. He says that winter wheat and clover were severely injured in his section during the winter.

Save your old automobile plates and leave them at the Clark garage. There is a market for them and each one is worth 10 cents to the Red Cross.

Food administrator Hoover calls upon the American people to cut in half the peace time consumption of wheat bread. In asking every person to restrict himself to one and one-half pounds of wheat flour per week, Hoover pleads patient and loyal sacrifice during the critical months ahead when even more drastic steps may be necessary... Retailers are to limit sales to town customers to a quarter of a barrel at any one purchase.


APRIL 3, 1918

Easter was a fine day.

A petition has been presented to the city council asking for the purchase of a combination chemical hose and ladder truck. The request is fathered by members of the city fire department.

Seed corn is a serious scarce article. Many have old corn gathered two years ago. A dealer who is making strenuous effort to secure good corn, says he fears the acreage in Vernon county will be materially curtailed because of lack of seed.

Chris Welch had a note from his son Raymond written while in midocean telling that he and the eight other Viroqua companions had been badly sea sick, but were fast recovering. They were presumed to have arrived in France early in March.

Selmer Moseng, who spent the winter in the navy yards at Manitowoc, arrived home for the summer season. He says he had a fine experience there, assisting in the construction of three new ocean war vessels and the repair of many others. One of the boats he worked on was the celebrated “Christopher Columbus,” whale back. Selmer tells that the yards employ three thousand workmen and any man who is strong and sober can get employment there. It is an experience that is worth while, but he prefers farming for the summer season.

Viroqua business men have rented land and contracted to raise sixty acres of cucumbers this year. Farmers and other will be given a chance to sign acreage contracts. We should make this enterprise a success. The pickles are wanted for our soldiers. Last year the larger part of the pickle company’s packing was commanded for our troops.


March, 1918