TOWN OF HENDREN SETTLED IN 1908
Inhabitants Planning Huge Celebration for 30th Anniversary
Neillsville--On March 27, 1908, 28 years ago, the first advance guard
of Jugo-Slovenians came to Clark County, settling in what is now known
as Willard, in the town of Hendren.
At that time, Hendren township was a part of Eaton, but the land was
practically all owned by the Foster Lumber company. The leader of the
advance guard, Ignace Cesnik, who still remains a power in Hendren life,
came from Chicago, taking an option on about 5,000 acres of cut-over
land owned by the lumber company.
All From Chicago
With a few others of the advance guard of Jugo-Slovenians, Mr. Cesnik
built the first buildings near Willard, and soon they were joined by
others of that nationality, all of whom came from Chicago. An industrious
class of people, there new arrivals soon hewed out of the cut-over lands,
liveable farm lands.
Today, the township of Hendren ranks near the top of Clark county agriculture,
and the farms and buildings in the township are unsurpassed by any other
county township. From the small advance guard, the population of Hendren
has grown to near the thousand mark.
Twenty-eight years ago, the Foster Lumber company was till in the hey-day
of its logging enterprises and the lumber company had its headquarters
at Fairchild, and operated its own railway, the Fairchild and Northeastern,
running between Fairchild and Greenwood.
Plan Homecoming in honor of Will Foster, a member of the lumber company
family and engineer, the town of Willard was named after him, and here
the business life of the Jugo-Slovenian agriculturists is centered.
Today all that remains of the railroad is the road bed, the tracks having
been pulled up years ago when logging ended.
Two years from now, according to Mr. Cesnik, the 30th anniversary of
the settling of the Jugo-Slovenians in Hendren, will be celebrated in
regular style and pomp by the natives and this occasion promises to
be a big day in the lives of the Willard and Hendren citizens.
The homecoming will bring back for a day, many hundreds of the younger
generation who have gone elsewhere. At Sheboygan, a number of these
have formed a colony on the south side of the city, and Chicago has
drawn heavily from the younger generation of the Hendren people.
Klarich is Chairman
The town of Hendren is ably represented
on the Clark county board by its chairman, Martin Klarich, and no township
in Clark county has a more sincere and fiery representative on the county
board than has Hendren.
The village of Willard lies about 20 miles northwest of Neillsville,
the county seat, on county trunk G.
News Herald Saturday 28 March 1936 Page 7.