Clark County Press, Neillsville, WI

December 14, 1994, Page 28

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 



Good Old Days


By Dee Zimmerman


Pre-Christmas Sales were held 100 years ago, too.  The Neillsville Times Dec. 13, 1894, issue ran a full page ad for the N. C. Foster Lumber Co.’s Big Store (general store) in Fairchild.  The sale ran from Dec. 19th through 24th.  One assortment of items was listed under a special – one hundred and fifty cents for your dollar!  Some of those items were:


1 lb. coffee 15¢; 7 lbs. granulated sugar - 25¢; 2 lbs. raisins, best layer - 15¢; ¼ lb. pure pepper 8¢; ½ lb. uncolored tea 12¢.


Meat specials were Beef Quarters, 3 & 4¢ lb. Fresh pork shoulders (whole) 7¢ lb.; 5 lbs. pork sausage for 40¢; 4 lbs. head cheese for 25¢; Lake Herring only 4¢ lb.


Hardware Specials:

Butcher knives, 8¢; Lanterns, 25¢; 17 qt. heavy dish pans, heavy tinned, 25¢ nickel plated tea kettles, $1.00; pie tins, all sizes, 3¢; bucksaws, only 60¢; solid copper wash boilers $2 each; solid steel axe, 80¢.


The Dangers & North Co. advertised the “Majestic” iron range as an ideal gift to be given to the homemaker – a gift that would last a lifetime.  It was known to bake quicker, and better, was a perfect cooker, heated more water in less time, consumed less fuel than any other range or stove made.  Last, they did.  I am sure a few have been saved from the dump and grace some museums today.


Wm. Huntley was appointed as Neillsville’s postmaster in Dec. 1894.  The City of Neillsville’s expenditures approved and paid for totaled $98.43.


Jos. P. Lastoffa and Miss Mary Krecji, both of the Town of York, were married on Dec. 12, by Rev. G. N. Foster.


The Secretary of the Treasury set his regulations for the collection of income tax.  Everybody who had an income of more than $3,500 was obliged to make a sworn return of the same to the collector of the external revenue on or before the first of March.  There would be those who couldn’t swear that their incomes would exceed the amount, but anyone suspected of being that sort of plutocrat would be liable to be called upon to go into the inquisitorial sweat box and make a clean breast of affairs to the Father Confessor of us all – the Infernal (Internal) Revenue Collector.


Greenwood: Loggers are looking at the skies, wondering if the beautiful snow will ever come.


Henry Oxford has put in 470,000 ft. of logs into Rock Creek this winter for the Coburn estate.


York: A repot says Percy Northup was nearly shot at a charivari one night last week.  A gun in the hands of a companion was accidentally discharged, the charge just grazing one ear and cheek.


75 years ago:


All Neillsville barber shops will be closed all day Christmas and New Year’s, but will be open the evenings before until 10 p.m. Wm. H. White, F. W. Neverman, F. C. Hansen, Henry Rondeau and W. L. Pierce.


Starting Jan. 1, 1920, all Wisconsin real estate brokers and salesmen must have a license.  Broker’s license is to be $10 and salesman’s license is $5.  Application blanks available by writing to the Real Estate Broker’s Board in Madison.


Globe:  Leo Kronberger of Heintown visited people of this area on Sunday.  A party was held at the W. B. Thoma home Thursday evening for their son John’s birthday.


The evening was spent by playing games and dancing.  A good time was had by all.


Pleasant Ridge: Mr. and Mrs. Eisentraut entertained several families for dinner Sunday in honor of Mrs. Rhea, Mrs. Eisentraut’s mother.


Geo. Vine and family took dinner with his brother, Fred and family on Sunday.


Hewett: Miss Sarah Hanel has resigned her school work here and Mrs. Robert Puttkamer is wielding the rod.  She is boarding at Henry Collins!


50 years ago:


Neillsville City Council voted to buy the Arndt farm to be used for the city’s airport.


The Zilk Villa team maintained first place position on Thursday Nite Bowling League.


Marriages in early December were Theola Pagenkopf and Ernest Bird at St. John’s Lutheran study in Neillsville.


Of 29 first-term honor students in the freshman class of the College of Engineers at the University of Wisconsin Madison, two were from Neillsville.  They were Wilmer A. Ullman, son of Mrs. Lena Ullman and James E. Scott, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jess Scott.


A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. William Lowe, Neillsville, on Dec. 7.  He will be known as William, Jr.


A baby boy, Larry by name, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Wren, Neillsville, Dec. 10.


Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Quicker, Neillsville, are parents of a baby boy, born on Dec. 11.


York News: Mr. and Mrs. Frank Lulloff had the misfortune of having their car wrecked, Wednesday, at Loyal.  They were driving out of a driveway and due to so much ice, they were unable to stop.  They slid out onto the highway, colliding with a car southbound.  The occupants were bruised and shaken.


Gorman: Albert Perko is home on a three-month furlough from Bogota, Columbia where he worked for an oil company.  Bayuk, S. K. 1/C, is home for (from) Porto Rico, on furlough from the U. S. Navy.


Sherwood: Mr. and Mrs. Roy Chase, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Mortimer enjoyed a venison steak dinner with Mr. and Mrs. Francis Jacobson.


Update on Neillsville Area Servicemen: Pvt. Norbert Marshall is an armorer in Second bombardment group of the 15th American Air Force, based in Italy.


Pvt. Darwin DeMert is now stationed in Fort Knox, KY.


Second Lieut. Phyllis Stuve, an Army nurse stationed in New Guinea, wrote an interesting letter about her life there to her parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. Stuve of Owen.


Elmer Georgas has finished his ten weeks training at Independent Duty School on Nov. 21 and on Nov. 23 reported for duty at the U. S. Naval Hospital, New Orleans.


Kenneth Frank, previously reported as missing in action in Europe, is now officially listed as a prisoner of the Germans.  He is a glider pilot and was transporting troops to the combat zone.


25 years ago:


Two of the pre-season favorites in the Eastern Cloverbelt will clash Friday night on Neillsville’s court.  Thorp Cardinals will face Neillsville’s line-up of Dennis Olson, Wayne Schlegelmilch, Glenn Johnson, Joey Schield, Phil Jenni and Jan Pierce with Ken Van Dam as coach.  Thorp, coached by Jack Tetzner, will have veterans Randy Boardman, Rock Kuester and Dave Morgan.


Neillsville High School’s Ski Club discussed possible plans for improvements on “Mt. Mouldy” in Neillsville and Bruce Mound in the Hatfield area.  John R. Davis is their faculty advisor.


Julie Knoff, daughter of John and Helen Knoff, was named DAR good citizen candidate.


Rev. George E. Yons was installed as pastor of the United Church of Christ on Sunday.


Approximately 70 dealers gathered for the annual E-Z Kamper dealers showing in Loyal on Saturday.  The 1970 models were on display with the Tote All, designed especially for the snow-mobiler, as a new feature.


A view from the corner of West Street and Fifth Street in Neillsville, looking east, circa 1890:  On the left Wiesner House, Meat Market and Marsh Bros. Store.  To the right, Luddington Harness Shop, old City Hall, the Hemp Store and Presbyterian Church.  Note the belfry tower that sheltered the fire bell, below it on the city hall roof.



The John Hein General Merchandise Store on North Hewett Street, across the O’Neill Street Bridge, on the left, now a vacant lot between the present Northern States Power site and the former Hein Home (now the home of Dick and Cathy Quast.)  Hein also operated a saw mill on the banks of O’Neill Creek.  He had built the house during the time he was in business at those locations.  (Photos courtesy of the Clark County Historical Society’s Jail



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