Clark County Press, Neillsville, WI

July 26, 1995, Page 9

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

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Good Old Days

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“Clark County News 110 Years Ago”


By Dee Zimmerman


We were shown a specimen of fine house painting last Tuesday, in Mr. Bruley’s house on Court Street, in the south part of town.  The work was mahogany graining, and it was so natural and smooth, a person would be willing to swear it was the natural wood varnished.  The artist’s name is Joseph Decilets.  He is a brother-in-law of Mr. Emery Bruley, and his home at present is Eau Claire.  Efforts are being made to get him to locate in Neillsville, and they will probably be successful.  A first-class painter will get plenty of work in this city. 


Persons desiring ice left at their residences should leave their orders with Dwight Roberts, or at the house of Wm. Neverman.  All orders promptly filled and at reasonable rates.


The cheese factory of Hein and Beaulieu made its first cheese Tuesday morning.  By the first of next week it will be in full running order.  There is money in it.


Marshfield celebrated the Fourth of July in style.  Ninety-one barrels of beer were consumed and a game of baseball played.  The Spencer and Marshfield baseball clubs played a game at Spencer on July 10.  Marshfield won 35 to 10.


Fish! Fish! Fish! Can be bought at “The Fair” (a store on Hewett Street); Mackerel or trout at 75¢ per pail; White fish at $1.00 per pail.


Diamonds, Emeralds, Rubies, Opals of purest ray serene, may now be found at the jewelry store in this city, the proprietor which is, HENRY KLOPF.


Mr. Hiran Palmer is trying to demonstrate the fact that tobacco can be raised in Clark County as well as in Rock and Dane counties, and has planted three acres of that narcotic this week.  The plants are looking very fine.


The census of the Town of York is completed and gives a total of 775 against 477 in 1880.  There are 20 old soldiers and 150 liable for military duty.  There are 85 more males than females and this suggests the idea that York is the town for good able bodied females to settle in.  It is one of the best towns in the county, and just the place for lovely women to find a home.


Longwood News: The factory is turning out some fine cheese, this season.


There will be a dance at the bower Saturday night, all are invited.


J. A. McCarty raised a large barn last week and at this writing, has it nearly enclosed.


Tales from Thorp: There will be more logging done here next winter, than every before.


Jacques & Wiesner, the stave makers were here last week, buying stave timber.


Peter Hipke’s new harness shop is up and nearly enclosed.  The building is 18 x 26, two stories high.


The frame of Nye, Lusk & Hudson’s new 26 x 80 foot store, opposite the post office, is raised and will soon be enclosed.


Thorp is again agitating the scheme to incorporate as a village.  The idea is a good one and every man should support it.


V. R. Mead, H. F. Sargent, A. Barr, Chas. S. Sheldon, C. A. Krupp, and Lawyer Parkhill, took a trip to Boyd on Sunday on a hand car to witness the game of ball between the Boyd and Cadott clubs.  The Boyd boys were “rattled” and threw up the game at the 7th inning, the score being 37 to 3 in favor of the Cadott Club.


Upon the receipt of the news of the death of General Grant, many of our citizens draped their buildings with crepe and flags. 


Business is improving if the number of commercial men on the road is an indication.  During the past week all the sample houses and parlor at the Redden House has been occupied and Landlord Post, of the O’Neill has had his hands full furnishing accommodations for his guests.


Money to Loan: I am prepared to make first class loans in amounts of $1,000 and upwards at 7 percent interest; Smaller loans at higher rates.  George L. Jacques, Neillsville.


Miss Mamie La Flesh was in the city visiting Misses Edna Robbins and Maud Stafford at the Reddan House.


J. H. Thayer and Co. is selling some very fine cheese from the York factory.


85 Years Ago:


On Monday, J. C. Zimmerman purchased the interest of J. A. Kolar in the Big Store, which is known by the name of Tragsdorf, Zimmerman and Co.  Mr. Kolar retires from the business and the firm will now be Tragsdorf and Zimmerman for the present, although it is understood that a stock company will be formed later to conduct the business, the Tragsdorf and Zimmerman interests, however, being predominant.


For Sale, cheap: nice little house and lot in Neillsville, barn for two cows, hay shed, chicken coop and woodshed, all for $350.00, if sold this week.  See Paul Walk


Owing to warm weather, it has been deemed advisable to postpone the Married People’s dance until a moderation in the weather, at which time the dance will be double enjoyable.


Herman Carl came home from St. Peters, Minn., Saturday where he has been for a couple days buying hay.  He succeeded in buying enough hay.  He succeeded in buying enough hay to run him through winter.  Mr. Carl is a farmer who looks ahead, and if there were more like him there would not have been so much stock sacrificed lately.


Ladies, I guarantee my work on all switches, curls, puffs, pompadours and turbans to be made of the best natural color human hair, of the latest styles, colors to match your hair.  It will pay you to see me.  Mrs. J. Cohen, Grand Ave., 6th house north of Grand Ave. Bridge.


Chickens wanted – will pay highest market prices at all times for chickens.


Globe Area – Ferdinand Grap and wife rejoice over the arrival of twin daughters since Monday, July 18th


A large number of people held a picnic in Schwellenbach’s woods Sunday.


Granton Area: Wm. Schafer who recently bought the Robert Kurth farm has again invested in Town of Grant real estate by purchasing the August Roder farm south of here.  We understand Mr. Schafer’s son who is to be married soon, will occupy this farm.


While Dr. Schulz was returning home last Wednesday night he noticed a light in Max Opelt’s store and upon investigating found the burglars were at work within.  Securing his shot gun and on returning, he noticed three men leaving the store.  He commanded them to halt and refusing to do so he opened fire which they promptly returned.  In all about 15 shots were exchanged, the burglars finally taking to their heels.  So far as cold be ascertained, little or nothing was missing from the store.


Public Sale: Public auction, 12 ½ miles east of Neillsville on Tuesday, June 28, commencing at 10 o’clock sharp!  The following described articles to-wit: Two horses, ten cows, one bull, five pigs, one smoothing drag, one plow, 1 walking cultivator, one 2-horse cultivator, DeLaval separator good as new, one mower, one binder, one single buggy, one double buggy, one lumber wagon, one 1-horse drill, one hay rake, one water tank, single harness, double harness, double sleigh, cutter, all growing crops and other articles.  Terms made known on day of sale. Fred Zille, Prop. A. H. Holberson, Auctioneer.


The Clark County Poor Farm, as of the early 1900’s, was located in the Town of York, near the intersection of what is now Hwy. “C” and Cardinal Avenue.


The residence of J. A. Pettet in the village of Unity, 1888:  Pettet came to Wisconsin at the age of 8 with his parents in 1851.  In 1861, he enlisted in Co. B. 8th Wis. Infantry, serving four years in the Civil War.  He came to Unity in 1879 where he became owner of a mercantile business and hotel business.  After selling the mercantile business, he started a livery stable in connection with the hotel.  He also acquired several lots and houses in the village.


The Farmstead of Andrew Emerson in late 1880’s, one of the country’s largest farms at that time, was located about two miles from Loyal.  Emerson owned several large tracts of land in the towns of Beaver and Loyal, including the whole section of 34 in the Town of Beaver.  Emerson came to America from Norway in 1854, settling first in La Crosse.  He lived there until 1876 when he moved to the Loyal area.  He worked as manager for Gile & Holway’s logging as well as clearing off his land for farming.  He served on the County Board for four years.


Harry Mead farm residence was located in Town of Warner, where Mead owned 1600 acres in that area.  He also owned 2000 acres in separate tracts in the towns of Hixon, Withee, and Thorp.  An early settler of the area, he was in the logging business on the Black, Chippewa and Eau Claire rivers after coming to Clark County.


Woelffer’s Drug Store was on Hewett Street in the early 1900’s.  It remained a pharmacy for many years under different names closing about two years ago.



(Correction in last week’s article: It was Mary (Kosmosky) Carl, age 96, who lives in Neillsville and who gave us the names of students attending the Shortville School in the 1911-1912 terms.  Sorry!) 




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