Clark County Press, Neillsville, WI

October 30, 1996, Page 36

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Good Old Days


By Dee Zimmerman


The Neillsville Press

October 1876


The wild geese have commenced to move south.


There is no place like home when you haven’t a nickel.


Politics are waxing warm in Clark County.


Hunting parties are daily wearing themselves out in search of game.


The Neillsville Mills are making a superior quality of flour since they were repaired.


The greatest improvement made at the O’Neill House, for sometime past, is in the shape of a cook.


If you want a full-blooded, short-nosed, crooked tailed bull dog or two, call on Ed Markey.  He keeps them.


Suitable sheds in which to hitch teams during services should be erected near our churches for the accommodation of persons attending from a distance.


While the sun shines with genial warmth, bank up and prepare for winter; for the day cometh when it shall freeze like the _______; well, no one can tell how cold it may be.


Crandall didn’t do the right thing by some horse-medicine he was preparing, the first of the week, and an explosion that sadly impaired the looks of one side of his store was the result.


Jesse Lowe, one of our meat men, purchased four full grown lambs, some time ago, with the intention of making mutton of them.  Not wishing to hurry them out of the world he placed them in Bacon’s pasture, near this village (southwest corner of the city), until they should be needed, but when he went for them they had departed, and he mourneth these lost sheep and advertises for their return.


A road to Merrillan – work is soon to be commenced on a road from Merrillan to a point on the Neillsville and Black River Falls road, at or near the Wedges Creek House.  It is claimed that a good road can be made at no great expense and that the work will be completed in about three weeks.  It is claimed that there is less sand on this route than is now found on the road to either Hatfield our (or) Humbird and that the distance is but a little greater than to the farmer and over a mile less to the latter.


Before preaching economy in household expenditures be consistent and leave off the use of rum and tobacco.


About the thinnest charity that can be bestowed upon the suffering and needy is a prayer for their salvation hereafter.


The Ordinance of the Lord’s Supper will be administered in the Presbyterian Church next Sabbath morning.  New members will also be received.  A good attendance is requested.


Potts & Myers, of this village, manufacturers of fanning mills and milk safes, have done a good business during the past year. They are men of enterprise and deserve the success that has attended them.


From Geo. H. Smith we learn that the Methodist Church being built at Loyal is about completed; also that J. C. Gurnn is erecting a dwelling for his habitation, as well as Geo. Smith whose will be completed sometime during the winter.


Last Friday evening many of the friends of Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Hendren surprised then with a call, that was chock full of tin ware – it being the evening of the tenth anniversary of their marriage.


A new flouring mill is one of the latest improvements at Loyal.  It is the property of John Graves.  The mill is new throughout and furnished with the latest improved machinery.


Who Wants It? -- $1,000 will buy a good farm in Clark County, situated in the Town of York five miles from Neillsville; 160 acres of land with 35 acres well cleared and improved.  Apply to J. L. Gates


October 1896


Tom Morris is building a fine new school house at Lynn and is now brick veneering it.  The foundation walls are built 28 inches thick at the bottom and 20 inches thick at the top to insure the wall against the action of frost. 


“The Gladstone” is a new hotel at Fairchild:  The grand opening ball will take place Friday evening, Oct. 23; all are cordially incited (invited).


Times may be hard, but with peas only 30 cents a bushel and water free nobody need deny himself the luxury of pea soup.


Hunters are coming home with partridges by the score, ‘tis a good season.


The Granton Methodist Church’s Sunday school held a chicken pie social that netted them $7.15.


The British museum has books written on the surfaces of bricks, tiles, oyster shells, bones and flat stones, together with manuscripts on bark, on leaves, on ivory, leather, parchment, papyrus, lead, iron, copper, and wood.  It has three copies of the Bible written on the leaves of the fan palm.


Pleasant Ridge News – Fred Vine has started for Lac du Flambeau Friday to remain during the winter.  A dance was held at Grant town hall, everybody attended.


West Pine Valley – there is a lecture and concert at the prince of Peace church on the evening of Oct. 27 by Mr. Hill and Mr. Grow.  Adults 10 cents and children under 10 years free, children over 10, 5 cents.  The proceeds will go for a carpet for the pulpit.  All invited.


A new horse-drawn hearse was received Monday by Duck Wheaton, who will run it in connection with the new undertaking establishment of Joe Lowe.


A pretty rank fur over coat, baldheaded on the edges and containing half a plug of tobacco in one of its pockets has been left at this office for identification.  Owner may have the same by calling and paying for this notice.


Over in Roessler’s tailor shop is a workman they call John.  He is all right in a tailor shop but an uncertain woodsman.  Last Sunday he went out in the country to see a friend.  After going through the woods three or four miles, he met a man with a bottle of wine.  It was a very friendly meeting.  Finally the two parted and went in opposite directions.  Then it was that John discovered that the single path he was on looked like tow pair.  Instead of him going around the trees, they generously moved around him but his pushed on with a fervent step.  He might have been going yet but night came on and the double track he had been following vanished and the trees had ceased the waltzing motion.  The sense of solitude that surrounded him strength to his legs and when they commenced moving it was like the motion of a shuttle.  Over brush and fallen logs he scrambled, until finally, he saw the light of a distant farm house, nor did he take his eyes from it until his face pressed against the window pane through which it shone.  The inmates heard him tap and when asked what he wanted, informed them that he was lost in the woods.  It was Sander’s farm house he had found and of course he was given shelter.  He is going out again and when he does he is going to take a canteen of water and a guide board.  (Marshfield Times)


The members of the Presbyterian Church and congregation at the Huntzicker schoolhouse voted to build a chapel on the site offered by Maxwell Hazelett, just east of his house on the corner.  They chose a building committee.


Several young people, who live in the Town of Fremont, went to Lynn on their wheels Sunday evening.


The sewing bee at Mrs. Beck’s, Town of Levis, on Thursday in favor of the Heggermen children was a success in every way, there being thirty-seven garments completed.


L. Johnson of the Withee area lost a barn Friday by fire.  A clay pipe in the hands of a boy started it.


October 1906


Neillsville and Colby clashed on Hewett’s battle field in a game of football last Saturday and the home team was victorious by a score of 59 to 0.  Warren Bradbury, Neillsville’s quarterback did fine work in managing the team.  In the evening a dance was given at the Opera House for the Colby boys and was fairly well attended. 


The cranberry harvest was brought to a close this week and while the worms caused a considerable loss on the whole is a very satisfactory one.


Every housewife knows there is a great difference in cranberries, just order 3 qts for 25 cents at Tragsdorf, Zimmerman & Co., and you will know where to get them afterwards.


DeLane – French Wedding – Mr. A. H. DeLane and Miss Viola French were married Saturday evening t the home of her sister, Mrs. Senator Youmans.  The ceremony was perfarmed (performed) by Rev. D. H. Rohrabaugh in the presence of a small circle of relatives.  The groom is a photographer and fine artist.  The bride is well and favorably known having been a practicing physician here for several years.


The newly-wed couple has gone to house keeping in a splendidly furnished cottage in the north portion of the city.



SIDNEY NEWS - Alas. A. Schultz and Miss Lizzie Klann were married at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. August Klann, Wed., Oct. 17.


Henry Counsell of Pleasant Ridge has bought the Burr place on Oak Street in this city and will move in some time in November.  His son, Oscar will take charge of his farm.


We heard a remark the other say (day), “One little old, black skunk, not as large as a rabbit, can stink up a drove of a thousand sheep, and then trot off as though nothing happened.  In like manner one long-tongued gossip can stir up a whole town and besmirch the fairest characters in it and walk off unharmed. Of the two we had rather be the skunk, for the gossip is sure to go to hell but the skunk won’t.”


The open season for killing deer as published in the game laws is from Nov. 11th to Nov. 30th inclusively.  On account of so many hunters with dogs making their way into the North, game wardens have been ordered to the woods with instructions to shoot all dogs found on the trail and arrest owners.




When you’ve got it made in the shade,

Be careful that the tree doesn’t fall on you.



No matter how good you’ve got it, watch out for trouble.




Neillsville’s first jail was crudely built with six or eight inch planks, laid flat, making very thick walls.



The jail building was dismantled in the late 30’s or early 40’s.  It was then located west of Grand Avenue, near the county garage buildings.  (Photos courtesy of Dick Tibbett)




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