Clark County Press, Neillsville, WI

  July 8, 1993, Page 24

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Good Old Days" Articles 



Good Old Days  


Compiled by Lori Liddell




A hen, intent upon raising a family had a strange experience in the dead of night Tuesday on the farm of Joe Strunze (Struensee), Town of Levis.


That hen, firmly enthroned upon her nest, felt the nest and the little hen house picked up firmly and violently.  She felt it whack the corner of another chicken house and tear off the end of the boards, felt it land with a bang upon and overturned tree, and through all this the chicken, named Biddy, stuck right on her job.


It took more than a tornado on the farm of Joe Strunze (Struensee) to tear that Biddy away from her job.


When Mr. Strunze (Struensee) and others had sufficiently disentangled themselves to look around, they located Biddy and her house 20 feet or more from the spot where they had left it Monday night.




Sugar purchases reduced again!


The recent U Boat attacks along the US coast are brought closer to our homes again when the county food administrator announced that because of “submarine losses of sugar and ships, no town or city consumer can here-after buy more than two pounds of sugar and those in the country no more than five pounds of sugar at time.”


The county food administrator says the new rules promulgated by the state administrator will be strictly enforced.


No householder can buy more than 25 pounds of sugar for canning purposes except on special permit for the local food administrator.  Any violation buy (by) retailers will cut off their sugar supply.  Each retailer must keep a sugar book for inspection in which all sales of sugar with names of buyers shall be recorded.


Throw German out of Neillsville Schools!


Monday evening at one of the most largely attended school meeting ever held in the Neillsville and Pine Valley District, drastic resolutions were unanimously adopted prohibiting the teaching of German in the Neillsville schools in the future and provided for the destruction of all German text books or papers printed in the German language.  The resolution was particularly stringent and was adopted enthusiastically. 




(Neillsville City Swimming Pool, 1910, photo)


A scene at the old Neillsville City Swimming Pool taken circa 1910.  The old ornate bridge spanned O’Neill Creek carrying Hewett Street and Highway 73 traffic for a number of years.  In 1943, the bridge had to be replaced when a milk truck driven by Walter Aumann broke through.


(New Hewett Street Bridge built across…photo)


The new Hewett Street Bridge built across O’Neill Creek in 1943.  The Milk Condensery Plant is visible in the background, corner of 8th and Hewett and now the site of the Neillsville Fire Department building.  (This photo is looking to the south west)


The Neillsville Tire Shop as it appeared in 1926, located on the corner of West and 5th Streets.  The Clark County Abstract business is now at the corner lot.  In front of the shop was Mrs. Paul (Mamie) Blum, her daughter, Louise (Hoebling) and Mamie’s sister.


The Neillsville Tire Shop in 1931 with some cars of “the era” also in view.


Often we hear this comment when tornado warnings are given on the radio or television weather forecasts, “Neillsville doesn’t have tornadoes, so we don’t have to worry.”  This photo shows the result of a tornado which was to have happened in 1926.


Chap Paulson built a covered wagon which was used in the Clark County Centennial Parade.  He made t he unit look very authentic by adding a team of oxen to pull the wagon.  As we have heard, Chap recently was still putting together replicas of the pioneer covered wagons.  Chap and his wife now live in New Mexico and one of his covered wagons is on display at the holiday Inn in Las Cruces.



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