Clark County Press, Neillsville, WI

March 22, 1995, Page 28

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 



Good Old Days 

County News of 1895

By Dee Zimmerman


Neillsville: Mrs. D. H. Robinson, at Weston’s Rapids, has for sale 12 swarms of bees and some cows.


W. L. Hemphill has been busy of late paying off the swarms of men he employed in the woods this winter.


Lost – a violin and case in a grain sack, between Neillsville and Humbird this past week.  Address of owner: R. A. Thurston, Blair, Wis.


It is reported that W. A. Pounder, an extensive logger at Greenwood, has made an assignment to E. E. Crocker of Neillsville.  The assets and liabilities are each estimated at $8,000.  The assignment was caused by the short session during which active operations in the woods could be carried on.


Last October a noble deer, with large and beautiful antlers, was shot in West Weston, Will Klopf shot at him three times, Doc. Pitcher four times and Chas. Servaty twice.  Although Doc’s bullet did the deed, Klopf got the head and horns, which he had mounted by John Lambert of Taylor.  It arrived the other day, looks lifelike and is a beautiful ornament.


For Sale – some of the best farms in Clark County.  Easy payments:  Must be sold:  120 acres within 3 miles from Neillsville, $5.50 per acre.  Send for list: B. F. Brown, 712 Wrights Block, Minneapolis, Minn.


Oscar Counsell has taken the LaFlesh farm and will run it on his own account.  He will move from Mr. Fall’s to the big LaFlesh house April 1st.


The Royal Neighbors, of Golden Link Camp, will give a conundrum supper from 9 to 12 in Woodmen’s Hall, Monday evening April 1st.  All woodmen and their families are cordially invited to attend.  Supper: 25 cents per couple, or 15 cents for one, 10 cents for children.


City Affairs – It may be interesting to taxpayers to know the city’s bonded indebtedness is at the present time $18,000.  Three years ago out (our) bonded debt was $15,000 and we had $200 or $300 in treasury.  During the past three years we have built $14,000 worth of steel bridges, on Hewett Street and Grand Avenue, and our half of the river bridge west of town.


We have $2,000 in treasury.  Officer’s salaries and routine expenses cost the city $2,400 a year.  Firewood costs us $1,300 a year. 


Our sixteen saloons pay us $3,200 for license fees.  City collects $700 a year from water takers (would get $1,000 if water was drinkable).


With no more bridges to be built, it is likely our taxes, will decrease.


Granton: Beautiful sap weather.  Farmers are busily engaged in the sugar business.


Willie Bridge fell on the ice while ice skating Sunday, hurt his arm so bad that he was unable to use it for a day or two.


The mills are booming again.


Dutch measles are prevalent.


The beautiful snow has entirely disappeared.  Now bring out your poems about the “gentle spring.”


Levis and Southern Pine Valley: By the way, Shortville, send us an invitation to your next dance.


School district #5, of Levis, in the mound region near Merrillan, expects to have the building completed far enough to begin school April 1st.  The district furnishes 20 of school age.


The pet squirrel that has been in the Horton family over eight years was destroyed by the cat Wednesday.


Wm. McAdams had meat taken from his smoke house Thursday night.


West Weston: Fred Seif has bought two eighties from Hewett land, north and west of Tom Free.


Some farmers are still hauling logs to the mills.


We hear Bill Marden, Jr. had bid on the Globe mail route for the next four years, commencing July 1st.


The Creamery Company is getting the machinery into shape for running.


Shortville: Town meeting passed off quietly this year.  The officers for the next year are: Chas. Babcock, Chairman; Thos. Winters and N. P. Nelson supervisors, Jas. Carter, clerk; J. M. Winters, assessor and O. A. Crockett, treasurer.


Miss Sarah Short closed school in Sherwood Forest, Tuesday, and came home Sunday, for two weeks vacation.  The dance in the hall Friday night was a failure on account of no girls attending.


Humbird: F. McCarthy came home Thursday from Cadott Falls.


Myrtle Bolton attended teacher’s examination at Neillsville last week.  Everybody seems to be hauling posts.


York: John Vandeberg has been hauling logs to Wren’s mill.


Frank Kline is hauling rock for a new house in the spring.


Several Indians encamped here are affected with a peculiar throat disease somewhat resembling tonsillitis.


Frank Turner and Will Hawks each purchased 40 acres of land near Chili.  Considerations: $150 each.


Our local bicyclists are anxiously awaiting the arrival of good roads.


Joe Rondorf has purchased the necessary outfit for sugar making and is now patiently waiting for warm weather.


E. G. Rowe and Will Lawrence ran into a barb wire fence Thursday evening while skating, both went home minus their breaches.


J. Hein has several teams hauling heading from here to Neillsville.  Heading was from which the ends of kegs, barrels, etc., were made.


Unity: Everyone is disposing of their surplus hay.  It is bringing $8.75.


Baptismal services at the South Beaver Church Sunday.


Bookmiller’s saw and shingle mill and basket factory burned March 21.  Loss was $650.  No Insurance.


The Colby band boys will play for a dance at the unity Rink Hall, April 15.  Good music and it will be free.


Pleasant Ridge: The electric lights and standpipe of the City of Neillsville are visible for miles over the Ridge; also the buildings of the City.  The cause for this is that the forests are disappearing so fast!



Spring break-up creates a mud problem in Clark County, some years worse than others.  In 1955, the above scene with cars parked just off the side roads adjacent to the hard surface highways, was a common sight.  If you lived in the country, you willingly walked a distance rather than getting the car buried in mud.  The side roads do have more gravel on now, but when the frost goes out too fast, the clay loam below can easily become a quagmire.


Walter Aumann had troubles when he hauled milk from his farm on the muddy road in spring of the 50’s.  Aumann’s farm was located on Moonlite Road east of Highway 73.  His son, Charles, was standing on the bogged-down hay rack.


Employees of the ice cream factory on West 7th Street, Neillsville in early 1900s; it later was remodeled into the Milk Pool Plant.  The only person we could identify on the photo was Walter Grottke standing on the truck’s running board.  (Photo courtesy of Mrs. Grottke)


Tavern on West 7th Street Neillsville, now named the Green Lantern and operated by Petersons; as it appeared  in the early 1900s.  It is believed Mr. Wasserburger was the bartender in this photo. (Photos courtesy of the Clark County Historical Society Jail Museum) *See the correction to this information in the column of the following week, March, 29, 1995.




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