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100 Years Ago

Glimpses of life in Viroqua from the Vernon County Censor:


JAN. 2. 1918


Happy New Year.

Make it a hummer.

Draft 258 Monday.

School again next Monday.

Now for a year of cheerfulness, notwithstanding the cruelties of a world war.

Reuben Helgerson and wife were over from Red Mound to look after their tobacco crop.

A break in the pump put the well at the county asylum out of commission for several days during the late cold snap, and it was a handicap that made things disagreeable and dangerous, but Superintendent Neprud met the emergency by hauling water in tanks. For fire and other precaution a duplicate well and water supply system is a real necessity at the institution.

The private soldiers in the United States receive $30 a month or $360 a year. The soldiers of other countries receive all the way from one-ninetieth to one-fourth as much, England being the second in rank of pay with $89 per year, Italy with $70, Germany with $38 and France with $20.

The new marriage license law, requiring an interval of five days between the application for and granting of the license of the contracting parties went into effect on January 1, County Clerk Moore has received the new blanks to be used from the State Board of Health. The new law... provides the contracting parties appear before any officer capable of administering an oath and fill out an application for license. This must be done in the presence of two witnesses and the prospective groom must present a doctor’s certificate that he is free of venereal disease.

Marriage may take place immediately upon the granting of the license.


December, 1917