Clark County Press, Neillsville, WI

December 17, 1992, Page 20

Transcribed by Sharon Schulte

Index of "Oldies" Articles 



By Dee Zimmerman 

Neillsville's southeast side as it appeared 100 years ago. The house in the lower right was that of J. F. Schuster. In the middle left part of the photo is Dutch Hollow (now east 2nd Street). At that time, the area east of State Street had only three houses south of the James O'Neill home.


Mr. Hemp started in the grocery business in 1904 and closed it c.1928.  The store was during the time when some food items were displayed in the large wooden barrels to be weighed or counted out and packaged for the consumers orders.  Being of German descent, he was able to greet and converse with the customers who also could speak the German language.


The upstairs or second floors of the Hemp building was apartments.


The Frank Hemp grocery store which was located on the southeast corner of Hewett and 5th Street. Mr. Hemp's home was on the northwest corner of State and 4th Street (now the home of Mel and Lynette Mueller and their daughters Katie and Amanda).


Mrs. Quinlan and her twin daughters, Mida and Emma lived in one of the apartments.  Mrs. Quinlan clerked at the Hemp store (Another clerk was Elsie Wagner).  Many will remember Mida who was a teacher in the Granton and Neillsville school systems for several years.  She was married to Elliot Warlum.  Another tenant in the apartment was a Mrs. Schroeder and her son.


The store building was razed in the late 20’s for an auto service station which was built in that lot.


The first station operator was Otto Leverenz, followed by Cooney Dux, Augie Selk, Dick Albright, and the last owner-operator was Arden Hinklemann who ran the business for several years.  On August 28, 1988, Arden closed the doors, ended the business and retired.  Shortly after the closing, the building was removed.  A small park with a band shell, some park benches, a flower garden and memorial bricks pathway (which is referred to as the Town Square) was developed.


(The Hemp Store photo copy was contributed by Lorraine (Stelloh) Zajac.  The Neillsville photo was copied from some Neillsville Public Library material found by Ruth Ebert.  We thank them for providing us with this material.)


Here is a recipe to remind us of the past…homemade ice cream.  Some of you remember cranking the ice cream freezer out on the back porch during the winter when ice was readily available.  The effort was rewarding when you could partake in the delicacy.  As a kid, you took turns with the siblings in cleaning off the dasher, getting the first taste.  After the dasher was removed, the container had to set or ripen for awhile in packed ice/salt, before being eaten. 


The ice cream mixture was prepared with care.  Fresh eggs, milk and cream were the main ingredients.  Some women insisted the custard had to be cooked first, while others insisted it tasted better not cooked.


This recipe is from the 1930 Good Housekeeping Meals, Tested, Tasted and Approved  cook book.


          1.  Ice cream mixtures should be pre-cooled before putting in the freezer.  This cuts down the freezing period and makes a better product.

          2.  Never fill the can more than 2/3 full of the mixture to be frozen.

          3.  Use only coarse freezing salt for freezing ices and ice creams, never table salt.

          4.  The ice should be crushed evenly.

          5.  Use 8 measures ice to 1 part salt, measuring very carefully.

          6.  Fill the freezer 2/3 full of ice before adding salt.  Then add salt and ice in alternate layers.

          7.  Turn very slowly until the mixture begins to pull slightly or turn hard, then increase the speed to whip the mixture.

          8.  Ice cream may be frozen until firm enough to serve, but it is better if frozen to a soft consistency, then packed and ripened.

          9.  If the ripening time is short, use 4 parts ice to 1 part salt for packing.  If longer, use the 8-1 mixture.




1 qt milk

¾ cupful sugar

3 tablespoonfuls flour

¼ teaspoonful salt 

 3 tablespoonfulls milk

2 teaspoonfuls vanilla

1 egg

1 cupful cream



Scald the milk in the top of the double boiler.  Meanwhile, mix ½ cup of sugar, the flour and salt and moisten with the 3 tbsp milk.  Add the scalded milk to this mixture gradually, stirring constantly.  Return to the double boiler and cook 20 min., stirring often.  Remove from the heat, and pour slowly over the beaten egg which has been mixed with ¼ cup sugar.  Set aside to cool and when thoroughly cold, add the cream and vanilla.  Freeze in 8 parts ice to 1 part salt.  This recipe makes about 2 quarts.





Compiled by Terry Johnson




“It took seven months to cut through a great big wad of official red tape, but Miss Josefa B. Briones of San Jose, Batanagas, Philippine Islands, at long last has arrived and assumed her teaching position in Neillsville.


…Miss Briones is presently making her home with Mrs. Delia Botnen.  Until her arrival, the elementary class (second grade) was taught by Mrs. Linda (Suckow) Grottke.”


The James Bond movie, “You Only Live Twice”, starring Sean Connery, was scheduled at the Neillsville Theatre starting Fri., Dec. 8 for five days.


The Christmas Concert for Neillsville public schools was scheduled for Monday, December 18, in the high school gym.  Grade school, junior high and high school choirs and the junior and senior bands were participating.



Observance of Pearl Harbor Day was set for Monday, December 7.  The city siren in Neillsville was to sound at 1:28 p.m. until 1:30 p.m.  Any other bells and whistles, such as church and school bells, were to join in.  When the siren stopped sounding, 30 seconds of complete silence was to be observed. 


“Machinery Repair Class Opens Friday in Granton.  A machinery repair course will open in Finnegan’s Garage…  Friday night under the instruction of Clarence Neinas of Chili.   …Farmers are asked to bring in their own machinery for repairs.  The only expense will be for parts needed for the machinery.”


“Working quietly and without fanfare, the Clark County Chapter of the American Red Cross turned out 6,462 pieces of clothing for soldiers and refugees during its first year of war work, according to a report this week from Mrs. John W. Perkins.”   The total shipping weight of the items was 2,388 pounds.


“The high school band and chorus are working toward a quota of $1,000 in war stamps and bond sales for their second ‘Victory’ concert, Friday night in the Armory.  Admission to the concert is by the purchase of a war bond or stamp of any denomination, from 10 cents, up.”



“..See J.L. Neverman about Christmas trees.”  “Lieut. And Mrs. George Bruley went to St. Paul Tuesday to spend a few days.”


“Miss Emma Knoop has taken a position in the dry goods department of the Big Store and Miss Jessie Wolff has taken a position in the toy department of the store.”


“Mr. And Mrs. Will Hannah, Mrs. Louis Barton, Mrs. Wm. LaFleur, John Hawley, Chas. Shaw, Len Shaw and Paul Pernod left Tuesday morning on a trip to Texas.”


“County Clerk Ole Anderson is superintending a job of logging which Oscar Youker is doing in the court house yard.  A number of the shade trees are being cut out as there is too much shade for a good lawn.  The wood will be used to keep the court house warm this winter and help out in the high cost of heating.”


“Men’s heavy ribbed rubbers $1.60 Huntley’s.”  “The government instituted in Petrograd by Nikolae Lenine has fallen.  This is the news reaching the Daily Chronicle…The lenine cabinet has been succeeded by a coalition cabinet of advanced Socialists, in which, however, the Bolsheviki are represented.”


“A Ford car driven by Dan Turville went over the embankment at the bridge near the Sol Jaseph farm south of town early yesterday morning.  The car was occupied by five deer hunters, all of whom were more or less hurt, Turville and Will Roehl being more severely injured.”


“Dr. I.J. Thompson of the State Board of Health was here Tuesday investigating a number of cases of scarlet fever and smallpox, which have developed in Neillsville and vicinity.”


A dance for the benefit of Red Cross was scheduled at the opera house.  “There will be a program of square dances in addition to modern dances.”




“N.P. Nelson recently moved a house from the old Archer mill in Washburn to John Short’s on the double quick, part of the way over corduroy road that was narrower than the house and got it where it was wanted in good shape.  N. P. can ‘get a move’ on a house as well as himself when desirable.”


“The W.C.T.U. will hold a business meeting at Mrs. Geo Hart’s on Friday, 2:30 p.m.”


“On Tuesday, Geo. Bullard went to his door to look at the weather and was amazed to see a fine buck deer standing in a field about 40 rods off.  Bullard slid for his gun.  He took a cool shot and the deer keeled over, shot through the neck.  It was a big beauty, weight 150 pounds, and carried a fine set of antlers.  George now considers himself a deuce of a crack shot.”


“Mr. Allen of Eau Claire, father of the banker, and known to many residents as a former Sparta citizen, died last week in California, where he had gone in search of health.”


“The new opera house is enclosed to the top of the second story, and the big stringers are in place for the roof.  As it goes up the immensity of it grows upon the beholder.”


“At the social Friday evening at Mrs. H. M. Roots’ the whittling match resulted in a corker for several…  The snow storm prevented many from attending but those present had a great time.”


“A traveling man named Calkins has been in this city and vicinity for a week, or ten days, trying to interest farmers in a creamery stock company that will use up local money and get things a going, and then buy machinery of the firm Mr. Calkins is working for.  If the farmers of this neck of country want a creamery they are brainy and progressive enough to go ahead and have it, without pressure.”


“The Democrats of Neillsville are discussing the advisability of establishing a newspaper.  Three papers for a town the size of Neillsville is too many, but the Democrats of Clark county should have a paper.”



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