News: Neillsville - Sniteman House (National Register - 2011)

Contact: Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon

Surnames: Sniteman, Awsumb

----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI) 11/02/2011

Sniteman House in National Register (Historic Places - 2011)

The Charles C. and Katharyn Sniteman House, at 319 Hewett St., in Neillsville, has recently been placed in the National Register of Historic Places. (Contributed Photo)

The Wisconsin Historical Society has announced the listing of the Charles C. and Katharyn Sniteman House in Neillsville in the National Register of Historic Places. National Register designation provides access to certain benefits, including qualification for grants and for rehabilitation income tax credits, while it does not restrict private property owners in the use of their property.

Charles C. Sniteman select ed the new Prairie Style when he built his new home in Neillsville in 1915. He admired the new Neillsville Carnegie Library designed by architect George Awsumb being built across the street and asked Awsumb to design a home that would be a complement to the new library. Although of different styles, the two buildings share some common features.

Sniteman arrived in Neillsville in 1879 as the new pharmacist. At his death at the age of 91, Sniteman had filled prescription #466,890 the day before he died. Throughout his lifetime in Neillsville, Sniteman used his own monies to promote new businesses in the city he loved, including the Neillsville Furniture Factory,
The Neillsville Canning Company, the Neillsville Overall Factory and the Neillsville Armory and Opera House. In 1881 he contributed to the first electric plant, bringing electricity to Neillsville.

The register is the official national list of historic properties in America deemed worth of preservation and is maintained by the National Park Service in the U. S. Department of the Interior. The Wisconsin Historical Society administers the program within Wisconsin. It includes sites, building, structures, objects and districts that are significant in national, state or local history, architecture, archaeology, engineering or culture.

To learn more about the State and National Register programs in Wisconsin, visit



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