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100 Years Ago

Life in Viroqua from the Vernon County Censor:


NOV. 23, 1921

The deer hunters are commencing to straggle back, some with but most of them without the coveted venison. They all report the hunters as being thicker than the deer.

Last Thursday, November 17, Miss Martha Henderickson brought to the Censor office a handful of big luscious ripe strawberries which she dug out from under the snow. We think this is positively the last “late season” report this year.

Last week brought the season’s first touch of case weather to Vernon county And practically every grower of the weed was able to get part of his crop down from the poles... Probably about 25 per cent of the crop came down. As we go to press there is every indication of a good spell of case providing the mercury climbs up a few degrees.

The Manning cheese factory was destroyed by fire last Monday.

The Wisconsin-Minnesota high line crews are making good progress. The wire has been strung to Cashton, and the poles now set to our north city limits. The three huge transformers weighing 4500 pounds each have arrived to be installed in the plant to step the voltage down from 56,000 to 2300. A crew will come next week to make alterations at the plant in Viroqua.

JEFFERSON – Bud, November 21 – A certain party lost considerable fruit from their cellar recently, which is not very pleasant. Let everyone take warning and keep their cellar door locked.

Here’s a real rabbit story. Sunday afternoon Dennis Newton, Fred Lawson, Clifford and Kennard Dyer went out for a little jaunt around Rush Creek returning with thirty rabbits.


NOV. 16, 1921

It appears as if winter is with us. The first snowfall was a corker. No less than a foot of the beautiful coming out of the northeast from Monday night until Tuesday night, followed by snappy freezing temperatures. Seems rather early for winter to clamp down on us, but John Krogan swears that twenty years ago snow came on the 2nd of November and part of it stayed on until the next April. Maybe this will do the same.

Otto B. Griffin has retired from the Viroqua Transfer Line and will devote his entire time to the express business Jerry M. Brown is now in charge of the same.

Groceryman J.E. Sidie has added a new line to his store, opening up a meat market in the new addition built on the rear of his building. John will conduct a clean, sanitary market and aim to serve the public well.

WESTBY TIMESES – We understand that the city council is takin preliminary steps for launching a sewerage system for Westby, work to be begun next year. According to the information at hand, it will be put in for the business section to begin with, and extend to other parts later from time to time.

Chris Welch and Tom Moseng were busy Monday circulating a petition in the city and town to present to the county board asking that Pleasant Ridge road from the John Willison’s place to the bottom of the Peavine hill be declared a county patrol road... The Pleasant Ridge road is a wonderfully good road with the exception of the Peavine hill on one end and the stretch of sand on the other.

Bud, November 8 – Snow is falling and we soon will have sleighing.