Clark County Press, Neillsville, WI

September 20, 1995, Page 32

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 



Good Old Days 

By Dee Zimmerman


The Neillsville Times


September 1895


The transformation of the main floor and store of the C. C. Sniteman Co. is now going on, a temporary partition dividing the front and rear portions of the drug store.  There is not to be a particle of plaster used in the building, which is being sheeted and steel finished throughout.


A. W. Wenzel is putting a fine new cellar under his house up in the Ferguson’s 1st addition, opposite the Hewett farm.


Harve Rickard is the happy possessor of a handsome new wheel.


Manager Brameld, with the stock farm horses, returned on Monday from a two weeks trip to the Minnesota State Fair and Milwaukee, at the former place taking eleven firsts, and three diplomas and sweepstakes for the best shire stallion of any age, with Samson and also second in the grand stallion sweepstakes for stallions of any age with four of his colts also with Samson against eight entrees.  At Milwaukee it took 10 firsts and sweepstakes for stallions and got the Cleveland mare and progeny first.


Ole Johnson killed a monster black bear just outside the city limits of Greenwood Sunday.  It tipped the beam at 405 pounds.


Toilet Soap!  A whole box of 3 cakes:  Assorted Perfume, for five cents.


John Hein’s carload of apples at the depot is drawing a crowd recently.  Hein sent out hand bills advertising apples to be sold by the bulk.


Oysters! Oysters! Oysters!  Yes it is quite difficult to keep them fresh in all kinds of weather.  But we do it at the Bargain Bazaar.


The John Paul Lumber Co. sent a crew of men in the woods this week with Louis Brillion as foreman.


The drawing for Grandma Shipp’s quilt will take place at Mrs. Ezra Tompkins’ Saturday, October 5, at 2 p.m.  All interested should be on hand if they wish.


Mr. Douglas of England is in the city to attend to matters connected with the Neillsville Stock Farm.  This is his second visit here and he meets many former acquaintances.


We will ship potatoes, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.  Only white ones are wanted this trip.  Luethe & Schroeder Co.


The new Lloyd residence will soon be completed.  (209 Lloyd St., now home of Ray and Mary Jo Meier).


The big bear killed at Greenwood last week was shipped to Chicago but on its arrival there the board of health seized it and buried it.  The ride was too long and the weather too warm to make it marketable.


September 1920


Daniel James Kerr will be installed as pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Neillsville on Thursday evening, Sept. 23rd.


The first Presbyterian services held in Neillsville were conducted by a traveling minister of the denomination, who preached in a log house near O’Neill Creek in 1851.  In 1872, Rev. Hendren began preaching and in May, 1873, the Presbyterian Church of Neillsville 3was organized with eleven charter members.  The church worshipped in the old court house until Feb., 1875, when the church building on 5th Street, was dedicated.  The Rev. Hendren was well known, having been the pioneer and founder of this church.  He did a great and faithful work for more than twenty years in and around Neillsville.  The churches of Shortville and Pleasant Ridge were built during his pastorate.  After retiring, he moved to Greenwood enjoying the well won rest he so richly deserved, until the final summons came and he passed to Eternal Rest, March 20, 1920.


It is understood that beginning Oct. 15th, the post office at Columbia will be discontinued and the patrons there will be served by Neillsville and Merrillan offices.  It is probable that a new route will run out of the Neillsville office to take care of the Columbia country.


The Ford Motor Co., on Tuesday announced a reduction in the prices of Fords to pre-war prices, which means a touring car from $575 to $440 without starter.


Hand-picked fall and winter apples; $1.25, $1.50 and $2.00 per bu.; Oscar Johnson, Lynn, Wis.


On Saturday, Sheriff Weaver sold five forties of the Krueger farm at Withee under a sheriff’s sale on execution, to meet the judgment given to Emil Lanio awarded in his suit for damages for injuries received during the battle at the Krueger farm.  E. W. Crosby bought three forties and Jorgen Larson bought two, the five forties selling for $5,850.  Mrs. Krueger was here to attend the sale.


Clarion Counsell won car – on Saturday night the American Legion gave away the Maxwell car which was to have been given away Fair Week.  Clarion Counsell held the number 296, which drew the car.


Friday and Saturday the high winds wrought havoc in the wild lands south and west of Neillsville, for the brush fires which had been set at various places were fanned into forest fires.  The country: below Shortville to north of Humbird was all aflame.   There were fires north of Hatfield also.  The Hewettville area had fires.  The blueberry marshes have all been burned over and a short crop of blueberries may be expected for some time to come.  Hewettville and Shortville areas suffered the most destruction by fire.


September 1945


Werner Jenni has bought the property at the northwest corner of West and Sixth Streets, heretofore occupied by Christie Service Station and owned by John Moen.  It is his purpose to make additions and improvements, and to operate a service station there.


Neillsville will belong to the Veterans of Foreign Wars and their ladies as well, next Sunday, Sept. 23.  They will receive the keys of the city from Mayor Anderson and will take upon the occasion of the conference of the Ninth Congressional District and of the installation of the Neillsville Auxiliary.  Outstanding features will be: Grand parade at 1:30 p.m. starting at the Armory: Colors and standards of all posts, all veterans and auxiliaries will be marching.


Sixty veterans will be initiated into the Neillsville post.  The local auxiliary will start with 55 members to be initiated at this meeting.


Banquet reservations for 550 to be held at St. Mary’s Church at 6 o’clock; there will be a free dance in the evening at the armory.


Posts will be represented from Rice Lake, Menomonie, Eau Claire, Chippewa Falls, Durand, Stanley and Black River Falls.


Lieut. Douglas Hagie gave the home folks a thrill Sunday afternoon by circling over Neillsville and Shortville.  His swift plane, an A-26 bomber, became the center of attraction just as the parade of the Veterans of Foreign Wars was getting underway.  He circled the city several times.  He also circled Shortville and his home there.


The milk trucks of Clark County will be released on Nov.1st from the route restrictions imposed by war.  They will revert to a peacetime status and will be in a position to resume their old competitive method of securing and serving patrons.  The war plan saved rubber and gas, reducing mileage by about 662,475 miles, 26 times around the world.


 September 1970


Calvin Mills resigns from Clark County Hospital as its Superintendent after 25 years in that capacity.  Trustees name Arlyn Mills to head care unit.


Larry Krause, former Greenwood high school football star who set an all-time scoring mark at St. Norbert’s College at DePere, is the second Greenwood high native to become a professional football player. 


Krause, a 17th round draft choice of the Green Bay Packers, survived the cut Monday when Packer Coach Phil Bengston made the final cut to get down to 39 players.


The first Greenwood graduate to make good in the NFL was Harland (Hy) Carl, who played for the Chicago Bears before going on to the coaching positions at Neenah High School and the University of Wisconsin.


Rev. Melvin H. Nickel has been appointed pastor of the United Methodist Church of Neillsville and Granton.  He will assume his new duties October 15.


John Wuethrich Creamery Co. introduces Gourmet flavored butter, seven flavors, to be named Mountain Meadow, in 8 oz. two quarter packages.


Deer party permits will be issued Thursday, Sept. 24, 1 p.m. at the Clark County Clerk, Vahla Pierce’s office.  Unit 57 and 58 will be issued from the courthouse.  Unit 27 and 55 will be issued from the American Legion Hall in Neillsville.


Rock ’n Roll Dance Friday, Sept. 18, music by “The Rock” at the Silver Dome Ballroom; Saturday, Sept. 19, open dance, Music by the “Polka Kings.”  Dancing starts at 9 p.m.


Pinecrest Supper Club, Junction 13 and 73, Friday Fish Fry $1.25.


Farmer Store Shopping center Specials – Pork Roast 39¢ lb


These fishermen have reason to be happy, look at their catch!  In the spring of 1970 Douglas Larsen, Dale Opelt, Frank Zickert and Dennis Larsen went on a successful fishing trip.  They caught six muskies on the Chippewa Flowage.


In the Fall of 1970, an old building was torn down on the east side of the Green Lantern Tavern on West 7th Street in Neillsville.  As the razing progressed some advertising slogan s hidden for years once again were disclosed for viewing.  The building razed had been Joe Zilk’s Standard Oil office, circa 1920.


Mystery Photo – Do you remember this scene taken in Neillsville during a remodeling project?  What and when was it?




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