Clark County Press, Neillsville, WI

November 12, 1992, Page 28

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Good Old Days" Articles 



Good Old Days  


By Dee Zimmerman


(Last week’s photo of the World War I Armistice Parade celebrating the war’s ending was loaned to us by Lorraine (Stelloh) Zajac.  Thanks, Lorraine.)


Recently Scott Strangfeld, a member of the Neillsville Boy Scout troop was honored as a recipient of the Eagle Scout Award, scouting’s highest accomplishment.  Scott is the third scout in the past two years to receive this honor, following Scott Dick and Ryan Sturtz, who are also Eagle Scouts.


Looking back through the history of the Neillsville Boy Scout program, we found photos taken during the 20’s the earliest picture was taken in 1920, with eleven or twelve members.  It is believed that the program started shortly after the turn of the century with a troop in existence between 1900 and 1910.


The camp Higichari site was chosen in 1930, by the Boy Scout committee of the Kiwanis Club under the chairmanship of Dr. J. H. Brooks, as an ideal location for scout activities.  The camp’s name Higichari means scout camp in Winnebago.  With the location near the Jackson and Clark County line, the initial agreement designated the camp to be used by both counties’ boy scouts.  In the summer of 1931, the camp opened with Francis Schweinler as Scout Master.  Jake Hoesly became Scout Master in 1935. 


In the fall of 1930 a Girl Scout troop was organized under the leadership of Harriet (Getz) Hoesly.  The Girl Scout program was in existence for a number of years.


In summary, the scouting program has been an important activity for the young people of our area.


Walter Hemp, Mosey Svirnoff and Hale Silick were identified in this photo of a Neillsville Boy Scout Troop, taken during the early 1920s. If anyone can identify who these other individuals are in these two photos, please contact the Clark County Press at 715-743-2600.


Shown above is a photo of a Neillsville Boy Scout troop taken during the early 1920s.  Bob Olson was identified as being in the middle of the first row.


This is a picture of the Neillsville Boy Scout troop taken around 1929.  Front row: William Hill, John Flynn, Harold Lipkie, Bud Lambright, Don Dixon, Bruce Beilfuss, Paul O’Hare, Arne Schwellenbach.  2nd row: Hale Hannah, Arnold Berger, Chet Wagner, Francis Welsh, Kearney Hemp, J. Welton Brooks, Lester Zaeske, Henry Frantz, Back row: Lowell Schoengarth, Robert Schiller, Harold Frantz, Kenneth Olson, Adelbert Eberdardt, C. Zschernitz, Walter Brown, Robert Unger, and Francis Schweinler, Scout Master.


(Photo courtesy of Ken Olson and the Clark County Historical society, Jail Museum)




Compiled by Terry Johnson


About 100 persons attended the 50th anniversary of the Zion Lutheran Ladies Aid at the Zion Church, Granton. “The Aid was organized October 24, 1917, at the home of the late Mrs. H. C. Witte.”


“’Sound of Music,’ one of the most popular motion pictures of all times, will open at the Neillsville Theatre Friday [November 3].


“Mr. and Mrs. William Vetrone entertained friends Monday evening at a farewell party for their son, William, who is leaving this week for Minneapolis, Minn… for Kentucky for eight weeks of basic army training.”


“Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Short and son, attended a Mink Field Day Sunday in Stratford.”


Realtor Victor St. John announced the sale of seven properties in the area.  Nearly all the purchases were from the Chicago area.


Filler item: “Stranded; George Washington was a third generation Virginian.  His great-grandmother had come over from England to pick up a cargo of tobacco in 1656.  A storm drove the ship aground and he remained in the New World.”


“Mr. and Mrs. Harold Thoma entertained at a Halloween dress-up party Saturday evening.  Cards and live music was enjoyed by all. A lunch was served.”


“Dr. and Mrs. Roger Heineck presented their infant twin daughters for baptism Sunday in Calvary Lutheran Church…”   The girls were named Julie Pauline and Karen Margaret.




Coming to Adler Theatre; “The Male Animal” starring Henry Fonda and Olivia de Havilland.  The Promo said: “She was trembling with love… but he was just trembling!”  Also scheduled; “Ten Gentlemen from West Point.”


What You Folks Talked About… Forty-six years ago – November 5, 1896, H. A. North has a sturdy little son who waits on customers, weighs out nails, etc, and has to climb on the counter to do it, being himself not larger than a twenty penny spike.  He’s an accurate little fellow and makes no mistakes about the change.”


What You Folks Talked About… Thirteen Years Ago – November 7, 1929.  Charles H. Gates tells his story of the bitter hardships in Klondike during the gold rush of 1897, in the issue of November 7, 1929.”


“Mrs. O. W. Lewerenz left Wednesday for Milwaukee, where she is spending several days with her daughter, Miss Marion.




Quoted from the Augusta Eagle; “Have you noticed the passenger trains making a long stop here at the depot quite frequently of late?  A large amount of milk and cream is being shipped from this section by express to the Condensery at Neillsville and also further down the line and it certainly takes some time to handle the large number of cans used, but it calls the attention of the impatient passengers to the fact that this must be a pretty good dairy section.”


North York: Neut Turner drove to Spokeville Saturday and called at the Chauncey Stevens home.”


York Center: Dan Timerson is having a high old time with three carbuncles, two on his wrist and one on his neck.  Pesky things to have alright.”


Globe: The Reformation Fest will be held at the Globe Lutheran Church next Sunday.  German services will be held in the morning and English in the afternoon at 2 o’clock.”


Levis: Winter’s coming, boys, get your guns ready for hunting.”


Tioga: We have been having some very wintry weather for the past two weeks and the roads are in poor condition… Dr. Frisbie came up from Fairchild Sunday to see Mrs. J. M. Palms, who is very sick with pneumonia.  He autoed up every day last week, but Friday and Saturday had to come on the train as the roads were so bad.”




“Never in the city’s history has it seen so great building activity as now at this time of year.  Building jobs are even now being begun, late as it is, and prosperity is everywhere evident.  This is under the Harrison administration.”


“Yesterday afternoon Ed Markey’s heavy team ran away, from a point near his barn.  They scared another team with a load of feed, and they ran away.  It’s funny, but they started a third team near Marx’ saloon, and off they skipped.  The town began to look like a Roman chariot expedition in disorder.  And while these teams were flying, Fred Kalso’s team started in, one horse slipped his bridle, and down near the oil shed, driver and a daughter were thrown out, and Kalso received serious internal injuries, causing such suffering that morphine had to be resorted to for relief.”


“Photographs – from size 2 1/2x4 to 11x14 – at H. C. Peters’”



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