Clark County Press, Neillsville, WI

Clark County Press, Neillsville

July 2, 1992, Page 27

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Index of "Oldies" Articles


By Dee Zimmerman




The Dell’s Dam Store was located along the east bank of the Black River (just before the location of the present Highway 95 Bridge). It was owned by the Schlenders who owned the Columbia General Store. The Dell’s Dam Store was stocked and open for business only during the summer months. It didn’t have a basement so couldn’t be adequately heated to prevent the perishable good from being frozen when the cold weather started. Almost daily, a team of horses and wagon were driven from Columbia with items to keep the store well stocked with merchandise. Erwin Simmons ran the store for his stepfather. He is seated near the door wearing a white shirt with arm bands popular in 1909 which is the date that this photo was taken.



The Dells Dam Store was located along the east bank of the Black

River.  Picture was taken in 1909.  Photo and information courtesy

of Ruby Yndogliato.


On the northern side of Greenwood, there is a street going east and west across main street which is named ”Begley Street.’’  It was named after one of Greenwood’s pioneers W.H. Begley. Mr. Begley was a long time resident of Clark County. He was extensively engaged in farming and lumbering. In addition to his farming-lumbering interests, he built the first hotel in Greenwood which was Iocated on the northern side of the village during the late 1800s. It was a large, convenient hotel (for that point in time) which accommodated many guests. It was for several years the only hotel in the village, but later, two other hotels were built. After a few years, the hotel built an addition and a lounge area. During that era, it was classed among the best of hotels in the area.



The first hotel built in Greenwood by W. H. Begley, which was

located on the northern side of the village during the late 1800s.


During the 20s this bridge railing was installed over Cunningham Creek south of Neillsville on Highway 95-73. For many years it was referred to as “Bandalow's Bridge.”  The farm just south of the bridge on the left, was owned by the Bandalow family.  Later, it was owned by Hilbert and Hazel Naedler and now is Bill & June Warren’s home. As the photo indicated, it was during the time of "live horsepower." With the modem equipment used now, we wonder how such large construction was managed with only horses. However, people during that time also had engineering minds to master the projects put before them.  (A "note on last week’s 1953 Lynn Baseball team. There was one ballplayer not identified. It was the man in the front row, far right, last in the row. We received a call from his sister who recognized her brother, Walter Stauffacher, Walter grew up in the Lynn area and played on !he Lynn team. He now lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.)




Bridge railings being installed over Cunningham Creek south of

Neillsville on Highway 95-73.  Photo courtesy of Gertie Hagedorn.




“Lighted Fountain Makes Appearance On O’Neill Pond. An unique fountain with four jets which sprays

water 30 feet into the air and is lighted with underwater flood lights of many colors, is the newest in ever increasing number of worthy sights in Neillsville.“


Winds Damage 4 Barns, BIows away garage in Town of York; Describe Noise as like that of a freight train.… Front page Pictures showed damage at the Raymond Aga farm and the Anton Wirkuty farm.


St. Mary’s Catholic school got a new Principal, Sister Mary Alise.


”The prospect of a $20 million taconite mining and pellet operation in northern Jackson County with the empIoyment of approximately 200 people, is in view, according to word released by Inland Steel Company… “


”Robert Eunson of Bronxville, NY, a son of former Clark County Sheriff Bob Eunson made a nostalgic visit of the old home of his father last week. Accompanying him were his wife and their youngest daughter Lisa, 13”.  Eunson had served as sheriff in about 1908 to1910. (The building they visited is now the Jail Museum.)


”Dr. T.N. Thompson, Donald Lipscy and Elliot Warlum spent the weekend trout fishing near Peshtigo”




Forty persons became naturalized American Citizens in a ceremony conducted by Judge Emery W. Crosby. The newspaper report listed these persons according to their nationalities: Poles, Swiss, Finnish, Danish, Yugoslavian, Czechoslovakian, Swedish, Russian, Austrian and Norwegian.


A new 70-foot flag pole near the east entrance to the court house was dedicated by Judge Crosby on Citizenship Day. The flag was donated by the C.C. Sniteman Company and was called the ”Victory Flag” by Judge Crosby. ’Every time you see it, hold up the first two fingers of your hand to form a ’V’ ” the judge said.


The county ration board announced that five pounds of sugar would be the maximum amount available

to any family unit for the First Canning period (through) July 31.


Sen. Alexander Wiley, Wisconsin’s Junior Senator, was scheduled to address the Neillsville Kiwanis. Program chairman for the Kiwanis was Jess W. Scott.




”A Red Cross War Fund of $100,000,000 is to be raised in the United States this week. It is figured this means $1 per capita. This would make Clark County’s share about $30,000.  Each town, city and village in the county should make a strong effort to raise its share.“


There was a proclamation declaring the Week ending June 25, 1917 as Red Cross Week by President Woodrow Wilson. Big plans were made for the 4th of July. It was planned as a "Patriotic Day for the entire County." In the morning, churches would hold services with patriotic sermons. A large parade was scheduled with prizes in many categories -- including most cars from any city or village and largest number of School children from any one school district. A public speech at the courthouse park would take place after the parade.


Besides church services, a Parade, and a speech, July 4th plans also offered a Water Carnival, Trap shoot, ball game, an Indian village and Indian pony races, moving pictures on the street, Vaudeville performances, music with Eli Rice and the band, street dance from 8 to 10 in the evening, a kangaroo court to benefit the Red Cross, ”Mardi Gras, a Snake dance and confetti in the evening." Visitors coming to Neillsville for the whole day were encouraged to use picnic grounds including the waterworks park, Bartell's grove and the school house grounds."




”Cheaper and Better. The St. Paul Pioneer Press has sprung a pleasant Surprise on its large family of readers by making a great reduction in the price of its Daily and Sunday editions where a year’s Subscription is prepaid.


...The Pioneer Press has so materially improved in the past few months that it is more than ever the representative Northwestern paper.”


’’The boiler at Hosely’s saw mill in West Weston exploded Monday forenoon, Shortly after starting up doing considerable damage to the mill, but nobody was injured severely, except Gus, who was knocked off the carriage and under a bench, and a scalp wound for the engineer. The mill is Iocated at Globe P.O.’’


’’The big rain Monday flooded the Huntzicker saloon for a short time, and just then nobody seemed to be dry. Baker Oswald stood in water knee deep or less, baking bread.”


”J.W. Robbins arrived here Tuesday from Oklahoma Ter., and brought in a cage three prairie dogs and four opossums. He is up on a visit.”


’’A new basement entrance to the Merchant Hotel saloon, On the south front, near the west end, is a noticeable improvement.


Quoted from the BR. Falls Post: “George Cooper was arrested Monday, for filling up with an exhilarating tonic and causing considerable disturbance on the streets, necessitating his incarceration for a period of ten days In arresting George Marshall, Levis had quite a tussle with him and a badly sprained




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