Clark County Press, Neillsville, WI

October 9, 1996, Page 36

Transcribed by Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon.

Index of "Oldies" Articles 


Good Old Days


By Dee Zimmerman


The Neillsville Press



Silver dollars of the coinage of 1896 are already in circulation here, also the new five dollar silver certificate.


Electric lighting is put into the Gates house, soon to be occupied by J. R. Sturdevant.


Register of Deeds Zassenhaus has packed his household goods and today the family moves, back to the pleasantest spot on earth – home; the fine farm and new house in the Town of Green Grove.


Lumber Company Organized – Articles of incorporation of the St. Hilare Lumber Company were filed today with capital stock of $200,000. The incorporators are Frank P. Hixon of La Crosse, Daniel J. Arpin and Edmund P. Arpin of Grand Rapids, Wis.


Hampshire sheep have been shipped from the Neillsville Stock Farm within the past few weeks to South and North Dakota, Missouri and Illinois.  This shows what a good reputation their sheep are getting.


G. Idle of Withee made a wager with T. Thompson last week.  G. Idle wagered his horse cart and $20 against Mr. T’s mule cart and $20 that he could make Neillsville and return in less time than Mr. I. could.  The stakes being placed in A. Peterson’s hands, the parties started on their journey.  Mr. I. continued, thus winning the wager, but owing to a peculiar circumstance connected with the affair the victor settled for $10.


A couple of families from town have camped out on the Mound the past couple of days.


Humbird town board passed an ordinance forbidding the riding of bicycles on the sidewalk.


Some tramps made a raid upon some of J. Hahn’s valuable chickens Sunday night.


The game law of 1891 made the open season for deer from Nov. 15 to Dec. 1 and allowed eight days after the close of the open season for disposing of the spoils of the chase.  It placed no limit on the number of deer which could be transported by railroad or otherwise by the hunter.  In other respects it is substantially the same as the act of 1895 in regard to hunting with dogs or killing deer by means of set guns and similar devices.  It thus gives 30 days for transporting carcasses to the home of the hunter.


The Towns of Hewett, Levis and Washburn have been rapidly filling up with settlers which should start to bring a big rise in the price of the fertile lands in this county. Why shouldn’t Clark County with her rich soil, maintain 100 cheese factories like Green County?


The Dewhurst monument arrived here last week and now stands on the lot at the cemetery, the most imposing memorial at that city of the dead.  The several sections are very massive, and as the city possessed no trucks that could stand up under the largest piece it had to be moved from the depot to its destination on rollers, by house-mover Hi Hart, who used his horse-power tackle, the job taking some time.  A great hub-bub was raised by somebody as to whether the Hewett street bridge would sustain the weight, and much trouble and delay caused.  Mayor Hemphill telegraphed the bridge builders asking as to this and the answer was promptly returned that the bridge would sustain a seven times greater weight.  (The Dewhurst monument stands north of 15th Street, in view as one travels along that street. 




The people of Neillsville are thoroughly aroused by the proposition to bond the city for $40,000 in addition to its present indebtedness to buy the right to dam Black River and put in a dam to be used to run the city’s electric lighting plant.  A special election is called for Oct. 30th to vote on the matter.


Perfectly clean salt in new maple barrels $1.15 for fine, $1.20 for coarse, lump rock salt for cattle only 75˘ per 100 lbs. at Tragsdorf, Zimmerman & Co.


The first clover huller that we know of in this part of the county was recently bought by John Bushman of Greenwood who has several acres of clover which he has saved for seed and will hull himself, and no doubt when it is learned that they can save their seed, others will begin the raising of clover for this purpose.


The first Methodist Quarterly Conference for Neillsville Charge, which includes Pleasant Ridge and Visgar Churches, will be held Saturday at the church parlors.  Rev. W. H. Vance of La Crosse District will preach Sunday morning at 11 o’clock, here, Sunday afternoon at Pleasant Ridge and evening at Visgar.


The ladies of the Unitarian Society will serve a six o’clock supper at their church parlors on Friday, to which all are cordially invited.  They will serve scalloped oysters, creamed potatoes, pickles, bread and butter, fruited jelly, cake, fruit, and coffee.




The court room at the Clark County Court House was jammed with applicants for CCC camps, the county being assigned a quota of 150 to be filled this week.  It was planned to have the young men leave on the evening train, but because of the large number of applicants it was believed the examinations could not be completed before Thursday.


Granton “Get-Together” draws a big crowd:  The annual event was held in Granton on Wednesday, sponsored by the Woman’s Civic Club.  Seven fine booths represented seven clubs of the community.  In those booths, were displayed a wealth of handiwork totaling many hours of labor.  Awards on the booths were as follows: 1st, Romadka Homemakers; 2nd, West Fremont Homemakers; 3rd, Granton Happy Homemakers; other clubs were: Fremont Homemakers; Granton Civic Club; South Grant Sewing Club, and Rural social & Study Club.


Marriage License Applications: Paul Murkolacik, Thorp and Minnie Penkala, Withee; Fred Scidmore and Mamie Boxrucker, Dorchester; Martin Zickert, York, and Rosella Cronin, Warner; Joseph Kurasz, Levis, and Esther Tenske, Jackson County; Edwin Sternitzky of Lynn, and Leona Kalsow, Neillsville.


The new paving on Hwy 73 north of the city will be officially opened to traffic this week.


A word to Hunters from Madison “Red Flannels” should be worn by every duck hunter stated by the State Medical Society in their health letter to the Press.


Archie Van Gorden, Dr. Wm. Olson of Greenwood and Floyd Potts of Christie, returned from their big game hunting trip in the Canadian Rockies this week.  The party left on Aug. 27 for the 2,500 mile trip.  Once there, they traveled on horseback accompanied by three guides, traveling 11 days on the trip in north of the Big Smokey River.  They each returned with the heads and capes of moose, each got a caribou, mountain sheep, goats, mule deer and small game.  They caught 25 Dolly Varden trout, on one occasion, each weighing about one and a half pound, in 20 minutes.


A big three day celebration was held in Loyal in honor of the completion of the concrete on Hwy 98 from Spencer to Loyal, this past weekend.  Citizens from all over the county attended one or more days of the celebration.


Miss Clara Foemmel was married to Herman Scheel at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 5, at the Wm. Foemmel home, Rev. Wm. Baumann officiating.  Elda Foemmel was bridesmaid and Gayhardt Foemmel was best man attendants.  A wedding dinner was served to 25 guests at the bride’s parent’s home.  The groom is engaged in the ice cream business at Ripon where the young couple will make their home.


The annual chicken and plum pudding supper will be held at the Pleasant Ridge church on Oct. 14.  25 cents or 40 cents per person


American Stores Dairy Co. of Neillsville Milk Market, price per CWT for 3.5 milk: August 1.65 for 3.59 Factory Test.


A& P Store Specials: Prunes 4 lbs 23˘; Bread, 24 oz. loaf 9˘; Peanut Butter 2 lbs 27˘; Quaker Oats, 48 oz. pkg 18˘; Flour 49 lbs $1.41


Dance at Hake’s Barn, Sat. Nite, Oct. 17, if weather permits.



The above ad appeared in a Neillsville Times newspaper during Sherman Gress’ business of moving buildings.  Perfectly round and straight logs were used, laid on wide planks enabling the building stationed on top, to be rolled along the way to its new site.  A slow, tedious process as the logs had to be carried from the back, to the front, repositioned to enable the process to continue.  The 1896 article in this week’s “Oldies” refers to the Dewhurst monument being moved by the same method, from railroad depot to the Neillsville Cemetery.



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