Clark County Press, Neillsville, WI

April 19, 1995, Page 32

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

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Good Old Days


By Dee Zimmerman


The Clark County Press,

April 17, 1875

E. L. Hoffman, Editor


Heavy rains are reported in all directions.  W. T. Price has succeeded in getting out a large percent of his logs in O’Neill Creek on the spring rise.


Presbyterian services at the Court House next Sabbath morning and evening, Sunday school at 2 o’clock.


The sidewalk to the church is now completed and mud cannot be urged as a reason for not attending divine services.


During the past week we have noticed many farmers in town purchasing farming implements or having them repaired.  The prospects now are that it will not be long before they will have use for the same.


The Italian Hop, at the O’Neill House last Tuesday night, was not largely attended, but was greatly enjoyed by those who were out.  There were from 20 to 25 couples in the hall, and the dance kept up well into the morning.


The O’Neill Creek dam, at this place, came near giving out last Thursday.  Nothing but good engineering and hard work prevented it.  A break in that dam at present would greatly lessen Price’s chances of getting his logs out at present, but he is earnest in the matter, and it will take more than one dam to stop those logs.


Black River and most of its tributaries have been free from ice for the past week, and at a good driving stage.  The amount of logs run out on this first rise will be greater than at any one drive for many years.  Many streams will be almost cleared, and it is reported that full ninety percent of all logs in the Cunningham have been run down into the main river and will probably reach the mouth of the present water.  The same is true of other streams, and taken all in all, the prospects for lumbermen getting to market this season ware quite flattering.  We wish the prices for that commodity were equally so.


Campbell, Watson and Hommel have engaged the service of George Isham, of La Crosse, an experienced carriage and sign painter, who will be on hand and ready for business at their shop, next Monday.  This firm has, in the short time it has engaged in business, through superior workmanship and fair dealing, built up a good trade.


They are prepared to execute anything in the line of blacksmithing or carriage work with neatness and dispatch.


Advertisement: Neillsville Meat Market, Gates & Head, Proprietors.  Fresh Beef, Pork, Veal, Mutton, Fish, Etc., Always on hand.  Poultry & Wild Game in their season.  Salt Pork by the pound, or by the barrel, and a large stock of flour, feed, potatoes, salt, etc.  Cash paid for fat cattle, hides and produce.


April 15, 1920: Wm. Hurlburt and Dan Turville, of East Weston, are two of about the sweetest men in these parts now, having been in the sugar business for the last two weeks.  They both keep their mustaches shaved off while handling so much syrup and we never knew before the handsome men they were.


Willis Armitage and wife were the first to venture out on the roads with a car from the Town of Weston this spring.  We don’t know how far they went, but they were still moving when they went past Panther Creek.


For sale – Cream ripener in good condition, capacity 600 pounds, original cost $700, present price $300; Located at Shortville, Clark County.  H. M. Roat (Root?), Assignee.


Announcement: Maxwell Motor Cars can now be purchased at the Wagner Motor Co. in Neillsville.  If you are in the market for a light, but strong car, stop in and see the Maxwell.  WE also have Buicks and Cadillacs.


Union Free High School – a proposition the Town of Weston should not turn down.  On the 19th of April they will vote for or against this school.  By all means vote for it! You can educate your children at home and not worry about their being out nights in the city.  The town will save over $1,000 every year in high school tuition.  The state pays about $1,600 to this school every year, and the state pays a certain percent for its construction.  It will not raise your taxes over $2 on 40 acres.


April 19, 1945: Arthur Stadler, Town of hoard, is again Chairman of the Clark County Board by a vote of 33-18.


The Neillsville Business and Professional Women’s Club elected officers for the coming year: president, Agnes Keller; vice president, Alice Zaeske; secretary, Hilda Kurth.


Volunteers are sought for planting trees in county forests.  Twelve Rotarians volunteered to work next Sunday, but many more workers are needed.


The project calls for planting 500,000 trees this spring.  This cannot be completed unless more people are willing to help.


A party was held at Washburn Town Hall Friday night sponsored by the town officials.  Refreshments were served and the evening was spent in dancing.  Hallie Schultz, Jerry Opelt, Earl Hansen and Percy Phillips furnished the music.  Refreshments were served by town officials: Alfred Spiegel, chairman; Clarence Reinart and Robert Volz supervisors; Ralph Short, clerk; R. Mortenson, treasurer; Paul Shultz, assessor; James Kolas, constable; and Wm. Ottow, justice of peace and health officer.  A very large crowd was in attendance.


Advertising: Grow Beans for the Loyal Canning Co. 1945 prices for Refugee Green Beans: 1-2-3 Sieve sizes combined 6¢ lb. 4 Sieve size, 4 1/2¢ lb. 5 Sieve 3¢ lb.; Wax Beans, 4¢ lb.  Neillsville area, call Joe Parrish, Greenwood: J. W. Arends, Christie; L. H. Cutts; Marathon City, Farmers Co-op; Willard, Elmer Severson; Athens, Adam Matyski; Merrill, Harry Baumann & Hamburg, Edward Salefske, Jr.


Kiwanis Club of Neillsville paid a final tribute to former president, Ray Schmedel, at the Monday evening meeting.  Schmedel was manager of the local Condensery and played an active role as citizen of the community as well as in transforming the Condensery into a modern dairy processing plant.


City of Neillsville churches held special Memorial services in honor of President Roosevelt who passed away last week.




An excursion train with a couple of passenger cars made runs from Merrillan to Hatfield, c.1920, so people could enjoy a day at the beach, picnicking and relaxing.  It was an outing repeated during the warm weather months.  The train returned to Merrillan at the end of the day with its cargo of satisfied customers.  (Photo courtesy of Joan Buddinger)



‘Dukey’ Boon leans against his first car, a 1936 Ford).  Every man remembers that first set of wheels he owned. (Photo courtesy of Wm. Joyce)



Ole Aspen, a Neillsville rural route carrier for many years, was parked in back of the post office on this particular day.   His little station wagon was packed full with the back door ajar as that too was covered with packages.  There was only enough room, left on the front seat, for the driver.  (Ole was the Rural Route #2 carrier)



A Studebaker touring car parked in front of Lenny Howard’s Tire Shop on West Street, now the location of Joan’s Hair Hut.  (Photo courtesy of Clark Co. Historical Society)



This 1946 Ford, the second car delivered after World War II, to Svetlik Ford in Neillsville, was purchased by a returning serviceman, Ed Statz.  It was blue, had a V-8 engine and two years after buying it, Statz put in dual carburetion and a Columbia overdrive.  Kenny Meyer got the third Ford to come out at Svetlik’s, same model, different color.  (Photo by Ed Statz) 



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