Clark County, Wisconsin
October 1906 Between Wood’s Corners and the
store at Globe are 200 piles of field rock, not counting those in the field
corners. This means thousands of cords of paving material. Nothing is wanted but
the start to macadamize that road the entire distance. Let Pine Valley and Seif
buy a rock-crusher, and the city of Neillsville can rent them their steamroller,
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July 3, 1907--One storm starting near Tioga left a path of destruction in the
Towns of Seif, Weston, Pine Valley and Grant on July 3, 1907. On that Wednesday
afternoon it was excessively hot, humid and very still. At about 4 o’clock, the
sky became slightly cloudy with three or four layers of clouds, each moving in
different directions, which caught the attention of many people. Also, in
the town of Seif, August Voigt’s house and buildings were badly damaged. The C.
H. Shepherd farm was razed; John Schwamb’s house and barn were wrecked. August
Halbreader’s farm buildings sustained damage as did August Meihack’s barn.
Slight damage was done at Fred Hrack Jr.'s building, Adolph Hemp’s barn, and
John Aumann’s barn was demolished. Sereno Wren’s buildings received damage, as
well as those of John Ott, Wm. Kurth and Ludwig Dugy. Wm. Buddenhagen’s barn
and windmills were damaged; John Charles barns and house were completely
destroyed. Sol Johnson’s house was blown from its foundation, Hy. Bieneck’s
barn wrecked and roof blown from residence. Fred Goerglitz and Seward Way’s
barns were damaged.
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John Charles farmstead as it appeared after the July 3, 1907 tornado, all
buildings were destroyed.
The barn was razed and a portion of the house
roof was taken off at the Hy.
Bieneck farm, a short distance north of
Neillsville, during the 1907 storm.
May, 1911--In the Town of Seif, many young folks
attended a dance at Thoma’s.
October 1936--Another incident shows that even eight years ago, the cost of road
building was not great. A stretch of road from Highway 10, in the Town of Seif
in about 1928, was cleared by Frank Dormady, who was a resident of the Town of
Hewett. The road was built through wild land, included the work of brushing and
blasting stumps. His bed on the entire job was $25, along with keeping the wood.
A number of P. W. A. workers are now brushing the sides of this road to a width
of about 75 feet on either side of the highway, at a cost of approximately $400.
Turnpiking of this road, after it was cleared, cost only about $150, according
to Frank Wood, chairman of the Town of Seif.
Marian Raine, of Town of Pine Valley, and Marvin Wm. Ziegler, of Town of Seif,
were married Feb. 18 at Globe Lutheran parsonage. Attendants were Lucille Raine,
Melva Catlin, Chas. Foote and Harold Ziegler. A wedding dance was held at the
Moose hall Tuesday evening when friends and relatives showered them with gifts.
Doris Ziegler, Town of Seif and Forest Klueckmann were married March 4 at the
Globe Lutheran Parsonage, Rev. W. Motzkus officiating. They were attended by
Myrtle Klueckmann and Bertie Schultz. A shower was held for them at the Weston
town hall, where neighbors and friends presented them with many gifts. The young
couple will move onto their Globe area farm April 1st.
The Globe store, at the crossroads of highways “G,” “H” and “O,” as the interior
appeared in 1926. Lucille Prock McConnell in behind the counter. The minister of
the Globe Lutheran Church is standing in the aisle, William Parsisus served the
congregation 1916-1927 and Walter Matzkus was pastor from 1927-1939.
The Globe Grocery Store
Four-H Club Notes
Pupils of Blackberry School, Tioga, Wis., have organized a Four-H Club which
consists of thirteen members. The club leader is Thaddeus Zajac. The
name of their club is Woodland View Four-H Club. The first meeting was
held at the school on April (?), the second meeting was held at the Francis
Knops home, May 26th, the third will be held at the L. Perushek home on Jun 6th
at 2 p. m. After the business meeting, a lunch will be served.
The organization plans to give a play at Blackberry School with an ice cream
social during the summer, benefits for the club. Watch for later
Mrs. T. V. Carleton, Teacher
Source: Clark Co. Press 7 June 1934.
1939--Pioneer Frank Lang told some of his memories
of living in Clark County.
Two sights have a world of meaning to Lang, an
old-timer. Those are Cawley Creek and the big barn
which his neighbor, John Zajac, built this spring.
He goes over Cawley Creek in traveling to and from
Neillsville. It is the now-inconspicuous stream jut
north of the Imig school house. The Zajac barn can
be seen every time he looks that way, for his farm
and that of John Zajac are both in section nine,
Town of Seif.
(The former Zajac farmstead is now the home of Randy
and Natalie Hauge. D. Z.)
Cawley Creek reminds Lang of the days when he drove
logs down the stream. Back then the creek was really
something, with swift running water in the spring,
and plenty of it. Lang used to ride the logs in it,
and occasionally he slipped off and took a wetting.
If nowadays we hear great tales of the prowess of
men who rode the logs, the glamour would somehow be
lessened if we could know how many times they lost
their footing and went into the drink. At least, so
says Lang, and he ought to know, for he admits many
It was dangerous business. To break a jam meant
imminent peril, with everybody for himself. If you
were in the way of flying logs, you had to get out
on your own steam. Everybody else was busy with his
own affairs. After braving the perils of flying and
rolling logs all day, the men slept in tents along
the stream in the month of April, with spring rains
running around them and through the tents as they
slept. They gathered up rheumatic twinges, to last
them into the days of lesser perils.
Twenty-five years ago Lang went into the wilderness
of the Town of Seif. He undertook to clear a farm,
and has accomplished that. Lang has 120 acres, and
to farm it is simple, compared with the labors of
clearing it and of farming it when the stumps were
thick. He recalls the labor of raising and caring
for hay in the old stump days. Then the stumps were
so thick that the wagon could not be driven in the
field. The hay was cut with a scythe and carried to
the wagon. When the season’s hay crop was in the
barn, it was a major accomplishment. The work was
not much like that upon the Zajac farm this summer,
when the hay was stowed away by modern machinery
into the new barn.
To him, life in Clark County looks good, and
relatively easy, as compared to the labors of the
My name is Elaine (Wood) Greene, I lived in the town
of Seif as a child. My father purchased some property
from John Seif and it was at the end of what is now
called Wildwood Rd. I went to Wildwood Grade School
which was on the south side of the road just before
the next road on the map. I have a picture which
was taken one year when I was in the upper grades.
I also have some things I've written about the area.
I attended Wildwood School
1936-1944 with the exception of 2nd grade.
We had moved to Greenwood and I attended another school
for one year and then we moved back to the farm we had.
The land was just woods and my father cleared it and
tried to make a farm out of it.
My father was Kenneth Wood. I knew most of the
neighbors and where they lived at the time and would
like to share these memories.
The map above shows where I lived as a child
The red numbers correspond
to the list below
some of our neighbors. I have no idea if they
were land owners or renters so I won't try to guess
1. Where I lived as a child
2. Morris Berthold
3. Art Ziegler
4. Wildwood School
5. Gerald Davis (moved away left vacant)
6. Ted & Idie (May have been Ida) Ziegler
7. Ed & Gustie Ziegler (Ted and Ed were brothers)
8. Vic Counsel (SP) (moved and Forest Klickman moved
9. Swamp (not sure of spelling)
10. Emil Dux
11. Lang or Lange
12 Zajac or Zajak
Drive way for 6 & 8 was one entering from the south
and they Y
Drive ways for 9-11 enter from east
Drive for 12 came from North
to the left is Donald & Elaine, the Children of Kenneth Wood. It was
taken on the road near their home which little more than a trail. They
are clutching their lunch bags while on their morning walk to the Wildwood
Grade School in about 1940. "Our neighbors had bikes and they helped
us to learn how to ride one, but the sand would sometimes make our bikes
stop and we would fall off."
Elaine (Wood) Greene/Jenson
One thing I remember and I'll try to describe it; was what we dubbed
'Clodhoppers'. Dad took a piece of a board about the size of our foot. He
used a wood rasp and rounded the front of these boards so that they didn't have
a square end on the front. Sort of like the front of a ski. Then he covered
this with tin wrapping it over the front and back. He then put a strap on it
that went over our foot. We used these the same way that we would use skis, but
the neat thing about them was you could almost turn a square corner. My
brother and I would take turns making a trial and we would try to make it as
difficult as possible. One day my brother made a trail that had nearly a 90°
turn. Not to be out done I was going to prove I could follow that trail and
ended up falling. I broke the end of my tailbone when I landed on a small stump
under the snow. It was nearly 6 months before I could bend over and tie my
Elaine (Wood) Greene/Jenson.
Elaine, I think that's still a clever item for pop
to make. I can think of many times I beat the law of averages on accidents and
worse. Oh those darn ski's with only a strap to hold them on. I
tried to learn figure skating via a book, doesn't work. Always asked for Nancy
Drew books, one year I found them up in attic and read before Christmas. Good
lesson when I became a parent, hid toys better, like a locked trunk of car.
The house of
Kenneth Wood (1932 - 1935)
Memories by Elaine Jenson